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Panel at Conference - from left to right - Dr. Chuck , Aditi, Kartik, Keith, Ram

Boston Accessibility Conference shines a bright light on accessibility

The Boston Accessibility Conference was held on last Saturday October 27th at the Fidelity Offices in downtown Boston, MA. Vision-Aid co-sponsored the conference and hosted a panel "Making MOOCs more accessible to the visually impaired" and an information session on "The Vision-Aid Model”. Vision-Aid sincerely thanks our corporate sponsors Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare for their financial support which made this event possible. We are working on making the videos available soon. Please stay tuned!

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Thank you Dr. Chuck, University of Michigan and Coursera!

The Vision-Aid team was honored and delighted to present a memento, as a token of our deep appreciation and affection for Dr. Chuck, a legendary Coursera educator from the University of Michigan who is visiting India currently. Ms. Jayanthi, Program Coordinator for Vision-Aid’s programming course had a delightful meeting with Dr. Chuck, and expressed sincere thanks to him on behalf of all our visually impaired students who learn programming from his highly accessible, universally popular course “Programing for Everyone” taught via Coureera, which is rated by Class Central to be one of the top 20 MOOCs in the world!

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Vision-Aid rolls out programming course for Juniors at Nethra Blind School Hyderabad

Vision-Aid volunteers Sulochana Devadas and Sonal Patel teamed up for several months to design an entry level programming course for our visually impaired students that could help address the needs of our youngest students (typical age is 14 - 18). After an initial online-only rollout, which was successfully run for 6 months with these   students, the course has taken its next steps – for the first time being taught in a blind school setting in India at Nethra Vidyalaya near Hyderabad. 

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Calling all Volunteers to teach Computer Programming to the Visually Impaired

Starting September 5th 2018, Vision-Aid is offering its fifth session of advanced technical training to teach the visually impaired.

 

After successfully completing a pilot for teaching computer programming to the visually impaired in 2016, and 3 more series of classes in 2017-18, we are happy to announce a new course for Fall 2018. The program will run for 9 months, in 2 semesters (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019) – with a short break in between the semesters. 

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young girl patient learning to read with digital magnifier

Update on Vision-Aid programs at work in Sankara Netralaya

 

In 2017, Vision-Aid entered into a partnership with Sankara Netralaya (SN), in Chennai India to establish a National Resource Center for the Visually Impaired. During the first phase of this project, Vision-Aid has been working closely with the Low Vision Clinic at SN to help bring affordable technology-based devices to its poorest segment of visually impaired patients. 

 

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Vision-Aid Congratulates Alumni for Job Placement.

Finding employment for the visually impaired has always been a challenge irrespective of which part of the world they belong to. Vision-Aid's aim has been to help visually impaired people gain employment. 

 

Five visually impaired students who completed training from Vision-Aid's Vizag centre have been able to secure full time employment. After completion of training at Vision-Aid, these candidates were selected  via the  Andhra Pradesh State Govt disabled Quota or the Combined Banks Exam for the Disabled.

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Bhavya Shah meet and greet event in LCC on August 7, 2018

A special Vision-Aid evening with Bhavya Shah!

On Tuesday, August 7th, Vision-Aid was delighted to host a very special event at the Lexington Community Center - a meet-and-greet event with one of our star students Bhavya Shah. Bhavya is 16 years old and lost his vision at a young age due to a retinal condition which could not be treated.

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Nethra student taking board exams

Leveraging technology to help Students take exams Independently

Traditionally, blind or visually impaired students have always had to rely on scribes, someone who would read and write for them, to take exams. Students, often faced difficulty using  scribes. The scribes were not trained and qualified. They would interpret and enter answers incorrectly, leaving the visually impaired students frustrated.

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