Vision-Aid announced that it is partnering with Voluntary Health Services (VHS) to establish a new Vision-Aid National Resource Center in Chennai, India. The center will be named the Srinivasan-Sundara Vision-Aid National Resource center, in honor of Shri. Srinivasan Varadarajan and Sundara Srinivasan, parents of the generous supporters of this center, Venkat and Pratima Srinivasan, residents of the Greater Boston Area.
Vision-Aid would like to invite you to this upcoming, important event. Hope you will be able to join us to congratulate and celebrate with many of Vision-Aid's visually impaired students, who are graduating from training programs in the The Lachman Dass Gupta Vision-Aid Center, in partnership with Shroff Charity Eye Hospital, Delhi. During the event, you would also have the pleasure of meeting with many of Vision-Aid's team members and colleagues from Shroff to understand the programs currently underway in Delhi.
The Shroff Eye care system is a power house for eye care in the Delhi and Uttar Pradesh regions of India. In 2019, Vision-Aid joined forces with Shroff to setup a state-of-the-art National Resource Center with a comprehensive range of programs for persons with vision related disabilities. Shroff is providing a dedicated space and qualified staff. Vision-Aid is providing Shroff with the funding, equipment, devices and training and expertise to establish the first phase of a Vision-Aid Tertiary-level National Resource Center at Shroff .The resource center programs offers high quality, free and subsidized rehabilitation as well as devices for an estimated one thousand visually impaired persons in the first year alone. This center is being established in the loving memory of Mr. Lachman Dass Gupta, by his children Ram and Meetu Gupta of Carlisle, MA, USA.
Vision-Aid started work in Agra with the Lui Braille Blind school, where a new computer center was installed, solar power was provided for the whole school and spoken English classes were taught. In 2020, Vision-Aid is setting up an independent resource center in collaboration with the Radha Swamy Blind School in Agra. The center will offer a range of comprehensive services to the visually impaired in the Agra-Mathura region. The center is generously supported with a grant from the Vivek and Vandana Sharma Foundation of MA, USA.
In 2017, Vision-Aid established a partnership with Sankara Netralaya to offer free assistive devices to non-paying (needy) patients in their low vision clinic at Chennai. The Vision-Aid Shankara Netralaya fund will provide free devices to hundreds of patients every month.
Community Eye Care Foundation (CECF) of Pune is a large, well established NGO serving the eye care needs of a large segment of the community in the Pune and Western Maharashtra regions of India. In 2020, Vision-Aid will join forces with CECF to setup a state-of-the-art primary resource center with a range of valuable core programs from the Vision-Aid model for persons with vision related disabilities. CECF will provide a dedicated space and qualified staff. Vision-Aid will provide CECF with the funding, equipment, devices and training and expertise to establish the first phase of a Vision-Aid Primary Resource Center at CECF . These programs will offer high quality, free and subsidized rehabilitation as well as devices for an estimated one thousand visually impaired persons in the first year alone.The center is dedicated to Dr. R.S Ayyar, who was a renaissance man. Dr. Ayyar overcame an incredible number of challenges including visual disability to achieve excellence in everything he aspired to achieve.
Blind People's Association (BPA) which is headquartered in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, is a leading NGO in Gujarat, India. BPA believes in providing equal opportunities to all categories of people with disabilities. Consistent with the philosophy, it works for providing education, employment opportunities, equal rights and quality life for them. BPA, understands that gainful employment plays an essential part in the life of a person because it gives him status and binds him to the society. Visoin-Aid partners with BPA in the area of providing affordable assistive technology, Spoken English training programs, Braille literacy and job-related coaching for the visaully impaired.
The Vision-Aid Center in Visakhapatnam, Telangana started in 2004. Vision-Aid Charitable Services Society (VACS) in Vizag is the flagship partner for Vision-Aid USA. Today it operates 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. 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.
Seva Bharathi, a non-profit volunteer-driven service organization was set up in 1991 to help people in distress. Vision-Aid works with Seva Bharathi's Roman & Catherine Lobo School for the Blind to offer computer training to school students as well as other local visually impaired residents in the area. Vision-Aid partnerhsip with Seva Bharathi started in 2013 with focus: Finding children with blindness and low-Vision is often difficult Providing Service is difficult because of economic disparity Overcoming Difficulty to organize proper services Providing a comprehensive effective service delivery model for children is yet to be established in many parts of India
In January 2019, Vision-Aid launched the Vision-Aid National Resource center for the visually impaired in the main campus of Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai. Aravind is the world’s largest eye care provider, with a global reputation for providing highest quality care to the poorest segment of patients in a sustainable manner. The new national resource center has 7 rooms and offers a wide range of interventions customized to visually impaired of all ages – from infants to seniors.
Vision Aid has been supporting Milton Charitable Foundation for the Visually Handicapped (MCFVH) in Berhampur, Odisha starting July 2015. The grant helps them acquire equipment, train their teachers and allocate some dedicated time from their staff to focus on making Vision-Aid program successful. Milton Charitable Foundation for The Visually Handicapped is a volunteer-driven, non-profit working for the welfare of the poor and down trodden, visually handicapped children and adults. Their center is located at Berhampur of Ganjam district Odisha. Starting in 2015, Vision-Aid began delivering courses in computer education to students at Milton School. Vision-Aid also supports vocational skills like candle making and incense sticks making for the blind.
In 2017, Vision-Aid started specialized computer training programs at Nethra Vidyalaya, a non-profit, which provides education for blind in India and is a part of the Jeeyar Educational Trust (JET). Nethra Vidyalaya provides educational programs from primary level to high school, junior & senior college, where hundreds of blind students are being trained every year. Vision-Aid and Nethra will establish a new training facility where Nethra’s students can learn from Vision-Aid’s standardized computer curriculum as well as take advantage of VisionAid’s specialized education in Computer Programming and Spoken English.
The Ahmadi School for the Blind in Aligarh is one of India’s oldest blind schools, being established in 1927. The school already has a computer training lab. Vision-Aid provides free laptops to the blind students in the school and has provided free training to its teachers using it Train the Trainer program.