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ActionAid Launches a Braille Handbook on Ebola Sensitization Embossed for the Blind

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ActionAid Launches a Braille Handbook on Ebola Sensitization Embossed for the Blind


ActionAid Sierra Leone in collaboration with Education Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired has on Tuesday 13th January 2015 launched the first Braille Handbook on Ebola sensitization targeting the blind at the Milton Margai School for the Blind in Freetown.


Launching the Ebola sensitization handbook embossed into Braille for the blind and visually impaired, the Deputy Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs, Mustapha B Arttila (a blind cabinet Minister) described the Braille Handbook as an encyclopedia for the blind on Ebola; because it contains relevant pieces of information on Ebola. He said the messages contained in the braille handbook are relevant, important and are real. ‘’These are messages the blind who can read in Braille would not have to call or seek the assistance of the visual to read to the blind neither would they have to go to the classroom before the blind could understand. The messages are clear like moon and day lights. The blind can stay safe by reading these messages. Above the Braille handbook on Ebola should be left neither on the shelves nor in the cars to be abandoned. These messages should be taken to every corner of Serra Leone to the blind ’’ said the Deputy Minister, Mustapha B Arttila.     


Giving the overview of the undertaking the Executive Director of ActionAid Sierra Leone Mohamed Sillah says it is part of ActionAid’s mission to work with the poor and marginalized people like the blind and visually impaired. He says as an organization; ActionAid has done all forms of Ebola sensitizations and ActionAid is pleased to have been the first to undertake the production of Braille handbook on Ebola for the blind and visually impaired. He pledged ActionAid’s support to work with the blind and welcome the Blind School and Education Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired with any laudable initiative in working with the blind.


The Director of Education for the Blind and Visually Impaired said ActionAid is in the forefront taking the lead, according to Thomas Allieu it is the National Ebola Response Centre that would have taken the lead in the blind on Ebola. He said several appeals were made in line to appropriately target the blind but the appeals fell on deaf ear. He said the handbook that has been embossed into Braille would be placed into the libraries.   


The climax of the launch was marked by a demonstrative reading of the embossed Braille handbook by a blind pupil of Freetown Secondary School for Girls (FSSG) read the braille handout to the audience - Nassia Josephine Thomson.


The distribution of Braille handbook on Ebola sensitization is currently ongoing in Bombali, Koinadugu, Kenema, Bo, and Kono by the Education Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired with support from ActionAid Sierra Leone.

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