QI staff take part in Braillethon activity to help those who are visually impaired
A total of 30 QI staff took part in a braillethon session recently, an activity to help increase Braille reading materials for the visually impaired in the country.
Braillethon is an activity that is powered by volunteers who help to translate books or documents from normal printed text to Braille, following a format set by the KL Resources Centre.
The session was kicked off with a blindfold challenge.
Roxane Cabaluna who led the staff social responsibility (SSR) activity said the blindfold challenge is not just to serve as team building but also to provide a better understanding of the challenges faced by those who are visually impaired.
“The activity actually made us understand them better and how we must do more to contribute to their betterment,” she said.
R. Shivkumar described the SSR activity as relevant and intensive.
“The blindfold challenge gave us a better perspective on how the life of the blind looks like. We must look at more opportunities to support those who are visually challenged,” he said.
Another staff Andrine Goh said besides fostering a better working relationship between the staff from different departments, the activity reminded her of the true meaning of services and the importance of providing values to the needy.
“Through this activity, I learn the process of producing braille books for the visually impaired, the new technology or apps available to help ease the process,” she said.
Kashmiran Kaur said through the activity, she learned the process of braille printing.
“It is not as easy as I thought. I’m interested to know more about this and hope to attend more such activity in the future,” she said.
K. Dharshini said she is glad she took part in such a meaningful activity.
The SSR activity was held in collaboration with KL Braille Resources Centre which was founded in 2004 to improve the literacy rate among people with disabilities, particularly those who are visually challenged. They also strive to raise public awareness of the issues surrounding special needs education.