Ministry of Education, Guyana

Saturday, 14 April 2018 10:08

Initiative streamlined to furnish blind students with ‘JAWS’ laptops

The blind community is being targeted for some strategic support. The support, according to information released by a Member of the Guyana Blind Society, Mr. Ganesh Singh, is being spearheaded by prominent business executive, Dr. Leslie Chin, and his son who is based in Canada.

According to Singh, the duo has established a hub to collect and refurbish laptop computers for the benefit of blind and visually impaired students in Guyana. The initiative would target donors both here and in Canada.

The hub was established after it was disclosed to Dr. Chin, on behalf of the blind community, that being the owner of a computer is an essential component to bridge the communication gap that exists between the blind and sighted world.
It was further highlighted that the computer has made learning, research, employment, social interaction etc., much easier for persons who are blind and visually impaired. Prior to the advent of the Job Access With Speech [JAWS] software, it was extremely difficult for persons who are blind and visually impaired to communicate with the sighted world.
It is expected that the computers received by the hub would be refurbished and equipped with the JAWS software to enable text-to-speech conversion for the benefit of the blind user. The refurbished JAWS-enabled laptops would be given mainly to persons with vision disabilities that are on the path of academic or professional development.
Dr. Chin and his family made the first donation of a laptop to the Guyana Society for the Blind to benefit the organisation’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate [CSEC] Programme. The donation was made in response to the need that arose as a result of the theft of the computer system that was being used for the programme by armed bandits who stormed the organisation’s headquarters earlier this year. Persons wishing to donate to the refurbished computer hub can contact Dr. Leslie Chin on telephone number: [592] 226-5551.


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