Back to School
Our Back to School program grants students and teachers who are blind and low vision with free access to Aira’s technology and services. Enhancing their efficiency to do more, and engage more, everyday.
What is Aira?
Aira is today’s fastest growing assistive community. One tap of a button connects you to a trained, professional agent – ready to deliver objective visual interpretation.
How does the program work?
If you want to be a part of the program, click on the “Apply” button at the top of this website.
Download and Sign up
If you’re selected to be part of the program, we’ll send you a link to download the Aira app to your smartphone.
Receive the Aira Explorer Kit
We’ll send you everything you need to start exploring. Just connect with an Aira agent and you’re on your way.
Enhancing efficiencyThe Aira service is geared toward making everyday life more efficient and engaging. By working with an Aira agent, students and teachers who are blind or low vision have access to the same visual information as sighted peers, giving them the tools to manage and complete tasks on their own terms and time.
In 2017, Aira selected 100 students from across the country to take part in its first-ever Back to School program.
Navigating new environments
Meeting at specific locations
Finding a seat at the cafeteria
Using laundry room machines
Out and About
Exploring off-campus areas
Shopping at grocery stores
Ordering Uber or Lyft
Reading menus in restaurants
In the Classroom
Reading classroom handouts
Finding bulletin board announcements
Real-time description of videos
Description of diagrams or images
What students think of Aira
"The Aira Back to School program has allowed me to explore my environment in ways I never imagined. I attend one of the largest campuses in Tennessee and Aira has given me the opportunity to get around campus and find classrooms faster than I ever could. I also use Aira in my classes during presentations and mock counseling sessions. Aira's innovative technology is changing my day to day personal and academic experiences."
Middle Tennessee State University
“While at college, Aira has been very handy. It's like having a reader with you at all times. I can see how this is useful outside of school as well. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this program.”
“As students, we’re always busy and one of the things that can get daunting as a blind person is grocery shopping. You’ve got to wait for assistance, and it’s not always reliable and there’s no predictability. You just don’t know when you’re going to get in and out. So I’ve used Aira to buy groceries on the go, and it’s just been revolutionary.”
Portland State University
“I’ve used Aira to find buildings on my college campus, help me with homework, and even navigate the dining hall. Aira has heavily impacted my life. It allows me to live the life I want.”
University of Iowa
Hear from our Students
Want to take part in the program? Applications are closed for the 2018-2019 school year. Are you interested in becoming a sponsor? Let us know by clicking “Donate”.