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Dec 11, 2017

Special books about special children are for every

Dear friends! Your support helps us do very important things.

Thank you very much for your support.

Special books for special children are a new direction of our project. In our country, inclusive processes for children with developmental disabilities are beginning, and for blind children as well. Being an inclusive society means looking for ways for all children to be together while learning, playing, reading (including children with disabilities).

This process in Ukraine is very difficult, in healthy people there are a lot of negative stereotypes in relation to blind children. Therefore, we began to adapt and print books not only for blind children, but also books about the special children of their lives and to introduce them to ordinary children in kindergartens and schools. Our task is to show that children who see badly are the same children, they like to play, read, communicate, be friends. They just perceive our world a little differently. We adapt and print our books in accordance with the standards of universal design. This book is for everyone.

During the reporting period we published books: the collection "Meet - Become a Friend!", Tatiana Anisimova's story "The Invisible Elephant", V. Sungurov's fairy tale "The Magic Cane" and introduced the children of the Kharkov schools to them.

At the request of our readers, we continued the series of books about our four-legged friends and adapted the book of American author Kate DiCamillo "Thanks to Winn Dixie". continues to support 6 blind children who study in regular schools. We continued to adapt textbooks in Braille for a girl, who this year moved to the second grade of a regular school.

We consider our small victory to be an improvement in the design of books using Braille's relief-dotted font. The new design of the book "Ukrainian minstrels" was highly appreciated by our readers.

Bright sets for creativity "New Year's wonders" and collections of books "Winter fairy tales" will be received by blind children of all special schools and those who study in general schools, St. Nicholas Day, New Year and Christmas.

During the reporting period, thanks to your support, we printed over 150 books on universal design standards for blind children and over 200 copies of books on the life of blind children.

You make the world for blind children of Ukraine more visible and joyful!


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Sep 18, 2017

We are on the verge of qualitative changes

 Dear friends! Thank you for supporting our project.

It's just incredible! Our project has received from GlobalGiving thanks to you in July and August of this year, just fantastic support. And now we are on the verge of fulfilling our dream! Soon in our center will be a new printer BrailleBox V5 - a professional high-speed printer for printing Braille literature. And this means that blind children will receive more literature in an accessible format for them. They are looking forward to them.

Over the reporting period, more than 100 blind children received books in Braille. For example, they got acquainted with the story of a small aliens with an unusual name - US - Teacher from the Planet of the Heart. Kurt Hertenhuber. Maria Morozenko's book about our four-legged friends "The most faithful" liked the children very much. We printed a continuation of Sergei Kozlov's book "New Year's Tale" about the adventures of Hedgehog and his friends. With the school life, Vsevolod Nestayko's book "A Unit with a Negative" introduces the blind children.

Our project continues to support 6 blind children who study in regular schools. In July, we began to adapt textbooks in Braille for girl, which this year passed into second grade.

We help not only children, but also parents and teachers. In August, we conducted the All-Ukrainian International Workshop "The Inter-national and Ukrainian Experience of Inclusive Education for Children with Severe Visual Impairment Legal and Psychological-Pedagogical Basis". 85 participants of the seminar got acquainted with the experience of our organization of adaptation of books taking into account universal design,

At the request of the parents of blind children and the children themselves, we started working on adapting desktop development games. And on September 1, on Knowledge Day for small schoolchildren, we held an exclusive trip to the country in the bookshop, the magical "Shestitochia". Children who normally see and their blind peers looking for the code together to get to the fairy-tale country, performed unusual tasks, got to know each other, as well as books printed in an unusual font and played games adapted for blind children, and in such games it is possible play all together. It's so cool! The pleasure was received both by children and adults!


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Jun 14, 2017

More Braille books to Enjoy for Blind Kids

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your support and for following our project!

We are proud to say we were very active and we printed and designed 5 more books for the blind children. We have applied for Braille books contest in Ukraine and as a result we were invited to participate in the National Braille Books Exhibition.

We have partnered with more authors who write contemporary tales in order for our blind kids to stay updates and enjoy the same tales as their peers do.

 

The books were distributed for free in Kharkiv, KIev, Zhitomir, Rovno, Lviv, Odessa. we have organized a presentation for our newly printed books and told all Ukraine about their availability.

 

"My mom taught me to read and now i can read new tales that i really like. i like fairy tales very much. My mom used to read them for me in aloud voice, but now i can do this by myself. Thank you Valentina Antonovna for the books.@, Says Olya, who is a blind 8-year-old girl. Braille is hard to read for her, but now she has an opportunity to read it.

 

Thank you again for supporting our project. Please, lets make our blind children enjoy the fairy tales, learn and practice with reading and enjoy their lives as their peers do!

 

Sincerely,

Valentina Butenko

 
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