Announcing Webinar series on Best Practices

Vision-Aid’s online “Best Practices” webinar series to celebrate the Vision 2020 program continues to be on a roll! Topics focusing on several important areas in the field of Vision Impairment, Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation bring together experts from many locations arund the world to offer best practices in these different domains. Schedule: The series began in April and will run through June, 2020.

When we started we had fewer than 25 registrations and now we are happy to have over 500 registered from 175 different organizations and 15 countries. May this viral spread of learning continueto flourish!

Here are some of the upcoming sessions. Please stay tuned for more! All sessions will be online and free but registration is required! Meeting links will be sent to those who register. So please register soon! 


Date: Saturday, July 4th, 9 – 10 AM USEST,  Saturday July 4th,  6:30 – 7:30 PM IST.  Please adjust for your own time zone!

Dr. Sam Taraporevala

Dr. Sam Taraporevala

Krishna Warrier

Krishna Warrier


Topic: Best Practices in Awareness and Advocacy Programs for the Visually Impaired

A key factor impacting the effective inclusion of blind and low-vision persons into the social mainstream is the lack of awareness concerning the lives of the visually challenged, as also the presence of myths concerning them. The Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC) has recognized this need and has tackled this issue through awareness initiatives such as its flagship event Antarchakshu®—The Eye Within and an active engagement with policymakers through advocacy initiatives. This session will touch upon this dual approach in terms of its antecedents, approach, and case examples. About the speakers

Dr. Sam Taraporevala, retired as Associate Professor & Head Department of Sociology and Anthropology of St. Xavier’s College, Autonomous, Mumbai. He is currently the Executive Director of the Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC) which he founded in 2003. He has been actively involved in advocacy and awareness work in the field of social inclusion using applied research to address key access challenges for persons with blindness and low vision. He has been at the forefront of work resulting in the amendment of the Copyright Act, India in 2012, deployment of over 30000 accessible ATMs in India and opening up of science education for blind and low vision students.  

He is currently on various national bodies including

  • Vice President & Chair, Committee on Policy Intervention, DAISY Forum of India
  • Member, Braille Council of India (BCI)
  • He has also been Member, Expert committee to decide and list out modern assistive devices for all categories of PWDs under revised ADIP Scheme, Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt of India

Other positions held:

  • Member, Expert Committee for the Resource Centre for Persons with Different Disabilities, National Library, Kolkata.
  • Member, Task force for National Centre of Universal Design and Barrier free Environment for Persons with Disabilities, India.
  • Member, Board of Studies, Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai.
  • Member, National Selection Committee for selecting the awardees for the National Awards for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities for the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • Member, Sub-group on Accessibility, Mobility, Research & Innovation to give inputs for the 12th Five year Plan.
  • At St. Xavier’s College, Autonomous Mumbai he was on various committees including:.
  1. Member, Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC)
  2. Member Academic board
  3. Chairman Board of Studies – Sociology and Anthropology
  4. Executive Convenor – Enabling Committee

Krishna Warrier, a former journalist, now works in the disability domain. He is a consultant with the Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC) and has conducted close to 100 sensitisation and awareness workshops on the lives of persons with disabilities.

He also has over 30 years’ experience in Journalism and Communications Skills, and has held senior editorial positions in Reader’s Digest, Hindustan Times, Mid-day, and Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy (CMIE).

He has trained students in various facets of communication at institutions like the IITB-Monash Research Academy (IIT Bombay), St Xavier’s College, Sophia College, KC College, Wilson College, the Xavier’s Institute of Communications, etc.

Trekking and table tennis are his other passions.Date: Wednesday, July 1st, 10 – 11 PM USEST,  Thursday July 2nd,  7:30 – 8:30 AM IST.  Please adjust for your own time zone!

