Catholic Relief Services

Using innovative technologies for teachers to create and translate print/braille learning materials and for children who are blind/low vision to learn braille.

Catholic Relief Services

Using innovative technologies for teachers to create and translate print/braille learning materials and for children who are blind/low vision to learn braille.


Project Name

Literacy for Visually Impaired Persons (VIPs)

Location Implemented

Lesotho

Technology Used

Assistive Technology

Competition Entered

Grant Competition 2014

Reading Skill Targeted

Foundational, Pre-Reading

Status

Winner

Collaborators/Partners

St. Bernadette Resource Center for the Blind, The Ministry of Education and Training, Lesotho National League of Visually Impaired Persons, The Examination Council of Lesotho, Lesotho National Federation of Organizations for the Disabled, Harpo Adaptive Technologies, Perkins School for the Blind.

The Challenge

A 2010 Education Statistics Report released by the Lesotho Ministry of Education and Training revealed that about 5.3% of the national primary school population are blind/low vision. Teachers of these students expressed extreme difficulty in accessing braille materials adapted from the national curriculum to meet the needs of their students.

The Big Idea

The Literacy for VIPs program provided training and braille technology to teachers to assist their instruction of students who are blind/low vision. The Mountbatten Pro Brailler (MB Pro) provides the ability to translate from braille to print and print to braille, assisting teachers who may not be literate in braille. The Jot-a-Dot portable brailler allows young learners a speedy, portable method for learning braille.

Results

35 students with potential expansion to students who are blind/low vision in all mainstream schools in Lesotho

Blogs and Media

Research and Resources

Connect with the Innovator

Website

http://www.crsprogramquality.org/

Organization Type

Non Profit

Headquarters

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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