Vision-Aid’s Python Program, one of its flagship generation schooling program for the visually impaired, is one hundred% volunteer pushed. For the past 4 years, Vision-Aid has been teaching Python programming to the visually impaired, throughout India.

Vision-Aid is on the point of launch its new 2021 program, which includes programming instructions for adults, superior venture-based mentoring for more advanced programming students, and a unique software in collaboration with Indic-AI, a Delhi based NGO which partners with Vision-Aid to mentor younger blind programmers.

Vision-Aid’s flagship program inside the region of superior technical education for the visually impaired draws many interested newcomers every yr. Learners are paired with mentors in an extreme and tasty learning revel in to master the fundamentals of programming. Course substances for the course are based totally at the renowned “Programming for Everybody” route designed by the legendary Dr. Charles Severance (Dr. Chuck) of the University of Michigan, who has over 2 million college students globally thru MOOCs like Coursera and edX. Dr. Chuck is an ardent supporter and endorse of the paintings Vision-Aid is doing to educate the visually impaired with technical abilties.

Vision-Aid additionally companions with different leading corporations such as I-Stem, IIIT-B, XRCVC and Vision Empower to host nationally famous events in India referred to as the “Inclusive STEM Confluence”. This annual event consists of a hackathon, task truthful with pinnacle IT corporations attending, and mentoring possibilities. In “Inclusive STEM Confluence” visually impaired programmers can meet with programmers from the Industry and create an inclusive studying and employment environment for the visually impaired and for IT businesses seeking to rent a various body of workers.

Some Vision-Aid students have long past directly to get jobs inside the tech industry as statistics analysts and programmers. Others have gone on to pursue higher research inside the field pc generation. You can read greater approximately the trips of those college students here. Other schooling applications provided via Vision-Aid encompass its schooling application in net accessibility testing (see https://webaccessibility.visionaid.org/) and plenty of others – a complete list can be found on the Vision-Aid online academy (https://training.visionaid.org/)

The dedicated volunteers, take time from their busy schedules over 6 months every yr, to work for several hours every week, coaching coding abilities to the visually impaired. They are some of the hidden gem stones inside the community, providing provider to others selflessly with out awaiting some thing in return, the unsung heroes who help to keep this system going and developing regardless of the massive challenges confronted in coaching a complicated challenge like computer programming to blind and coffee imaginative and prescient students. Most of them having genuinely no earlier publicity to the situation. The volunteer crew spans a couple of countries with most of the volunteers dwelling within the United Sates and India.Bhaskar Edara

Bhaskar earned his Bachelors of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from REC Calicut and Masters in Finance from Boston College. He began his profession as a software engineer and currently works as an funding analyst with Acadian Asset Management within the Greater Boston region.Bhargav Vaghasiya

Bhargav Vaghasiya is the primary visually impaired Computer technological know-how (Bachelor of pc software) graduate from Gujarat. He is currently working as software engineer at Bengaluru. Bhargav become one of the first students of Vision-Aid, who then went on to grow to be a volunteer mentor to train the python class.Giri Lingamarla

Giri Lingamarla has over 20 years of enjoy inside the Information Technology industry. He is presently running for Capgemini, a main IT services agency. He has an Programing MBA from Wayne State University and a master’s diploma from IIT Madras. He has been a volunteer with the Vision-Aid Python programming magnificence for the reason that 2015.Nisha

Nisha has 4 years of IT Experience operating as a Customer Engineer at Microsoft. Working with Infrastructure technologies, PowerShell scripting, and an recommend for Microsoft Azure. Nisha is captivated with Machine learning and information Programing visualization.Palaniappan Nallalagappan

Palani is a professional software program architect in the area of data control, visualization and advanced analytics. He has 19+ years of progressive career spanning across Technology Consulting, Solution Architecture, Data Integration, Data Lake Design, Analytics & Visualization.Ravi Rastogi

Ravi Rastogi is a board member of Vision-Aid on the grounds that 2016. He is worried in coordinating “coaching on-line programming course” for vision impaired students. Currently, Ravi ​is ​a Technical Staff at MIT-Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA. Prior to becoming a member of MIT-Lincoln Lab, he worked at Intel Corp. Ravi additionally served as the President of IITAGNE, Director of IAGB, Board Member of AVS-New England, and Core Team Member of 2016 PAN-IIT Conference.Saheel

Saheel graduated with a BTech and MS tiers in Computer Science stages from IIT Madras and UC Davis, California, respectively. Currently Saheel is working at Microsoft from their Hyderabad campus. Apart from programming, Saheel enjoys being attentive to song, studying fiction, and taking place drives with pals.Santosh Vattam

Santosh Vattam is a software engineer running in the enterprise for over 8 years. He has an MS diploma from University of Pennsylvania and presently works at Google. He has been part of the Vision-Aid own family for over 3 years now. He become a Python course mentor for the final three years and now he is also a mentor for the Python venture tune.Shobha Sudhir

Shobha Sudhir has been teaching and mentoring visually impaired and at-danger individuals for decades. She is passionate about diverse reasons and is concerned with many specific non-profits serving lots of exclusive levels. Shobha has diverse experience. She has an M.S in pc technological know-how and an MBA. She has greater thandecades of experience running as a scientist and an engineer in numerous industries.Dr. Sonal Patel

Sonal is a lifestyles lengthy learner on MOOCs. She believes that schooling which is to be had for all people really empowers. According to Sonal whilst one is dedicated to research, they could end up a ‘higher version’ of themself by taking control in their very own studying. At Vision-Aid, Sonal has mentored about a dozen college students over 4 years, all of whom have introduced her to the beautiful international of Visually challenged and were one Sonal’s center crew of young mentors. She believes those students are her genuine instructors in existence. At Vision-Aid, Sonal has shared and spread ‘love of learning’ on MOOCs among all the ones she has mentored. She wants to unfold ‘boom mind-set’, that motivates Learning with out Limits to each person and everywhere, including among folks who are visually challenged. She has currently started out a silent motion —#empoweringthroughEducationforAll. She hopes to get the momentum to this motion through the brand new batch of Vision-Aid college students in 2021.Sudhir Varma

Sudhir Varma has been a volunteer director with Vision-Aid due to the fact that 2006. In addition to being the treasurer, he teaches and mentors visually impaired students. He has a Master’s degree in Computer Science and has over 30 years of enjoy in the era region. He commenced as a scientist in Defence Research and Development Organization(DRDO) before he began operating for leading software groups. He may be very obsessed with helping others in anything manner he can and volunteers for various causes.Sulochana Devadas

Sulochana Devadas has a BE in Computer Science from BIT Mesra and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University. After working as a software program engineer for decades, she is now devoting herself to her passion of coaching. She has taught many students thru the Vision Aid Python application and has also created custom materials for coaching Python to novice and younger visually impaired freshmen.Dr. Swaroop Vattam