No limits - Visually impaired student does eight CSEC subjects

May 30, 2019
Sarra Lindo
Sarra Lindo

Head Girl at the Salvation Army School for the blind and visually impaired Sarra Lindo is not allowing her lack of sight to prevent her from achieving her educational goals.

She is presently doing the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations in eight subjects - Mathematics, English, Social Studies, History, Office Administration, Principles of Business, Visual Arts, and Family Resource Management (Home Economics).

Speaking on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) discussion programme, Studio 58A, Lindo said that she has been provided with the necessary support, which has enabled her to fully prepare for her examinations.

"The teachers read notes for me in class, and I will write it in braille, but it is really impossible for them to give me all the information out of the text book. So, most of the times, the teachers will emboss some of the notes in braille," she said.

Connect together

"So the computer and the braille embosser connect together, and it gives me the actual information as what is in the book."

A braille embosser is a device that can generate printed material using the braille writing system for blind or visually impaired users.

Additionally, volunteer readers are provided to assist students, by reading from the text books.

Lindo is encouraging young persons with disabilities to believe in themselves and have a high self-esteem.

"Try and find someone who has a disability and has been really successful, and try to let that person be your role model. Also, believe in yourself that you can do anything that you want to do," she said, adding that she hopes to do a degree in special education at The Mico University College.

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