VISION-AID RESPONDS TO
THE COVID19 CRISIS IN INDIA

WE ENABLE, EDUCATE & EMPOWER THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

JOIN HANDS WITH US! READ ON TO KNOW MORE

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VISION-AID RESPONDS TO
THE COVID19 CRISIS IN INDIA

WE ENABLE, EDUCATE & EMPOWER THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

JOIN HANDS WITH US! READ ON TO KNOW MORE

You are welcome to support Vision-Aid India programs (including our COVID response ). To make a donation

Vision-Aid COVID Response for the Visually Impaired in India

Life for people with Visual Impairment in India, has been very challenging during the recent wave of COVID. In consultation with many Vision-Aid partners, stakeholders and beneficiaries, Vision-Aid is announcing a new COVID Response Program for the Visually Impaired. Here are the details. .

Why a special COVID program for the Visually Impaired (VI)?

While everyone is impacted by COVID, here are some of the specific issues faced by the visually impaired community, over and above what the general population is facing.

 

Significant mobility challenges : Most visually impaired people rely on smooth, functional, public transport systems. In recent weeks, these have been shut down and are unreliable impacting mobility.

Shortage of sighted volunteers : In normal times, many volunteers are willing to act as guides and during the pandemic they are most scarce. Whether it is a friendly stranger at the road who used to offer help in crossing a busy street, or a friendly neighbor who would lend a helping hand, the pandemic has made such support very thin.
 
Social Isolation : For the visually impaired community in particular, social distancing has turned into complete social isolation which in turn is leading to compromised mental health, and physical health.
 
Increased risks: Due to COVID India’s visually impaired are increasingly finding themselves in the need to navigate unfamiliar territory whether it is a crowded vaccination center or hospital, and their need to relay on touch to move around exposes them to more risks.
 
Inability to compete for scarce resources : Whether it is medical advice, medicines, food or other essential resources, the shortage has created pressures in the system and those who are disabled find it harder to compete and survive
 
Accessibility challenges : Even the online and digital world is unfriendly. In its effort to roll out online services and apps various agencies are neglecting the aspects of digital accessibility and many web sites and apps, which can be used easily by sighted persons are impossible to use for someone who only relies on screen readers. Whether it is trying to register on a COVID related web site or order medicines or food supplies online in a lockdown, many digital barriers make even seemingly simple things difficult.
For those who actually contract the virus and need serious medical attention, imagine the plight of someone trying to navigate the currently overstressed hospital systems and trying to get care while being visually impaired.

We get you connected to the Experts and provide support during these COVID Pandemic times.

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