Eastern Courier : January 9th 2013
North Auckland and Northland grid upgrade project www.transpower.co.nz TranspowerNZ 0800 655 463 EC 9112013 ( Expect traffic delays on Ti Rakau Drive From mid-January, Transpower will begin works along the east bound side of Ti Rakau Drive to install new underground electricity cables. Traffic will be restricted around our work sites and drivers are advised to expect delays, to consider using alternate routes and to plan ahead to reach their destination on time. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank drivers for their patience while traffic restrictions are in place. Wednesday, January 9, 2013 NETWORK Unbeatable coverage of readers 15+ 808,000 Auckland's most powerful media Ph 09 525 0666 Source: Nielsen CMI Q3 2011--Q2 2012 TODAY ONLINE Helping others Healing power Vintage hobby Money savers Teen turns to youth work after stroke -- P3 Donation funds instrument at burn centre -- P4 Stepping back in time at Howick Historical Village -- P10 Learn all there is to know about the elusive art form of barbecues in the latest Oily Rag blog. Go online to easterncourier.co.nz and click on local blogs. Talking sense By ROSE CAWLEY Listening time: Farm Cove Intermediate students have made audio books for children with visual impairment. Pictured are Highland Park Library manager Biddy Soutar with students Theo Quax and Molly Mathers. Audio books, left: The audio magazine the students made for kids with visual impairments. Students set sights on audio books KIDS helping kids access the gift of books -- that s what students at Farm Cove Intermediate have been doing. After hearing how expens- ive it is to make audio books for the visually impaired, a group of youngsters decided to tackle the problem as part of a social entrepreneurship project. And their solution was simple -- the year 7 and 8 students would make the audio books themselves. Now those books are ready tobeputtogooduseatthe Highland Park Library. Young Molly Mathers was one of the students heavily involved in the process and she was shocked to learn just how expensive audio books are. They cost around $1500 to make so we thought why don t we just make some and donate them. That way they won t have to fork out all that money. She says reading is second nature to her and to not be able to do that would be dev- astating. They can t see the same stuff that we can but we can make it available to them in a different way. The children didn t run into any copyright issues because they used original material which also allowed them the freedom to create content specifically for chil- dren. They made a variety of audio books with informative topics the pupils were study- ing, original stories they ve written and a magazine. As part of the process some of the students went to Manurewa to the Homai Special Formats Library which is administered by the Royal New Zealand Foun- dation of the Blind. From this they learnt how pivotal audio books are in the lives of the visually impaired and they grasped a new-found appreciation of their own vision. The students were able to mimic different visual impairments using special glasses and delved into a touch of braille. Twelve-year-old Theo Quax found the experience fascinating. It was just a huge book full of dots. You really had to think about what letter the dots stood for and if you made a mistake you d get lost and have to start the page again. It took us so long to read just one sentence and they can power through it, it s very impressive. Highland Park Com- munity Library manager Biddy Soutar says the students found a gap in the market. We have audio books but nothing that is really geared towards younger readers and there is nothing with local accents, she says. The fact that it is done by young people for young peo- ple who are visually impai- red, it is a great cause and it is very impressive.
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