Kirby Lindgreen

Kirby Lindgren

Topic: Best Practices in Online Education for the Visually Impaired

Founded in 1920, Hadley’s mission is to create personalized learning opportunities that empower adults with vision loss or blindness to thrive – at home, at work, and in their communities.  In today’s presentation, Kirby will discuss data on the evolving technology environment, review research Hadley has done over the past two years, outline best practices in online education, and give a brief demo of Hadley’s newly developed website with creative accessibility features and exciting new content – including new innovative, interactive Braille workshops. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Hadley relies on contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations to fund programs which are free to their clients. Come visit us at About the speaker

Kirby Lindgren is the Director of Professional Outreach at the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired. In this position he develops win-win partnerships with Physicians and Professional Organizations focused on helping the Blind and Visually Impaired. Prior to joining Hadley, Kirby spent 10 years working at another non-profit organization focused on training adoptive and foster parents online. Previously, he worked for Hewlett-Packard as an IT Consultant and has held other leadership positions focused on operations, education, and training. Kirby holds a degree in Business with focus on Computer Science and Education.Date: Friday, June 26th, 7:30 – 8:30 AM USEST,  Friday June 26th,  5 – 6 PM IST.  Please adjust for your own time zone!

Dr. Kathryn Miller

Dr. Kathryn Miller

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Dr. Anna Maria Baglieri 

Topic: Basic Assessment and Management of Pediatric Low Vision Patients

The presentation will encompass an overview of the components of a low vision evaluation including assessment techniques and management strategies in evaluating a child with vision disabilities. A discussion of both optical and non-optical vision accommodations to enhance vision performance will be reviewed.  Several cases will highlight  the vision support strategies successful in young children. About the speakers 

Dr. Miller is an associate in Ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital Boston and Waltham and an Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology at the Harvard Medical School. Her specialties are in pediatric/infant contact lens and pediatric low vision rehabilitation (magnification systems and adaptations) for the blind and visually impaired. Research activities have included the study of effects of optical correction on the functional vision of children with cerebral palsy and involvement in the IATS study Infant Aphakia Treatment Study, a NEI-sponsored study to compare the visual outcomes of children with congenital cataracts corrected with contact lenses vs. intraocular lens implants. Dr Baglieri is an Instructor in Ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital Boston and Waltham and an Instructor in Ophthalmology at the Harvard Medical School. Her specialties are low vision evaluations and specialty contact lenses. She completed her pediatric optometric residency and was an instructor at the New England College of Optometry (NECO), Individual with Disabilities Service at the New England Eye Institute which provided primary and consultative eye care for infants, children, and adults who have visual, physical and/or cognitive disabilities at various sites such as Perkins School for the Blind, Spaulding Rehabilitation, Cardinal Cushing, and May Center School for Brain Injury and Related disorders. 

Date: Tuesday, June 22nd, 7:30 – 8:30 AM USEST,  Tuesday  June 22nd,  5 – 6 PM IST.  Please adjust for your own time zone!

 David Kingsbury, Assistive Technology Expert and Instructor, Carroll Center for the Blind, Boston

Topic: Best Practices in Assistive Technology Training Instruction for Blind and Visually Impaired Adults

About the Speaker

David Kingsbury is an assistive technology instructor at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Massachusetts. He has worked in this capacity since January 2015 and did similar work part time for several years before that. In early 2007, David graduated from the Carroll Center’s Independent Living Program. He is also the First Vice President of the Bay State Council of the Blind, the Massachusetts affiliate of the American Council of the Blind.

Prior to becoming blind in 2004, David worked in international development as an agricultural economist, with a geographic focus on Sub Saharan Africa. He lived and worked in Rome for the United Nations from 1996 to 2006, and previously worked for the US Agency for International Development in Zaire. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal and Chad.

