The Kwazulu-Natal Society for the Blind (KZN - SB) was established in 1919 and has evolved into a dynamic organization offering multi-disciplinary approach to access to human rights related services for blind and partial sighted people of KwaZulu-Natal Province. It prides itself for successful service delivery focusing on the following services:
a. Early Childhood Development,
b. Skills development - computer training, Braille training and cane weaving training,
c. Orientation and mobility (navigation skills using a white cane),
d. Providing Optometric clinic, in partnership with Brian Holden,
e. Providing residencial facility for the blind and partial sighted people,
f. Ensuring access to quality rehabilitation services for the blind and partial sighted people,
g. Economic Empowerment and business development skills.
KwaZulu-Natal Society for the Blind was formed in 1919 and is situated near the city center in Durban. For 91 years the Society has offered rehabilitation services to visually impaired persons in KwaZulu-Natal. The Society has evolved into a dynamic, multifaceted organization with its focus today on improving rehabilitation, education, and creating employment opportunities for visually impaired persons. Our range of services include: an Early Childhood Development , a lifeskills program, computer training, Braille training, orientation and mobility training (navigation skills using a white cane), free optometric clinic, a residence for visually impaired adults, a small business development unit which trains weavers in basketry and business skills. The organization was awarded ‘Proudly South African’ status in 2003.
In 2013, the organization was awarded ‘Proudly South African’ status and its BBBEEE rating is Level 2. The organisation was also awarded by the EThekwini Municipality with a Living Legends award during the 9th Living Legends Award Ceremony of the Municipality.
The organisation received a certificate of appreciation from the eThekwini Municipality during the Municipality’s 9th Annual Living Legends Award of August 2016.