Training and Professional Developments

Vision rehabilitation has the potential to greatly benefit individuals with visual impairments by enhancing their personal independence and improving their quality of life. Unfortunately, these services are limited to less than 10% of the population in India. A major challenge in providing services to those in need is the lack of trained professionals. Professional training is crucial in vision rehabilitation as it offers specialized knowledge, skill development, evidence-based practices, interdisciplinary collaboration, and continuous learning.

To address this issue, the partnership initiative of Vision-Aid and the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad offers two professional educational programs. These programs ensure practitioners can provide effective and up-to-date care to individuals with visual impairments. Such training is crucial to meet the significant demand for vision rehabilitation services. By transferring knowledge, enhancing domain expertise, and fostering collaboration, professional training empowers practitioners with the necessary skills and competence to deliver high-quality services and effectively cater to the diverse needs of individuals with vision impairments.

1. The Blended Training Program in Low Vision Rehabilitation is designed for eye care professionals, such as optometrists and ophthalmologists, to acquire essential clinical skills in identifying, examining, and managing individuals with low vision. This program offers online classes and hands-on training, providing flexibility and convenience for busy professionals. The curriculum covers various low-vision rehabilitation topics, including assessment, psychosocial implications, assistive devices, paediatric low vision, and more. By completing the program, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively serve individuals with low vision, improving their quality of life.

2. The Short-Term Fellowship in Early Intervention is a comprehensive training program designed to equip professionals with the skills and knowledge to provide effective early intervention services to individuals with vision impairment and additional disabilities. Participants gain a deep understanding of child development, assessment tools, individualized case management, and interdisciplinary collaboration. The program covers various topics related to early intervention, including communication development, motor skills, assistive technology, and advocacy.

Features of the program:

  • Learning from Experts: Opportunity to learn from qualified and experienced professionals in low vision rehabilitation.
  • Hands-on Learning: Participants engage in interactive activities, case studies, and practical exercises, allowing them to apply their learning directly in real-world scenarios.
  • Continuing Mentorship: Mentors provide guidance, support, and feedback, helping participants enhance their skills and knowledge in low vision rehabilitation.
  • Library Facility: Access to a library facility equipped with relevant resources, research materials, and literature on low vision rehabilitation.
  • Opportunity to Take Part in Educational Events: Participants can actively participate in all educational events held during the program period, including workshops, seminars, and guest lectures.
  • Management of Different Categories of Visual Impairment: The program provides a comprehensive understanding of identifying, assessing, and managing various categories of visual impairment and their associated challenges.

These features collectively contribute to a dynamic and enriching learning experience, equipping participants with the skills, knowledge, and exposure necessary to excel in the field of low vision rehabilitation.

The course fee for each training program, including food and shared accommodation, is INR 100,000/-.

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.