Year-end Update from Vision-Aid

Warm Holiday Greetings from YOUR Vision-Aid Team! As we near the end of the year, we wanted to take a few moments of your valuable time to humbly share with you some of our significant accomplishments. Thanks to support from many, 2015 was a marvelous year,

ushering in Vision-Aid training programs for the visually impaired in 3 new locations in India, while continuing to support programs in existing locations such as Vizag, Mangalore, and Kolkata. We effectively doubled our reach in just one year. 2015 also saw a very colorful and memorable annual event in the Boston area.

As we prepare to enter 2016, we are excited to announce the creation of a new  world-class English language training program put in place and with the help of US-based educators who will also help us manage it for Vision-Aid students, helping them to acquire English conversational and written skills. We believe that learning English, in combination with computer skills, will enable them to access better jobs and education, enabling them to  live with independence and dignity….and that is our mission…
we are proud of our accomplishments in 2015 and all this has ONLY been possible because of YOUR support and good wishes, and the hard work of our Volunteers and collaborators. We also take this time to wish you and yours a very happy Holiday season and a prosperous and happy 2016.

In North India for the first time! Vision-Aid and The Ahmadi School for the Visually Challenged, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh successfully completed a week-long workshop in Vizag. We warmly congratulate the Ahmadi and Vizag teams! For more details please see the India New England article

In The Southern Tip Of India. In July 2015, Vision-Aid added a new program to its portfolio – a partnership with CADRE, Kanyakumari, to bring Vision-Aid training programs to visually impaired students in the southern-most tip of India.  Read more…

Reaching Into Odisha. Vision Aid has partnered with the Milton Charitable Foundation for the visually handicapped in Berhampur, Odisha. The Vision-Aid grant helps them acquire equipment, train their teachers and allocate some dedicated time from their staff to focus on making Vision-Aid program successful. Read more…

 
Beyond Samprati, Beyond Time.

The colorful memories from “Samprati, Beyond Time” our 2015 annual event, will remain etched in our minds! We are in the final stages of deciding our 2016 annual event, and expect the announcement will be made in January 2016. Please stay tuned!

 
 
Looking ahead 

We are eagerly looking forward to launching several new programs in 2016 – A world-class English language training program for our visually impaired students, another terrific annual dance show in Boston on Sunday, July 24th (Save the date – more details coming soon!) and more… 

Please like our facebook page and stay in touch with us in our journey to help the visually disadvantaged live with independence and dignity!

The Vision-Aid Team

Syed Ali Rizvi (President)
Ramakrishna Raju (Founder & Executive Director)
Revathy Ramakrishna (Vice President)
Sudhir Varma (Treasurer)
Paramesh Garimella (Director)
Deeba Husain (Director)
Sam Pazhaniswamy (Director)
Ujwala Phene (Director)
Subha Sainathan (Director)
Seema Sinha (Director)
Ali Sirohiwala (Director)
Santosh Vempala (Director)

Vision-Aid India Relaunches its Website

The launch of this new website gives us renewed hope that India will see more lives of the visually impaired being transformed.

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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.