From April to June, we finished recording 2 books and six web broadcasting programs. These books and broadcasting programs are produced in DAISY format. DAISY format is the best way to read for the visually impaired. Also, we were making four books (those are recorded from April to June) into DAISY format. All books broadcasting programs are made especially for visually impaired people, and we will give these books to thevisually impaired as soon as possible. We also put our web broadcasting programs on TDTB’s website. 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.
With your support, we have held many computer courses. We have held the Facebook group class, and the 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. From this July, we have planned a whole new class: iPhone class. In modern times, smartphone is the most popular technology device. People can use smartphone to surf the internet, watch the movies, play games and listen to the music. Visual impaired people have their rights to use smartphones, too. If visual impaired people can use smartphone well, they can get rich information and knowledge.
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. On 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, range from exercising, traveling to learning English.
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 2,300 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.
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.
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