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Technology Opens up the World for Blind Learners

The eBraille Project is revolutionising the quality of teaching and learning for visually impaired learners, promoting inclusive education and special needs education for the blind in South Africa.  The project was launched in the Western Cape on 13 February 2013, following a study by The Directorate: Specialised Education Support in the WCED into the ways the department could support blind learners using technology.  Athlone School for the Blind in Bellville and Pioneer School in Worcester, the two schools catering to visually impaired learners in the Western Cape Province, received the equipment from the WCED, supplied by Edit Microsystems.  The three schools for the blind in Gauteng joined the eBraille Project in 2014, followed by Limpopo and Mpumalanga joined the eBraille Project in 2015.


This set of technology forms the cornerstone of the eBraille Project.  The ideal solution would be a Braillenote Apex in the hands of every braille user in the school, coupled with a monitor for the sighted teacher to use, with at least one EyePal Solo in each classroom

Braillenote Apex
Electronic Braille computer with refreshable braille display and braille keyboard that allows learners to have access to their LTSM, as well as the internet and other digital content. Students can also write and answer assessment questions in braille using the device.
EyePal Solo
Humanware Eye Pal Solo by Edit Microsystems
Reading machine with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) that can scan in any print text such as a newspaper or textbook, read it out loud and scan it to an accessible file to be transferred to your Braillenote via a flashstick.  This device is suitable for individuals with any print disability, including dyslexia.
A computer monitor can be attached to the Braillenote via a VGA cable, allowing a sighted teacher to view what the blind learner is viewing in braille. Attaching a monitor to the EyePal Solo allows the reader to view the text on the screen with highlighting as it reads


Depending on the needs of each school, additional technology has been supplied, browse our assistive devices for low vision and blindness for more information.



Gerhard was born blind, attended the Prinshof and Pioneer schools for the Blind and his last three years of secondary education was completed at Tygerberg High School, a mainstream school in Cape Town. This is a task that could not have been completed without assistive technology. It gives him a unique perspective on inclusion as it applies to the blind and low vision.

In his 9 years in the assistive technology industry he has served both educational, corporate, government and other clients’ assistive technology needs. Since 2012, Gerhard has carried the vision of inclusivity forward at Edit Microsystems.



Junior project managers provide on-site support and advice on the implementation of the eBraille Project at each school.

Kyle Williams
Thando Ngada
Edwin Sogwabe
Otshepeng Melefe


Project Updates

Our News page features all the latest updates from our projects, including the eBraille.

eBraille Project Modernizes Matric, 13 January 2015

Success Stories from the eBraille Project, 7 July 2014

eBraille Project Launch, 19 February 2014


eBraille Project Launch Story_EditMicrosystems


Technology help blind people surf the internet
Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism
Mail & Guardian
24 – 31 March 2016
“There are many things I want to be when I grow up,” 12-year-old Jonas Ndlovu says in his soft voice. “When I was doing grade three, I wanted to be a farmer because I like animals.”
Seated on an office chair, his small frame is still except for his fingers, which he intertwines.
“But then in grade four, I learnt about the courts and that entertained me. I want to protect people so I wanted to be a lawyer.

Click here to download a copy of the article



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Newspaper Clippings

Edit Microsystems have also been featured in many print newspapers, you can download scanned copies of the articles here
The Star 23 May 2014 pg5 New e-Braille devices will help visually impaired pupils study better
Cape Argus 15 April 2014 Pg 3 Swartland_New Tech helps blind pupil
The New Age 15 April 2014 Pg 3 Swartland_Not impaired by his handicap
This Ability Feb-March Edition pg8 eBraille Tech for schools
Tygerburger – Wednesday 20 Feb 2013 – Sign impaired go high-tech
Die Burger 13 Feb pg9 eBraille_e-leser maak wereld oop
Cape Argus 13 Feb pg18 eBraille_Schools for the blind get braille computers