New Beginnings with Vision-Aid (Part 1)

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Last Fall, I took part in a pilot program that meant the world to me. My team at UMass Medical School partnered with Vision-Aid, which helps people with visual impairment in India. India has the highest level of visual impairment in the world. Yet, many of them lack the resources they need to be productive members of society.

Created in 2004, Vision-Aid helps everyone from childhood to adulthood. Its mission is to help people with visual impairment gain independence and pride. The program is volunteer-run and funded by donors and project work. Most of Vision-Aid’s finances go to the communities of visually impaired that it serves. My team pilot-tested Vision-Aid’s new Digital Accessibility Testing and Training Center. The center is led by Vision-Aid Founder and Executive Director, Ramakrishna (Ram) Raju.

I had known Ram through our work with the Boston Accessibility Group. Three years ago, he started a Vision-Aid training program for HTML and CSS in partnership with Our Space Our Place and its Executive Director, Cheryl Cumings. I introduced the students to Web accessibility for people with cognitive disabilities.

MassCONNECT PI for EasyText.AI

I was accepted to a while ago to the MassCONNECT PI Startup Accelerator Program for my EasyText.AI startup (training AI to simplify web text for people with cognitive disabilities).

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MassCONNECT PI is a program of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio). It matches Principle Investigators with subject matter experts and key opinion-leaders from the MassCONNECT network.

The MassCONNECT PI Program helps me:

  • translate my academic research to the market; and
  • expedite the spin-out of that research.

Brian Mullen

Brian Mullen, my MassCONNECT PI Startup Accelerator Advisor, has been providing me with wonderful advice. I love learning from him. I could not ask for a better advisor.




  • Lucie Rochard, Former Liaison for Scientific & Entrepreneurial Initiatives | Senior Director of Innovation Services, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.
  • Steven Munevar, Former Senior Business Development Manager for Biomedical Research, University of Massachusetts Medical School.