Gaza children have been left blind from violence inflicting the besieged Palestinian territories have benefited from a new app to aid their rehabilitation and adjust to life with visual impairment. Of the 11,000 Palestinians injured during the 50-day Gaza War, more than 3,000 were children, many of whom live with permanent disabilities. The Voice Dream Reader app now allows the children to “read with their ears” by using a touch sensitive computer tablet and text to voice technology. They can also increase the levels of magnification according to their sight needs, or even use bright colours if necessary. “Mastering Braille remains the foundation of rehabilitation, but the Vision Project has an immediate transformative effect on the quality of life of visually impaired students and teachers in Gaza,” said Interpal, the UK based charity that funded the project. “Now the technology will be used to help countless Gazan children for the foreseeable future.” The Vision Project was implemented by UNWRA in Gaza City, at the al-Nour Centre for the Visually Impaired, where more than 200 students aged between seven and 13 have been trained to use the cutting-edge app.
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