He is the author of two assistive technology-related books. Format Your Word Documents with JAWS and NVDA: A Guide for Students and Professionals was published in April 2019 by the National Braille Press. When One Web Browser Is Not Enough: A Guide for Windows Screen Reader Users will be published next month by the Carroll Center for the Blind.About the Session 

This presentation focusses on lessons learned over more than three decades of adult assistive technology instruction at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton Massachusetts. Training is conducted individually or in small groups (three to four people) with duration varying from just a few hours to several weeks. Most instruction covers using screen readers and screen magnification (primarily JAWS, ZoomText or Fusion) in the Windows environment. File management, Word, Outlook, Excel, and web browsing are important topics. Smart phone use (primarily iPhone/iPad with Voiceover) has also emerged as an important area for instruction.
Prior to the COVID 19 crisis, all training was provided face-to-face. Since March of this year, training has been conducted remotely, and lessons are beginning to emerge on the strengths and weaknesses of this approach.

Among the lessons learned are:

• Individual or small group training tailored to the specific needs and capacities of participants is most effective.
• Adult motivation to learn is often very strong, especially among those who used computers prior to sight loss.
• Identifying core techniques and topics to be mastered by the end of training is essential, while at the same time creating awareness and providing reference material on important but perhaps less essential topics.
• Providing reference materials in both audio and text format is useful for building skills.
• Identification of ways for participants to continue improving their technology skills after training has ended is critical for fostering future independence.

Date: Thursday, June 18th, 7:30 – 8:30 AM USEST,  Thursday  June 18th,  5 – 6 PM IST.  Please adjust for your own time zone!


Professor John Ravenscroft Director of the Scottish Sensory The Moray House School of Education, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK


Topic: Identifying and supporting economic needs of families, including with children with cerebral visual impairment

 About the Speaker

Professor John Ravenscroft is Chair of Childhood Visual Impairment at the Moray House School of Education and Sport at the University of Edinburgh. He is currently the Director of the Scottish Sensory Centre and is Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Visual Impairment. He has vast experience of inclusive education, and has advised various Governments, locally, nationally and internationally on promoting successful inclusive education. He is the host of the “Conversations about CVI” and the editor of the Handbook of Visual Impairment.

Principal Interests

  • visual impairment
  • cerebral visual impairment
  • inclusion
  • childhood and disability studies
  • Inclusion and Inclusive Education

About the talk

There has been debate in the literature about the exact role socioeconomic status has on vision impairment and one question (of many) that still remains to be answered as the literature seems to be undecided is around the issue of whether vision impairment is more prevalent in lower socioecomic areas than more affluent areas and  if sowhy?  This short presentation will look at the effect of social deprivation and vision impairment and will use data gathered from different sources within Scotland to look at some of the outcomes with respect to education and qualifications. The presentation will also examine the incidence of cerebral visual impairment within different socioeconomic groups again using data gathered within Scotland.

Date: Friday, June 12th, 10 – 11 PM USEST, Saturday June 13th,  7:30 – 8:30 AM IST.  Please adjust for your own time zone!

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Dr. Cay Holbrook, The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada

Topic: Instructional Services for school-age students who are blind or visually impaired

About the speaker

Dr. Cay Holbrook is a professor of Special Education-Visual Impairment at The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. She provided instructional services to students with visual impairments for several years and then obtained her doctoral degree from Florida State University. She has held faculty positions at Johns Hopkins University, The University of Arkansas at Little Rock prior to her tenure at UBC. Dr. Holbrook’s research focus is literacy including reading and writing in braille. Dr. Holbrook is the recent recipient of the President’s Award from Braille Literacy Canada and the Wings of Freedom Award from The American Printing House for the Blind.About the Talk

During this webinar participants will learn about educational services providing instruction to school-age children and youths in Canada and The United States. Information will be provided about adaptations and implementation of instruction in areas of the Core and Expanded Core Curriculum. Participants will also be given information about specialized assessments for this population including Functional Vision Assessments and Learning Media Assessment. In addition, Dr. Holbrook will discuss various options for service delivery along with the benefits and challenges of each.

Date: Tuesday, June 9th, 10 – 11 PM USEST, Wednesday June 10th,  7:30 – 8:30 AM IST.  Please adjust for your own time zone!


