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What's happening at Vision-Aid - a field report

 

While the Vision-Aid team in Massachusetts has been bustling with various activities, like the annual fundraiser program, Boston accessibility conference and a busy fall semester in our programming course for the visually impaired, the Vision-Aid programs in India have also been busy with many initiatives this fall. Our team members and partners across India have conscientiously been making  strides in different areas.  Here is an update highlighting some of their work:

 

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Boston Accessibility Conference Update

 

Here's an update about the 2017 Boston Accessibility conference. First a few testimonials from those who were there:

 

Testimonials: From Dr. Aparna Raghuram, who serves on our board and is a veteran speaker and participant at many national conferences: “It was a fantastic conference. I was wide eyes and listening ears the whole time. Very empowering."

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Export Your Heart Resource Fair

Vision-Aid's Partner Our Space Our Place hosts Explore Your Heart Resource Fair

Our Space Our Place, a Vision-Aid partner, hosted a resource fair last week at Tobin Community Center in Boston. Our Space Our Place, a non-profit organization , offers an accessible and fun environment for visually impaired school students in the greater Boston area enabling them to participate in team sports, arts, community service and mentoring . 

The fair, aptly named Explore Your HEART, is aimed to exhibit some of the accessibility resources available to the differently enabled residents of the New England area that would help them experience and enjoy the arts, music, literature and lead a healthy wholesome life. 

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Vision-Aid in partnership with JET launches program at Rishikonda, Andhra Pradesh

In July, the Vision-Aid team in Vizag met Secretary & Correspondent Ms. Shireesha Latha and Principal Ms. Subbalakshmi of the Nethra Vidyalaya, school for the visually impaired, in Rishikonda. They developed a plan to schedule regular training programs.
 
Later that month Vision-Aid team members installed  the Vision-Aid online teaching stations at Netravidyalaya – Rishikonda on 01/08/2017.
 

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Introducing Bharat and Nishant - Vision-Aid Python Programming Stars

Meet the new Vision-Aid star students - Nishant and Bharat. They completed the Vision-Aid Python programming class, with flying colors, and have now also secured over 95% marks in the MIT programming course over edX, receiving formal MITx / edX certification. Congratulations, and way to go - Bharat and Nishant - we are very proud of your accomplishments.  Congratulations also to their amazing mentor/teacher from Vision-Aid, Sonal Patel. 

 

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Nethra Vidyalay

Vision-Aid announces Partnership with Nethra Vidyalaya to Empower Visually Impaired Children

Nethra Vidyalaya, a non-profit organization, provides education for blind in India and is a part of the Jeeyar Educational Trust (JET).   Nethra Vidyalaya provides educational programs from primary level to high school, junior & senior college, where hundreds of blind students are being trained every year.   Nethra Vidyalaya is unique in terms of their hi-tech approaches. One example is students are trained to write their Intermediate Board exams and Degree exams on laptops without the help of scribes (helpers) – currently the only such program in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, with such arrangements. With its mission, to empower the visually challenged with the latest technology, it is now a growing NGO with over 1860 students. JET provides FREE boarding, lodging, and food, and study material, education for the blind in its facilities in both Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam (Vizag).

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Ravi: A Success Story from Vision-Aid's Python program

Vision-Aid has been conducting various programs to train visually impaired students to be lifelong learners, and reach their highest potential.

One success story is Ravi, an electrical engineering student from India.  To read his story please see the link below

http://blog.edx.org/python-hackathons-job-opportunities-meet-ravi?track=blog

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