Helping to Create the Inclusive Class Rooms of Tomorrow

Vision-Aid runs many programs which help train school teachers to become more inclusive in their classrooms that enables them to support better learning outcomes for their visually impaired students.

Since its inception fifteen years ago, Vision-Aid has offered specialized computer training courses which equip not only visually impaired students with skills to use computer applications, but also a parallel program to train B.Ed. and Diploma in Ed. trainee teachers. This program is geared to sensitize teachers in training and teach them skills to create more inclusive classrooms after they graduate and become teachers.

Over 750 teacher trainees have been trained with Vision-Aid’s intensive, one-week Administrator of Computer Applications (ACA) course, which equips the teachers with the tools and skills they will need to integrate visually impaired students in their classrooms.

In 2019, Vision-Aid has trained 73 teacher trainees who have successfully completed their one-week training program and Vision-Aid certification which includes 20 teachers from the Kaveri BEd Collège, Hyderabad and another 53 teachers LB College in Visakhapatnam. The graduation ceremony at took place at LB college.

In the last quarter of 2019, Vision-Aid’s Vizag Center will work with Andhra University to get their Special Education Post Graduate students trained at Vision-Aid Vizag, in the ACA program. Their 2019 batch of 24 post graduate students will spend one week in an intensive ACA training at the Vision-Aid center. Andhra University Visakhapatnam is a leading university in the state of Andhra Pradesh. We thank the Vice Chancellor as well as the head of department of Education for their leadership in this new initiiative. 

Despite some great progress much more needs to be done. India churns out an estimated 500,000 teacher trainees each year. Many of these teachers will be teaching in integrated class room settings which have visually impaired students. Some will even be teaching in Special schools and Blind schools. The majority of them are graduating without the requisite training or skills to work with the differently enabled. In addition to the efforts to training teachers, Vision-Aid has also been lobbying the government to make the training in Access Technologies for the visually impaired, a mandatory component of all B.Ed. and Diploma in Education programs. Hopefully this will happen soon, so that an effort can begin to tackle the issue at scale and deliver more inclusive classrooms for all visually impaired students

The Vision-Aid team is grateful to their teachers Ms. Ramadevi Mangu, Ms.Pushpalatha Gutti, Mr.Ramesh Kumar, Dr.Sam Kumar, Mr.V.L.Narasimham and Mr. M.S.Raju for their sustained efforts in this important area.

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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.