Its that time of the year again when fall is in the air, trees in New England are bright and beautiful, India is respledant for Diwali and the anticipation of holidays and celebration is around the corner. Vision-Aid wishes all it’s well wishers a happy start of holiday season.
Vision-Aid’s goal has always been to spread awareness and disseminate information. Fall 2019 has been a busy season for Vision-Aid team members at several national and international conferences doing just this. Here are some of the highlights.
PyCon India 2019 Conference in Chennai
Bhargav and Pranav are two of the early blind students of Vision-Aid Python Programming course. Bhargav is now also an instructor. They recently attended the Pycon National Conferences in Chennai. PyCon is the largest annual gathering for the Python programming community that uses and develops the open-source Python programming language. The conference was held in the Chennai Trade Center on October 12th and 13th 2019. Over 1200 delegates attended the conference in Chennai. Congratulations Bhargav and Pranav – you are great ambassadors for Vision-Aid’s cause and did an amazing job in explaining to many of the interested delegates how the visually impaired can train in, and develop software in Python. Thanks to Vision-Aid team members Jayanthi, V.L.Narasimham, Y.V.Ramana for their support towards this event.
Empower 2019 at IIT Delhi
India’s premier conference on assistive technology was held at IIT Delhi Soaped campus between the
14th and the 17th of October. It is organized to bring together all stakeholders in the assistive technology sector. The conference presented many different themes in the space of empowering persons with disabilities. Vision-Aid hosted a session on the 16th of October to present an innovative application of AI-based technology for the blind, developed by young Boston innovator Sid Ananthan. Earlier in the year, Sid had traveled to different Vision-Aid centers to field test his device. At the conference, Vision-Aid team member, Justin who is himself blind, explained the concept of spatial awareness and how this device is addressing the issue with AI and echolocation. audience received it enthusiastically. Thanks to Sid Anantha and to Vision-Aid team members Justin, Jayanthi, V.L.Narasimham, Y.V.Ramana, Anshuman and Himanshu for their support.
Low Vision Rehabilitation Workshop in Chennai
A large workshop for eye care practitioners (Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and allied professionals) was hosted at Vision-Aid’s partner Aravind’s Chennai campus. This was a day long deep dive into low vision, cognitive visual impairment, assistive devices and more. Vision-Aid’s V..L.Narasimham, Anshuman Agarwal and partner representatives from Shroff Eye Hospital Delhi and Sankara Netralaya in Chennai were present. Vision-Aid presented an overview of its model and services to increase awareness. Thanks to Aravind-Vision-Aid team members Dr. Sahitya, Ms. Flora and Aravind’s leadership team Dr. Vijayalakshmi and others for organizing this phenomenal workshop.
Coming soon: Boston Accessibility Conference
(Glenda Sims, Vision-Aid Panel Moderator)
The stage is set for the Boston Accessibility conference, co-sponsored by Vision-Aid, to be held next Saturday November 2nd, at the Fidelity Offices in Downtown Boston. The day is filled with interesting sessions and topics related to disabilities and accessibility. Vision-Aid is hosting 2 sessions – a panel called “Accessible Accessibility Testing” featuring several noted experts in the field, and a session featuring innovative applications of AI technology for the visually impaired featuring Sid Anantha’s innovative device “Seeing for the Blind” . The registration is free and while the conference is nearly full, at this time a handful of spaces are still available. Please register at the link below, if interested, and let us know if you are coming! Thanks to Glenda Sims, Deque Systems, Inc. for moderating the panel and Panelists Becky Gibson, Knowbility, Cheryl Cumings, Our Space Our Place, Jeanne Spellman, The Paciello Group , Karl Groves, Tenon, Ram Raju, Vision-Aid, Rich Caloggero, MIT Assistive Technology Laboratory and WGBH National Center for Accessible Media