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COVID food distribution program in Agra

Vision-Aid's COVID program - A friend in need

Here is an update from Vision-Aid in Agra. Our team has been busy during the second wave of COVID distributing essential supplies to beneficiaries in and around the Agra/Mathura region. Most of them are from poor, rural families, especially hard hit by the pandemic and lockdowns. The “Vision-Aid friendship kits” given to each Visually Impaired  person who wishes to have it contains the following ingredients, enough to serve a family healthy nutrition for several days. Wheat Flour, Rice, Dal Arhar, Dal Masoor, Dal khadi masoor (Kali), Musterd Oil, Dal Chana, Salt, Besan, Tea leaf, Sugar, Turmeric, Coriander, Lal Mirch, Kala Chana, Milk Powder, Face Masks

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Vision-Aid's Amazing Python Team is ready for 2021

Vision-Aid's Python Program, one of its flagship technology training program for the visually impaired, is 100% volunteer driven. For the past four years, Vision-Aid has been teaching Python programming to the visually impaired, all over India.

Vision-Aid is getting ready to launch its new 2021 program, which includes programming classes for adults, advanced project-based mentoring for more advanced programming students, and a special program in collaboration with Indic-AI, a Delhi based NGO which partners with Vision-Aid to mentor young blind programmers.

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Working through, and looking beyond COVID

Even though COVID still  poses many challenges, Vision-Aid is already looking to brighter times are on their way. During this festive season, Vision-Aid would like to share with you some updates about programs in India. Several online programs are thriving, and in-person programs are gradually resuming across India, helping to bring light into the lives of the visually impaired we serve.

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The Vision-Aid Model

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Mission : To enable, educate and empower the visually impaired to live with independence and dignity

 The Vision-Aid model has 16 programs (and several sub-programs) to support the mission:

  Type of Intervention Intervention - Intend / Target Audience
ENABLE
01   Functional Vision / Early Intervention Enable training of infants and children and their parents to improve visual processing skills including CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment)
02 Comprehensive Low Vision Evaluation Programs include low-vision assessments, performed by optometrists with training in
low vision. As an extension of the low vision evaluation program run in the centers, camps are conducted in local schools to identify potential visual impairment
03 Assistive Aids & Devices A comprehensive range of assistive devices for both individuals with low-vision and those with total vision loss (blindness), including affordable, low-cost, hi-technology alternatives. Affordability is a key consideration
EDUCATE
04 Orientation & Mobility training Orientation & Mobility training to help the visually impaired learn to navigate safely in challenging surroundings
05  Computer training

A range of training programs (one week to 6 months) to build proficiency in Computers skills. This includes suitable assistive technology and training in basic, intermediate and advanced computer applications like Word, Excel, Email and Internet use.

  • Introductory Course in Computer Applications
  • Certificate Course in Computer Applications
  • Diploma Course in Computer Applications
  • Administrators Course in Computer Applications
06 Mobile Technologies Educating and enabling use of various Apps for navigation, mobility and other functions.
07  Special Skills Training  

This includes:

  • Computer programming Training
  • Digital Accessibility Testing Training (DATT)
  • Test Preparation for Banking and Govt. jobs
  • Training in MOOCs
08  Braille Training and Resources  Including advanced Braille devices
09  Livelihood and Employment Assistance  

Including job placement assistance, job skills training, advanced training programs including computer programming, spoken English,  etc. (Currently offered via both the Vision-Aid Online Academy and residential scholarship programs)

  • Scholarship Training programs
  • Job Interview training
  • Soft Skills training
10 Life Skills  
  • Activities of Daily Living: Examples include ADLs like safe cooking for visually impaired housewives
  • Exercise and physical fitness, recreational activities (for example Yoga)
11  Spoken English Training  
  • Spoken English (Beginners)
  • Spoken English (Intermediate)
   EMPOWER
12  Counseling and Referral services
  • Emotional, psychological counseling referral, sharing informing on
their rights and benefits and providing a list
of resource referrals and career counseling. Includes information on government schemes, Rights of Persons with Disabilities, training programs for sighted teachers and a helpline.
  • Disability Rights Training
13  Advocacy & Outreach
  • Advocate for societal awareness programs, industry sensitization, policy changes
  • Teacher Training program
     
14 Training and Professional Developments
  • Vision-Aid Online Academy (VOA)
  • Skills training programs to train the trainers
15 Research & Development To foster innovation in devices and services, paper publications, conferences, etc.
16 Conferences & Events Participate in conferences to improve public awareness to Vision-Aid and expand visibility of the organization.

 

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