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.
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.
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