CO-FOUNDER & TRUSTEE
Having been blind since birth, my primary interest has been in accessibility research because I have faced many challenges throughout life as many technologies are inaccessible to the blind.
Vidhya completed her Masters in Digital society from IIIT, Bangalore in 2017. She was the topper and Gold medalist in her class. She was the winner of Reebok India FitToFight Awards 2017. Earlier, she was the recipient of the Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship and was felicitated by Canara Bank, Syndicate Bank, and other institutions for her brilliant academic records in secondary and higher secondary education. She was the first blind student to study Maths in Bachelor’s degree in Computer Applications from Christ University Bangalore and was the topper of her batch.
Vidhya’s talks about her life journey and the birth of Vision Empower:
More about Vidhya:
How I lost my sight but found a vision
IIIT-B convocation: All eyes were on visually challenged topper
Visually-impaired student tops IIIT-B
They were blind to her abilities, her feat opened their eyes
Visually impaired girl tops PG course at IIITB
Once shunned by the PU board officials for taking math, this visually impaired girl tops PG course at IIIT-B
CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING TRUSTEE
After meeting Vidhya at IIITB in 2014, I was inspired to work with blind students since 2015. As a volunteer at Sri Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind, I am more a friend of both the children and the teachers, than a teacher myself. I came across many students who enjoy Math and Science, but are deprived of an adequate system of teaching. Therefore, Vidhya’s wish to develop workable solutions to address this gap became my life’s mission. My research interests in the area of IT policies for education and those for differently abled children made this the ideal work for me to undertake.
Supriya has been employed in the IT industry for more than two decades in firms such as Wipro Technologies, Lucent Technologies and Alcatel Lucent and was the Chief Manager for the Center for Software and IT Management, IIM Bangalore. She has a BTech in Computer Science and Technology from IIEST, Shibpur and a Masters by Research in IT & Society from IIITB.
CO-FOUNDER & MENTOR
Amit Prakash is an Associate Professor at the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB). At IIITB, he serves as the Convener of Centre for IT and Public Policy (CITAPP) and is in the core team of the E-Health Research Centre (EHRC). He teaches courses in the areas of e-Governance, social complexity & systems thinking and technology product management and coordinates the academic activities of the MSc (Digital Society) programme.
He has a prior experience of over 15 years in public policy consulting and design of digital technology projects through his employment in organizations such as Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). His works have been published in national and international peer-reviewed journals. He has also written for the popular press and his articles have appeared in op-ed pages of national newspapers in India.
He works closely with Vidhya and Supriya as a mentor for all the VE initiatives.
Rajagopal (Raj) is a hands-on technologist with three decades of product development and technology management experience in companies like Wipro, Mindtree, Ametek and other product startups. His expertise is in embedded and web technologies and he has created solutions for customers such as Intel and Cisco.
As Program Director at Vision Empower Sylvia Veeraraghaven ensures that programs are executed efficiently in collaboration with all the stake holders.
After two decades of rich experience in the IT services industry at companies such as Wipro and Mindtree, Sylvia spent five years in the development sector at Janaagraha as the Head – Civic Participation. She used her leadership and technology skills for programs to design, build and roll out multiple Digital Solutions for transformational societal change.
Nandini is a Teacher of students with visual impairments with over 12 years of experience in education, daily living skills, orientation & mobility and has conducted numerous workshops for parents, teachers and students. She has been an instructor with Enable India, California School for the Blind and Florida State University. Her research interests are the areas of Braille Literacy, Reading Speeds, Use of Paraprofessionals or Classroom Aides and Deafblindness. She holds a Masters in Visual Disabilities from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, Bachelors Degree in Education at Bangalore and a B.A, Psychology, Sociology and Literature from Christ College, Bangalore, India.
Jyoti holds a Post Graduate degree in Education from Azim Premji University and Graduate degree from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, specializing in Human Development and Family Studies. She has worked with Children with special needs as a part of her coursework and internships. Her research interests are in inclusive pedagogy and leadership.
Geetha holds a Post Graduate degree in Mathematics from Bangalore University. She is interested in teaching Mathematics and provides free and voluntary service to high schools outside Bangalore. She is an ardent nature lover and has participated as a volunteer and resource person for nature camps such as “Chinnara Vana Darshana” sponsored by the department of wildlife conservation.
O. Aishwarya has a Masters Degree in Development from Azim Premji University. Visually impaired herself, her personal experiences are the root cause of her passion for what she does. She loves reading and writing, and frequently writes about her experiences on her personal blog, Sight Unseen.
Student Interns @ Vision Empower