From the Executive Director’s Desk

Vision-Aid had a stellar year in 2023. For the first time since inception, the overall reach of our programs exceeded 20,000 beneficiaries across India. We continued to remain focused on our core objective of enabling, educating and empowering the visually impaired (VI) community, by setting up new low vision resource centers, launching new training programs, bringing renewed focus to our placement initiative, strengthening our blind school programs and so on. All these yielded positive results as we were able to enroll 3000+ students in our training programs both directly as well as through our partner network, help more than 50 individuals find placement in leading Indian and MNC’s, distribute thousands of assistive devices and kits to eligible beneficiaries across India and empowering thousands more through various services and interventions we offer.

Through our Digital Accessibility Testing and Training Center (DATTC), we were able to deliver several accessibility testing projects to clients across the globe as well as train 100+ beneficiaries in Digital Accessibility testing. For the first time, through our collective efforts, Vision-Aid raised significant funds through Corporate CSR grants as well as from Philanthropic foundations in India.

Some of the key highlights from 2023:

➢ We received donations to the tune Rs 68 lacs from individuals as well as through Corporate CSR grants
➢ We enrolled 680 students in our Direct training programs against a target of 590
➢ We introduced new training programs like HTML, JavaScript, ARIA & CSS
➢ We partnered with the prestigious NASSCOM foundation to train 127 persons with disability on skill development programs
➢ Through our DATTC offerings, we delivered Digital Accessibility testing projects worth Rs 35.80 lakhs to clients across the globe
➢ We launched a new E-learning course on Python programming language
➢ We distributed smart vision glasses to 626 beneficiaries, smart phones to 156 beneficiaries and optical & non-optical aids to 914 beneficiaries
➢ We distributed Tactile textbooks to 400 beneficiaries
➢ We partnered with 5 Tertiary Hospitals to set up low vision resource Centers
➢ We Collaborated with Help the Blind Foundation, Bangalore to distribute smart vision glasses

Our overall staff strength increased to 55+ and we also strengthened our management team through some key hiring. Our committed and dedicated staff continue to provide tireless service for the cause of the visually impaired.

All this cannot be possible without the generous support of our well-wishers and patrons who continue to support our cause and programs through their generous financial support. My sincere Thanks to all our donors with whose help we will scale new heights.

Vision-Aid Board & Management Team

Board Members

PROF. M S. RAJU

Chairman Emeritus

DR.COL.M.SITARAM

DR.COL.M.SITARAM

President

MR. SRINIVASA RAO AVARSARALA

MR. SRINIVASA RAO AVARSARALA

Executive Vice President

MR. V.L.NARASIMHAN

Executive Director

SMT. M. KANAKAMBUJAM

Treasurer

DR. V.BALAMOHANDAS

DR. V.BALAMOHANDAS

Executive Committee Member

DR. (MRS.) RANI VENUGOPAL

DR. (MRS.) RANI
VENUGOPAL

Executive Committee Member

MR.Y.V.RAMANA

MR.Y.V.RAMANA

Executive Committee Member

DR.R. SURYANARAYANA
RAJU

Executive Committee Member

Advisory / Executive Board

DR.COL.M.SITARAM

DR.COL.M.SITARAM

President

MR. SRINIVASA RAO AVARSARALA

MR. SRINIVASA RAO AVARSARALA

Executive Vice President

MR. V.L.NARASIMHAN

Executive Director

MR.Y.V.RAMANA

MR.Y.V.RAMANA

Vice President

MR. VIJAY FRANCIS

Advisor to the Leadership team and Organization Development and Head of DATTC

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Mrs. Clet Vineetha

Head - Training

Mr. M.V. Ramesh Kumar

Centre Manager- Visakhapatnam Region

Mrs. Priyanka Bhatti

Digital Marketing Specialist

Mr. Anshuman Agarwal

Senior Program Manager-Northern Region

Mrs. Gargee Dutta

National Program Manager- Project Spring Board

Mr. Isaac Williams

Head - Technical Services

Mrs. Devi Udayakumar

Head – Low Vision Rehabilitation Programs & Partner Management

Mr. Bhargav Vaghasiya

Project / Team lead – DATTC

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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.