Boston’s Vision-Aid Helps Organize Access Technologies Workshop for Visually Impaired in India

LEXINGTON, MA–Vision-Aid, a Lexington, MA- based non-profit rehabilitating the visually impaired in under-served locations in India, marked a major milestone in its programs this month. The Vision-Aid flagship partner in Visakhapatnam, known as Vizag, hosted a team of 6 senior staff members from the Ahmadi School for Visually Challenged, Aligarh Muslim University, and Aligarh who came to Vizag for a week long training workshop on Access Technologies.

The delegation from Aligarh was led by their dynamic and visionary Principal Ms. Firdaus Rahman.

Vision-Aid India

Vision-Aid India

Vision-Aid India President M. S. Raju said: “As per the latest US News 2016 on global ranking of Universities based on their performance in Research, and India’s tops, you will find Aligarh Muslim University in Rank 6 way ahead of several well-known ‘ institutions’. A distinct feather in the cap of this university is that it is the only university in India having a direct campus located school for the blind –The Ahmadi School for the Visually Impaired.”

Last month, Ahmadi School partnered with the leaders in access technologies for visually impaired – Vision Aid India at Visakhapatnam.

A select team of 5 senor teachers from Ahmadi led by Principal Professor Ms. Firdaus Rahman spent 6 days at Visakhapatnam taking an intensive course: ” Administration of Computer Applications for Vision Impaired” learning state-of-the-art Access Technologies and their application to enable the Blind and Low Vision persons.

The Ahmadi team comprised of Principal Ms. Rahman, and teachers Ms. Urus Sahar, Ms. Farzana Nazeer, Mr. Jamshed Alam Khan and Mr Adil Jaleel. The trainers at Vision Aid were Ms. Rama Devi, Ms. K. Aruna and Mr. Ramesh Kumar.

The week long work shop included training on Vision-Aid’s access technologies, imparted by Vision-Aid staff in Vizag, as well as several guest lectures by domestic and International speakers who elaborated different aspects of access technologies for the visually impaired. In addition to several local experts speaking at the workshop, lectures were given by outside experts including Mr. Hasan Kabeer, President, GyaanMantra, Delhi India; Syed Ali Rizvi, President, Vision-Aid USA; Ram Raju, Executive Director, Vision-Aid USA; Mr. Sunish Gupta, Executive Director of Samarthanam USA – who joined the workshop virtually to talk about a diverse range of topics related to Access Technologies for the visually disadvantaged.

The Ahmadi school team is considering initially starting Vision-Aid Certificate Course and later Diploma in Computer Applications (for visually impaired students) and also Certificate Course for Administrates and Teachers of Vision Impaired. They would also consult with the Vice Chancellor, Lt. General Zameeruddin Shah of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Aligarh, and consider having long term, sustainable collaboration with Vision Aid for establishing a permanent program supporting Vision-Aid training courses at Aligarh. Ram Raju, Founder and Executive Director of Vision-Aid said he was “really excited that the Ahmadi School for the visually impaired is considering making Vision-Aid’s training programs accessible to visually impaired students in Aligarh”

“Vision-Aid currently supports rehabilitation of the blind and visually impaired in 6 locations across India, but Aligarh will be its first Northern India base and the team looks forward to a fruitful partnership with Ahmadi in coming months,” said Vision-Aid President Ali Rizvi.

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