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The Impact of COVID-19 on Blind People
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Blind SA wishes to advise blind persons and those individuals who are a sighted guide for a blind person to avoid sneezing in the crook of the elbow as advised by the authorities since blind people hold onto the sighted guide by holding on their elbow. We recommend that blind persons and sighted guides rather sneeze into a tissue which is disposable. We encourage these persons to regularly wash their hands and use hand sanitizer. Similarly, blind people read in braille using their fingers to touch the braille dots.

These publications are shared with other readers. We again encourage them to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer regularly.

The National Institute of Occupational Health has published an information leaflet and has transcribed this into braille. Blind SA is distributing the braille leaflets as well as the daisy version and in accessible format word. This is available on Blind SA’s website, Facebook Blind SA, Twitter and from the Blind SA Offices 011 839 1793.

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Update on the new Library Management System:

The teams from Universal Knowledge Software (UKS) and SALB are busy finalising the outstanding modules and the system should be up and running tentatively by end October 2018.

In the meantime the Circulation Staff continue to manually select books based on your reading interests.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

Please submit any inquiries to:;

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