Report on Visit to Vision-Aid Resource Center, Pune on March 2nd, 2024 

The recent visit to Dr. R.S.Ayyar Vision-Aid Center in Pune yielded valuable insights into the advancements and initiatives supporting visually impaired individuals. Dr. Supriya and Ms. Apoorva, upon arrival in Pune, convened with Ms. Devi Udayakumar and Dr. Deepak Bagga, subsequently touring the Vision-Aid resource center situated on Bhandarkar Road, Lane no.10, Oppo. Raviraj hotel, Trupti Apartments, 5th Floor Deccan Gymkhana, Pune, Maharashtra-411004. 

Managed by Ms. Apoorva Shitole, the center boasts well-equipped facilities, including a computer training room for training students with visual impairment. Dr. Deepak Bagga and Ms. Devi Udayakumar led discussions focusing on standardizing equipment and resource management, aiming to establish a sustainable model of care. Notably, Dr. Parikshit and the team have ensured the independence of the Vision-Aid resource center from the clinic, facilitating focused care for visually impaired individuals. 

Hands-on demonstrations featured prominently during the visit, with Mr. Ramu Muthangi, Ms. Devi, Dr. Deepak Bagga, and Mr. Rutik Das showcasing various assistive devices and software functionalities. Attendees, including optometry professionals and students, lauded the sessions, particularly appreciating the demonstration of Smart Vision Glasses (SVG) Technology. 

The presence of distinguished individuals such as Dr. Quresh Maskati, Dr. Atal Kadhani, Mr. Athish Ray, and Mr. Vikram Desai enriched the sessions, highlighting the collaborative spirit of the event. 

Summary of CME Event 

The Continuing Medical Education (CME) event witnessed a convergence of professionals both in person and online, featuring a series of enlightening presentations and discussions. 

Ms. Devi provided an overview of Vision-Aid’s initiatives, setting the stage for interactive case discussions led by Dr. Deepak Bagga and Apoorva Shitole. Mr. Ramu Muthangi’s presentation on Smart Vision Glasses (SVG) technology offered a glimpse into future advancements in assistive devices. 

Dr. Quresh Maskati the esteemed ophthalmologist and former president of AIIMS  emphasized the importance of raising awareness about low-vision care, while Dr. Jeevan Singh Titiyal, the Chief of Dr. R.P Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences and the Dean of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, shared valuable insights into ongoing research initiatives in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Justice. 

The CME event served as a platform for learning and collaboration, emphasizing the continual development of management strategies and technology solutions for enhancing low-vision care and rehabilitation services. 

In conclusion:

The visit to the Vision-Aid Resource Center and the subsequent CME event underscored the commitment of professionals towards advancing the field of low vision care and vision rehabilitation and improving the lives of visually impaired individuals. 

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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.

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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.

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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.