Alive & Kicking Kenya has designed an affordable sound ball for use by the visually impaired. The ball is made using ‘sound boxes’, which are glued to the inside of a leather panel. This causes the ball to rattle when it is played with.
A prototype for this ball was distributed to The Thika School for the Blind in 2007, and it is with feedback from those students that has enabled A&K to produce the final design. At present local stores do not stock balls for the visually impaired, so schools have to import them from abroad at high costs.
A&K was initially challenged to develop such a ball by Henry Wanyoike, Kenya’s renowned visually impaired marathon runner. The balls are now printed with his famous quote ‘I may have lost my sight, but not my vision‘.