 Pallavi Deshpande – AIF Clinton Fellow at Vision-Aid

Topic: Disability Rights & Life Skills Training For The Visually Impaired 

About the speaker

Pallavi Deshpande is currently serving as an AIF-Clinton Fellow at Vision-Aid. She graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in Economics. At Vision-Aid, she has been working with the Vision-Aid Online Academy team to develop the platform and has designed two new courses in collaboration with the America India Foundation (AIF) – Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and Life Skills among several other contributions and accomplishments. 

About the Talk

During this webinar, Pallavi Deshpande will talk provide an overview of Rights of Persons with disabilities (with a focus on the visually impaired) and describe the training course she developed. Pallavi will also disucss Vision-Aid’s Life Skills, and explore why incorporating them into educational interventions is crucial for holistic and sustainable empowerment of the visually impaired. She will also talk briefly about her innovative research into the intersection of education and space with disability and the importance of being aware of these factors, when designing interventions for the visually impaired. 

The Vision-Aid team sincerely thanks the America India Foundation (AIF) team for their support and collaboration in the development of these new training programs at Vision-Aid. In particular, we sincerely thank Ms. Nirmala Garimella (Pallavi’s mentor during her Fellowship at Vision-Aid), Mr. Manish Kumar (AIF ABLE program), and Ms. Chandni Wadhwani (AIF Fellowship program) for their valuable contributions and guidance.

 Date: Friday June 5th, 10 – 11 PM USEST, Saturday June 6th,  7:30 – 8:30 AM IST.  Please adjust for your own time zone!

Gullapalli Rao

Dr. G.N.Rao, Chair and Founder, LVPE


Dr.Beula Christy head of L.VPEI Vision Rehab.

 Topic: Best practices in Operating a Tertiary Low Vision Center: Synopsis

About the speakers

Dr. G.N.Rao is a renowned, award-winning luminary in the field of vision and eye care in India and globally. Dr. Rao was nominated by the Govt. of India to the apex body of WHO for vision – the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness where he served initially as a board member, and then the secretary general.  He was honored by the Government of India, with the Padma Shri award. He was elected in 2017 to the Ophthalmology Hall of Fame instituted by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Gullapalli N Rao established the L V Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad 31 years ago and is the Founder & Chair of that Institute.  

Academic and Research Achievements:

  • Honorary Doctorates from the University of Melbourne and University of New South Wales, Australia, Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences, India, University of Bradford, UK and GITAM University, India
  • President of “Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI)”, group of 80 of the most eminent academicians in ophthalmology in the world
  • Visiting professor to many Universities in the U.S, Europe, Australia, and Asia
  • Published about 300 papers in peer-reviewed international journals
  • Editorial Boards of several international journals of ophthalmology
  • “Fellow qua surgeon” of the “Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons”, Glasgow
  • Fellow of two of the Science Academies of India
  • Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences.

Other Contributions:

  • Former Secretary-General and later Chair of the Board and CEO of the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) in which role played a pivotal role in developing and fostering the global initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness along with WHO – VISION 2020: The Right to Sight in partnership with World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Board of Trustees, International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO)
  • Leadership Position in many National and International eye care organizations
  • Founder & Chair of L V Prasad Eye Institute, India
  • Boards of many national and international organizations.

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Dr.  Beula Christy holds a post-graduation in vision science (MRSc) Holy Cross College in Tiruchirapalli, and a postgraduate diploma in guidance and counseling from Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu. She followed this with a PhD in vision science from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. She was trained by international agencies such as Bartimeus, the Netherlands, and Hilton Perkins on early intervention of multi-handicapped. She has rich experience in community outreach services; she was instrumental for CBR projects in the rural Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.

About the talk

During the talk Dr. Rao and Dr. Beula, will discuss how a comprehensive approach to low vision rehabilitation at the ‘tertiary level’ was realized using the WHO’s standards on vision rehabilitation. The framework discussed will cover topics such as type of services to be provided as minimum standards, methods of service delivery, referral linkage to secondary and primary level, and guidelines on infrastructure and human resources. The importance of networking, advocacy, awareness-raising among families and communities, and the need for up taking research and training as an essential component of services will be explained. 

