Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan

 
$11,185
$3,815
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Remaining
Apr 17, 2013

Report of rehabilitation program,2013 1-3

computer class
computer class

Report of rehabilitation program

Recording of Digital Talking Books

From January to March, we finished recording books including What Can I Learn if I Read History,100 Stories of Life, Discovery of Human Body,etc.  These books are going
to be produced in DAISY format.  Also, we
were making thirteen books (those are recorded from Oct. to Dec.) into DAISY
format.  All books are very good for
visually impaired people, and we will give these books to the visually impaired
as soon as possible.  In the future, we
will continue recruiting volunteers and recording daisy digital talking books.

 

Computer Training Courses

With your support, we have many kinds of computer courses.  We have hold Facebook
group class, and sound editing group class. 
Other computer courses include introduction of screen reader (NVDA), basic
computer information, sound editing software (such as Goldwave), blogs and surfing
the internet, E-mail, operation of windows, Microsoft Office and Youtube. 

We 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.  In Sundays, we hold a seminar called “life
experience sharing.”  We invited many visually
impaired people to share their valuable life experiences.  Topics of sharing are abundant, and range
from traveling to learning English.


Maintain 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 230 members and 2,200 DAISY
books till now.  The model of Taiwan DAISY
library mainly referred to 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. 

DAISY Library online
DAISY Library online
promotion of digital reading
promotion of digital reading
Jan 15, 2013

Report of rehabilitation program: 2012

forum of internet accessibility
forum of internet accessibility

Recording of Digital Talking Books

From October to December, we finished recording thirteen books including8016  These thirteen books are good for visually impaired people, and we will give these books to the visually impaired as soon as possible.  In the future, we will continue recruiting volunteers and recording daisy digital
talking books.

Computer Training Courses

With your support, we have accomplished over 448 hours of computer training course in 2012, and there were over 47 visually impaired people learning the courses.  Our computer courses include introduction of screen reader (NVDA), basic computer information, sound editing software (such as goldwave), blogs and surfing the internet, E-mail, Facebook, operation of windows, Microsoft Office and Youtube.

We also provide psychological counseling services.  Our social workers will talk to the visually impaired one by one and know their needs.  Also we hired professional counselors to help the visually impaired.  In 2012, we offered 120 people counseled by psychological counselors.

Test of internet accessibility and forums in universities

In order to improve the accessibility of internet, we hold ten forums in 10 universities in Taiwan.  We talked about the necessity of internet accessibility, and showed the students how to test the accessibility of a website.  After 10 forums, we invited those students to test 60 websites in Taiwan.  In the end, there were 256 defects of internet
accessibility found among those websites.  We ranked five excellent students and gave them prize money.

We are greatly thankful to all donors, and we will continue our work and do our best to help the visually impaired in Taiwan!

computer training class
computer training class
training class of volunteer
training class of volunteer

Links:

Oct 11, 2012

Report of rehabilitation program June to August

sharing session of garden of heart
sharing session of garden of heart

New activity: Sharing Session of Garden of Heart

This year, TDTB held a new activity of Sharing Session of Garden of Heart.  on the website of TDTB, we got a section of recording beautiful articles: Garden of Heart. For years, TDTB gathered many beautiful articles, those are enlightened and meaningful articles.  Now there are more than 100 articles in the section of Garden of Heart.  We hoped that people can share their feelings and feedback about the Garden of Heart.  In this case, TDTB held a  Sharing Session.  Visually impaired people in Taiwan can join this sharing session, it's a wonderful chance to share feelings and feedbacks. more information: http://www.tdtb.org/heart/index.html

Recording of Daisy Books

From June to August, TDTB has finished one book named Mendel, the Father of Genetics.    This book is the biography of a outstanding scientist, Mendel.  The topics of our DAISY books include Literature, Traditional Custom, Education, Novel, Life philosophy, Children Book, and so on.   We also started to record many children books from July.  There will be more than twenty books in the end of this year.  Visually impaired people can join our member for free.  And members of this DAISY platform can download our daisy books on the platform: http://www.tdtb.org/daisybooks/  We believe our books can give the visually impaired more information.

