A season for Festivals, Conferences ,Workshops and more…

Its that time of the year again when fall is in the air, trees in New England are bright and beautiful, India is respledant for Diwali and the anticipation of holidays and celebration is around the corner. Vision-Aid wishes all it’s well wishers a happy start of holiday season. 

Vision-Aid’s goal has always been to spread awareness and disseminate information. Fall 2019 has been a busy season for Vision-Aid team members at several national and international conferences doing just this. Here are some of the highlights.

PyCon India 2019 Conference in Chennai

Bhargav and Pranav are two of the early blind students of Vision-Aid Python Programming course. Bhargav is now also an instructor. They recently attended the Pycon National Conferences in Chennai. PyCon is the largest annual gathering for the Python programming community that uses and develops the open-source Python programming language. The conference was held in the Chennai Trade Center on October 12th and 13th 2019. Over 1200 delegates attended the conference in Chennai. Congratulations  Bhargav and Pranav – you are great ambassadors for Vision-Aid’s cause and did an amazing job in explaining to many of the interested delegates how the visually impaired can train in, and develop software in Python. Thanks to Vision-Aid team members Jayanthi, V.L.Narasimham, Y.V.Ramana for their support towards this event.

Empower 2019 at IIT Delhi

India’s premier conference on assistive technology was held at IIT Delhi Soaped campus between the

14th and the 17th of October.  It is organized to bring together all stakeholders in the assistive technology sector. The conference presented many different themes in the space of empowering persons with disabilities. Vision-Aid hosted a session  on the 16th of October to present an innovative application of AI-based technology for the blind, developed by young Boston innovator Sid Ananthan. Earlier in the year, Sid had traveled to different Vision-Aid centers to field test his device. At the conference, Vision-Aid team member, Justin who is himself blind, explained the concept of spatial awareness and how this device is addressing the issue with AI and echolocation. audience received it enthusiastically. Thanks to Sid Anantha and to Vision-Aid team members Justin, Jayanthi, V.L.Narasimham, Y.V.Ramana, Anshuman and Himanshu for their support.

Low Vision Rehabilitation Workshop in Chennai

A large workshop for eye care practitioners (Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and allied professionals) was hosted at  Vision-Aid’s partner Aravind’s Chennai campus. This was a day long deep dive into low vision, cognitive visual impairment, assistive devices and more. Vision-Aid’s V..L.Narasimham, Anshuman Agarwal and partner representatives from Shroff Eye Hospital Delhi and Sankara Netralaya in Chennai were present. Vision-Aid presented an overview of its model and services to increase awareness. Thanks to Aravind-Vision-Aid team members Dr. Sahitya, Ms. Flora and Aravind’s leadership team Dr. Vijayalakshmi and others for organizing this phenomenal workshop.

Coming soon: Boston Accessibility Conference

(Glenda Sims, Vision-Aid Panel Moderator)

The stage is set for the Boston Accessibility conference, co-sponsored by Vision-Aid, to be held next Saturday November 2nd, at the Fidelity Offices in Downtown Boston. The day is filled with interesting sessions and topics related to disabilities and accessibility. Vision-Aid is hosting 2 sessions – a panel called “Accessible Accessibility Testing” featuring several noted experts in the field, and a session featuring innovative applications of AI technology for the visually impaired featuring Sid Anantha’s innovative device “Seeing for the Blind” . The registration is free and while the conference is nearly full, at this time a handful of spaces are still available. Please register at the link below, if interested, and let us know if you are coming! Thanks to Glenda Sims, Deque Systems, Inc. for moderating the panel  and Panelists Becky Gibson, Knowbility, Cheryl Cumings, Our Space Our Place, Jeanne Spellman, The Paciello Group , Karl Groves, Tenon, Ram Raju, Vision-Aid, Rich Caloggero, MIT Assistive Technology Laboratory  and WGBH National Center for Accessible Media

 http://a11y-bos.org/about-a11ybos-2019/session-descriptions-2019/

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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.