Vision-Aid’s Digital Accessibility Testing and Training Center (DATTC) has achieved a significant milestone in its journey since its establishment in 2020. The center was founded with two primary objectives: to provide top-notch digital accessibility testing services to organizations aiming for highly accessible digital systems, and to offer comprehensive training programs in digital accessibility to individuals with disabilities, empowering them to become proficient testers.

In 2020, Vision-Aid secured its inaugural contract with the University of Massachusetts (UMass) to deliver accessibility testing services for one of its clients. Building on this success, in 2021, Vision-Aid partnered with Learning Experience, founded by Dr. Charles (Chuck) Severance, to conduct accessibility and usability testing for the Sakai Platform. Sakai, developed by Dr. Chuck’s team at the University of Michigan, is a pioneering open-source Learning Management System (LMS). The relationships established with UMass and Sakai have flourished over time, cementing Vision-Aid as the exclusive accessibility testing partner for both organizations.

Since its inception, Vision-Aid has collaborated with over 14 clients in the US and India, completing more than 25 projects. The center has dedicated over 6000 hours to testing websites and mobile applications, enhancing accessibility across digital platforms. A pivotal achievement came in 2023 when Vision-Aid assisted the Sakai team in producing its first in-house VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) report, solidifying its reputation as a leading consultancy in digital accessibility.

By June 2024, Vision-Aid DATTC’s earnings from projects and training surpassed Rupees 1 Crore, underscoring a significant financial milestone in its progress.

On the training front, Vision-Aid DATTC stands out as one of India’s few organizations offering accessibility testing training specifically designed for individuals with vision disabilities. Since its inception, the center has maintained a steadfast commitment to delivering high-quality training, facilitating meaningful employment opportunities within the digital accessibility testing (DAT) sector. Key achievements include:

  • Completion of 8 batches of DAT training, with approximately 160 beneficiaries enrolled.
  • Over 80% of enrolled beneficiaries, totalling 120+, successfully completing the training program.
  • More than 60 graduates, representing over 50% of completed students, are currently employed as Accessibility QA testers and consultants in prominent Indian and multinational corporations.
  • Notable employers of Vision-Aid DATTC graduates include Amazon, Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Infosys, Cognizant, HCL, TEK Systems, and others.

Vision-Aid DATTC continues to expand its impact, bridging accessibility gaps in digital environments while empowering individuals with disabilities through specialized training and employment opportunities.

Digital Accessibility Testing

Course Overview

Level: ADVANCED

the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2014 (RPWD Act) and actually availing the rights outlined by it for the visually impaired.

By the end of the course Students acquire a depth of skills in accessibility testing, and are ready to take on job opportunities in the space of accessibility testing.

Target Audience

Students with a Bachelor’s degree, skilled in Computers/ Smartphones, MS Office and screen readers like NVDA & JAWS.

Course Delivery Mode

Face-to-face, Instructor Led Virtual classes.

Course Details

  • Curriculum: Developed by Vision-Aid
  • Duration: 5 months | 120 mins per class | 1 day a week
  • Classroom Strength: 10 Students per Instructor for more personalized attention to each student.
  • Recognition: Vision-Aid provides a Certificate of Completion
  • Recommended next course: Corporate Skill Development, Certificate course in Computer Application, Diploma in Computer Application.

LEARNING OUTCOME

To make the Web Content more accessible and inclusive for all.

Course Category:


Technical Skills

A Digital Accessibility Testing Testimonial | Nibin Mathews

Nibin Mathews’ journey is a testament to resilience and determination. Despite facing

significant visual impairment challenges since birth, Nibin pursued education with unwavering determination. Losing sight in one eye due to a cricket ball stroke in 6th grade and later losing vision in the other eye to glaucoma didn’t deter him. He completed his Bachelor’s in English and even secured a job with Indian Railways. Yet, his thirst for knowledge led him to pursue computer programming, which he found through Vision-Aid. With their specialized training, he mastered coding and digital accessibility testing. With their financial support, he pursued a Master’s degree. Now, as the Accessibility Lead at Bosch Global Software Technologies, he’s excelling professionally. But Nibin’s achievements don’t stop there; he’s also an international tennis champion and a skilled violinist. He attributes much of his success to Vision-Aid, acknowledging their pivotal role in his journey. His story is not just one of personal triumph but also a testament to the impact of support systems in overcoming challenges and inspiring others.

