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Vision-Aid Call Center Pilot launched!

Vision-Aid Vizag Center has launched a pilot call center staffed by visually impaired operators who have successfully graduated from Vision-Aid certificate programs.  The first batch of 5 operators - Navin, Mahesh, Uday, Kiran & Raju are now running this call center every day to support telemarketing efforts for a startup company called “Subha Samay” an online matrimonial matching service.

 

The photo shows operators at work.  The tile-calling is in the Telugu language and operators market services over the state of Andhra Pradesh India. This facility allows these Vision-Aid graduates to be trained in call center careers.

 

Vision-Aid call center pilot launched!

 

 

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Vision-Aid Stall at i3 expo draws huge interest

Vision-Aid was invited to setup a booth at the National Expo on Ideas, Inventions and Innovations, on 27 - 30 Sep at Codissa convention Centre Coimbatore

The items we are exhibiting include the following Vision-Aid innovations

  • Camera Cat
  • Camera Mouse
  • Reading Stand
  • Fresnel’s
  • Copies of books MVI, EVD and O&M

Vision Aid Stall 76,  is having excellent visitor turnout and response. So much so that, by middle of second day Sep. 28th, all the items put out for demo have been reserved for sale (Buyers will return at end of event to pick up)

 

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Thank you, Dominic Tait!

All of us at Vision-Aid are inspired, humbled and gratified with the incredible gesture from Dominic Tait,  a Canadian Ninth-Grader, who went above and beyond all expectations, to make a very valuable contribution to Vision-Aid. Dominic- we are proud of you and grateful for not only the efforts you put in to raise funds to help many needy blind and low vision children in India,  but also for the great awareness you are bringing to your community about this important cause! Congratulations!

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Vision Wand Launched!

Vision-Aid launched "Vision-Wand", its latest innovative assistive device for the visually impaired. This low-cost innovation uses modern sensor based technology (ultra-sound /infra-red) to help provide easy orientation and mobility for visually impaired persons . It alerts users about obstacles in their path via audio signals and vibrations. This patent-pending innovation is the latest in a series of low-cost, high impact devices pioneered by Vision-Aid. The launch was held on Dec 30 2013 at a media and public meet hosted by the Rotary Club of Waltair, Visakhapatnam, India, and covered in both the national print media and cable TV. 

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teacher training camp

Largest ever Vision-Aid teacher training program concludes successfully! (2)

 

In May 2013, Vision Aid has completed the biggest ever outreach training program for teachers. This training camp spanning for nearly 3 months was at the request of Saint Mary Centenary College of Education, Vizag, which offers the largest Diploma in Education (D.Ed.) training program in this region.

The Vision-Aid training started in March 2013 and by May 2013, 88 teacher trainees of 1st and 2nd year D.Ed. programs have completed the training. Each candidate took the 12 session training and passed the test, graduating with Vision-Aid ACA certificates. A combined Valedictory ceremony was held on May 3, 2013. 

Vision-Aid has received commission to conduct a similar camp for the more advanced 4-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) program that trains teachers for Primary/ Secondary schools, and this new program is planned soon.

 

Note: D.Ed. is a 2 year diploma, the prescribed qualification to be a teacher in an Elementary School. There is a great demand for D.Ed. teachers in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India and it is estimated that currently over 50,000 teachers are absorbed annually into the state’s school systems. Vision Aid’s ACA qualification adds to a teacher's ability to help visually impaired children integrate in regular classrooms. Many schools which have Integration/Inclusion initiatives are interested in this aspect of the teachers training since it helps to further the goal of an integrated classroom allowing children with visual disabilities integrate more easily into a regular classroom setting.

 

 

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Donate your used Laptop, iPhone or Tablet to a blind student!

Vision-Aid, in partnership with Samarthanam USA is excited to offer a Laptop/iPhone donation program at this year's annual event on July 27th. Please bring an old or used (but working) PC or Mac laptop or a working tablet/iPhone to the Vision Aid event and let a visually impaired student at The Samarthanam School for the Blind or at a Vision-Aid Center, benefit from your device. The blind use computers to access programs and information just like anyone else. They just use special Text-to-speech software. You can also see a demo of such a "talking laptop" for yourself! Please just make sure that the laptop or tablet/iPhone IS IN WORKING CONDITION and NO MORE THAN FIVE YEARS OLD, and includes the power/charging cord. Samarthanam’s IT staff will clean the hard drive and install new OS and special ‘talking’ software and make sure it gets into the hands of a visually impaired student in India. Samarthanman USA will also issue a tax deductible receipt for this donation. We are also looking for volunteers who can help to transport such laptops or devices to Bangalore, India on their next trip, and would gladly welcome any volunteer who can help in this regard. Such Donations may be made after the event also. For more information please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (781) 333 5252.
 

 

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Equipping teachers to help blind and low vision school children

St Mary Centenary College of Education (SMCCE) Gnanapuram. (Near Vizag) is one of the biggest Teacher training colleges of the country turning out B. Ed. Degree graduates and D Ed. Diploma’s for teachers. 
 
Through Vision-Aid’s arrangement with SMCCE we deliver our ACA (Administration of Computer Applications) course via extracurricular training camps, to their B.Ed. and D.Ed. student. The goal is   get the teachers better equipped   for universal inclusive education of disabled children slated for introduction in India by 2020.  
 
For the valedictory function for 2014, the Principal asked the students to gather in the college, invited   Mr. M.S.Raju, President of Vision-Aid India to be the Chief Guest and to deliver ACA certificates to successful trainees.
 
The training of these teachers equips them to better serve visually disabled children in an integrated classroom setting is made possible at significantly subsidized costs, thanks to the generous support of Vison-Aid donors. We are always ready to subsidize such camps
 
 

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Virtual Online Academy Technology

Please check out this video clip showing one of our instructors in the Vision-Aid Vizag Center teaching two students in Kolkata using the new virtual online academy technology. 

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=20141121+104834

 

 

 

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Vision-Aid Online Academy Successfully Launched!

The Vision-Aid Online Academy was successfully launched on December 29, 2014. The packed event held in Vizag, was covered by multiple media outlets. Some of the links are provided below. Vision-Aid sincerely thanks all supporters who made this new and innovative accomplishment possible.

The New Indian Express: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra_pradesh/Vision-Aid-Launches-Online-Training-Programmes/2014/12/30/article2594961.ece

The Hindu: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/online-classroom-launched-for-visually-challenged/article6736985.ece

Vision Aid board members stand for a picture. 

 Vision Aid board members seated at the Vizag conference.

 Vision Aid team member views a demo of an online course.

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