Our committed board of 7 Trustees is chaired by the retired judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa: Mr Zak Yacoob. Each board member brings relevant expertise and experience to our work. 4 of our trustees are blind and one trustee is partially sighted.
Ian Hutton, oOur Managing Trustee, who is blind himself, has experienced the liberation that Independence Training brings. He realised though that most of his fellow blind South Africans have no access to this training at all – in particular, those living in rural and township areas. Equally disturbing was the fact that most children at our schools for the blind were not being taught those essential mobility and other independence skills.
And so, in 1998, he cofounded our organisation with the aim of deploying Orientation and Mobility Practitioners throughout South Africa and to where they were needed most.
Our key staff are our orientation and mobility trainers. They are heroes in their commitment and perseverance in the work of running our programmes at places both local and off the beaten track. They are all graduates of the College of Orientation and Mobility. It is their skill, dedication, and bravery even, that has helped to change the lives of nearly 4 000 blind people in villages and townships across South Africa.
Our office is run by Wendie Sadie, assisted by Christina Pretorius.
Moira Higgins is our Orientation and Mobility expert and handles our ongoing monitoring.
Ian Hutton is our Managing Trustee and he oversees the day to day running of our work. He also advocates for the formalisation of O&M within the South African context, so that all the blind people in our country can have access to this basic right.
Helen Vosloo assists Ian with business development.