Tuesday, February 12, 2013

New technology to help the blind read

Imogen Vollenhoven
12 February 2013

The Western Cape Department of Education MEC Donald Grant will today be handing over new equipment that will improve the quality of learning for visually impaired learners. 

MEC Grant said the new e-braille portable computer will allow learners to read textbooks electronically in Braille using electro-mechanical display that raises dots against a flat surface. 

Ministerial Spokesperson Bronagh Casey explains that the department is very delighted to launch a project that will revolutionise the quality of teaching and learning for visually impaired learners.

Casey said that the directorate for specialized education support in the Western Cape education department recently conducted a study that looked at ways in which the department can best support blind learners by using different technologies and the department has identified different three devices that could contribute significantly to improving the access to teaching and learning materials and quality learning by the visually impaired learners.

Casey adds that the department will be investing more than R1 million in this new technology.

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