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.
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.
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.
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.
Lui Braille Blind School , Agra
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.
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.
Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
The Ahmadi School for the Blind in Aligarh is one of India’s oldest blind schools, being established in 1927. The school already has a computer training lab. Vision-Aid provides free laptops to the blind students in the school and has provided free training to its teachers using it Train the Trainer program.
Nethra Vidyalaya, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
In 2017, Vision-Aid started specialized computer training programs at Nethra Vidyalaya, a non-profit, which provides education for blind in India and is a part of the Jeeyar Educational Trust (JET). Nethra Vidyalaya provides educational programs from primary level to high school, junior & senior college, where hundreds of blind students are being trained every year. Vision-Aid and Nethra will establish a new training facility where Nethra’s students can learn from Vision-Aid’s standardized computer curriculum as well as take advantage of VisionAid’s specialized education in Computer Programming
and Spoken English.
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.