Vision-Aid Programs At work in Delhi, India

Due to the pandemic our new Lachman Dass Gupta Vision-Aid center at Delhi, still continues to be on pause as our partner Shroff Charity Eye Hospital, is still operating on emergency mode only. However, just prior to pausing services due to the pandemic, they were already actively serving many visually impaired persons. Here are two reports sent to us by them which can help us understand the type of impact the center is already having in its early days.

Shivam MauryaShivam Maurya, an 18 years old boy, was facing problems while studying due to poor vision in both the eyes for the last 4-5 years.He is pursuing a bachelors degree in science with Agriculture as major at Prof. Rajendra Singh University, Allahabad Uttar Pradesh. He is a very sincere and hardworking student but has been diagnosed to have Optic Atrophy in both the eyes at an hospital near his home town in 2014.His condition made it very difficult to pursue his education .His father is a tailor by profession with low monthly income. To supplement his family income Shivam had to tutor younger students to continue his education.He visited the Vision Enhancement Center of Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital (SCEH) where he underwent a detailed evaluation. At SCEH he was given a trial of Electronic low vision device – Portable Video Magnifier. During his visit they realized that he was extremely motivated and enthusiastic to pursue his education. His reading vision was improved by the trial device provided. Due to his financial hardship he was provided with the Portable Video Magnifier under the Vision-Aid Project free of cost. 

Amit KumarAmit Kumar is 15 years old boy from Bihar. He was facing issues in school due to poor vision in both eyes. He was a student class 10th in a Govt. School in Patna, Bihar. He was unable to do read or write due to his vision impairment. He has an artificial right eye and Corneal Scar with Amblyopia in the left eye. He had been to many hospitals for treatment but nothing much was done to enhance the vision in the left eye. His father is a farmer with low socioeconomic status whereas his mother is a stay at home mom. He has two brothers who had both dropped out of school to help their father in farming.Amit visited the Vision Enhancement Center of Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital. He was assessed clinically where his residual vision improved with an Electronic device – Portable Video Magnifier. Since he was desperate to pursue his education and due to his poor financial status he was given the device under the Vision-Aid Project free of cost. Using this device he is now able to read the books comfortably. Currently he is pursuing his education in school independently and looks forward 11th grade

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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.