The Roodepoort-based Action for Blind & Disabled Children (ACTION) is a non-profit organisation that provides free tuition and a comfortable working environment for those with disabilities.
When Cell C heard that six of their students required funding to complete their computer training so that they can be gainfully employed long term, it decided to assist as part of its ongoing Acts of Kindness initiative.
Says Ian Bottomley, Founder and Treasurerof ACTION: “At ACTION we teach blind and physically disabled students to use a personal computer. Blind students use an “add on” package called Jaws (Job Access with Speech), which reads the screen then synthesises to earphones or speakers, making it possible for them to use most software packages. Included in the new training programmes, which have been successfully implemented, are Microsoft Digital Literacy, Internet Core Computing Certificate (IC3) and Cisco IT Essentials.”
Says Suzette van der Merwe, Managing Executive Corporate Social Investment at Cell C: “ACTION has made a real difference to the lives of those living with disabilities. We are gratefull that we are in a position to contribute in a small way to ensure these six young students have an opportunity to become self-sufficient and employable thanks to cutting edge computer training using voice activated systems.”
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CELL C ACTS OF KINDNESS
As a proudly South African company, Cell C ascribes to the philosophy of compassion and kindness as the catalyst for real change. Every month, Cell C is spreading smiles by encouraging acts of kindness. An act of kindness is a gesture of goodwill towards someone or something. It doesn’t have to cost anything or much; what’s important is that it’s an act of expressing genuine care for another person or living being. It’s contagious and an opportunity for people to work together, create positive energy and inspire hope.
Issued by Nine Squared Communications of behalf of Cell C.
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