Shubham Deshmukh is a stellar example of Vision-Aid’s uniquely talented alumni.

Cordial and articulate, with a zest for adventure, Shubham is an Arts major turned tech buff who has thrived on the skill-broadening exposure brought to him by Vision-Aid’s Digital Accessibility Testing and Training Program.

Presently employed at HCL as a Digital Accessibility Tester, Shubham fondly reminisces about the series of events that led him to clinch such a covetable position, and how Vision-Aid made a debut at a crucial juncture in his life. 

Having spent his nascent years in a remote village in the Amaravati district of Maharashtra, Shubham was raised on a steady diet of Hindi literature which fostered his passion for political philosophy.  

Shubham and two of his siblings, who also lived with visual impairment, thrived on each other’s support and guidance through school and college.  

With opportunities from the urban world rarely penetrating into the chrysalis of his remote home, Shubham was fortunate enough to have trusted friends and confidantes who urged him to explore new avenues of achievement.

A wanderphile at heart, Shubham has traversed several prominent cultural and political hubs of India, including New Delhi, where he met and conversed with several writers and journalists, including his personal idol Nirendra Nagar. 

After graduating with a degree in Political Science, Shubham decided to try his luck at receiving a COPA (Computer Operator and Programming Assistant) certification, a covetable central government-funded training program at NIVH – the National Institute for the Visually Handicapped. 

Despite having never received any formal computer training, Shubham managed to clinch a seat at NIVH Dehradun, being the first student to be admitted to the program out of 300 applicants. 

He completed the year-long training in 2018, much to the pride and delight of his family,  while also making several close friends among students and the faculty at NIVH. 

From then on, Shubham went from strength to strength. With only a rudimentary understanding of coding, he proceeded to Bangalore, India’s bubbling IT hub to participate in the Enable India 2019 program for advanced employability skills.  

With the plethora of technical and soft skills on offer, he began to steel himself for a tectonic career launch into the IT world.  

When the pandemic struck, Shubham was caught unawares, far from his family, and also bereaved by the death of a close friend. Nonetheless, he fortified himself and vowed not to halt in his pursuit of an IT career. 

It was at this defining point in his life that Shubham was introduced to Vision Aid through his acquaintances at the Enable India Program. Being offered a spot in the much-lauded Digital Accessibility Programme was serendipitous indeed – so he decided to take a leap of faith to refresh his knowledge and upskill himself.

The four-month intensive course opened up pathways to multitudes of digital concepts and applications including programming, ARIA authoring practices, and much more. 

Armed with a globally-accredited certification, Shubham forayed ever more confidently into the arena of job hunting. 

A few months later he received a callback from HCL. Several gruelling interview rounds later, he clinched the role of Accessibility Tester, where he is required to test various reputed websites for their adherence to universal web content accessibility guidelines. 

Bagging the HCL role was one of many victories which Shubham attributes to the unwavering support of his mentors at Vision-Aid, his family, and friends. 

Shubham is a prolific blog writer himself, and I hope he finds this one to be a gripping read! 

A word to future aspirants – if you are feeling overwhelmed, take each day as it comes, and before you realize it, you would have gone much further than you imagined.

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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.