Vision-Aid is extremely proud to announce that our co-founder and Vice President, Revathy Ramakrishna, has been chosen as the Woman of the Year 2019. The award was judged by a panel of nine independent judges. Revathy was presented with the award on Friday 17th May 2019 at the Annual Woman of the Year Awards gala held at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA.
Vision-Aid is excited to announce a new initiative for under-privileged visually impaired students in India – a scholarship fund to cover all the costs for such students
to undergo extensive residential skills training for 6 months in the field of Computer Applications, Mobile Technologies, Coaching to help them succeed in Banking and Government sector exams and Spoken English/Soft Skills. The scholarship fund called the “Dr. Badar and Mariam Maskati Vision-Aid Scholarship”
April 17th, 2019 was great day for Vision-Aid volunteers and partners in the greater Boston area. Vision-Aid along with partner Orbit Research participated in the Accessible Technology Day at the MIT museum. This event was part of the Cambridge Science Festival. The theme was "Accessible Technology: New Ways to Interface with the World".
On January 12, 2019 Vision-Aid and Aravind Eye Hospital, in Madurai, formally launched the Vision-Aid National Resource Center (NRC) for the visually impaired at Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, the world’s largest eye care system. Over 2500 patients are served daily at Aravind Eye hospital's main branch.
The Inclusive STEM Hackathon is a 24-hour hackathon where visually impaired coders and software developers, industry professionals, and engineering students come together to work on exciting and challenging projects.
This years Inclusive STEM Hackathon began on 17th January and ended on 19th January, on the campus of IIIT Bangalore. Organizers of the event included IIIT Bangalore, I-Stem, Vision-Aid, Vision Empower Trust and The Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged.
The event was widey covered byl Indian media.
Vision-Aid has been working with the Lui Braille Blind School in Agra, India on a range of projects. One of these projects is a spoken English program. The classes are taught in a blended model, with the primary instruction happening virtually with one hour long classes every day, and one local assistant teacher who helps to reinforce concepts. The progress we have seen from our students has been remarkable and inspiring!
Vision-Aid is running an exciting initiative to teach computer programming to the visually impaired. The demand has been strong and we are actively recruiting teachers and mentors to help us. Do you want to get invovled? Please read on!
An Exciting Program from Vision-Aid
Computer Programming Classes for the
Applications for Spring & Fall Semester 2019 Open.
Limited Enrollment. Apply soon!
Vision-Aid held a workshop, in collaboration with it's partner, Youth4Jobs on Innovations in Mobile and Braille Technologies for the visually impaired in Bengaluru on 20th January 2019. The instructors Balaji, Justin and Manjunatha provided insights on various topics. Many trainers from Vision-Aid's partner organizations including Youth4Jobs, Samarthanam, Nethra, Aravind, Sankara Nethralaya and others attended the workshop. The knowledge and skills acquired by the participating trainers will ripple through to many others in coming months.
Vision-Aid's partnership with Aravind Hostpital in Madurai is making great strides in proving support to the visually impaired in that part of the country.
Video : Vision-Aid Workshop on “Navigation and Orientation of Accessible MOOCs for the VIsually impaired"
On December 15th we had our very first online workshop on ‘navigation and orientation on accessible Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) platforms for the visually impaired’. Here is the video link to this workshop for more insight
Vision-Aid is proud to announce some new ventures as the year 2018 comes to a close.
In 2017, Vision-Aid introduced Spoken English as one of the key programs in our model. We quickly realized that while many organizations teach spoken English, the materials and methods rely heavily on visual cues which do not work for the visually impaired students. So we set out to design a custom training program in spoken English for the visually impaired that can reach visually impaired students in all settings rural and urban.
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- First Phase of Vision-Aid National Resource Center at Aravind to launch on October 1
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- Vision-Aid to establish National Resource Center for the visually impaired at Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai