Milo the robot is designed to be interesting and approachable for learners with ASD. He can walk, talk and even model human facial expressions. Milo never gets frustrated or tired. He consistently delivers lessons in a way that learners with ASD respond to. This recurring positive experience creates an environment in which learners can learn and thrive. Robots4Autism helps learners improve their social and behavioral skills and gain the confidence they need to succeed academically and socially.
Edit Microsystems will exhibit different assistive technologies and devices for learners during the elearning conference/expo in Worcester on 9 March 2019. A refreshable Braille device will be one of them.
People who are blind use Braille,
a tactile writing and reading system. Traditional Braille is written with
embossed or raised dots on paper. Today, technology enables blind persons
to read computer screens and electronic devices using refreshable braille
displays; electro-mechanical devices which translate on-screen text into
Albert Ruel; an advisor to the
Canadian council of the Blind; says “Braille frees your ears and your mouth in
a meeting or lecture. Braille also allows you to work faster, work
independently and listen and read at the same time.”
According to the Canadian Institute for the Blind’s website, those who use braille are more likely to be employed than those who rely on voice synthesizers for those very reasons.
In January 2013, Edit Microsystems
introduced the e-Braille Project through which refreshable Braille
devices, namely, the BrailleNote
Apex and BrailleNote Touch
are being deployed in 22 South African schools for blind and partially-sighted
learners in order to help improve literacy and increase the possibility of
further education and employment.
Blind learners from the Athlone
School for the Blind in Cape Town benefit from the e-Braille Project and have
access to refreshable braille devices, while those with low vision benefit from
using the Eye-Pal Solo
text reading device and magnification devices. With these technologies,
students can access and edit digital content as well as write and answer
assessment questions in braille, while silently typing on the touch screen or
touch keyboard using TouchBraille technology.
As part of this project, Kyle Williams,
a Junior e-Braille Project Manager at Edit Microsystems and former learner at
Athlone school, offered training and support to the learners and teachers
whilst stationed at the school three days a week for four years.
Edit Microsystems, one of the founding members of ADESSA, was recently recognised for their work in providing life changing assistive technology to persons with disabilities at the 2016 EduWeek Awards held in Johannesburg.
Edit Microsystems received two awards; the Community Award and Supplier of the Year for Special Needs Award. Pieter Labuschagne, Managing Director of Edit Microsystems said: “We are honoured to receive these prestigious awards particularly as 2016 is our company’s 25 year anniversary.”
The Community Award is awarded to an educational establishment or individual who can demonstrate real value to the community it serves through the most imaginative attempt to aid the wider community socially, culturally or economically. The Supplier of the Year is a company that supplies educational institutions with high quality, safe products that meet the needs of teachers and learners in the classroom.
Both of the awards were motivated by the life altering work that the company does in promoting inclusion in education. “Every person, regardless of ability, should be given the opportunity to reach their maximum potential and be able to live a life of dignity and self-worth,” said Pieter Labuschagne. One of the projects recognised at the event was the eBraille project, implemented by Edit Microsystems in partnership with the Department of Education, which is revolutionising teaching and learning for visually impaired learners across South Africa.