GIFT OF VISION IS GIFT OF LIFE
"Donum visi est donum vitae"
We hope to learn the causes and cures for blindness and to reach
people around the world with our gift of vision.
Donum Visi talks to Dr. Penny Rosenblum (Director of Research) American Foundation for the Blind, about the life and challenges of the visually impaired community during the pandemic. A variety of topics were discussed on how the sighted and visually impaired community can work together for realizing the full potential of all in contributing to the society.
Donum Visi interviews
Donum Visi chats with Kartik Sawhney, Co-founder of I-Stem, about the state of things and challenges of the visually impaired community during COVID-19 and beyond. The importance of accessibility in things all around us and a much needed mind shift in both visually impaired and sighted individuals in coming together to build a stronger community are some of the topics discussed.
Donum Visi & STEMx
Day of the Girl 2020 Celebration
We are so excited to be hosting this event for the second time in a virtual setting! This event will take place from October 11th - 17th, 2020. The day on 10/11 will begin at 12:00 pm PT (Pacific time) and we will hear from multiple incredible women in the form of presentations, panels, interviews, and more.
Register at: https://tiny.cc/dayofthegirl2020
For: 6-12th grade Girls
for poor families in India
Donum Visi enabled poor households in slums of Tirupati, India with employment by identifying tailors among them and sponsoring them to make masks at large scale. About 6000 families have access to this initiative. So far, about 2000-3000 masks have already been distributed. Another 2-3000 would be good to go. Most of them work as vendors, domestic maids, hawkers and petty shops and canteens. They are slowly recovering from lockdown effect as their businesses were hit.
Design to Donation!
Donum Visi members make hundreds of high filtration
3-layer masks and donate them to CCMP (Coalition of Concerned Medical Professionals), Oakland, helping healthcare workers and very low-income families through Covid-19 crisis
8th grade TACTILE Human Anatomy science project donations to Blind Schools!
Donum Visi partners with VISTAS Education Partners
We are working with VISTAS Education Partners to help tutoring K-12 blind students over nationwide help hotline during school closure and beyond
GOALS and PROGRESS
Working with Mike Hess, the founder and director of the Blind Institute of Technology, to develop a vocational training program for blind individuals to analyze and report on the accessibility of professional websites.
Conducting a drive and building a partnership with the Sai Blind School in Telangana, India. The drive will include glasses, canes, electronics, braille readers, and anything else the team deems impactful.
Working with Ann Wai-Yee Kwong, the director of the YES program at the Lighthouse, to develop an ongoing curriculum for Donum Visi to teach at our semi-annual (and hopefully more frequent!) weekend camps.
Organizing and conducting an semi-annual overnight chemistry camps for visually impaired and blind students across the country with the team of Dr. Hoby Wedler, Donum Visi board advisor and the founder of Accessible Science.
Donum Visi Event
A VARIETY OF WOMEN PANELISTS AND KEY SPEAKERS, EXTREMELY ACCOMPLISHED IN THEIR FIELDS OF INTEREST WILL BE FEATURED.
THESE INCREDIBLY INSPIRING WOMEN WILL SHARE THEIR JOURNEYS, INTERACT WITH THE AUDIENCE IN A Q&A PANEL, AND LEAD BREAKOUT SESSIONS IN THEIR TOPICS OF EXPERTISE.
- SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13TH 2019 - 10.30AM TO 1.30PM
- ORCHARD ROOM, LOS ALTOS MAIN LIBRARY, 13 S. SAN ANTONIO ROAD, LOS ALTOS
- FREE ADMISSION. ALL GIRLS FROM 5TH TO 12TH GRADE ARE WELCOME.
Sriram on Fallonventions
Sriram Bhimaraju demonstrates Dhrona, an Archery Assistant System which helps sighted as well as visually impaired to hone their archery skills, on Fallonventions segment (@03.37) of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon (09.17.2019)
Donum Visi partners with LightHouse Labs to run a Startup Camp where teams of blind/low vision students will be challenged to grow professionally and in friendly competition surrounded by the fun and exploratory spirit at Lighthouse Headquarters, San Francisco.
"Business Strategies Workshop"
- Sandeep Uttamchandani, Silicon Valley Entrepreneur
"My experiences as a successful blind student and entrepreneur"
- Karthik Sawhney, AI & Research, Microsoft
"Entrepreneur mindset - perseverance, vision and iterative process"
- Ravi Gundlapalli, CEO&Founder, MentorCloud
Development of a Digital Platform for training High-Performance Spatiomotor Capability for the Blind & Visually Impaired