ISP Visits School for the Blind23 Jul 2012
On 22 June, Year 7 students of The International School @ ParkCity (ISP) visited SM Pendidikan Khas (SMPK) Cacat Penglihatan, a special school for the blind in Setapak.
The ISP students have been learning about the needs of the visually impaired in Malaysia as part of their Community Outreach and Life Skills (COALS) curriculum.
The session began with a briefing by En Mohd Hanafiah B Mohd Noor, Senior Assistant of Administration and Curriculum who shared on the school’s history and mission.
Textbooks produced in Braille are expensive and are produced by the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB). The organisation also provides vocational training and connects the visually impaired students with potential employers.
The ISP students on board have had to read at least five textbooks or more in Braille for each subject as limited information can be contained in a page.
They teenagers also had a chance to visit the centre's Information Technology room (where students were listening and responding to a learning session via special text-to-speech listening software) and Visual Arts Gallery where they got to admire some of the students’ artworks such as paintings and carvings.
There were models of garden designs made to scale out of recycled materials and print and clay works with intricate details.
To help the students at SMPK Setapak, the Year 7 students are planning a fundraiser in October at ISP to raise money to purchase teaching aids and learning resources.
Wishing to maintain links with SMPK Setapak, selected students from the school will be making a visit to ISP during the new academic year.