World Sight Day and International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Day
Today is an important day!
We are creating awareness around two important issues – avoidable blindness and FAS.
World Sight Day
This year, the ‘Call to Action’ for World Sight Day is: No more Avoidable Blindness
One of the causes of avoidable blindness in children is Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Many people are not even aware of Shaken Baby Syndrome – especially in South Africa where few prevention initiatives exist yet.
Those that know of the condition usually know that shaking a baby can lead to serious injury or death for the infant. Shaking an infant can lead to brain damage, learning disabilities, seizures and many other serious and potentially life threatening problems.
Shaking a baby can lead to other complications such as blindness. When eye damage or blindness occurs due to shaken baby syndrome it is irreversible and will stay with the childhood throughout their entire adult life.
Where an individual does become blind or have low vision, we have the assistive technology that can give independence and increase your productivity at school, work or home.
Our product range includes magnifiers, braille embossers, refreshable braille displays and notetakers, as well as computer software for magnification and screen reading.
The image on the right is of our Blindness and Low Vision Project Manager, Gerhard Erasmus, training a young boy on the use of the Braillenote Apex.
The Braillenote Apex forms the cornerstone of the innovative eBraille Project which is transforming education for the blind
International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Day
Alcohol may be toxic to the fetus and can cause a number of health problems for both the mother and the unborn child including spontaneous abortion, premature labour, stillbirth and fetal alcohol syndrome, which is a variety of different birth defects.
Alcohol that is consumed during pregnancy passes through the placenta from mother to child. This may cause fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) or a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), which is a range of conditions that affect the baby. Children who are born to mothers who drink may suffer brain damage, mental handicaps, emotional and behavioural problems and birth defects, including defects of the face, heart and other organs. It should be noted that such damage caused to an unborn child by drinking is permanent and irreversible.
The RealCare FAS simulator and accompanying curriculum can be used to create awareness and help prevent Fetal Alcohol Syndrome!
The FAS simulator is part of the RealCare Total Parenting Experience – which includes other simulators for parenting skills, child care skills and preventing teenage pregnancy.