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South African Library for the Blind (SALB) will be out on the streets (High Street, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South African to be exact) doing their bit for the community for Mandela Day 2017. The SALB staff will head out at 3pm today and can be found towards the end of High Street (Railway Station side) […]

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Every lunchtime from Tuesday to Thursday this coming week of Festival, you can buy great books at good prices, with proceeds used for the South African Library for the Blind (SALB’s) Mandela Day projects. The Library buys or obtains books which are transcribed into Braille, or used by their narrators to create audio books. After […]

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Africa Day celebrates the day when the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the precursor to the African Union (AU), was formed in 1963. It acknowledges the progress that we, as Africans, have made, while reflecting upon the common challenges we face in a global environment. The African Union, comprised of 53 member states, has brought […]

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From self-driving scooters to bionic arms, wearable technology has the potential to drastically change the lives of disabled people for the better. And a team of engineers at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland has added another assistive device to the list — Guidesense. Guidesense is a box-shaped device designed to be worn like a heart-rate monitor by […]

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Touchscreen style devices have dominated the technology industry of late, from wearable devices to smart phones and smart home appliances. It is, however, noticeable that such technology does not cater much to visually impaired individuals. Today a company is making this technology more accessible as a company releases a tactile tablet for the blind and visually impaired. […]

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According to the World Health Organisation, there are 246 million people worldwide who have low vision and 39 million people are blind. But 80 percent of visual impairments can be prevented or cured. So, why are these figures still so high? Dr Mapham, an ophthalmologist, found this question equally frustrating and decided to come up […]

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George Library was a buzz of excitement last week when George became the first Mini-Library Service for Visually Impaired Persons to be activated in the pilot phase and was officially launched. Members from Access Eden, an organisation that strives to get accessibility for people with disabilities and BATS (Blind and Trouble Sighted Society) members attended […]

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For years, researchers have been working toward restoring even a small semblance of sight for the blind using artificial retinas using a technique called retinal prostheses. However, the images restored following a decade’s worth of studies are still far from being clear. Until now, that is. RETINAL PROSTHESES Retinal prosthesis involves three elements. First, a camera needs […]

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Students at the University of the Free State enjoy an “eye opening” experience as they browse through the extensive nationwide free services offered by the South African Library for the Blind (SALB). The future is looking brighter and brighter for these students who are now informed about the 133 Mini-Libraries all over South Africa and […]

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Forrest Gump had it wrong. Life is not a box of chocolate, it’s a kaleidoscope. In the flip of a wrist realities are shredded and the world takes on a totally new shape. Fitting words to depict the experience of the blind; spoken by executive head Freddie Botha last Wednesday evening when the Institute of […]

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