Congratulations to Vision-Aid students who landed their dream jobs!

As we near the end of 2024 one of the brightest spots is 70 of our students who are blind or visually impaired landing their dream job in the Tech sector and other sectors. These 42 students of our Digital Accessibility Testing (DAT), Python programming), SQL/Database and Corporate Skills training program landed jobs in top companies like Amazon, Infosys, Goldman Sachs, Cognizant and many others (see list below), as Accessibility testers, software engineers and a variety of other corporate roles. Congratulations to the students and their trainers for this AMAZING accomplishment, and thanks to our supporters who enable such programs with their support. 

STUDENT JOB PLACEMENTS (AS OF June 2024 )

Student's Name Vision-Aid Courses Attended Company Employed
Afroz Begum DAT Cognizant
Aruna Gh DAT Infosys
Gayatri Murthy DAT Barrier Break
Lakshminarayana Varimadugu DAT Barrier Break
Sanjog Kumawat DAT Benetech
Sumakanth N DAT Barrier Break
Arun Kumar .K DAT, Python Exafluence
Asha Ramesh DAT Deque software
Aswathy VK DAT Amnet Systems
Bezawada Kiran Kumar DAT Infosys
Cornelius Lyngdoh DAT Infosys
Cynthia Singh DAT Barrier Break
Mohammed Mujtaba Ali DAT State Bank of India
Mounika.Yerram DAT Barrier Break
Prajeesh krishnan DAT Manta solutions
Sridhar Katta DAT Phone Pe
Tarun Kanuri DAT Infosys
Amrutham Dheeraj Raj DAT Tech Mahindra
ARIVALAGAN K DAT Able Aura
Asha R DAT Deque software pvt ltd
Avinash Nallola DAT Barrier Break
BALAJI S DAT Barrier Break
Kandukuri Harshini DAT Publicis sapient
Pranita Pinipe DAT TEK systems
sathya DAT TEK systems
Sheetal Odedra DAT TEK systems
Shubham Deshmukh DAT HCL
Swapna Kolluri DAT Deque software pvt ltd
Thogiti Kireeti DAT Sagarsoft
Nikhil Chidurala DAT Innominds
Priyanka Nanavare DAT Barrier Break
Dinesh SQL MacApp Studio
Kishore Python,SQL Exafluence
Ankit Deb CSDP,Python Goldman Sachs
Muskan Gupta CSDP,Python Citi Bank
Aditya Mankar CSDP IDM
Bindhu Sri Python/SQL Rx Data Science
Praveen Python,SQL Goldman Sachs
Laxmi Sagar Python,SQL Pristine Infotech
Tejas Karanje Python, DAT Pristine Infotech
Pratham IBPS Quality Council of India
Anuradha Bansode DAT Straive
Manoj Kumar Katherla DAT Amazon
Megha Gupta DAT TEK systems
Parthasaradhi Reddy DAT TEK systems
Paral Agarwal DAT Allegis Group Company
Rohan Nayak DAT TEK systems
Chandramani Semwal DAT TEK systems
Manikandan S Python Superland Technologies
Siva Chandran DAT TEK systems
Komal DAT Tech Mahindra
Vaishali DAT Adani Group
Rudolph Godson Python Amazon
Priyanka Chaganti DAT, HTML Amazon
Nishita HTML TEK systems
Gautam Gulati IBPS Bank of India
Vaishnavi Amazon
Pratik Gagh DAT TEK systems
Neha G DAT TEK systems
Sumit Garg IBPS, ChatGPT NABARD
Anil DAT TEK systems
Disha Jain DAT HCL Technologies
Kashish DAT SBI - PO
Shubra IBPS IDBI Bank
Ritu Jain IBPS Ministry of Finance, Delhi
Naresh Excel IIT-D
Nargees Begum HR/BPO Saarthee CRM
Neelkantham HR/BPO Technip
Mohit Rajendra Pai Excel Saarthee CRM
Sunil Jain CCA Saarthee CRM

VISION-AID PLACEMENTS PROGRAM

Over the last 3 decades, India has seen tremendous growth in employment opportunities in the IT and other sectors with many getting employed in quality jobs. Unfortunately, this tremendous growth has not benefited people with vision impairment which sees the lowest rates of hiring even among the disabilities sector. One of the key factors is lack of technology skills needed to be employed in such jobs. In 2022, Vision-Aid brought a heightened focus to advanced technical training programs and also launched a placement cell focused on job placements, and looks forward to continued success of our students in 2023 and beyond with this capability.

VISION-AID TRAINING PROGRAMS

Vision-Aid offers 12 different training programs specially designed for the visually impaired. These programs aspire for two important goals:

  • Empowerment: Provide people with visual impairment the training and skills required to lead a life of independence and dignity by making them literate in Computers, Mobile Technologies, Spoken English, Braille and other enabling literacy programs.
  • Employment: Provide advanced technical and corporate skills training that could help them pursue employment opportunities in India’s booming IT sector

VISION-AID ADVANCED TECHNICAL AND CORPORATE SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAMS

Vision-Aid offers technology and advanced training programs are primarily aimed at providing skills to individuals so that they can find employment in IT and other sectors. Here is a brief overview of our employment focussed training programs:

Digital Accessibility Testing (DAT): This program helps individuals develop skills to become an Accessibility tester or an Accessibility consultant. Students in this program are trained on the following:

  • WCAG 2.1 guidelines and its use
  • How to Perform Accessibility testing and document results
  • Basics of HTML, CSS, Java Script

On completion of the course, students will be able to perform DAT on websites/applications, document results as well as provide recommendation for fixes.

Python Programming Language / Training on SQL: This program helps individuals develop skills to become python programmer. Students in this program are trained on the following:

  • Basics of Python
  • Basics of Database
  • Basics of HTML, CSS, Java Script
  • Basics of Web design
  • Develop simple applications
  • DB scripting using SQL

On completion of the course, students will be able to be able to develop simple applications using Python and SQL.

Corporate Skill Development Program: This program helps individuals develop professional and soft skills that are required to find placement as well as grow in their career. Students in this program are trained on the following:

  • Learn to communicate verbally and non-verbally in a professional setup
  • Prepare for Job interviews
  • Learn to draft professional emails, resumes and cover letters

 

CALL FOR ACTION

Helping even one person with visual impairment find his or her dream job is no mean task. It really does take a village! First, it needs the immense tremendous dedication and commitment on the part of the aspirant and the mentors and trainers who help them reach their full potential. It also takes a loving village of supporters who, through their support to Vision-Aid make such programs possible.

Here are ways you can help:

  1. Donate: Help to finance the cost of our training programs with a donation
  2. Employ: If you or someone you know can influence hiring in a company in India, please have them consider our graduates for open positions
  3. Volunteer: If you have advanced technical skills and can devote sufficient time, please consider volunteering!

Thanking you, and wishing you a very Happy Holiday Season and New Year!

The Vision-Aid Team

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.