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Meet Gurpreet:

Gurpreet’s school forms the outside world for her. She interacts mostly with teachers and parents.We wanted to transform the education of children like Gurpreet so we started learning with them. We got older students and adults involved in content creation and developed and tested our resources. Gurpreet can now learn from over 300 Special Education Modules.

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Our capstone service is delivering Special Education Modules (SEMs). Such a skillset gives a visually challenged child self-confidence to try out new things.

We have transformed the education of over 1000 visually challenged children.

Results have shown a 21.5% increase in average test scores.

Our engagement levels measure vs 30-40% with comparable resources.

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Extensive Field Research Surveys conducted in 2010 and 2011, demonstrated audio and tactile to be the most interactive mediums for delivering educational content to the visually challenged. These led us to establish the SPECIAL methodology in designing course content and delivery. Our well researched , innovative technologies contain the best content and design for cognitive self-learning. This led us to the development of Special Education Modules.


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NCPEDP Universal Design Award 2012

MIT Technology Review TR 35 Under 35 India Innovator 2013

The eNGO Challenge South Asia 2014

CityAwake Premier Showcase and Host of Disability Unconference 2015

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    When I am not working on ARISE Impact, I am either creating poetry or trying out something new

    Abhishek Syal


  • When I'm not working with ARISE, I'm eating a Pizza

    Himani Singh

    Strategic Advisor

  • Rohit Lall

    Strategic Advisor

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    When I am not working for ARISE, I am checking out new restaurants and reviewing them

    Erandi Palihakkara


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    When I'm not working with ARISE, I'm reading or strumming something on my Guitar

    Arnav Pandey

    Product Manager

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    When I am not working at ARISE, I am at an icecream parlour indulging in icecreams with my son

    Lavina Bijani

    Lead, Finance

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    When I am not working for ARISE, I am having fun with my lovely family, reading books, and going on hikes

    Maya Levy Meurk

    Lead, Salesforce Implementation

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    Shruthi Shashidar

    Lead, Partnerships

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    Moustafa Ishak

    Lead, Salesforce Implementation

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    Sean Meininger

    Web Design

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    When I am not working for ARISE, I am either reading or planning a trip to someplace!

    Liwen Yang

    HR Manager

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    When I am not working for ARISE, I am working for Akamai

    Dev Dabas

    Senior Manager

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    Renuka Sharma

    Associate Director of Content Development

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    Paul Kniaz

    Lead, Content Development

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    Nivisha Shah

    Lead, Content Development

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    Nicholas Nicodimus

    Research Analyst

Media Coverage

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  • Mapping an Idea
    Featured in: The Hindu by Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty

    Braille books are what a visually impaired student uses to understand words. But subjects like geography, economics, science, maths, etc. have maps and diagrams too. How do they decipher those? Ever thought of that?...

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  • Technology challenges impacting the education and employability of the visually impaired
    Featured in : YourStory by Erandi Palihakkara

    For visually impaired individuals, finding employment can be a daunting experience. In addition to the challenge of finding the right opportunity, they are being challenged to prove their capabilities in order to compensate for their disabilities. Consequently, demonstration of computer literacy, language proficiency, and communication skills are of the utmost importance for the visually disabled..

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  • Rising for innovation at Collaborative
    Featured in : Huffington Post by Erandi Palihakkara

    Founded in 2010 by the vision and mission of Abhishek Syal, ARISE Impact is changing the world as we know it. Act to Rise for Innovation in Special Education (ARISE) is a non-profit organization that is transforming the education of differently-abled children, empowering them to envision a future beyond their homes and classrooms. Through innovative technology and resources, ARISE Impact has developed self-learning solutions for the visually challenged...

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  • ARISE Impact Makes a Presence in the US
    Featured in : Huffington Post by Erandi Palihakkara

    This year, Act to Rise for Innovation in Special Education Impact (ARISE Impact) was one of the few nonprofits that were handpicked to showcase their highly innovative educational technology at the prestigious Collaborative conference presented by Classy. The three day event held from June 14-16 in Boston, Massachusetts was an immense networking opportunity for the major global change makers, giving them the opportunity to meet, share ideas and collaborate....

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    Join our community of hundreds of individuals who are striving to disseminate innovative educational tools to differently-abled children.

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  • Donate

    Your generous donations fuel the programs we are developing. .You can donate to us in cash or kind. We are tax-exempt Charitable Trust, with our Registration at S.No. 292-A under 12AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961 at Chandigarh, India.


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  • Volunteer

    Your time and your talents are what help us improve the education and employability of the differently-abled. Our volunteers can work from anywhere in the world, in a cross functional environment that encourages self-development. We take pride in our work culture being open-minded, feedback oriented and results oriented.

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