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Vision-Aid and VHS to establish a new National Resource Center for the Visually Impaired, in Chennai, India

Vision-Aid announced that it is partnering with Voluntary Health Services (VHS) to establish a new Vision-Aid National Resource Center in Chennai, India. The center will be named the Srinivasan-Sundara Vision-Aid National Resource center, in honor of Shri. Srinivasan Varadarajan and Sundara Srinivasan, parents of the generous supporters of this center, Venkat and Pratima Srinivasan, residents of the Greater Boston Area.

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Vision-Aid to hold meet and greet in their Delhi Center

Vision-Aid would like to invite you to this upcoming, important event. Hope you will be able to join us to congratulate and celebrate with many of Vision-Aid's visually impaired students, who are graduating from training programs in the The Lachman Dass Gupta Vision-Aid Center, in partnership with Shroff Charity Eye Hospital, Delhi.  During the event, you would also have the pleasure of meeting with many of Vision-Aid's team members and colleagues from Shroff to understand the programs currently underway in Delhi.

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Lachman Das Gupta

Lachman Dass Gupta Vision-Aid National Resource Center at Shroff Eye Hospital, Delhi

The Shroff Eye care system is a power house for eye care in the Delhi and Uttar Pradesh regions of India. In 2019, Vision-Aid joined forces with Shroff to setup a state-of-the-art National Resource Center with a comprehensive range of programs for persons with vision related disabilities.  Shroff is providing a dedicated space and qualified staff. Vision-Aid is providing Shroff with the funding, equipment, devices and training and expertise to establish the first phase of a Vision-Aid Tertiary-level National Resource Center at Shroff .The resource center programs offers high quality, free and subsidized rehabilitation as well as devices for an estimated one thousand visually impaired persons in the first year alone. This center is being established in the loving memory of Mr. Lachman Dass Gupta, by his children Ram and Meetu Gupta of Carlisle, MA, USA.

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Lui Braille Blind School Agra

Lui Braille Blind School , Agra

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Vision-Aid started work in Agra with the Lui Braille Blind school, where a new computer center was installed, solar power was provided for the whole school and spoken English classes were taught. In 2020, Vision-Aid is setting up an independent resource center in collaboration with the Radha Swamy Blind School in Agra. The center will offer a range of comprehensive services to the visually impaired in the Agra-Mathura region. The center is generously supported with a grant from the Vivek and Vandana Sharma Foundation of MA, USA.

Vision-Aid Holds Meet & Greet with the Agara, India Center

A meet and greet event with the Vision-Aid program at the  Agra center was held on 18th Decemeber EST. This ceneter is run by Vision-Aid with the support from Vivek and Vandana Sharma foundation. The Agra center works with the local blinds schools and other organizations in Agra, India to offer a range of services to the visually impaired.

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The programs are re-opening after several months of closure due to COVID-19 lockdowns. During this even Vision-aid held a short presentation outlining the outlining the plans for 2021. The children of Lui Braille Blind School and Radha Swamy Blinds School were welcomed back during the meet and greet program. These students returned after a very difficult year of lockdowns. Many supporters of Vision-Aid joined the meet and greet by zoom including the Perkins India team and benefactors Vivek and Vandana Sharma. The Perkins India teams will be partnering with Vision-Aid in 2021 to serve Visually Impaired children with multiple disablilties. 

 

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patient at Sankara Netralaya

Sankara Netralaya, Chennai

Shankara Netralaya, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

In 2017, Vision-Aid  established a partnership with Sankara Netralaya to offer free assistive devices to non-paying (needy) patients in their low vision clinic at Chennai. The Vision-Aid Shankara Netralaya fund will provide free devices to hundreds of patients every month.

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Dr Ayyar

Dr. R.S.Ayyar Vision-Aid Resource Center at CECF, Pune

Community Eye Care Foundation (CECF) of Pune is a large, well established NGO serving the eye care needs of a large segment of the community in the Pune and Western Maharashtra regions of India. In 2020, Vision-Aid will join forces with CECF to setup a state-of-the-art primary resource center with a range of valuable core programs from the Vision-Aid model for persons with vision related disabilities. CECF will provide a dedicated space and qualified staff. Vision-Aid will provide CECF with the funding, equipment, devices and training and expertise to establish the first phase of a Vision-Aid Primary Resource Center at CECF . These programs will offer high quality, free and subsidized rehabilitation as well as devices for an estimated one thousand visually impaired persons in the first year alone.The center is dedicated to Dr. R.S Ayyar, who was a renaissance man. Dr. Ayyar overcame an incredible number of challenges including visual disability to achieve excellence in everything he aspired to achieve.

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Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Student at BPA using Vision-Aid digital magnifier

 Blind People's Association (BPA) which is headquartered in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, is a leading NGO in Gujarat, India. BPA believes in providing equal opportunities to all categories  of people with disabilities. Consistent with the philosophy, it works for providing education, employment opportunities, equal rights and quality life for them. BPA, understands that gainful employment plays an essential part in the life of a person because it gives him status and binds him to the society. Visoin-Aid partners with BPA in the area of providing affordable assistive technology, Spoken English training programs, Braille literacy and job-related coaching for the visaully impaired. 

 

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Visakhapatnam (Vizag)

The Vision-Aid Center in Visakhapatnam, Telangana started in 2004. Vision-Aid Charitable Services Society (VACS) in Vizag is the flagship partner for Vision-Aid USA. Today it operates two centers in Visakhapatnam, offering a comprehensive range of courses in Computer Applications, Mobile Technologies training, Spoken English and Orientation & Mobility training for the visually impaired. The Vizag team also offers training camps in surrounding blind schools and delivers online classes that are streamed to remote locations. VACS also researches and assembles low cost assistive devices and has won several national awards for its innovative inventions – the Camera Mouse, Camera Cat and Vision Wand. In 2019, VACS added a new residential scholarship program wherein visually impaired students can stay for six-months in a residential setting for deep skills training. 

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Seva Bharathi, Mangalore

Mangalore

Seva Bharathi, a non-profit volunteer-driven service organization was set up in 1991 to help people in distress. Vision-Aid works with Seva Bharathi's Roman & Catherine Lobo School for the Blind to offer computer training to school students as well as other local visually impaired residents in the area.

Vision-Aid partnerhsip with Seva Bharathi started in 2013 with focus:

  • Finding children with blindness and low-Vision is often difficult
  • Providing Service is difficult because of economic disparity
  • Overcoming Difficulty to organize proper services
  • Providing a comprehensive effective service delivery model for children is yet to be established in many parts of India

 

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Madurai

Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai

In January 2019, Vision-Aid launched the Vision-Aid National Resource center for the visually impaired in the main campus of Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai. Aravind is the world’s largest eye care provider, with a global reputation for providing highest quality care to the poorest segment of patients in a sustainable manner. The new national resource center has 7 rooms and offers a wide range of interventions customized to visually impaired of all ages – from infants to seniors.

 

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