Far­sons Foun­da­tion pre­sen­ta­tion to AD­VICE

Malta Independent - - BUSINESS -

The Far­sons Foun­da­tion has pre­sented a spon­sor­ship cheque to AD­VICE, As­sis­tive De­vices for the Vis­ually Im­paired Cen­tre, re­cently set up by the As­so­ci­a­tion for the Vis­ually Im­paired.

It is es­ti­mated that there may be as many as 14,000 per­sons in Malta suf­fer­ing from some form of vis­ual im­pair­ment. At present there are few de­vices avail­able in Malta to as­sist these per­sons in lead­ing more nor­mal lives and in most in­stances, they or their friends or fam­ily, have to con­duct re­search into what is avail­able or rely on the ad­vice of their doc­tors, but in the end have to buy such gad­gets from over­seas with­out an op­por­tu­nity to try them out and with­out any train­ing in their use.

“The pur­pose of AD­VICE is to have on dis­play the widest range of these items that peo­ple can try out be­fore pur­chase, and sub­se­quent to this to pro­vide the nec­es­sary sup­port in the adop­tion of these tech­nolo­gies and re­pair when needed. While some of these items such as mag­ni­fy­ing glasses or level in­di­ca­tors cost a few Eu­ros, many oth­ers such as au­dio read­ers, run into hun­dreds or thou­sands of Eu­ros. We have es­tab­lished con­tact with both the Royal as well the Cana­dian Na­tional In­sti­tutes for the Blind who apart from a range of ser­vices they pro­vide, op­er­ate such Cen­tres. We have also es­tab­lished con­tact with man­u­fac­tur­ers of these de­vices and are now in the process of putting these in touch with lo­cal com­pa­nies who may be in­ter­ested in rep­re­sent­ing them in Malta,” said Ma­jor Fran­cis Naudi, Trea­surer of the As­so­ci­a­tion for the Vis­ually Im­paired.

Bryan Gera, Chair­man of the Far­sons Foun­da­tion added, “It is with great plea­sure that we are ex­tend­ing our sup­port to this As­so­ci­a­tion who are pro­vid­ing an in­valu­able ser­vice to the com­mu­nity. Our con­tri­bu­tion will fi­nance the pur­chase of one of the dis­play de­vices at the Cen­tre.”

Although the set-up of AD­VICE was the first pri­or­ity for the As­so­ci­a­tion, the even­tual aim is the re­al­iza­tion of a Na­tional In­sti­tute for the Blind and Vis­ually Im­paired that would pro­vide as­sis­tance and sup­port to af­fected per­sons.

from left, Arthur Mus­cat and Bryan Gera, Trustee and Chair­man re­spec­tively of the Far­sons Foun­da­tion, Ma­jor Fran­cis Naudi, Trea­surer of the As­so­ci­a­tion for the Vis­ually Im­paired, Michael Calas­cione and Joseph V. Tabone, from AD­VICE

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