In 2009, ex-radio presenter and a specialist in radio broadcasting, Adrian Davids from Eersteriver in the Western Cape of South Africa, became the first blind student to obtain ICDL certification.
Adrian, who already has numerous qualifications to his name, including audio engineering, radio broadcasting and song writing, decided to embark on the ICDL programme when he heard that the Cape Town Society for the Blind (CTSB) was offering various courses; one of which one was ICDL.
Adrian completed all seven modules of ICDL within a 10-week period.
“I wanted to enhance my skills in the ICT field especially in applications such as Word Processing and Spreadsheets, and I knew, with the ICDL qualification, I would be able to perform more effectively in a working environment. In addition, I believe the ICDL qualification will assist me in finding employment in the fields of data capturing, administration etc.” he said.
Adrian volunteered for the CTSB where he already assisted with many of the society’s administrative functions, and has also helped fellow learners who are studying for their ICDL qualification.
“The new skills I have learnt through ICDL have helped me to understand the applications one works with daily. In addition, I am now able to complete work as efficiently as an able-bodied person and my desire is to complete the ICDL Advanced Course and continue studying in the IT and business fields,” he said.
We wish Adrian every success with his studies!