The Vision-Aid Model

  Type of Intervention Intervention - Intend / Target Audience
ENABLE
01   Functional Vision / Early Intervention Enable training of infants and children and their parents to improve visual processing skills including CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment)
02 Comprehensive Low Vision Evaluation Programs include low-vision assessments, performed by optometrists with training in
low vision. As an extension of the low vision evaluation program run in the centers, camps are conducted in local schools to identify potential visual impairment
03 Assistive Aids & Devices A comprehensive range of assistive devices for both individuals with low-vision and those with total vision loss (blindness), including affordable, low-cost, hi-technology alternatives. Affordability is a key consideration
EDUCATE
04 Orientation & Mobility training Orientation & Mobility training to help the visually impaired learn to navigate safely in challenging surroundings
05  Computer training

A range of training programs (one week to 6 months) to build proficiency in Computers skills. This includes suitable assistive technology and training in basic, intermediate and advanced computer applications like Word, Excel, Email and Internet use.

  • Introductory Course in Computer Applications
  • Certificate Course in Computer Applications
  • Diploma Course in Computer Applications
  • Administrators Course in Computer Applications
06 Mobile Technologies Educating and enabling use of various Apps for navigation, mobility and other functions.
07  Special Skills Training  

This includes:

  • Computer programming Training
  • Digital Accessibility Testing Training (DATT)
  • Test Preparation for Banking and Govt. jobs
  • Training in MOOCs
08  Braille Training and Resources  Including advanced Braille devices
09  Livelihood and Employment Assistance  

Including job placement assistance, job skills training, advanced training programs including computer programming, spoken English,  etc. (Currently offered via both the Vision-Aid Online Academy and residential scholarship programs)

  • Scholarship Training programs
  • Job Interview training
  • Soft Skills training
10 Life Skills  
  • Activities of Daily Living: Examples include ADLs like safe cooking for visually impaired housewives
  • Exercise and physical fitness, recreational activities (for example Yoga)
11  Spoken English Training  
  • Spoken English (Beginners)
  • Spoken English (Intermediate)
   EMPOWER
12  Counseling and Referral services
  • Emotional, psychological counseling referral, sharing informing on
their rights and benefits and providing a list
of resource referrals and career counseling. Includes information on government schemes, Rights of Persons with Disabilities, training programs for sighted teachers and a helpline.
  • Disability Rights Training
13  Advocacy & Outreach
  • Advocate for societal awareness programs, industry sensitization, policy changes
  • Teacher Training program
14 Training and Professional Developments
  • Vision-Aid Online Academy (VOA)
  • Skills training programs to train the trainers
15 Research & Development To foster innovation in devices and services, paper publications, conferences, etc.
16 Conferences & Events Participate in conferences to improve public awareness to Vision-Aid and expand visibility of the organization.

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.