Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan

 
$11,300
$3,700
Raised
Remaining
Aug 29, 2014

Report of rehabilitation program, 2014.8

writing class for visually impaired students
writing class for visually impaired students

Recording and Production of Digital Talking Books

From May to August, we continued recording books in DAISY format.  Two books are finished and one book is under recording.  All books are produced in DAISY format and will be given to visually impaired people for free.  And in our website, there is a section called “DAISY Library”.  Every month, we produce about 80~90 e-books in DAISY format and put them on the website.  This library has over 350 members and over 3400 DAISY books till now (2014 August.)  All DAISY books are free to visually impaired people.  With your financial support, we can continually record more audio books and produce e-books in DAISY format.  In modern time, DAISY format is the best way to read and the best way to publish for the visually impaired (According to the DAISY consortium).  These books and web broadcasting programs are made especially for visually impaired people, and we will teach them how to read these books with free classes.  We also put our web broadcasting programs on TDTB’s website.  The website of web radio programs is: http://www.tdtb.org/information_2.aspx. The broadcasting programs are about useful topics of English learning, Health, Travelling, Book reviews and Interviews.  In the future, we will continue recruiting volunteers to record daisy digital talking books and touching articles.  The section of good article is called “Garden of Heart” on our website.  There will be more articles and radio programs if TDTB raise more funds. 

 

Computer Training Courses

With your support, we have held as many computer courses as we can.  This year, we have focused on three kinds of classes: the NVDA classes (about how to use screen reader “NVDA”), the writing classes (for visually impaired and dyslexic students to learn how to write an article), and the classes for teachers and parents (how to aid visually impaired students).  Besides, we have one to one classes for those have particular needs.  The content of class includes basic computer information, keyboard lessons, iPhone and Android (most popular topic!), music editing software (such as Goldwave, My studio PC), Microsoft Office (WORD, PowerPoint) and Youtube (search and download), blogs and surfing the internet.  Our computer teachers are visually impaired people.  They learned from our vocational training course for months; and when they finished this course, they are capable of teaching other visually impaired people.  In 2013, there were 105 people use the project to learn more than 2000 hours of free computer classes.  We also planned new classes in the future such as literature classes.  If we have enough funds, we can hold more and more new classes.

    

The Walking Library: DAISY player

The DAISY player is as big as the cellphone, but it’s the most convenient tool to gain information for the visually impaired.  Visually students can use it to read all kinds of digital files.  In this way, we don’t need to spend a lot of money producing braille books.  If visually impaired people joined our DAISY library for free, they can download over 3000 DAISY books into the players.  It is like they bring walking libraries with them, wherever they go, they can read books by hearing.  DAISY players have another useful function: recording voices.  You can use it to record class, notes, natural sounds or anything else.  As for the music, you can save all your mp3 into the DAISY player, making it into a music player.  However, some visually impaired people cannot afford the price, so TDTB borrow DAISY players to visually impaired people and dyslexic people.  And we held classes to teach them how to use the DAISY player.  With this tool, visually impaired people can enjoy their lives more digitally and full of information and recreation. 

 

visually impaired student using DAISY player
visually impaired student using DAISY player
one to one computer class
one to one computer class

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May 28, 2014

Report of rehabilitation program, May, 2014

group class of screen reader
group class of screen reader

Recording and Production of Digital Talking Books

In 2014, we finished recording three books in DAISY format and two of these books are bestsellers in Taiwan.  One book (Who is waiting for you in a shiny place?) is from the famous writer: Jian Zhen ().  All books are produced in DAISY format and will be given to 300 visually impaired people for free.  As we said before, DAISY format is the best way to read and the best way to publish for the visually impaired (According to the DAISY consortium).  These books and web broadcasting programs are made especially for visually impaired people, and we will teach them how to read these books with free classes.  We also put our web broadcasting programs on TDTB’s website.  The website of web radio programs is: http://www.tdtb.org/information_2.aspx. The broadcasting programs are about useful topics of English learning, Health, Travelling, Book reviews and Interviews.  In the future, we will continue recruiting volunteers to record daisy digital talking books and touching articles.  The section of good article is called “Garden of Heart” on our website.  There will be more articles and radio programs if TDTB raise more funds.  The booklist is:

Who is waiting for you in a shiny place?)

Goodbye, Ohara

Rain of Osmanthus 

Computer Training Courses

With your support, we have held as many computer courses as we can.  This year, we have focused on three kinds of classes: the NVDA group classes (about how to use screen reader “NVDA”), the writing classes (for blind students to learn how to write an article), and the classes for teachers and parents (how to aid visually impaired students).  From Jan. to May, we held 8 NVDA group classes, three writing classes and three classes for teachers and parents in Taiwan (Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohshung).  All of our teachers are visually impaired people.  They learned from our vocational training course for months; and when they finished this course, they are capable of teaching other visually impaired people.  Other computer courses are personal computer class, which includes basic computer information, iPhone and Android (new topic!), music editing software (such as Goldwave, My studio PC), Microsoft Office (WORD, PowerPoint) and Youtube (search and download), blogs and surfing the internet.  In 2013, there were 105 people use the project to learn more than 2000 hours of free computer classes.  We also planned a new class for the visually impaired.  That is photography class for the visually impaired children.  If we have enough funds, we can hold more and more new classes.

