Support the Arts & Vision-Aid

Vision-Aid is the beneficiary of the largess of some local artists. They have donated three beautiful paintings to Vision-Aid. The proceeds from the sale of these paintings will be used by Vision-Aid to provide low cost, technology based solutions for people with visual impairment.

 Vintage (1996), the painting, was donated by Ms. Vandana Sharma. Ms. Vandana Sharma is an Award-Winning Designer and Fine Artist. Her art has been displayed in many art exhibitions and she has designed several commercially successful kids’ educational products. Vandana has won the prestigious “A Design Award” in Italy for her innovative light fixture and restaurant design. Vandana has a Masters in Interior Architect from Suffolk University. Vandana is also actively involved in philanthropic activities. She offered this prized painting for the benefit of Visionaid, a non-profit that she deeply cares about. 

 This painting was donated my Dr. Lakshmi Sarma. Dr. Lakshmi Sarma is a cell/molecular biologist. She has been an art & craft lover since childhood. She turned to painting as a hobby. She loves to paint and does so when she can find time in her busy life. She deeply cares for nature. She is a strong supporter of social causes, and is proud to be associated with Vision-Aid. 

 

The painting above was donate dy Gopika Narula. Gopika Narula, an artist residing in Chelmsford has a passion for different forms of art from creating paintings with real pressed flowers and leaves to pottery , from  creating paintings with mixed media items to creating  art pieces depicting floral, Landscape, Seascape,Still Life theme using acrylics.

Her Artwork has been a part of many solo and group Art Shows, Juried shows at various Art Galleries including Whistler House Museum of Art, Chelmsford Center for arts and Parish Center for the arts(PCA),Library shows, Lowell Art Walk, Chelmsford Art Walk(2012),  Cuisine Art 2017 by Calcutta Club, “Doors Unhinged!”(Lowell) , Revolving Museum, Lowell and many more…

Her Art work has been honored with different awards that include: Second place in “Lowell Art Walk 2007,” First prize award in mixed media in the Fourth of July art show 2007, and an honorable mention award in mixed media category in the Fourth of July art show 2008 and others …

She has been actively involved with different Art Organizations like ALL and Chelmsford Art Society at different levels. She served as a  Board Member of the Chelmsford Art Society for 10+ years. She has been involved with different organizations promoting art and culture and plans/execute Art projects for kids at “Essence of India” event every year. She has also been honored as an art Judge at different fundraisers/events by various non-profit organizations  including Ekal’s Indiart by Ekal Vidalaya, NEMA , IANH (Indian Association of New Hampshire), Gurukool (organised fundraiser for UNICEF). Speaking of Art, she is also involved with Theatre groups(Hindi Manch and SETU)and loves to act. She also teaches Art at school, art classes , summer art camps and painting workshops for adults at different locations. She has her art studio at Western Ave Studios,Lowell. 

In her own words  “I love Art and for me Art is life !!!”

Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/SrijanartsbyGopika/

Gopika has a special place for the visually impaired and is delighted with her association with Vision-Aid.

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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.