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 (IIIT) Bangalore. He has been involved in setting up the Institute’s Centre for IT and Public Policy (CITAPP), Centre for Accessibility in the Global South (CAGS) and E-Health Research Centre (EHRC). His interests lie in Information Systems and Public Policy, particularly in development sectors such as public health & nutrition, education & skill development, and food & livelihood security. The focus of his recent research and consulting efforts has been equity and inclusion in matters related to technology designs and policy choices.
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.
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.
O. Aishwarya has a Masters Degree in Development from Azim Premji University and is pursuing Doctoral studies at IIIT Bangalore in the area of IT and Society. 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.
Anitha has a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai and MA in Education from Azim Premji University with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. She comes with a rich experience of 5 years in the education sector and has worked with different age groups including children, adolescents as well as adults. Her research was based on “Stimulating play with the help of easily available local materials for the development of children”.
Meghna holds an M.B.A from Osmania University and is also a Certified Nursery Teachers Trainer. She has prior corporate experience working as an Administrative manager and Senior HR executive as well as a Teacher in a highly reputed School in Bengaluru.
Devidatta started her professional journey as a graphic and web designer. After working for several years, she moved on to take up teaching as a profession and worked for more than 7 years as a primary school teacher. She holds a graduate degree in Physics from Bangalore University and has a diploma in Multimedia development. She is determined to bring all her learning to help Vision Empower achieve its objectives.
Arathi is a Design Researcher interested in exploring design and user experience in various fields, thus creating opportunities for learning, experimentation, and research. She is currently working in the field of accessibility and strives to bring in and build on her user experience knowledge. She holds a Master’s degree in Human-Centered Design from Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology, and one can read about her work on Medium.
REGIONAL MANAGER - NORTH
Anshumaan Agrawal has two years of experience as a Project Consultant in the not-for-profit sector. Prior to this, he obtained a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore. His interests include product designing and strategy for addressing social challenges with the help of technology. As Regional Manager-North at Vision Empower, he works on creating and disseminating the VE interventions to the community of persons with visual impairment.
Rajeswari holds a B.Tech degree from Madras University and has a Diploma in Montessori, Kindergarten and Nursery Teachers Training. She started her professional journey in software and moved to Early Childhood education. She comes with a rich experience of 10+ years in teaching Kindergarten with 7 years of working as a Kindergarten Teacher in a highly reputed School in Bengaluru.
SCHOOL COORDINATOR - TRIPURA
After graduating from Assam University along with a Diploma in Alternative Medicines, Sudipta started a career as a practicing Homeopath. As she loves to interact with children, she also began imparting education to young children. Currently that passion finds reflection in her role as a school coordinator with Vision Empower, supporting the schools for the blind in Tripura in the educational journey of students with visual impairment.
SCHOOL COORDINATOR - KARNATAKA
Rajesh has a Diploma in education and worked with a world renowned NGO in the field of educating children in rural India. He soon became a master trainer for the state of Karnataka where he worked on creation of digital content in Kannada. His passion in playing and interacting with children inspired him to join Vision Empower as a school coordinator. He works with teachers and students across all the schools for the blind in Karnataka and creates learning material in Kannada.
SCHOOL COORDINATOR - TAMIL NADU
Jaya is an Economics graduate from Madras University and holds a Diploma in Computer Applications. She has previous experience in teaching Computer Science basics to high school students and has more than 10 years of experience working with kindergarten children in Dubai. We are happy to have Jaya as a school co-ordinator for VE activities in the Chennai region.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL COORDINATOR
Rishi completed her MPhil in Mathematics from Madras Christian College, Chennai in 2021. As an extra-curricular effort along with her academic responsibilities, for more than 6 years, she volunteered as a scribe, taught students with visual impairment, helped teachers in evaluating papers and recorded audio files for them. As an intern at Bala Vihar, she taught Math to different age groups using Experiential Learning Methods. Her research interest involved teaching non-verbal reasoning using tactile methods to help students with visual impairment solve aptitude problems. Transforming her passion into profession, Rishi is happy to see herself contribute towards the benefit of the community while working at VE as a subject matter expert in Math for students with visual impairment.
Nibin completed his Masters in Digital Society from the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB), with the specialization in Human Centered Digital Design (HCDD). Currently he is a Research Associate at Center for accessibility in the Global South (CAGS) at IIITB and working on the VICT (Computational Thinking for Visually Impaired) and Digital Literacy projects with the partner organisation Vision Empower Trust. His prior experience was with Central railways and his passion and enthusiasm with IT and society domain made him switch careers. He is a national sound-ball tennis champion and qualified to represent India at the International Tournament in 2020. Music is always been his passion and he holds a certification from Trinity college London for the western classical violin . He is also been a traveler as he has a keen interest in exploring the environment and its elegance.
Student Interns @ Vision Empower