June Bornholt with her personalised keyboard, which helps her to type with her vision problem.
June Bornholt with her personalised keyboard, which helps her to type with her vision problem. Blainey Woodham

Computer course off the braille

JUNE Bornholt has a lot to learn when it comes to using a computer.

But Mrs Bornholt, who is visually impaired, fears she will never learn if Kingscliff Tafe does not restart her course.

The Terranora resident attended a basic computer course for the visually-impaired in semester one but had to drop out after four weeks when her husband became ill.

She is hoping to start again next year but the class will only run again if it gets enough students.

A North Coast Institute of Tafe spokesperson said the course was only made possibly because they were successful in attracting targeted state funding through the ‘Get Skilled’ program.

“Essentially, this funding is for specific disadvantaged groups, and winning the funding depends on guaranteeing minimum levels of student numbers, usually 12 to 15 per class, and identifying how the course is meeting special needs and delivering career-oriented outcomes,” the spokesperson said.

“It has not been possible to run the course again as we were not able to identify enough new students to create another Statement of Attainment course funded by this Get Skilled program.”

They said the door is not closed and students can explore enrolling in their Certificate One course and make arrangements with teaching staff as to getting the right sort of support.

“We suggest they call the campus and ask to speak to the head teacher for information technology, or to contact our knowledgeable customer support centre on 131 601.”

Mrs Bornholt encourages everyone who may benefit from this course to sign on.

“It was a great help to me and everyone got a lot of benefit from it,” Mrs Bornholt said.

“Everybody was different and they had to get them set up.

“There seemed to be miles to learn.”



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