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Ofentse Manyane teachers

We're teaching the teachers one school at the time

Professional, passionate and dedicated as they are, teachers who have the task of teaching visually impaired children have seldom been given any specialist knowledge or formal training in braille – and most provincial departments of education don’t provide it…

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Cathy Donaldson, President of Blind SA holding her certificate for Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government.

Cathy Donaldson honoured as finalist

We are so proud of Blind SA’s president, Cathy, who was selected as a finalist for Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government for the category of Welfare and Civil Society Organisations. This recognition of influential African leaders took place at the Vodacom Dome in Midrand on 28 July 2015. CEO Communications announced the women being recognised for Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government and the men being recognised for…

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Two women with canes, crossing road as part of mobility training.

Rehabilitation Programme Visits Rural School

Our orientation and mobility services continue to be an essential part of the training we offer to newly blind people as well as to blind people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Part of our rehabilitation programme takes us to schools to assist pupils and teachers on how to carry out basic skills and tasks of daily living. Our practitioners recently visited a rural school in Rustenberg where blind and…

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Blind SA employee, Victoria, sitting at her desk with a cheerful smile on her face.

Victoria celebrates 25 years with Blind SA

I joined Blind SA on 1 July 1990 as a cleaner.” After attending night school and gaining her Matric Victoria then began working as a proofreader. This motivated her even more, “I realised that I shouldn’t be satisfied as just an employee and that I should learn how to read and write Braille even if I’m not blind.” With the help of…

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Two slices of burnt toast on a white background.

A slice of life by Tracy Smith

It baffles and amazes people every time I tell them that I live on my own. “How do you do it?” they always ask. I never know how to answer that one – it’s just something that I do. Living on my own has had some scary moments; like the time I accidentally short-circuited my – and my landlady’s – house by unknowingly having a…

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Petunia, who is blind, sitting at her desk, talking on the telephone.

Petunia overcomes fears of blindness

Petunia Mapepha was working as a volunteer at the South African Police Service when one day she began experiencing headaches, dizziness and an eventual loss of vision. An appointment with an ophthalmologist and an unsuccessful operation later, Petunia turned to Blind SA for help. The Rehabilitation department warmly received her request and she soon began counselling with one of our…

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Dr Rowland and two guests standing at the book launch at Stellenbosch University’s Business School.

Braille leadership book a first

Leadership for All by Marius Ungerer, Hohan Herholdt and Jannie le Roux was recently translated into braille and launched at Stellenbosch University’s Business School (USB). This is the first translation of a book by a USB academic into braille. Dr Rowland, the guest speaker at the book launch is the honorary president of the South African National Council for the Blind. He said, “I have read lots…

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A child's hands with eyes drawn on them reading a braille page.

Blind Schooling in Crisis

Failure by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to provide access to adequate schooling, or any schooling for that matter, to countless disabled pupils is a major threat to their livelihood and dignity. A survey into schools for visually impaired children in South Africa was recently conducted by the rights organisation SECTION27, and here’s some of their findings: Limited availability of textbooks, workbooks and teachers’ guides in…

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