CORNWALL, Ontario – A collection of St. Lawrence College students and some fine community spirit have helped equip a young blind boy with technology that will help him read Braille.
Connor Mondoux, who was born visually-impaired, received a Smart Braille unit courtesy of Rachel’s Kids this week. The unit is an interactive device that will provides audible feedback to assist with learning to read and write Braille.
The gift is a result of a community project for the college students’ social service workers program. Four students – Amber Lapierre, Angel Pilon, Vicky Veuilleux and Kayla Smy -, started an online fundraiser which eventually came to the attention of Rachel’s Kids.
Connor’s father, Phillip Mondoux, sent the fundraising information to local radio personality Sue Stewart, asking if she could provide some guidance about getting the word out. Stewart sent the information to Rachel Navaneelan and her charity’s board agreed the same day to shell out the $2,200 required for the device.
Helping Connor through this project is great example of our Rachel’s Kids mandate in helping local children through educational initiatives,” said Gillian Oxley-Harper of Rachel’s Kids. “The four SLC classmates are continuing with their project to raise funds for Connor for other specialty items that he will require as he grows older.”