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The Torch 19: Beneficiary News

The Torch 19: Beneficiary News

June 18, 2021

An update on some of the beneficiaries. This includes articles from Charmaine and Pieter as well as Katie's achievement

The Torch 19: “Seeing-eye shoes” for the blind to be enhanced with onboard cameras

The Torch 19: “Seeing-eye shoes” for the blind to be enhanced with onboard cameras

June 17, 2021

Manufactured by Austrian startup Tec-Innovation, the InnoMake shoe uses ultrasound sensors to warn blind users of obstacles in their path. The footwear may soon become even more capable, though, thanks to integrated cameras.

The Torch 19: May was mental Health Awareness Month

The Torch 19: May was mental Health Awareness Month

June 17, 2021

It's been a challenging year for mental health. The global pandemic has been rightfully difficult for so many, and it's completely reshaped the way many of us view, manage, and maintain our emotional balance.

The Torch 19: New IFMB Students

The Torch 19: New IFMB Students

June 17, 2021

Nkoshinathi is a 33-year-old young man studying toward a BA Social Work Degree at the University of Kwazulu Natal.

 

Benedict is studying toward his Master Philosophy in Disability Studies at UCT. He is 38 years old and is totally blind.

The Torch 19: Intel AI-Powered Backpack Helps Visually Impaired Navigate World

The Torch 19: Intel AI-Powered Backpack Helps Visually Impaired Navigate World

June 17, 2021

Artificial intelligence (AI) developer Jagadish K. Mahendran and his team designed an AI-powered, voice-activated backpack that can help the visually impaired navigate and perceive the world around them. The backpack helps detect common challenges such as traffic signs, hanging obstacles, crosswalks, moving objects and changing elevations, all while running on a low-power, interactive device.

The Torch 7: How blind people see without site

The Torch 7: How blind people see without site

June 17, 2021

Australian researchers have discovered a pathway in the brain that allows blind people to "detect and respond to visual stimuli they do not 'see'".

The Torch 7: Farewell Bongani

The Torch 7: Farewell Bongani

June 17, 2021

Bongani Maleka is a big man with a warm heart.  He loves music.  When he was young, he was part of a choir which won competitions.  Today, he listens to everything from Jazz to opera.  After school, he went to a technical college where he studied things like industrial electronics and engineering science.  Later he was Manager at a retail outlet. 
And then one day, he heard an interview on the radio which changed the direction of his life. 

The Torch 8: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder according to journalist Joshua Carstens for SADAG

The Torch 8: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder according to journalist Joshua Carstens for SADAG

June 14, 2021

According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), PTSD is a "debilitating condition which follows a traumatic event". Patients often relive the traumatic events and it is most often accompanied by sudden and vivid memories. 

The Torch 8: Aplonia’s Drawings

The Torch 8: Aplonia’s Drawings

June 14, 2021

Aplonia Ruiendo has become quite the designer at this young age. Her sketches of these marvelous designs give a good indication of a future career.

The Torch 8: Blind veterans begin world first trial of driverless pods

The Torch 8: Blind veterans begin world first trial of driverless pods

June 14, 2021

An autonomous vehicle company has begun a world first trial of its driverless pods with blind veterans and the charity that supports them.

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