The KwaZulu-Natal Blind & Deaf Society is a leading service provider in the field of Blindness and Deafness in KwaZulu-Natal.

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KZNBDS ACADEMY OF LEARNING

KZNBDS ACADEMY OF LEARNING

The KZNBDS Academy of Learning provides education and training for adults who suffer Blindness and Deafness disabilities later in life, or who, for some reason have not been able to go to school.  The Academy now also provides clients with opportunities to develop essential skills enabling them to secure employment, provide for their families, and take their rightful place in society.

THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMMES ARE OFFERED:
ABET BRAILLE TRAINING

This programme is designed to enable Blind, Deafblind and Partially-Sighted people to read and write Braille, thereby improving their access to information.

TRAINING IN SOUTH AFRICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (SASL)

It is imperative to teach deaf learners how to use sign language as sooner rather than later. The course has also been adapted for delivery to the hearing public who wish to learn Sign Language. This facilitates effective communication between the hearing students and their Deaf companions. The purpose of this course is to improve the status of SASL as an intellectual and academic means of acquiring and developing knowledge amongst the hearing impaired

COMPUTER LITERACY TRAINING

Computer literacy is an essential skill that can be instilled into Blind, Deaf and Deafblind clients, enabling them to pursue Call Centre, CCTV and other technology based training.

TELEPHONY / SWITCHBOARD OPERATION

This programme, aligned to SAQA unit standard and accredited by the Services SETA, is aimed at visually-impaired learners, who will acquire professional telephone skills and techniques. Graduates will increase and enhance their chances of being employed and/or securing jobs in the call centres, in reception areas or as switchboard operators in workplaces.

CLOSED-CIRCUIT TELEVISION TRAINING (CCTV TRAINING)

Training in Close Circuit Television (CCTV) Monitoring has opened new opportunities for the employment of our Deaf clients. With modern technology rapidly evolving in the security industry, employment opportunities for deaf people have increased dramatically.

COMMUNITY-BASED REHABILITATION WORKER TRAINING

The successful implementation of community-based rehabilitation (CBR) in the Zululand District has prompted Society and the KZNBDS Academy of Learning to offer the train-the-trainer programme. The successful completion of this rehabilitation training, would enable these people to return to their communities and provide independence and job skills training to more Visually-Impaired persons.