The African Braille Centre (ABC) is a regional non-governmental organisation based in Nairobi, Kenya. ABC was established in 1987 as a project of the then Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind (RCSB) to deal in the production of Braille reading and writing material in support of blind students and blind members of the society.
We have a long history in the provision of Braille materials to learners with visual impairment within special schools and the Integrated Education Programmes in East, Central and Southern Africa. We currently support operations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
ABC is the main supplier of Braille reading materials to blind children in Kenya.
We provide Braille materials to over 19 Integrated Education Programmes - the Integrated Education Programme sees to it that blind students are given the right to study in normal schools side to side competing with sighted students in classrooms all over the country. ABC's goal has been to ensure that blind students have resources to compete with their sighted counterparts in the Integrated Education Programmes.
Blind students receive Braille books from ABC.
In addition to provision of teaching and learning materials to institutions, ABC is also involved in the training of transcribers in repair and maintenance of Perkins Braillers - a device used by blind children to write Braille. The aim here being to make support and maintenance services more available and closer to the point of need for blind people and schools/ institutions with Braillers.
Through lobbying and advocacy ABC is in the forefront in the fight for the welfare of people with visual impairment especially as regards to their education and welfare. A big boost was given to the rights of people with visual impairment and other disabilities through the enactment of the 'Persons with Disabilities Act, 2003'.
ABC inspects a adequacy of a Braille library at an Integrated school.
Our vision is of a society in which people with visual impairment have access to educational, professional and general interest materials as well as devices and services suited to their needs.
Our mission is to promote and enhance the education and professionalism among persons with visual impairment; improve their social and economic welfare through provision of necessary materials and devices; and extend other related services to them.