India New England Article: Vision Aid's "Dancer's Pledge" Rocks Boston
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Vision-Aid launched "Vision-Wand", its latest innovative assistive device for the visually impaired. This low-cost innovation uses modern sensor based technology (ultra-sound /infra-red) to help provide easy orientation and mobility for visually impaired persons . It alerts users about obstacles in their path via audio signals and vibrations. This patent-pending innovation is the latest in a series of low-cost, high impact devices pioneered by Vision-Aid. The launch was held on Dec 30 2013 at a media and public meet hosted by the Rotary Club of Waltair, Visakhapatnam, India, and covered in both the national print media and cable TV.
The Vision-Aid team thanks and congratulates Nikita Minocha on her successful arangetram and for her inspired decision to donate all the gifts received at the event to help make a difference in the lives of the visually impaired through her wonderful dance program. Read more about Nikita's arangetram here!
Nikita graduated with flying colors under the guidance of her renowned dance guru, Ranjani Saigal of Boston, and with the support and love of her family and friends!
Vision-Aid was invited to setup a booth at the National Expo on Ideas, Inventions and Innovations, on 27 - 30 Sep at Codissa convention Centre Coimbatore
The items we are exhibiting include the following Vision-Aid innovations
- Camera Cat
- Camera Mouse
- Reading Stand
- Copies of books MVI, EVD and O&M
Vision Aid Stall 76, is having excellent visitor turnout and response. So much so that, by middle of second day Sep. 28th, all the items put out for demo have been reserved for sale (Buyers will return at end of event to pick up)
The Vision-Aid Team thanks Bhoomika Kumar of Dallas, for her inspired efforts to help make a difference in the lives of the visually impaired through her upcoming dance program. See Bhoomika’s message here!
Bhoomika and her renowned dance guru, Jeyanthi Ghatraju of Boston jointly performed at Dallas to raise funds for Vision-Aid. More about Jeyanthii Ghatraju's background and numerous accomplishments can be found here
All of us at Vision-Aid are inspired, humbled and gratified with the incredible gesture from Dominic Tait, a Canadian Ninth-Grader, who went above and beyond all expectations, to make a very valuable contribution to Vision-Aid. Dominic- we are proud of you and grateful for not only the efforts you put in to raise funds to help many needy blind and low vision children in India, but also for the great awareness you are bringing to your community about this important cause! Congratulations!
Vision-Aid Vizag Center has launched a pilot call center staffed by visually impaired operators who have successfully graduated from Vision-Aid certificate programs. The first batch of 5 operators - Navin, Mahesh, Uday, Kiran & Raju are now running this call center every day to support telemarketing efforts for a startup company called “Subha Samay” an online matrimonial matching service.
The photo shows operators at work. The tile-calling is in the Telugu language and operators market services over the state of Andhra Pradesh India. This facility allows these Vision-Aid graduates to be trained in call center careers.
In May 2013 we conducted a special training camp for D. Ed Diploma in Education) teachers at Vizag, India and were happy to see 82 graduating candidates. Following this, we were requested by St. Mary’s College, Vizag, to take up its 2013 batch of B.Ed. (Bachelor of Education) for training in access technologies. In June, we concluded the 3 week training camp and were pleased to see 42 B. Ed candidates graduating with a Vision-Aid diploma.
The photo shows Vice President of the Vision-Aid Vizag center, Mr. A. Srinivas giving away the certificates and software packages. This year 2013 has been phenomenal with over 150 teachers being trained in access technologies, thanks to the tireless efforts of our diligent Vision-Aid Vizag teachers Ms. Rama Devi and Mr. Sivaprasad.
The low vision team at Susrut Eye Foundation & Research Centre, Kolkata, our partner in West Bengal India, has launched a new resource center project with Sarva Shiksha Mission, Kolkata and as part of this project has installed a computer, large print setup, CCTV magnifier, TV and other instruments provided by Vision Aid. This resource room is located at Behala, Kolkata and is a unique resource - the only such center in the region, where low vision children can avail large print school book facility and CCTV magnifier easily. With this facility special educators can also support the visually challenged children better in resource room facility and many can be rehabilitated in the general stream of education.
In May 2013, Vision Aid has completed the biggest ever outreach training program for teachers. This training camp spanning for nearly 3 months was at the request of Saint Mary Centenary College of Education, Vizag, which offers the largest Diploma in Education (D.Ed.) training program in this region.
The Vision-Aid training started in March 2013 and by May 2013, 88 teacher trainees of 1st and 2nd year D.Ed. programs have completed the training. Each candidate took the 12 session training and passed the test, graduating with Vision-Aid ACA certificates. A combined Valedictory ceremony was held on May 3, 2013.
Vision-Aid has received commission to conduct a similar camp for the more advanced 4-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) program that trains teachers for Primary/ Secondary schools, and this new program is planned soon.
Note: D.Ed. is a 2 year diploma, the prescribed qualification to be a teacher in an Elementary School. There is a great demand for D.Ed. teachers in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India and it is estimated that currently over 50,000 teachers are absorbed annually into the state’s school systems. Vision Aid’s ACA qualification adds to a teacher's ability to help visually impaired children integrate in regular classrooms. Many schools which have Integration/Inclusion initiatives are interested in this aspect of the teachers training since it helps to further the goal of an integrated classroom allowing children with visual disabilities integrate more easily into a regular classroom setting.
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