Feb 5, 2014

First Braille Book Trials

Mini Braille Printing House - Braille books
Mini Braille Printing House - Braille books

Dear friends,

Thank you for your support of our project "Create Braille Books For 1000 Blind Children". Please, take some time to read our fourth project report. Since  the reporting period , we have done a positive change in our project , and we are pleased to report about it. During the reporting period, we have done much to create a mini Braille printing house "The World at Your Fingertips."

1. We bought the Braille Embosser “ViewPlus Braille Printer Tiger Cub Print Braille text”, software to convert Braille text into Ukrainian language, the special tool for making tactile graphics PIAF, material for tactile graphics. PIAF (Pictures In A Flash) – is a device that allows you to create tactile drawings on the special paper . With the help of heat, the image becomes convex, which makes the printed information readable for a blind person.

2. We’ve already published the 100 copies of our first Braille book with the help of our Braille Embosser called "Clever Tales" for preschool children in Ukrainian and Russian languages for rehabilitation centers, kindergartens, schools, where there are children with severe visual impairment. The feature of the book is that it is available for blind children and for visually impaired children.

3. Now we are developing the innovative in Ukraine didactic manual "Funny Math" with universal design (Design for All principles) aimed to prepare the blind children to study at school.

There are specialists of our center and 3 foreign volunteers (Poland, Germany, Italy) taking part in the project implementation. In our next report we will provide statistics on how many children got a chance to read puzzles, to read tales and to learn poems, how many children got a chance to see the pictures and to read stories. Please follow our project progress and help Ukrainian blind children to enjoy their right to read and to learn as their peers do.

Our kind regards,

Valentina Butenko

Mini Braille Printing House
Mini Braille Printing House
Mini Braille Printing House - Braille Embosser
Mini Braille Printing House - Braille Embosser
Mini Braille Printing House - Braille equipment
Mini Braille Printing House - Braille equipment
Mini Braille Printing House - Braille equipment 1
Mini Braille Printing House - Braille equipment 1
Mini Braille Printing House - Braille equipment 2
Mini Braille Printing House - Braille equipment 2
Mini Braille Printing House - Braille equipment 3
Mini Braille Printing House - Braille equipment 3
A blind boy studying vegetables puzzles
A blind boy studying vegetables puzzles
Nov 6, 2013

All-Ukrainian Braille books movement

Braille book
Braille 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 third project report. Since  the reporting period , we have done a positive change in our project , and we are pleased to report about it.

With the help of our project , we raised the lack of Braille books awareness at the community and national level. National Assembly of Disabled in Ukraine in parallel to our project "Create Braille Books For 1000 Blind Children " to create a mini-printing house, in July 2013 was initiated by the All-Ukrainian project " Readong Equally " with the support of the Association of Press Publishers . Ukrainian goverment allocated money from the budget for publication Braille textbooks "Mathematics" for the blind first-grade-students to spread around all the schools in Ukraine.

We took two trips to St. Petersburg's special library for the blind and the Belgorod regional library for the blind to study their Braille books publication experience of their resource centers. The information about our project was presented on October 29-30, at the Summit of the Library of libraries for the blind in Belgorod. Several libraries of Russia , whhich have experience in publishing Braille books are ready to provide us with methodological support and share the already published books. For example, Saint Petersburg’s library for the blind can give us 20 copies of different books in Braille for the blind children. Due to the support of the Global Given team, our project " Create Braille Books For 1000 Blind Children " moved forward. Today, except for the money received from Global Given, we attracted additional 2.5 thousand dollars.

So far, we developed our first book with puzzles for the pre-school children called "Vegetables" in Ukrainian and Russian with tactile pictures inside. The book includes puzzles, poems and stories about vegetables. The book is very much liked by the children, parents and professionals . The most important advantage of the book is that it is accessible for the blind and visually impaired children. The text is printed both in Braille and Arial font. This book has a universal design and can be used in an inclusive child care. We printed 30 copies of the book "Vegetables" and distributed to children's libraries in Kharkov.

Now we are working on design of Braille books called "AT the Meadow", "Who lives in the sea?", "Visiting the aunt “Weatherproof", " Geometric fairy tales." We are preparing a new campaign to raise funds to support the project for the International Day of the Blind on November 13. We are constant;y contacting our partners, parents, volunteers to speak about the project "Create Braille Books For 1000 Blind Children".

Our kind regards,

Braille book 2
Braille book 2
A blind boy reading Braille book
A blind boy reading Braille book
Aug 12, 2013

International youth exchange "Feel tale"

Start of project "fill a tail"
Start of project "fill a tail"

International youth exchange "Feel tale" has started on June 29th in Kharkiv. In the frame of the project young people from Italy, Ukraine, Armenia and Estonia for two weeks will help the rehabilitation center for young people with disabilities and their families "Pravo vybora" to develop tactile books.
Tactile books are special books that help to open the surrounding world to a blind child, enrich the sensory experience, explore different shapes, textures and materials, improve fine motor skills, as well as discover fairy tales. Tactile books abroad are quite common, but in Ukraine they are very limited , most of them are handmade and unique. The materials used in the books should transfer not only the natural way of objects, but also emotions and feelings associated with objects or characters in the book.  In the books text is printed with large print or Braille.
The participants of the project "Feel the story" will create handmade tactile fairy tales from different countries and peoples, as well as educational materials for pre-school children. Created tactile books will be stored in the library of the rehabilitation center "Pravo vybora".
Exchange is conducted by Interregional volunteer organization "SVIT-Ukraine" with the support of the "Youth in Action" Programme of European Union.

Contacts
Maria Servetnik
0972923942
outgoing@svit-ukraine.org

Information
www.svit-ukraine.blogspot.com

 
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