Date: Thursday May 28th, 10 – 11 PM USEST, Friday May 29th, 7:30 – 8:30 AM IST.  Please adjust for your own time zone!


 Ramakrishna (Ram) Raju, Founder, Vision-Aid

Topic:    Best Practices in Enabling, Educating and Empowering the Vision Impaired – The Vision-Aid Model

About the speaker

Ram Raju is the founder and volunteer executive director of Vision-Aid, a nonprofit serving the visually impaired. Ram holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University, and an ALM degree from   Harvard  . Ram was recognized for his public service by Harvard University with the Derek Bok Public Service prize in 2019 and the “Making a Difference Award” in 2019 from CHI among others.

About the talk

During this talk Mr. Raju will provide an overview of the Vision-Aid model – a model which has been developed over the past decade of running programs to enable, educate and empower the visually impaired across ten locations in India, and take a deeper dive into some of the exciting new initiatives underway at Vision-Aid.

 Date:  Tuesday May 26th, 7:30 – 8:30 AM Indian Standard Time / Monday May 25th , 10 – 11 PM US EST, Please adjust for your own time zone!

Dr. Linda Lawrence MD, Ophthalmologist

Topic: The importance of Vision: Visual development and Low Vision in infants and small children

During this webinar, Dr. Linda Lawrence will explore the importance of Visual development and Low Vision in infants and small children, and the special considerations and best practices for pediatric low vision services.

About the speaker

Dr. Linda Lawrence, an internationally renowned Opthalmologist, runs her private practice in Comprehensive ophthalmology with pediatric emphasis in Salina, Kansas.

A vocal advocate for earlier detection and interventions, she has not only documented the high rate of undiagnosed ocular pathology in infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities and coauthored a book chapter on Pediatric Low Vision, she has also trained trainers from South and Central America, India, Africa, China, Vietnam, and the Middle East, apart from the USA, in this area.
She has worked with the WHO to develop the International Low Vision Rehabilitation Standards and spoken at many international conferences and authored a book chapter on Pediatric Low Vision.

She volunteers with several organizations- ORBIS, Kansas State School for the Blind, Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru (CASP) for students with neuro-developmental disabilities, with CDC on the congenital Zika syndrome, and University of Kansas as a Volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Lawrence was numerous awards to her name – International Humanitarian Services Award, Senior Achievement Award and Secretariat Award from the AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology ), and an achievement award from AAPOS (American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus) to name a few!

Date:  Friday, May 22nd, 7:30 – 8:30 AM Indian Standard Time / Thursday May 21st, 10 – 11 PM US EST, Please adjust for your own time zone!

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 Neha Sharma,Speech-Language Pathologist

Topic:  Best Practices in Communicating with individuals with MDVI In this Webinar, Neha will outline best practices in communicating with individuals with Multiple Disabilities and Vision Impairments. The following topics will be discussed:

Communicating with those with MDVI
Assess the child, not the diagnosis
Basic communicative functions
Accommodations for optimal communicative access

About the Speaker

Neha Sharma is a Speech-Language Pathologist and has been practicing for 16 years. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Linguistics and Cognitive Science and a Master’s of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has worked with preschool, elementary, and middle school aged children in private and public-school settings. She has specialized in addressing the communicative needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and those with significant global challenges due to severe comorbid diagnoses. In addition to ameliorating the communication disorders of these children, Neha is passionate about providing students and families with behavioral and augmentative and alternative communication strategies to carryover in all settings.

She has developed many thematic activities linked to school curriculums, community activities, and vocational tasks that address social pragmatics, expressive and receptive language skills, fluency, and articulation. Neha also has a strong interest in working with multilingual families and students to best support their communicative needs. She is passionate about working with students with significant needs and currently practices in the Deafblind Program at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA USA.Date:  Monday, May 18 th, 5 – 6 PM Indian Standard Time / Monday May 18th , 7:30 – 8:30 AM US EST, Please adjust for your own time zone!

