Overcoming Challenges: The Inspiring Journey of Disha Jain 

The life story of Disha Jain is an inspiring example of tenacity, willpower, and flexibility. Due to her birth defect of retinal pigmentosa (RP), a degenerative eye disease, Disha faced major challenges in her educational and professional endeavours. Nevertheless, she managed to seize the opportunities because of her persistent determination, which turned out to be an inspiration to a lot of others.   

Educational Hurdles and Adaptation   

From a young age at Happy School in Delhi, Disha faced the challenges of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), which caused her to struggle with night blindness, color blindness, and seeing things from a distance. Despite these obstacles, she was determined to continue her education. By the time she reached 11th grade, her vision problems had become more severe, making it hard for her to read textbooks or see the blackboard clearly. She had to rely on her classmates for help. Nevertheless, Disha remained committed to her studies. During her 12th-grade board exams, she even brought an extra lamp to ensure she could see her exam papers better.   

Driven by her ambition, Disha signed up for coaching to pursue the Chartered Accountancy (CA) program. However, her vision impairment made it difficult for her to read from projectors and boards, causing her to fall behind in her studies. Despite working very hard, she faced challenges during exams, which left her feeling deeply disappointed and discouraged.   

Overcoming Vision Loss with Assistive Technology   

In February 2018, Disha’s eyesight worsened drastically, leaving her feeling uncertain about the future. Desperate for help, she visited several specialists who introduced her to assistive technologies like magnifiers and laptops with screen-readers. At first, the idea of using a laptop without her sight seemed daunting. However, meeting a visually impaired computer trainer who demonstrated the power of adaptive technology gave her hope and inspiration. Encouraged by this experience, she decided to switch her career path from Chartered Accountancy to a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (B.Com). During her exams, her mother supported her by acting as her scribe, writing down her answers.   

Skill Enhancement and Professional Growth   

Disha started searching for organizations that provide computer training for the visually impaired individuals. She began taking programming courses, learning languages like HTML and JavaScript, and getting better at using screen readers. With encouragement from her friends, she started exploring accessibility testing. Eventually, she decided to join the Digital Accessibility Testing (DAT) course offered by Vision Aid. This step marked a significant milestone in her journey towards enhancing her digital skills and contributing to making technology more accessible for everyone.   

Empowerment Through Training   

After finishing her course in March 2023, Disha landed an internship at Vision Aid, where she gained practical experience with the help of skilled mentors. Her hard work and abilities caught the attention of many top companies, where she appeared for interviews and decided to join HCL as an Associate Accessibility Tester, where she could combine her love for technology with her dedication to making tech accessible for everyone.  

Beyond Digital Literacy   

Disha didn’t just stop at learning digital skills; she also went through mobility training at the Vision Aid Resource Center in Delhi. This helped her gain the confidence to move around on her own, giving her a sense of independence and freedom. 

  Acknowledging Vision Aid’s Impact   

As Disha looks back on her journey, she recognizes how Vision Aid has been incredibly important in helping visually impaired people become more digitally literate and empowered. Disha herself has shown determination, flexibility, and a strong desire to learn, becoming a symbol of overcoming challenges and inspiring many others. 

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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.