Vision-Aid Resource Center Vizag

Vision-Aid operates via two centers in Visakhapatnam, offering a comprehensive range of courses in Computer Applications, Mobile Technologies training, Spoken English and Orientation & Mobility training for the visually impaired. The Vizag team also offers training camps in surrounding blind schools and delivers online classes that are streamed to remote locations. Initially the focus was on low vision screening programs supported by VA Inc (USA) in Government Schools. After evaluation we provided medicines, eyeglasses and other assistive devices as per they need. Subsequently a classroom model was implemented imparting computer training, Kitchen Training, Orientation and Mobility

VACS also researches and assembles low cost assistive devices and has won several national awards for its innovative inventions – the Camera Mouse, Camera Cat and Vision Wand. In 2019, VACS added a new residential scholarship program wherein visually impaired students can stay for six-months in a residential setting for deep skills training.

Innovations

A few of Vision-Aid’s several assistive devices are listed below.

Camera Mouse:

Camera Mouse device is a good example where illumination and Magnification are created and Contrast is also used to help Low Vision persons view small print and write in small spaces.  It is an Electronic Magnifier CCTV that works in conjunction with any common domestic TV.

Innovated by Vision – Aid and acclaimed by the Department of S&T India as one of the 60 best innovations of independent India, the Camera Mouse is popular since 2008 due its simplicity, ruggedness and low cost ( a tenth of comparable global models).

Vision Aid’s Portable Reading Stand with line marking Cursor:

This is basically a home-work table for close viewing work by Low Vision students.  It holds the papers or books at fixed focus distance and marks the line of view.

Camera Cat:

This is a classroom wireless device that enables Low vision students to clearly view distant black board.

Vision Aid’s Electronic Wand:

The true friend of a blind person- a hand-held short wand that remotely detects obstacles and also gives beep alert to approaching traffic .It can be used independently or as attachment to a conventional cane.

Resource Centre

In 2011 Vision-Aid started another resource centre, in the campus of Gayatri College, in Dwaraka Nagar, the commercial hub of Vizag. The space was given for a very nominal rent by Ba Bapu Seva Sangam.

Vision Aid Center at LB College- Permanent program with Rotary Club, Waltair:

In the multi-disciplinary hub of Dr. L Bullayya College there are unique jewels one of which is Vision-Aid Centre located in the west wing started in 2018 by Dr. Madhu Kumar garu (Secretary & Correspondent of Dr. L B C group of Colleges) with great support of our Vice President Mr. CA. Avasarala Srinivasa Rao garu convener of Rotary Club, Waltair.

In the multi-disciplinary hub of Dr. L Bullayya College there are unique jewels one of which is Vision-Aid Centre located in the west wing started in 2018 by Dr. Madhu Kumar garu (Secretary & Correspondent of Dr. L B C group of Colleges) with great support of our Vice President Mr. CA. Avasarala Srinivasa Rao garu convener of Rotary Club, Waltair.

Training sighted teachers to ACA certificate level, introducing them to us Access Technologies for Microsoft Office elements, enabling them to teach vision impaired persons.

Partners Training Programs

We conducted Partners Training Programs at Dr. L B College Centre wherein members from various partners underwent training in various courses of Vision-Aid.

Dissemination of know-how:

Vision Aid creates and documents knowhow packages, books, monographs and charts that help vision impaired persons and their service-providers. The prominent among these are;

Knowhow package for establishment of Computer Training

Text Book “Management of Vision Impairment”

Text Book “Job Hunting for Vision Impaired”

Hand book “Orientation of Mobility”

Statutory Recognitions & Certifications

  • VAI has obtained the required Statutory Certifications as applicable to an Non Governmental Organisation (NGO). These include Exemption for the Donations received, Exemption from paying Income tax.
  • VAI obtained the FCRA registration in the year 2009 which has been renewed till March 2026.
  • Assessment Orders for completion of the Income Tax Filing till the Financial Year 2021-22 have been obtained.

Get in Touch with Us!

Email Us at:  voa@visionaid.org

Vision-Aid Charitable Services Society.

​# 16-2-19, Official Colony, Maharanipeta,

Visakhapatnam – 530 002, INDIA. 

 

Visit our Websites:

USA: https://visionaid.org/
INDIA: https://www.visionaidindia.org/
ACADEMY: https://training.visionaid.org/

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.