Karina Thompson
Karina Thompson, M.Ed., OT/R, COMS 

Topic: The Role of Orientation and Mobility in the World of the Visually Impaired

This seminar will focus on how individuals with visual impairment are better able to travel with greater independence using taught strategies and tools. The difference between direct teaching and incidental learning, guidance strategies, and the five points of travel will be discussed.

About the speaker

Karina Thompson is an Occupational Therapist with a M.Ed. in Orientation and Mobility who works at the Massachusetts Association for the Blind as a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) and Occupational Therapist for individuals with visual impairment.

COMPLETED SESSIONS (RECORDINGS AVAILABLE)Date: Tuesday, May 12th, 17:00- 18:00 PM Indian Standard Time / Tuesday, May 12th, 07:30 AM- 08:30 AM US EST, Please adjust for your own time zone!

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Dr. Alexis “Lexi” Malkin , OD, FAAO

Title: Overcoming Barriers to Low Vision Care

This presentation will discuss strategies for overcoming barriers to providing low vision care. Common challenges and their solutions will be presented as well as a brief discussion surrounding the integration of telemedicine into low vision care.

Dr. Malkin is a graduate of Emory University and completed her optometry training at New England College of Optometry (NECO), where she graduated salutatorian. She completed her residency at the Northport VA Hospital with a focus in primary care optometry, low vision rehabilitation and vision therapy. Dr. Malkin then completed the Lions Vision Rehabilitation Fellowship at Johns Hopkins in 2010.

Dr. Malkin is on faculty at New England College of Optometry as an Associate Professor of Clinical Optometry. She has a focus on vision rehabilitation didactically and clinically. Dr. Malkin has published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts in low vision rehabilitation and clinical outcomes. In addition, Dr. Malkin has lectured throughout the US and internationally on a variety of topics including Patient Outcomes, Optics, and technology in Low Vision.

  Date:  Thursday, May 14 th, 5 – 6 PM India Time (Thursday, May 14th, 7:30 – 8:30 AM US EST). Please adjust for your own time zone!

Topic: Overview of CVI: Definition and considerations around assessment and habilitation

Dr. Barry Kran, OD, FAAO.

About the speaker

For the past nineteen years, Dr. Kran has been working with individuals with visual and other impairments. He is the Optometric Director of the New England College of Optometry (NECO) Center for Eye Care at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown. This clinic is also the base for his research and collaboration with Drs. Mayer and Ross at NECO and with others in the Boston area performing cutting edge research on Cerebral Vision Impairments (CVIs). CVI is the leading cause of pediatric vision impairment in the developed world.

Dr. Kran’s current research interests involve developing appropriate diagnostic vision tests for individuals with disabilities with normative data surrounding these tests, understanding and developing a database of the vision-related outcomes of low incidence conditions, and breaking the barriers to eye care that individuals with disabilities encounter. Currently, he is exploring a novel contrast sensitivity test which aims to be useful for individuals with reduced cognitive function and/or expressive communication skills. Dr. Kran is also investigating the various aspects surrounding the diagnosis of individuals with cortical visual impairment, the leading cause of pediatric blindness.
Dr. Kran has lectured extensively in North America as well as in Europe, the Middle East, India and China. He has also worked and consulted with eye clinics and schools for the blind in many of these same areas who care for individuals with visual and other impairments. His work has been recognized statewide, regionally and nationally by service providers, state agencies and professional organizations.

 Date:  Wednesday, May 6th, 7:30 – 8:30 AM India Time (Tuesday, May 5th, 10 PM – 11 PM US EST). Please adjust for your own time zone!

Topic: Advances in low vision technology

Dr. Bhavani Iyer, OD, FAAO.

 About the talk

Low vision devices have come a long way. From simple handheld devices to the complex head mounted electronic options, low vision devices continue to change the lives of those that are fitted with it. This talk explores the gamut of options available to those that are visually impaired.. During this talk, Dr. Bhavani Iyer will explore a wide range of low vision devices and technology. 

