Braille boost for blind society

2016-11-15 06:00
Rian Strydom (left back), of Green Hands, Mnombo Kondile (middle, back row), of Green Hands, and Tamsyn Mentor (right back), of Green Hands, Sandra Dreyer (front left), of the Cape Town Society for the Blind (CTSB), and Lizelle van Wyk (front right), of the CTSB, celebrate the donation of a new Braille translator by Green Hands at CTSB’s headquarters in Salt River.

Rian Strydom (left back), of Green Hands, Mnombo Kondile (middle, back row), of Green Hands, and Tamsyn Mentor (right back), of Green Hands, Sandra Dreyer (front left), of the Cape Town Society for the Blind (CTSB), and Lizelle van Wyk (front right), of the CTSB, celebrate the donation of a new Braille translator by Green Hands at CTSB’s headquarters in Salt River.

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New technology at the Cape Town Society for the Blind (CTSB) in Salt River is making empowerment happen at the facility.

This is all coming together after they received new technology, an updated and upgraded Duxbury Braille translator, from Green Hands, the corporate social responsibility initiative of Old Mutual on Friday 4 November.

Lizelle van Wyk, chief executive officer of the society, explains that this world-class upgraded Braille and magnifying technology – on par with the most advanced societies for visually impaired professionals in the world – will enhance CTSB to increase the literacy skills of blind people in the Western Cape.

She says that between 5% and 10% of blind people globally still use Braille.

“This is a vital component of the literacy development of partially sighted or blind South Africans,”she says.

Mnombo Kondile, chairperson of the new projects committee of Green Hands, presented the upgraded technology to the CTSB on behalf of Green Hands.

CTSB is one of the most significant empowerment hubs for job creation and skills development in the Western Cape. The Society has already successfully placed more than 200 of its visually impaired students in the public and private sector the past five years.

“This selfless gesture by Green Hands will increase our reach to cover people who are partially sighted to completely blind individuals,” adds Van Wyk.

“We will not restrict our use of the new technology to the training and education of our students, but will also serve the blind individuals in the rest of the Western Cape who wish to make use of our facilities.”

The updated Braille translator is capable of supporting Grade 1 and 2 translation of text into Braille text in 200 languages.

Van Wyk adds that this is an income-generating project and that the financial rewards received from translating, proofreading and editing these documents are used by the Society to improve educational outcomes of the CTSB’s annual intake of students.

“We won’t just serve our students, but also other blind or visually impaired persons with this technology,” she says.

Other technological devices donated to the CTSB include a transformer, which helps people who are severely visually impaired to read, write and view magnified images at any distance.

The CTSB also received an Onyx Portable HD video magnifier, a lightweight camera for reading, writing and viewing images. It enables people to carry their video magnifier from home to the classroom or the office.

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