The National Association of Nigerian Visually-Impaired Students (NANVIS) held an annual seminar tagged “ICT AND BRAIN, TOOL FOR TOTAL INCLUSION”.
The seminar which took place at the Afe Babalola Auditorium, University of Lagos, Akoka, is an orientation programme aimed at lecturing the visually-impaired individual to independently make use of his or her laptop with the help of the software called Job Access with Speech (JAWS).
According to Moses Allison, a 200 level student of the English department of the University of Lagos and also the Public Relation Officer of the association, he said “the main objective of this seminar is to enlighten and give adequate orientation to visually-impaired students on how to make use of the software (JAWS)”.
“JAWS is a speech synthesizer. After installation, words in the system come out as speech, and it will be reading it back to the visually impaired person through that technology. This allows a visually-impaired student to read what is on his or her laptop”.
One of the guest speakers, Mr. Soni Irabor, a popular radio and T.V presenter of the Soni Irabor Liveshow in his speech urges the society to stop the discrimination of the blind people. Stating that being visually-impaired is not a limitation to success.
He hereby told the audience to forgive the society for ‘they do not know what they are doing’.
He further stressed that all corporate organizations is entitled to employ one or more physically challenged individual.
Soni in conclusion donated five brain enable laptops to the association on behalf of inspiration fm 92.3.
Another invited guest speaker at the seminar is a visually-impaired Computer Engineer Mr. Opeolu Akinola, Chairman Nigerian Association for the Blind (NAB).

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