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Monday, 26 November 2012

Innovative Disability Unit

CUTTING-EDGE: Lillian Fortuin from the Disability Unit shows off their new state-of-the-art portable Loop System

The Disability Unit is investing in the latest assistive technology.

The unit has acquired a state-of-the-art portable Loop System and FM System, which will be of huge benefit to hearing impaired individuals who are attending conferences, meetings and other events at CPUT.

The portable Loop System transmits audio signals directly to individuals’ hearing aids. These audio signals are then converted by the hearing aid into a sound suited to an individual’s specific hearing requirements.

Head of the Disability Unit, Dr Nina du Toit says the portable system is packaged in a suitcase, allowing for it to be set up at any venue at CPUT.

While the portable Loop System is aimed at large groups, the FM system caters for individual use.

Student Support Assistant, Lillian Fortuin, says the unit is also currently setting up a resource centre for CPUT students who are living with disabilities.

Fortuin says students will have access to a variety of resources such as digital recorders, audio recordings of class material and laptops.

For more information on the available resources, contact the Disability Unit at 021 953 8447 or disabilityunit@cput.ac.za

By Candes Keating

Written by CPUT News

Email: news@cput.ac.za