Last night I secured a contract - nothing major (between R150 and R300 per month), however it is the "other" type of reward that I will be getting that really made me excited.

As most of you know, my favourite market where I work is people with disabilities and specifically people with a visual impairment.  Three of my current clients and the one that recently died in Russia are blind.  I got a call yesterday from a blind lady, her husband is blind, their eldest daughter (Gr 3) is blind and they have a sighted boy going to Gr 1 next year.  She is a very involved mother and wish to still be involved with her kid even though she cannot see.  She wants to be able to assist him with his homework and need a hand at least until he can read himself.

She send me some stuff which I "translated" into descriptions which she would understand, similar to what screen reading software uses but added some clear indications where these objects would be on the page and how it would look like for the seeing child; in that way she would be able to tell him what to look for.  What I did worked for her, and this of course did not surprise me - I know the field, I know the technology.

It was just this awesomeness of a woman wanting to be part of her child's life and then how technology and a virtual assistant's ability to make that dream a reality for her.

Have a nice day, all of you

Tanya Joubert
Virtual Office Assistance
Tel:  +27 83 510 1181
Fax:  +27 86 655 4381
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P O Box 844
6705 Robertson



12/01/2008 12:59

That is really a nice story ! Well Done Tanya. Sometimes it's not always a financial reward, as you said, but a personal reward, and you know what, that kind or reward goes a long way.


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