The Vision-Aid team was invited by the Boston Accessibility RoundTable to present at its meetup in Cambridge. It was an excellent meeting where the Vision-Aid team met some interesting and inspiring people, all doing wonderfully innovative things to make our world more accessible to people with disabilities.
Ram Raju and Revathy Ramakrishna are currently at Vellore, India. They had a wonderful opportunity to visit a very unique organization – WORTH Trust.
WORTH Trust is a fully self-sustained rehabilitation organization for the benefit of the disabled. They run a set of production centers that employ people with disabilities, enabling them to learn skills and earn a dignified living while assembling quality products, which are sold all over India and abroad. They have an amazing campus which includes a technical training center, school for speech and hearing impaired, early intervention center for the speech and hearing impaired, day activity center for the mentally challenged children and outreach activities. All the costs of these programs are fully met by revenues earned from sale of assembled products. Their products range from equipment for the disabled to automotive parts.
In early Fall, Vision-Aid volunteer teachers began working with student volunteers from IIT Chennai, and visually impaired students from multiple locations across India to teach them an MIT computer programming course. These classes have exceeded our expectations. Students are making excellent progress and excitement is building up at Vision-Aid and IIT Chennai as we near the Shaastra summit hackathon for the visually impaired at IIT to be held on Jan 2nd, 2017.
Thanks to well-wishers and supporters like you, 2016 was a marvelous year, ushering in several new initiatives.
1. Vision-Aid training programs for the visually impaired in Spoken English
2. World-class computer programming classes for the visually impaired.
3. A very colorful and memorable annual event in the Boston area in July
4. The receipt of recognition from NASSCOM, India as a finalist in technology entrepreneurship for our award-winning device "Haptic torch for the blind".
Vision-Aid Python programming class got off to a flying start last month.
Vision-Aid, in collaboration with IIT Chennai and MIT, is offering an MIT computer science course, in programming, to qualified visually impaired students in India. Classes are offered free of cost, virtually, with high quality one-on-one mentoring to help these students learn a sophisticated new skill.