A Job Coaching for Banking and other exams Testimonial | Gautam Gulati

Meet Gautam, a remarkable individual based in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, whose life story is a testament to resilience, determination, and the transformative power of organizations like Vision-Aid India.

Gautam’s life commenced with the diagnosis of Retinist Pigmentosa. Despite experiencing a 40% loss of sight, he persevered through attending a regular school, successfully completing his education and earning a B Com degree. His world took an unexpected turn after graduation, when, he had the major sight loss. Faced with the challenges of navigating everyday activities like driving, reading, writing print, and mobility etc. Yet, rather than allowing these obstacles to define him, he chose a path of resilience and determination. Undeterred by his circumstances, Gautam turned to technology, becoming dependent on tools designed for visually impaired individuals, including screen readers. His quest for independence led him to explore new technologies with the support of various NGOs. Through his social networks, Gautam discovered Vision-Aid India, an organization dedicated to empowering the visually impaired. Recognizing the potential for growth, he enrolled in Vision-Aid’s IBPS banking crash course, specifically tailored for visually impaired individuals, in April 2022.

Determined to enhance his skills further, Gautam pursued an additional course in mobile technology. This commitment to personal and professional growth showcased his unwavering spirit and determination.

Armed with newfound knowledge, Gautam faced the Bank of India Credit Officer exam after completing the IBPS crash course. His hard work, coupled with the right guidance from Vision-Aid, resulted in success. In 2023, Gautam proudly joined Bank of India as a Credit Officer, marking a significant milestone in his journey.

Gautam attributes his success and newfound independence to Vision-Aid India. With deep gratitude, he acknowledges the organization’s role in providing IBPS coaching and shaping his path towards independence.

A Python Testimonial

Tejas

Tejas, born with visual impairment in Mumbai, pursued his education at a Blind School. After school, he graduated from St. Xavier’s College in 2007. His quest for technology education led him to NIIT Bangalore, but job challenges followed. He worked as an HR Recruiter at Thomson Reuters but continued his search for software engineering opportunities. Tejas found his path at Vision-Aid India, where he gained certifications in JavaScript, CSS, HTML, Python, and Digital Accessibility Testing. Vision-Aid then helped him secure a role as an Associate Software Engineer at Pristine InfoTech Inc. He’s deeply grateful to Vision-Aid for enabling visually impaired individuals to learn software languages and work independently as software engineers.

Bindhu Sri

Meet Bindu, from Hyderabad. Who began her life with the gift of perfect vision? She embarked on her educational journey in a conventional school, but at the tender age of 9, her world dimmed as Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) impacted her sight. Loosing major of her vision with lot of challenges she still could complete her graduate degree in 2020 and her post-graduate degree in 2022. Being interested to pursue her career in computer programming she discovered Vision-Aid India, a beacon of hope and opportunity. Enrolling in their online certification programs, Bindu successfully completed both Python and SQL languages. Armed with these newfound skills, she opened doors to her career, securing a position as a Data Engineer at RX Data Science, a renowned company.

“All of this was made possible through the invaluable support and guidance provided by Vision-Aid India” She Says.

A HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and ARIA Fundamentals for Accessible Web Development Testimonial

Tejas

Tejas, born with visual impairment in Mumbai, pursued his education at a Blind School. After school, he graduated from St. Xavier’s College in 2007. His quest for technology education led him to NIIT Bangalore, but job challenges followed. He worked as an HR Recruiter at Thomson Reuters but continued his search for software engineering opportunities. Tejas found his path at Vision-Aid India, where he gained certifications in JavaScript, CSS, HTML, Python, and Digital Accessibility Testing. Vision-Aid then helped him secure a role as an Associate Software Engineer at Pristine InfoTech Inc. He’s deeply grateful to Vision-Aid for enabling visually impaired individuals to learn software languages and work independently as software engineers.