Postcode Lottery Trust Awards Grant to the College
The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) is delighted to announce it has been awarded a grant of almost £12,500 from the People’s Postcode Trust, a grant giving charity funded entirely by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.
A contingent from the People’s Postcode Trust came to visit RNC on Thursday (16 January) to see how the grant would be spent and Claire Goldschmidt, Kirsty Henderson, Ailbhe Kirwan, Nathan McKeown, Gemma Thomson and Kasia Thundercliffe were given a tour of the College to show how important the funding given by the Trust was, in supporting the lives of young, blind and visually impaired students.
The award will fund five new Brailliant devices costing £2,500 each.
A Brailliant is a light, compact device which works alongside laptops, mobile phones and tablets via Bluetooth to allow Braille input and output. The Brailliant allows users to read and write Braille through technology.
IT teacher, Leanne Moore, demonstrated how the Brailliant connected to different devices and how it is used in the classroom. Leanne said:
‘They are expensive to buy, so having a stock of the devices at RNC means that all students have the opportunity to access this technology before going to the expense of purchasing their own.’
When touring the IT and Braille departments, the group was fascinated by how Braille is used in everyday life. Braille teachers, Elaine Neate and Leahana Parry, explained how the Braille system is taught and demonstrated how a Perkins Brailler machine embosses a page. They talked about Braille transcription and how some popular book titles are now available in Braille. As an example, Leahana presented one of the Harry Potter books, which in Braille took up 12 volumes.
Technology like the Brailliant, makes the world a lot more accessible for the VI community and many people now use Brailliants in the workplace and students at colleges and universities find them invaluable.
RNC would like to take this opportunity to thank the People’s Postcode Trust for its very generous award and, in particular, the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery for their support.