Basic admin training for the visually and aurally impaired

2014-10-01 00:00

THE KZN Blind and Deaf Society’s training wing, The Academy of Learning, offers training courses in basic computation, switchboard and telephony for the visually and aurally impaired.

A five-month course in basic computer literacy, or a three-month course in telephone and switchboard training, will equip students with the knowledge and skills to be employed in normal working conditions. Students receive a certificate at the end of each course, which is very similar to receiving Seta-accredited certification.

The computer training course offers specialised training for the visually impaired with the use of a program called Jaws, which is voice activated. In the past, the only institute in the country that offered such a course was the South African National Council for the Blind in Pretoria. Now visually and aurally impaired people receive the necessary training locally.

The training centre has graduated a number of students and Grey’s Hospital and the Department of Transport are some of the local employers of students who have graduated.

“Corporates generally have a reluctance to employ people with disabilities.

“We have now developed a database of potential workers who they can employ, who are fully equipped with the necessary skills to perform administrative and office work,” said Anand Naicker of the society.

The society has a policy whereby visually and aurally impaired students who have been employed from its database will be supervised for the duration of three months, during which time the society will ensure that both the employee and employer are comfortable with each other and that they are able to work together well.

The society also provides accommodation for a limited number of students in training. Students who come from far are welcome to live in open-plan accommodation at the society’s student hostel for the duration of their five-month course.

The society is currently aiming to secure potential sponsors or donors to contribute towards building a hostel that caters for more students with individual living quarters.


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