Testimonials

"A very big Thank You to Vision-Aid for providing quality education to persons with Visual Impairment and even providing financial scholarships for the TEDx certificates for more advanced courses; it motivates and empowers me to continue learning from MOOCS. The hackathon was an amazing experience for me and looking forward to many such events by Vision-Aid in future."

Aditi Shah a Vision-Aid student

"Great work being done with great dedication and innovation."

These were the comments in the Vision-Aid guest book by our esteemed guest, Ms. Alice Crasto, Regional Director of Sight Savers International, who visited the Vision-Aid Center in Visakhapatnam (Vizag) India . Ms. Crasto, along with a team of senior officers from Sight Saver’s International’s Indian Office in Mumbai, spent around two hours in the center first observing the computer training classes which were in progress with three visually impaired students and later spending time in observing a patient undergoing comprehensive low vision evaluation and rehabilitation. SSI is a UK based NGO that promotes eye care all around the world, and at this time a partnership between SSI and Vision-Aid is being explored by both organizations to see how the organizations could work together to benefit the visually impaired in under-served areas.

"I am overwhelmed with the achievements of your organization in such a short time."

Sarfaraz A Khan, MD, Director, Vision Rehab. L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India.* Dr. Khan visited the Vizag Center in Visakhapatnam, India, a project supported by Vision-Aid.

"I wish to place on record the sincere appreciation of each one of us at the Institute, for Vision-Aid USA and Vision-Aid Visakhapatnam (India). . . . We are now in a position to state with considerable pride and confidence that in Vision-Aid we have found a credible and efficient partner, a real well wisher of persons with visual impairment whom we are all committed to serve."

Mr.A.K.Mittal, Regional Director, National Inst. for the Visually Handicapped, Government of India. This message was given at the conclusion of a free week-long training session for school teachers jointly organized by Vision-Aid and NIVH.

"I am humbled by the dedication and commitment of the Low Vision service you decided to offer to the visually handicapped and disabled persons at low (and free of) cost in Visakhapatnam. if I can join in the Mission in Vision Recovery of the Visually Handicapped and Vision Rehabilitation of the Visually Disabled."

Sriram Sonty, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Sonty visited the Vizag Center in Visakhapatnam, India, a project supported by Vision-Aid.

"I have had the opportunity to visit the Vision-Aid Center in Vizag, to meet with the people who are managing and staffing the center. . . . The initiative taken by Vision-Aid to provide Low Vision and Vision Rehab Services on a charitable and non-profit basis is indeed commendable, and they are providing through their center a much needed service to people who suffer from visual impairments in the Vizag region. I wish them the very best in their efforts, and have no hesitation in endorsing their requests to individuals, Government agencies, and NGO's to support them in any way possible so that this important venture can succeed and many people may benefit from it."

Dr. K. Ilango, MD, Head, Low Vision Center, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, India.*

"Vision-Aid is doing some really impressive work. . . . I wish them all the best in achieving their dreams."

Dr. Nishta Dewani, Sight Savers International, Mumbai Office. Dr. Dewani made this comment during her visit to VisionAid Vizag.

* In the area of Vision Rehab., L V Prasad Eye Institute and Aravind Eye Hospital belong to a select group of facilities that are recognized as South East Asian World Health Organization Collaborating Centres of Excellence for prevention of blindness.

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.