Every day we are blasted with news updates on the impact of the Corona virus on people in our cities, states and countries, but have we heard specific reports of its effect on blind and visually impaired individuals? This series brings you stories from around the World from a Blindness perspective.
Despite the similarities around the world, we are still learning new aspects of Covid-19 and, more importantly, how our fellow blind and visually impaired colleagues are being affected by it. So, we continue our travels, our journey around the world with Covid-19, and focus on the blindness perspective:
Brigitte Lablache is an articulate woman with talents, drive, initiative and overall life experiences which have allowed her to rise to a position of leadership in the blindness community in Seychelles. She shares many of those experiences with us, such as being bored in a public school because her teachers were ill-equipped to properly address her needs as a blind student; her initiative in learning both grade 1 and 2 braille; learning to speak English; traveling to India and the UK for training which would set her up on a 27 year career as a telephone operator in the Seychelles Ministries of Employment and Purchase; serving as Chair for the Seychelles Association of the Blind.
This episode focusses largely on Brigitte’s lifestyle, and how Covid-19 has affected it, despite its relatively moderate overall impact on the Seychelles as a nation.
Sit back and enjoy this report directly from Brigitte as she takes you to paradise, the Seychelles islands, in the Indian Ocean in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic
special thanks go out to Chee Chau, for his beautiful song and titled wayfarer.
Be sure to tune in to more informative episodes to hear how your BVI counterparts around the world are coping with and adapting to cOVID-19.
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