Maintain and Enlarge the Taiwan DAISY Library continually. 

This Online library is constructed in 2010, and visually impaired people could join to be a membership from that time.  This library has over 350 members and over 3300 DAISY books till now (2014 May.).  In 2014, the rotary club of Tienmu will cooperate with TDTB to enlarge the scale of DAISY Library.  We will enlarge the scale for 480 books with their support!  The books will be chosen from popular books, awarded books, classical novel for teenagers and many other good books.  

The model of Taiwan DAISY library mainly referred to a famous organization called Bookshare.org in USA.  From 2007, Bookshare.org acquired a subsidy about 32 million dollars from the Special Section of Education Department of U.S.A. in five years.  With enormous fund, Bookshare.org had more than 120,000 books and 150,000 members in 2011.  TDTB tried to build a DAISY library from the successful experience of Bookshare.org.  TDTB not only provides DAISY books but also provides computer training courses, which make this library accessible for visually impaired people.  This year, TDTB will cooperate with Rotarians to expand DAISY library.  TDTB will continue to make DAISY books and recruit members.  We will especially focus on visually impaired students.  We will try hard to improve their reading ability and computer ability.  With your help, TDTB will continually make good DAISY books for the visually impaired.  And the dream of reading without barriers for the visually impaired can be realized in the future.

teaching of E6 DAISY player
teaching of E6 DAISY player
home visit and setting of computer service
home visit and setting of computer service
life experience seminar:playing guitar
life experience seminar:playing guitar

Links:

Feb 20, 2014

Annual Report 2013 of rehabilitation program

class of reading devices for the blind
class of reading devices for the blind

Recording and Production of Digital Talking Books

In 2013, we finished recording eight books in DAISY format and two of these books are popular books in Taiwan. All books and broadcasting programs are produced in DAISY format and will be given to the visually impaired for free. DAISY format is the best way to read and the best way to publish for the visually impaired (According to the DAISY consortium). These books and broadcasting programs are made especially for visually impaired people, and we will teach them how to read these books with free classes. We also put our web broadcasting programs on TDTB’s website. The website of web radio programs is: http://www.tdtb.org/information_2.aspx. The broadcasting programs are about useful topics of Health, Travelling, Book reviews and Interviews. In the future, we will continue recruiting volunteers and recording daisy digital talking books and articles. There will be more articles and radio programs if TDTB raise more funds.

 

Computer Training Courses

With your generous support, we have held as many computer courses as we can. We have hold classes like the group class (internet, facebook), the vocational training classes (for eight months) and the music editing group class. Other computer courses include introduction of software--screen reader (NVDA), basic computer information, music editing software (such as Goldwave, My studio PC), Microsoft Office and Youtube, blogs and surfing the internet, E-mail, operation of windows. In 2013, there were 105 people use the project to learn more than 2000 hours of free computer classes. We also planned a new class for the visually impaired. That is photography class for the visually impaired children. If we have enough funds, we can hold the new class.

In Sundays, we hold a seminar called “life experience sharing.” The seminars will continue to hold until December. We invited many visually impaired people to share their valuable life experiences. For those who are unable to come to our conference room, they can use “Skype” to join this seminar, too. Topics of sharing life experiences are abundant, range from investing, exercising, and traveling to learning English. Last year, there were 273 people joining the seminar. TDTB also provide psychological counseling services. Our social workers will talk to the visually impaired one by one and know their needs. Also, we hire professional counselors to help the visually impaired to rehabilitate their mental health.  

 

Maintain and Enlarge the Taiwan DAISY Library continually

This Online library is constructed in 2010, and visually impaired people could join to be a membership from that time. This library has 322 members and over 3000 DAISY books till now (2014 Jan.). In 2014, the rotary club of Tienmu will cooperate with TDTB to enlarge the scale of DAISY Library. The model of Taiwan DAISY library mainly referred to a famous organization called Bookshare.org in USA. From 2007, Bookshare.org acquired a subsidy about 32 million dollars from the Special Section of Education Department of U.S.A. in five years. With enormous fund, Bookshare.org had more than 120,000 books and 150,000 members in 2011.

