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Nov 28, 2018

We want to have high-quality books for blind child

We want to have high-quality books for blind children in Ukraine.

Dear friends, we are grateful for your support and really want to be worthy of your help. We really want the books that are published for children with severe visual impairments to be of high quality. As a result of our work and the observation of the market for books for children with severe visual impairment in Ukraine, we realized that there are no state standards for publishing books in braille and there are no standards for printing books and textbooks, including for the visually impaired. Therefore, we set ourselves the task. Ukraine needs book printing standards for blind children. And we decided to initiate the process of developing and discussing and approving such standards at the state level.
Therefore, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany and the National Assembly of People with Disabilities in Ukraine, on November 13-14 in Kiev, we organized the All-Ukrainian conference “Challenges of Time - Standards for Publishing Books for People with Severe Visual Impairment in Ukraine”. To participate in the conference, we invited a blind expert from Germany, Alexander Pavkovich, who since 2013 has been working at the BIT center (consulting, information and service text center at the Bavarian Union of the Blind and Visually Impaired) in the Publications department. Since 2017 - member of the Brall Font Committee in the German-speaking space (1 out of 7 members, the committee sets the standards for printing).

The conference program was very intense. More than 60 conference participants, representatives of organizations that develop and print books in Braille and prepare training materials in other formats, not only discussed the problems, but also shared their insights and achievements.
It was very useful that developers, publishers, and charitable organizations took part in the conference, the purpose of which was to make information accessible to people with severe visual impairments in various formats.
But during the reporting period, we did not forget the exact requests of our blind readers. Autumn is a serious time of year for blind children as well as for their sighted peers. Many of them go to school for the first time, others continue their education and they really need books in Braille. Especially those children who study not in special, but in ordinary schools.
Therefore, during the reporting period, our team spent a lot of time adapting textbooks and printing them according to universal design standards for such children. We adapted and printed 4 textbooks for Grade 3, a methodological guide in German for Grade 1, and fairy tales for extracurricular reading in English.
We have a great success in the adaptation of board games. Our children and their mothers really liked the Igrodeka-small suitcase “Rain of emotions” with games and toys for blind children. The board educational game “Vazhnitsya”, adapted to the standards of universal design, was approved by the Ministry of Education of Ukraine. With delight, blind teenagers are playing the game Strategic Sea Battle developed by our specialists.
In these games, blind children can play with their seeing peers.

During the reporting period, we took care of parents and specialists. For them, we have published 2 manuals “Starting into inclusion” and “Games and toys for a blind child.”
Blind children were presented as a gift to the International Day of the Blind (November 13) “Star Tales” in 2 books.
With the use of our books throughout Ukraine, inclusive readings take place, in which ordinary children get acquainted with blind children, learn how they read, write, draw. We are pleased that our work is part of a large process of inclusion in Ukraine.
And now we have begun preparations for the winter holidays.
Thank you for your trust and help.

Aug 30, 2018

We print dreams

Dear friends!

We are grateful to you for having been with us for several years and supporting our project.

Your support allowed us to work in the reporting period under the motto: "We print dreams!".

Our team invited blind children and their moms to dream about what books they would like to read Braille printed and what board games they are interested in. It was a bold decision on our part. But we cope.

This summer, on the basis of our center, an International Youth Camp was held in partnership with the "Ukraine-World" public organization. 12 participants from Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Turkey, Ukraine gathered in Kharkov to get acquainted with adaptation technologies for blind children and our experience. For 10 days they listened to lectures, sewn tactile books, played with blind children in adapted games.

Over the summer, we adapted and presented to blind children more than 100 books and 50 adapted games.

Ukrainian blind children received Braille-adapted books: L. Carroll "Alice in Wonderland", a collection of folk tales in English, three fairy tales in German, and others.

In July 2018, we held the All-Ukrainian Seminar "Start in Inclusion" for families who bring up blind children. 30 families from different cities of Ukraine came to Kharkov to get acquainted with the methods of education of blind children and teach them to play board games with their visionary peers. For this purpose, we have prepared for the parents and specialists a methodical manual "Games and toys for the blind child". At the seminar for 5 days, parents, along with the kids, tried to adapt the games themselves and immediately played them.

The very responsible direction of our project is the preparation of textbooks for children who are on an inclusive form of education. During the reporting period, we adapted the textbooks for the third grade. The most difficult for us to adapt teaching aids in foreign languages, for blind children who study in general education schools. The authors use a lot of drawings. It is interesting and understandable for children who see and are very difficult to perceive blind children.

Now we have begun work on adaptation using the standards of universal design of the book "Starry Tales". The authors of fairy tales, famous Ukrainians, presented their starry craftsmanship to small readers who turned out to be one on one with serious illnesses. but

The book is not at all sad, because the authors sought to convey the little one

and adult readers all the brightest, unusual, magical.

Jun 4, 2018

Our books are traveling

Dear friends!
We thank you for your support and we want to tell you about the most important moments of our project in the last 3 months.
The reporting period was devoted to the preparation for the VIII International Book Arsenal. This is an important intellectual event of the country, uniting literature and art. More than 150 publishers and projects present their best novelties, and designers, illustrators, artists - exhibition projects. The exhibition is attended by about 200 Ukrainian writers and 75 guests from 30 countries of the world.
At Book Arsenal, we presented a series of books "Special books for special" for children. These are the books of Yulia Ilyukha "Stories of Zvirynka" by Elena Sarzhenko "Adventures of Shershavka" and Katerina Babkina "Pumpkin Year". Books are issued taking into account the standards of universal design, in addition, have an audio record of the text of the book. Little children are delighted with books! Because they have relief drawings and surprises.
For adult readers, we have prepared a collection "The Eyes of the Blind" published in Ukrainian and Russian. The collection tells about the life of an unusual blind man - Vasily Eroshenko., A writer, translator, educator, traveler.
We also shared with our guests the "Book Arsenal" our achievements in the adaptation of board games for blind children. We introduced the game "Vazhnitsa"
. "Vazhnitsa" is a game that unites the generation, develops intellectually and spiritually, and also inspires further study of the native language, literature, history, and culture.

The first copy of the adapted game we presented for the summer camps for the blind children in the Carpathians.

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