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Mar 6, 2015

New partners - new ideas for tactile books

Dear friends,

Thank you for your support of our project "Create Braille Books For 1000 Blind Children". We are very pleased that our project is available on the charity of your platform.  With the support  GlobalGiving  100 blindchildren in Ukraine  of preschool and primary school received books in Braille (universal design) with a relief pattern on the Ukrainian language.

We published new books in Braille and we gave them for free to libraries  for blind children in Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkov, Kiev, Nikolaev, Zaporozhye, Vinnitsa, Koristen, Kherson, Uzhgorod. 

We  worked on the adaptation and development of new Braille books for children: "Brothers Kondratiki", "Who is the strongest on earth," "Singing Glade".

The blind children were happy to receive a gift of books and cards with embossed patterns on Christmas Day.

In  February seven  experts acquainted with the work of the project «STUDIO TYFLOGRAFYKY» (Czerwonak, Poland) for the design and manufacture of relief maps, charts, drawings, and social enterprise of young people with severe visual impairment MasterPunkt (Poznan).

A  group of our experts studied the Swedish experience of adaptation and design of books for blind children.We meet the production team at MTM (Swedish Agency for Accessible Media). MTM is under the administration of the Ministry of Culture responsible for the production of tactile picture books .

Agencies task is to ensure that all persons with reading impairments can access literature and daily newspapers through media appropriate to them. MTM activities include the production and distribution of talking books and Braille books. MTM is the central lending facility of these materials for Swedish libraries, with the legimus.se digital library acting as the hub in this area. A large and crucial field is research and development relating to new techniques for production and reading. One special mandate is to provide university and college students access to their required reading through media appropriate to them. February 18 we visited the printing house in Fagersta.

As a result of the study trip to the Swedish and Polish experience of adaptation and production of books and manuals for blind children we met with international standards and modern technologies of quality training of relief images for blind children of preschool age.

We have found partners and new ideas to develop and improve our work and our project  to create a mini-printing "World at Your Fingertips."

In Sweden we boughtnew equipment improved braille printer Everest D V4.   This allowed us to improve the quality and speed of printing books.

We started to carry out orders to print Braille (universal design) for adults people. We adapted and published for blind children "Regula" for the Secular Franciscan Order. 

Dec 5, 2014

Getting Ready For Christmas Time

A blind girl Enjoying the Saint Nickolas card
A blind girl Enjoying the Saint Nickolas card

Our dear Friends,

Thank you for your support of our project "Create Braille Books For 1000 Blind Children".

Christmas is coming! It is a wonderful time and all the children in the world wait for wonders! It is the time of wonders!

Please, take some time to read about what we have done to make the wonders for the blind children in Ukraine.

1. With the help of the raised funds 10 young people were trained in Bulgaria and Poland to produce good Braille books with relief images inside. They got special training on the needed equipment, quality demands, tactile graphics demands.

2. 100 Braille books were published in the new way. The books "Vegetable Puzzeles" were spread among 100 blind children in Kharkiv, Kiev, Odessa, Dnepropetrovsk.

3. Christmas time is the time of giving! We designed a unique Saint Nicko;as greetings card, which is a card for all. it is colorful and Braille at the same time. Everyone can see this card and it can be given to anyone. It is the innovation for Ukraine and it is the first time when the blind children can enjoy the winter time fully. 

 We are keen on positive change in lives of the Blind children in Ukraine and we do our best to make them enjoy their rights fully!

 Please, stay in touch and follow our project progress.

 Our kind regards,

 Valentina Butenko

A blind girl Enjoying the Saint Nickolas card 2
A blind girl Enjoying the Saint Nickolas card 2
Visiting Wrozlaw to sdtuy Brasille books printing
Visiting Wrozlaw to sdtuy Brasille books printing
Visiting Poland to sdtuy Brasille books printing
Visiting Poland to sdtuy Brasille books printing
Studying how to design Tactile maps
Studying how to design Tactile maps
Mini printing house at the school for the blind
Mini printing house at the school for the blind
Using plastic material for Braille
Using plastic material for Braille

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Sep 8, 2014

New books and improvements

A blind boy studying the tactile book
A blind boy studying the tactile book

 

 

Dear Friends,

 

 Thank you for your support of our project "Create Braille Books For 1000 Blind Children". Please, take some time to read our 6th  project report. Since  the reporting period, we have done a positive change in our project, and we are pleased to report about it.

 

  1. During the reporting period, we have worked to improve the quality of books.
  2. We have prepared three new book "Transport" - a book for further readingfor blind children"Lessons of the bible", "Math fairy tales " to print Braillepatterned (with universal design).
  3. During the reporting period, we published 75 books in Braillewhich gavefree library for blind children in KharkovKiev, Nikolaev, Zaporozhye,Vinnitsa, Uzhgorod, Kherson.
  4. In Kharkov 25 preschool children received books in Braille on the Ukrainianlanguage as a gift.
  5. We signed a memorandum of cooperation with Kharkiv information andresource center for the preparation of visually impaired children and their parents towards inclusive education.
  6. We entered into an agreement with the Kiev Institute of Special Educationto work together on the development of teaching aids in Braille andembossed patterns.
  7. Our experts provided technical support to the organizers of the All-Ukrainian project "Read on equal terms" in preparation for the printing of books in Braille.
  8. Due to the difficult financial and political situation in Ukraine, we were not able to independently raise funds for the project. But in book production in the reporting period 15 volunteers helped us. Four foreign volunteers from Italy, Germany, Romania participated in the production of books for blind children.
  9. The results of this project in July were presented at the International School of parental skills for families kotoryve educate blind children "Mom'sschool." All participants received a gift of books in Brailledesigned andprinted as a result of the implementation of our project.
  10. Now we are working on Braille book "Sputnik Primer" for further reading in the period of learning to read.
  11. We wrote an additional project aimed at training professionals to create Braille books for blind children. The project includes the study of international experience in the printing of books in Braille with embossed designs.

 We are keen on positive change in lives of the Blind children in Ukraine and we do our best to make them enjoy their rights fully!

 Please, stay in touch and follow our project progress.

 Our kind regards,

 Valentina Butenko

Presenting the new books
Presenting the new books
Our team
Our team
 
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