TDTB tried to build a DAISY library from the successful experience of Bookshare.org. TDTB not only provides DAISY books but also provides computer training courses, which make this library accessible for visually impaired people. This year, TDTB will cooperate with Rotarians to expand DAISY library. TDTB will continue to make DAISY books and recruit members. We will especially focus on visually impaired students. We will try hard to improve their reading ability and computer ability. With your help, TDTB will continually make good DAISY books for the visually impaired. And the dream of reading without barriers for the visually impaired can be realized in the future.

demo of screen reader software called NVDA
demo of screen reader software called NVDA
computer class
computer class
computer class for v.i. children
computer class for v.i. children

Links:

Nov 22, 2013

Report of rehabilitation program, 2013 7-9

photography class for blind children
photography class for blind children

Recording of Digital Talking Books
From July to Sep., we finished recording two books and twelve web broadcasting programs.  All books and broadcasting programs are produced in DAISY format.  DAISY format is the best way to read and the best way to publish for the visually impaired (According to the DAISY consortium).  These books and broadcasting programs are made especially for visually impaired people, and we will give these books to the visually impaired for free when they make an order.  We also put our web broadcasting programs on TDTB’s website.  The website of web radio programs is: http://www.tdtb.org/information_2.aspx. The broadcasting programs are about topics of Health, Travelling, Book reviews and Interviews.  In the future, we will continue recruiting volunteers and recording daisy digital talking books and aritcles.

Enlarging the DAISY Library continually. 
This Online library is constructed in 2010, and visually impaired people could join to be a membership from that time.  This library has 250 members and 2,900 DAISY books till now.  Next year, the rotary club of Tienmu will cooperate with TDTB to enlarge the scale of DAISY Library.  The model of Taiwan DAISY library mainly referred to a famous organization called Bookshare.org in USA.  From 2007, Bookshare.org acquired a subsidy about 32 million dollars from the Special Section of Education Department of U.S.A. in five years.  With enormous fund, Bookshare.org had more than 120,000 books and 150,000 members in 2011. 
TDTB tried to build a DAISY library from the successful experience of Bookshare.org.  TDTB not only provides DAISY books but also provides computer training courses, which make this library accessible for visually impaired people.  This year, TDTB will cooperate with Rotarians to expand DAISY library.  TDTB will continue to make DAISY books and recruit members.  We will especially focus on visually impaired students.  We will try hard to improve their reading ability and computer ability.  With your help, TDTB will continually make good DAISY books for the visually impaired.

Computer Courses
With your support, we have held many kinds of computer courses.  We have hold the group class (internet, facebook), and the music editing group class.  Other computer courses include introduction of software--screen reader (NVDA), basic computer information, music editing software (such as Goldwave, My studio PC), Microsoft Office and Youtube, blogs and surfing the internet, E-mail, operation of windows.  We also planned a new class for the visually impaired.  That is photography class for the visually impaired children.  If we have enough funds, we can hold the new class.
  In Sundays, we hold a seminar called “life experience sharing.”  The seminars will continue to hold until December.  We invited many visually impaired people to share their valuable life experiences.  Topics of sharing are abundant, range from investing, exercising, traveling to learning English.  TDTB also provide psychological counseling services.  Our social workers will talk to the visually impaired one by one and know their needs.  Also we hire professional counselors to help the visually impaired.   

personal class
personal class
group class
group class

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Aug 21, 2013

Computer classes for integration in society

Sandra and I with the friendly and dedicated staff
Sandra and I with the friendly and dedicated staff

The following is an e-postcard from Ana Calvo Langdon, a GlobalGiving Representative in Taiwan.

"Since I came to TDTB I’m not hidden anymore, my life has changed. Now I know there is a lot I can do for other people like me” stated Evelyn, one of the visually impaired members of staff in Taiwan Digital Talking Books Association (TDTB). Evelyn started out by attending computer classes at TDTB and a few months later, she joined the staff because she wanted to share her experience and help other visually impaired people.

TDTB is an organization dedicated to the development and the adoption of technology in the production of digital talking books for people with disabilities. On August 6th, Sandra and I met with the very dedicated staff of TDTB: including the chairman, secretary general, and the Project Leader. All of them were so welcoming. After learning about the organization, they gave us a tour of the office - the computer room where a group lesson was taking place, the room where the staff work (out of the 18 people in staff, 11 are visually impaired), a room where the books are recorded and the “counseling room”. They showed us how to record a book and how a NVDA reader works. We even recorded a little message for them with Evelyn’s help - next time we will try it in mandarin!

Apart from the teaching courses on how to use a NVDA screen reader (an awesome pocket-size tool for the visually impaired), how to browse a web page and communicate with friends online, TDTB produces books and translate magazines into an electronic format. They proudly showed us some of the books they published as well as the different apps on the iPhone for the visually impaired. They are at the forefront at technology!

TDTB is committed in giving visually impaired people equal opportunities, empowering them, and preparing them to fully participate in society.

A member of staff recording a DAISY book
A member of staff recording a DAISY book
A computer lesson
A computer lesson
Recording room. We recorded a little message!
Recording room. We recorded a little message!

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Project Leader

Andrew Ma

Taipei, Taipei Taiwan

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Map of Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan