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Enabling, Educating and Empowering the visually impaired to live with independence and dignity.  

Vision-Aid provides a comprehensive range of  devices , training and services which aim to enable, educate and empower the visually impaired. Vision-Aid programs have won  national and international awards, and brought positive impact to many.

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A  long distance relationship that is thriving!

A long distance relationship that is thriving!

As we look back at 2021 there are many bright spots to celebrate amid the dark clouds of COVID. One of the brightest spots was - Vision-Aid's Digital Accessibility Testing and Training Center (DATTC). This is one of Vision-Aid's most successful initiatives - Truly a Win-Win-Win-Win for all invovled!

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St.Joseph's Blind School, Madurai, onboards to Project Spring Board

St.Joseph's Blind School, Madurai, onboards to Project Spring Board

Helen Keller once said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision”. Doubly blessed are those who have both sight and vision and help to break the barriers to learning for the blind. Ms. Ranga Geetha of Millbury MA is one such visionary. Celebrating her 72nd birthday on 19th November, 2021, in a very special and meaningful way – by making a commitment to help improve the welfare of visually impaired students in a blind school in Madurai, India, by giving them the gift of technology and learning through her support of Vision-Aid’s Project Spring Board. Through her gift, Ms. Ranga Geetha is “adopting” one of the blind schools in Vision-Aid’s “Project Spring Board” network - St. Joseph's Blind School in Madurai, Tamil Nādu.

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Smart phones - a major enabler for the visually impaired!

Smart phones - a major enabler for the visually impaired!

Vision-Aid and Trees For Life India are joining hands to provide life-changing Smart-phone technology to visually impaired from under-privileged backgrounds. In 2021 , we started with a pilot which covers ten locations, and the results have been phenomenal. 

About the program

Smart phone companies have poured a lot of money to pack smart technology into today's devices and there are many innovative apps (including AI based apps) which can totally transform the life of a blind or visually impaired user. Our dedicated volunteers and team members in US and India have been hard at work, coordinating the logistics of this multi-location rollout. A matching grant from Trees For Life Foundation doubles the impact with every donation to the program being doubled. With your love and support, we are sure we can keep growing this program in 2022.

Visually Impaired beneficiaries are carefully selected based on both need (i.e. under-privileged backgrounds) and aptitude - i.e. their ability to learn and utilize the devices and training optimally to get the most benefit.

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Update December 2021: Vision-Aid joins hands with RLF to improve access to STEM

Update December 2021: Vision-Aid joins hands with RLF to improve access to STEM

Vision-Aid has joined hands with Raised Line Foundation (RLF), a startup coming out of IIT-Delhi, to improve access to STEM education with tactile braille books for students with visual impairment. Currently most of the braille books available to blind students do not have diagrams and other rich content which makes science and math education more easily understandable and accessible to blind students.The new initiative introduces much improved, quality of STEM books with tactile diagrams and rich content and helps to level the playing ground for them to compete with their sighted counterparts in regular schools.

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Vision-Aid appoints Puran Dang as Chairman Emeritus, and Veena Handa as Vice Chair

Vision-Aid appoints Puran Dang as Chairman Emeritus, and Veena Handa as Vice Chair

The Board of Directors of Vision-Aid, a Lexington, MA-based nonprofit organization, has appointed Puran Dang as Chairman Emeritus, a life-time position, and Veena Handa as Vice Chair of the Advisory Board for a term of five years, in recognition of their contributions to the cause of the visually impaired.

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Vision-Aid students making waves

Vision-Aid students making waves

Months and months of hard work by Vision-Aid's students and their dedicated mentors are paying off. 

  1. Four of Vision-Aid's visually impaired students have successfully cleared the Indian Banking Exam Prelims with flying colors. Two of these students are part of the Palakurthi Center at LVPEI. The other two are from the Maskati Scholarship program.
  2. Two students from the Vision-Aid Corporate Skills Development Program have secured jobs in leading private sector companies with competitive salaries. 

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Smart Vision Device Launched

Smart Vision Device Launched

Vision-Aid has entered into a collaboration with Smart Health Global Technologies (P) Ltd, Bengaluru and Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai to assemble a revolutionary new device called Smart Vision. This device uses Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision to help the visually impaired “see”. 

The first prototype of the Smart Vision has been already tested by Aravind Eye Hospital, (AEH) Madurai, LVPEI Hyderabad, and others and feedback given for improvements has been incorporated. 

The release of the 2nd Generation of the device with significant upgrades is ready! A launch  event is planned at Aravind Eye Hospital, Chennai  in January 2022. The event will be co-sponsored by Aravind, Vision-Aid, SHG and Rotary in Chennai with participants from many locations expected. 

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Vision-Aid annual event dazzles, drawing over 1400 viewers!

Vision-Aid annual event dazzles, drawing over 1400 viewers!

Vision-Aid scaled new heights in their 2021 annual event this year on August 1st. All prior records were broken. With over 1400 viewers tuning in from all over the US and other countries , a spectacular "Better than Broadway" production staged by an amazing team of talented Producer, Artistic directors and Volunteers Dancers, and generous support from donors, seamless efforts from a large team of volunteers - it all came together beautifully. Vision-Aid is grateful to each and every person who helped to make their annual event be such an amazing, grand success. The support ensures many valuable programs for the visually impaired in the coming year.

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Vision-Aid Appoints Lalit Sudan President and Announces a New Leadership Team for 2021-22

Vision-Aid Appoints Lalit Sudan President and Announces a New Leadership Team for 2021-22

Vision-Aid is delighted to announce the election of its new President, Lalit Sudan who will assume office from July 1, 2021, for a term of five years. He replaces Syed Ali Rizvi who has served as President for the past 7 years and will stay as a Board Member.

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Happy Birthday Vision-Aid!

Happy Birthday Vision-Aid!

June 15, 2021 marks Vision-Aid's 17th birthday. Vision-Aid started its journey 17 years ago, on June 15th, 2004 with its humble beginnings in Vizag with just one small center with 2 rooms 

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Vision-Aid COVID Response for the Visually Impaired in India

Life for people with Visual Impairment in India, has been very challenging during the recent wave of COVID. In consultation with many Vision-Aid partners, stakeholders and  beneficiaries, Vision-Aid is announcing a new COVID Response Program for the Visually Impaired. Here are the details. . 
 

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Vision-Aid Maskati Scholars Graduate

Vision-Aid Maskati Scholars Graduate

The virtual graduation of Vision-Aid students from the Maskati scholarship program in Vizag, was a bright ray of hope and good cheer, in an otherwise very challenging time. Even though several Vision-Aid family members are seriously impacted by COVID, either directly or indirectly, everyone came together to celebrate this joyful, memorable and magical event, which helped us focus on positive things which we can continue to do despite the pandemic. Congratulations to all graduating students, and bravo to all team members who worked so hard despite being affected by the pandemic, for putting togehter this deeply inspiring event.

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Vision-Aid and L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad to establish new Center of Excellence

Vision-Aid and L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad to establish new Center of Excellence

On April 19th, Vision-Aid announced the creation of a new center of excellence in partnership with the global leader in eye care, the L.V.Prasad Eye Institute. Support for this major new initiative comes from the Palakurthi Foundation of Massachusetts, USA, a philanthropic foundation created by Anuradha & Prashanth Palakurthi of Westwood, MA.

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