A vast majority of the rural community should benefit from the Society’s services, but they cannot easily reach delivery points in urban and semi-urban areas. Our outreach programme enables the Society to make services available to clients in communities that need them most and who would otherwise have no access to them.
The Kha-Ri-Gude Braille Literacy Programme, organised by the National Department of Basic Education, and coordinated and supervised by KZNBDS Academy of Learning, has already enabled many Visually-Impaired clients in KZN to become Braille literate. This was made possible with the help of 101 facilitators delivering the basic training to 478 learners throughout our Province.
The KZN Blind and Deaf Society provides
The KZN Blind and Deaf Society provides services to Visually-Impaired people in the eThekwini, Ungungundlovu and Zululand districts. Services are provided at grass-roots level teaching Blind persons within the home environment to function independently.
The Society plays a pivotal role in promoting the rights of Blind and Deaf citizens. Government Departments, corporates and enterprises denying access to services or infringing the rights of people with disabilities are challenged by the Society through laws protecting such rights. Society staff are constantly creating awareness by visiting different communities and pressing for access and services for its blind and deaf clients through its many sensitisation programmes.
Employment of people with disabilities, their safety in public transport and roads, equality in educational opportunities, access to essential services such as police stations, clinics and courts like their sighted and hearing counterparts, amongst other areas, form a large part of the Society's outreach advocacy efforts.
The Association enables Blind and Deaf people to get together, socialize, empower and develop themselves and each other through social, cultural, sporting and recreational activities.
Our clients, like others in society must take part in sport. We employ two sports co-ordinators to run with this task.
We practice Blind cricket and goal ball for Blind people, as well as soccer, netball, volleyball and badminton for people who are Deaf.