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By unknown | Apr 29, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Moyahabo Mabeba

The University of South Africa's northeastern regional campus in Polokwane has handed nine computers to visually impaired students who are studying information technology.

Maisela Maepa, deputy director of administration and financial aid, said the computers cost between R12500 for partially sighted students and R17450 for blind students.

The students also received Braille printers, which print the alphabet of raised dots that blind people read by touch.

The computers are equipped with voice-activation software and software that enlarges text for partially sighted students.

Unisa's regional director, Matlakala Bopape, said: "You must see yourselves as the most fortunate students in this country to have received these machines."

Unisa counsellor Enoch Maponya said the specialised computers were part of the institution's community building drive.

Lester Mathebula, chairperson of the committee for students with disabilities, said the computers would allow the students to complete assignments easily.


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