Braille and tactile communication training

After taking the braille short course, learners will be prepared to provide instruction in braille reading and writing to blind and visually impaired youth and adults. The purpose of this course is to ensure that learners are able to facilitate the competencies of persons with low vision in order to improve their quality of life. Learners will gain competencies to ensure successful integration of people with disabilities into the open labour market. They will gain and apply competencies learnt and create an enabling work environment for an employee with a disability. Participants will learn general handling principles of the blind and visually impaired.

The course enables learners to –

  • Orientate themselves to the environment whilst experiencing a visual barrier

  • Demonstrate understanding of communication methods for blind or partially sighted persons

  • Develop daily living skills to enhance independence in blind and partially sighted persons

  • Read and write braille

  • Enhance visual functioning of persons with low vision to improve quality of life.

  • Travel through environments whilst experiencing a visual barrier

  • Demonstrate understanding of specific medical conditions that impact on the planning of independence training programmes for blind and partially sighted persons

  • Read and write fully contracted standard braille in any one language

  • Develop and use assistive devices for learners experiencing barriers to learning and development

  • Map aspects of the environment for persons who are blind and partially sighted

  • Refer a person with a disability to specialised services

  • Council an individual in a structured environment

  • Assist with planning and implementing advocacy campaigns for primary health care

  • Apply knowledge of issues of diversity in a specific South African context

  • Facilitate a programme of learning

  • Assist in creating an inclusive environment

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of assessment in a learning environment

  • Coach employers on creating an enabling work environment for an employee with a disability

  • Devise and apply strategies to establish and maintain workplace relationships

  • Manage diversity in the workplace

  • Conduct research and liaison relevant to the learning situation

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