Volunteer Training

We have accomplished a volunteer training course, which is about DAISY book production. TDTB cooperate with a world-wide company in Taiwan: UPS.   UPS plays a leading role of enabling commerce around the world.  TDTB sent two teachers to UPS Taipei branch, and there were about 50 employees in UPS attending this volunteer training.  In the training, teacher taught those volunteers how to make a DAISY book, including editing a document and making a table of contents.  At the end of the training class, most of volunteers want to make a DAISY book, and they felt happy to contribute their time and energy to help visually impaired people in Taiwan.

teaching computer
teaching computer
teaching computer (screen reader)
teaching computer (screen reader)

Links:

Jun 5, 2012

Report of rehabilitation program Mar. to May

voulnteer training1
voulnteer training1

Mr. Lin's story

Blindness is like the prison of my soul.  I feel meaningless and empty in my life. Fortunately, I learned screen reader and computer courses.  I can reconnect with the world now!” by Mr. Lin

Mr. Lin owns a company, but his eyes had serious problems three years ago. When he became legally blind, he fell into a deep abyss of depression.  His heart was closed, and he didn’t go out.  For three years, he only went to his company and didn’t go anywhere.  Sometimes there are some NGO trying to help him, but he refused.

During this period, Mr. Lin lost his connection with the world.  Taiwan Digital Talking Books Association (TDTB) helped Mr. Lin use screen reader, and he can operate computer well now.  “I feel so good,” he said.  “I can use e-mail; I can browse the websites as well.”  The Most important of all, he finally goes out from darkness and gets his smile back.

 

Recording of Daisy Books

From March to May, TDTB has finished three books.    The topics of these books include Literature, Traditional Custom, Education, Novel, Life philosophy, Children Book, and so on.   Visually impaired people can join our member for free.  And members of this DAISY platform can download our daisy books on the platform: http://www.tdtb.org/daisybooks/  We believe our books can give the visually impaired more information.

 

Volunteer Training

We have accomplished a volunteer training course, which is about DAISY book production.

TDTB cooperate with a famous company in Taiwan: Everlight Electronics.   Everlight Electronics plays an important role in the global LED industry.  On May 17th, TDTB sent two teachers to Everlight Electronics, and there were about twenty employees in Everlight Electronics attending this volunteer training.  In the training, teacher taught those volunteers how to edit a document, how to make a table of contents.  At the end of the training class, most of volunteers made a DAISY book successfully, and they felt happy to contribute their time and energy to help visually impaired people.

volunteer training2
volunteer training2
nvda course
nvda course
Mar 5, 2012

Report of rehabilitation program (Mar.)

hiking
hiking

Out Of Darkness-- Catherine's story

Catherine (pseudonym) suffered from detached retina caused by diabetic retinopathy, and she lost her vision within just seven months.  Furthermore, she lost her life purpose as well as her job as a reservation manager of a famous hotel in Taiwan.  She felt depressed, upset and uncertain.  After years of isolation, Catherine attended the computer training class hold by Taiwan Digital Talking Books Association (TDTB).  In this class, she learned to use the computer by a kind of software called screen reader.  With the help of screen reader, Catherine can surf the internet once again, and she regained her self-esteem.  After she graduated from the computer class, she entered TDTB as a member of promotion group.  In TDTB, Catherine became a person who helped others instead of being helped.  She started to help more and more visually impaired, and saw her own value during the process of helping others.

Recording of Daisy Books

From Dec. to Feb., TDTB have finished four more books.  And there are five books are under recording now.  The topics of these books include Health, Education, Novel, Life philosophy, Children Book, and so on.  Visually impaired people can download our daisy books on the platform: http://www.tdtb.org/daisybooks/  We believe our books can give the visually impaired more information and recreation.

Computer Training Courses

 With your support, we have accomplished over 228 hours of computer training course, and there were over 15 visually impaired learning the courses.

Our computer courses include introduction of screen reader (NVDA), computer basics, blogs and surfing the internet, E-mail basics, Facebook, operation of windows, MS word and Youtube.

  We also provide psychological support.  Our social workers will talk to the visually impaired one by one and know their needs.  Also we help the visually impaired purchase the Assistive Devices like magnifier, electronic book player (Plextalk) and etc. 

Outdoor activity

We also hold an outdoor activity for the visually impaired.  We went to Beitou, a famous hot spring resort in Taiwan.  We went hiking to a small hill and went to the hot spring museum.  The visually impaired do not go out very often  because of their vision loss.  With this trip, the visually impaired can relax their mind to hug the mother nature. 

Daisy audio books
Daisy audio books

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Project Leader

Andrew Ma

Taipei, Taipei Taiwan

Where is this project located?

Map of Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan