What's happening at Vision-Aid - a field report

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While the Vision-Aid team in Massachusetts has been bustling with various activities, like the annual fundraiser program, Boston accessibility conference and a busy fall semester in our programming course for the visually impaired, the Vision-Aid programs in India have also been busy with many initiatives this fall. Our team members and partners across India have conscientiously been making  strides in different areas.  Here is an update highlighting some of their work:

 

 

Jeeyar Educational Trust (JET) (AP/Telangana)

 

The Vision-Aid team procured and installed a range of training equipment at Nethra Rushikonda (near Vizag) and Nethra Shamshedabad (near Hyderabad).  JET teachers were trained and can now connect to the Vishakhapatnam center for easy two-way collaboration and joint training initiatives.

 

A special course was designed for initiating ICA (Induction Program for Computer Application for the Visually Impaired) a new training course in accessibility technology. Several students were trained in the Shamshedabad and Rushikonda Nethra centers using the new equipment and course materials. 

 

Seven teachers from Nethra Rushikonda underwent a short ACA (Administrator in Computer Applications) training course at our Vizag Center. 

Class in JET Center at Rushikonda Students at Nethra Shamsherabad

 

Sevabharti (Mangalore, Karnataka)

 

New students with low vision, from different age groups were enrolled in computer training classes at Seva Bharathi. Students already enrolled in three additional classes that had already started in the summer continue to make great progress. Exams will hold to evaluate the level of progress for these students soon. Vision-Aid is planning on a standardized benchmarking exam across all its programs and the pilot testing will be conducted in Seva Bharathi over the next few months before rolling it out to other locations. 

Milton (Berhampur , Odisha)

 

O and M training at Milton

 

Visually impaired students were provided mobility training. In addition to its six students successfully completing the Vision-Aid DCA (Diploma in Computer Applications) training course. 

Sankar Netralaya (Chennai, Tamil Nadu)

 

Around 40 visually impaired patients of Shankar Netralaya (SN), who belong to the financially disadvantaged strata of the society, were provided with various devices by Vision-Aid through the newly established collaboration between Vision-Aid and SN. These devices include magnifiers like stand magnifier, dome magnifier, half eyes, and glasses etc., which were given freely to needy visually impaired patients at SN's low vision clinic in Chennai. 

Vision-Aid Vizag (Andhra Pradesh)

 

In collaboration with Rotary club a conference was organized the demonstrated the installation and usage of Vision-Aid Info desk. The event helped share information about Vision-Aid programs with local Rotarians and was also successfully instrumental in spot raising funds to support Vision-Aid.

 

COHOOTS (Co-Operative Hostel for Out Of Towners) is up and running with great success. It is instrumental is encouraging visually impaired students  from outlying areas to come to Vizag, to complete comprehensive and extended training courses that will help them be self-reliant.

The center received several visitors from different parts of the world were introduced to the work Vision-Aid is doing on ground. 

 

Vision-Aid Vizag continues to lead the way as our flagship center with staff and teachers from the Vizag center travelling to other Vision-Aid centers and partners   provided training and guidance.

Dr Sarma visiting Vizag center Visitors at Vision-Aid center at Vizag

 

New/Upcoming Initiatives

 

Thanks so much for your time, interest and support which makes all of these programs possible!

 

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