 About the Speaker

Dr. Bhavani Iyer OD, FAAO is an associate professor at the University of Texas, McGovern Medical School in Houston. She is the director of the Dan Arnold Center for Vision Rehabilitation, a comprehensive vision rehabilitation program complete with occupational therapy and orientation mobility training.

Date:  Thursday, April 30th,  5 – 6 PM India Time (Thursday April 30th, 7:30 AM  – 8:30 AM US EST) 

Topic: Identification and Intervention: The Key to Reaching and Teaching Children with MDVI

Kristen Layton (Director, Perkins India)

About the talk

The 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 4 call for nations “to ensure health and well-being for all, at every stage of life” and for “inclusive and quality education for all.”  An accurate count and assessment of children with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities, is the first step to reaching these goals.

Children with multiple disabilities and vision impairment (MDVI) are at the greatest risk of being left behind in education and in life which means these children are among the most vulnerable in the world.

Please join, Kristen Layton, Director of Perkins India in a discussion to address the following questions: 1) Who are the population of children with MDVI? 2) How can we improve screening, assessment and identification procedures? and 3) What integrated approaches to intervention work toward achieving educational access? 

About the Speaker

Kristen Layton is the Director of Perkins India, a program of Perkins School for the Blind. Prior to leading the team in India, she served as the Director of Strategy, Innovation and Learning and helped launch Perkins International’s programs in the Middle East and North Africa.
Before coming to Perkins in 2009, Kristen led the launch of the Inclusive Schools Network at the Education Development Center, Inc. She has held positions at Boston College, the University of Maryland, the National Deaf-Blind Project, Helen Keller National Center and as a special education teacher in New York. She holds degrees in Elementary and Special Education.

Other Upcoming Topics include:

  • Best Practices in Functional Vision Screening
  • Best Practices in imparting Computer Education for the visually impaired
  • Best practices in Low Vision Early Interventions

Date:  Tuesday, April 28th, 7:30 – 8:30 AM India Time (Monday April 27th, 10 PM – 11 PM US EST) 

 Topic: Best Practices in Vision Rehabilitation – An Occupational Therapy perspective

 Dr. Loubaina Buxamusa, PhD

About the talk

During this talk, Dr. Loubaina will explore the following best practices in Vision Rehabilitation from an Occupational Therapy perspective.

  • Using occupation as a means and an end
  • Creating meaningful patterns of engagement across contexts
  • Addressing performance issues holistically
  • Linking client factors to outcomes
  • Assessing the client first, then the disability
  • Making the process dynamic and interactive in nature

 About the Speaker

Dr. Loubaina Buxamusa is an occupational therapist who holds Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Mumbai, a Master’s degree in special education from the Framingham State University, and a Doctorate degree in occupational therapy from the American International College in USA. She has 38 years of experience working as a pediatric occupational therapist with a variety of populations.

Dr. Buxamusa is the department head of occupational therapy services in the Shrewsbury Public School district in the Boston area. She is also a college professor and teaches Masters level courses in neuroscience and in sensory integration for educators. She has presented numerous workshops, courses, and trainings on a variety of topics such as development of fine motor and perceptual motor skills, sensory integration, and assistive technology.

Dr. Buxamusa has earned several accolades for her work with children. Her personal passion in serving the visually impaired, her vast knowledge of sensory integration and neuroscience, and her deep belief in the inherent power of neuroplasticity, has led to her desire to contribute her expertise to improving the lives of those living with a vision-related disability.

Dr. Buxamusa feels that defining a purpose is vital to the success of a goal. She strives to help develop that purpose, create and reach attainable goals for those she serves. Her own purpose as an occupational therapist, an educator, and a human being is simply to infuse love, truth and compassion into every interaction and realize an opportunity for growth and gratitude in every breath.

 Stay tuned for details! All events are offered freely but registration is required. Meeting links will be sent to registered participants. 

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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, 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, 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.