Taiwan Digital Talking Books Association (TDTB)

Our mission is to develop and promote DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) format in Taiwan to enable people with acquired visual disabilities equal access to information and knowledge. Our goals include to produce talking books in DAISY format, to train visually impaired people to access computers and internet with screen reader of NVDA (Non-Visual Desktop Access), and to provide people suffering from visual loss with vocational training and counseling.
Dec 12, 2016

Report of rehabilitation program, Dec., 2016

iPhone Tutoring
iPhone Tutoring

With your support, we have held many computer courses as we can.  From Oct. to Dec. 2016, we have focused on two kinds of classes:

1. The iPhone tutoring class:

We hired visually impaired teachers to teach visually impaired people (VIP) how to use iPhone.  With VoiceOver (screen reader) and SIRI, iPhone is the best accessible smart phone for VIP.  Therefore, we provide FREE iPhone tutoring classes for VIP.  If VIP learned how to use iPhone, they can browse the internet, watch YOUTUBE videos, shopping online, use APP to check bus or taxi…., and so on.  They can really satisfy their needs and enjoy the fun of convenience with smart phones. 

2. Computer group classes:

We focus on NVDA (screen reader) and WORD classes.  If VIP want to use PC, they have to learn screen reader called NVDA. It’s a free and powerful screen reader for VIP, and it can almost read every word on the pc system or webpages.  And, if VIP learn to use WORD, they can read articles, improve their skills and have more possibilities to find a job. 

Miss Yao’s feedback: ”This is my first time to learn NVDA, I am surprised that VIP can use internet to shopping!! I feel extremely happy! The other benefit for this class is that I make many friends. My volunteer is a good man, and we became good friends after the class. Thank you for your help!”

3. One day trip for VIP

With your support, we provide one day trip for VIP.  Visually impaired people hardly go for a trip because of their vision disability.  We provide trained volunteers to help every person to travel safe and sound.  We went to DA-SHI historical street to shopping and eating. We also went to a sweets factory to DIY Japanese Sweets.

Mr. Cheng’s Feedback: “ I feel this trip is fun.  Thanks for my volunteer buying me a bell.  The lunch is very great, too. I also touch many statues.  I wish I can have another trip in the future!”

Maintain and Enlarge the Taiwan DAISY Library continually. 

This Online DAISY library is constructed in 2010, and all the visually impaired people are welcome to be our members from then.  At present, our TDTB library has over 500 members and provides over 5718 DAISY books.  

Finally, we offer psychology counseling services. Firstly, our social workers talk over the visually impaired face to face and learn to know their real needs. Secondly, we will find licensed counselors to arrange therapy. After the therapy, we expect them to recover their mental health gradually.(Dec. 2016)

one day trip: sweets DIY
one day trip: sweets DIY
computer class
computer class
computer group class for NVDA
computer group class for NVDA
one day trip: touch old stone statue
one day trip: touch old stone statue

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Sep 13, 2016

Taipei Historical Sites Trip for VIP- DaTong Dist.

Background Information

Just like what most people say history is a priceless treasure to one’s country. Taipei city has established 130 years of long history. It is known for its eminent ancient relics. People that live in Taipei are free to enjoy the lovely historical sites that were kept for them. However, for visually impaired people this was not something easy. Usually, visually impaired people don’t have a lot of chances to travel around. Not to mention how difficult it is for them to visit ancient monuments. With the support of the Government and donors, we hope to obtain opportunities for our visually impaired friends to contact with the amazing historic architectures in Taipei. Therefore, beginning from 2014 to 2016, the Taiwan Digital Talking Book Association (TDTB) has successfully carried out three accessible trips. Not only would this soothe up both the body and mind, but also enrich visually impaired people’s life. The trips include, going by order, the WanHua district, visiting the Qingshan Temple, Longshan Temple, Tianhou Temple, and the Ximen Red House. Then, moving on to the ZhongZheng district, visiting the Presidential Office Building, Taipei Guest House, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei Zhongshan Hall, Taipei Post Office, and National Taiwan Museum. Finally, the ZhongShan district, visiting the Taipei Brewery, Former American Consulate, Zhongshan Presbyterian Church, and Taipei Story House.

Summary—Plan Out

Due to the great success towards the three previous trips, TDTB has planned out a fourth trip. Starting on April 2016 and till the end of June 2016, we have already arranged three trips to visit beautiful historic sites in the DaTong district. This would eventually let our visually impaired friends understand better about the value within the historical sites and the beauty of art. The most unique part of this activity is that it synthesizes adept knowledge towards historical culture, the adoption of voice guidance, and creating fascinating interaction. Therefore, we made preparations beforehand. To begin, we recorded DAISY digital books focusing on Taipei’s historical monuments, culture, and sites, which we would hand out to all of the members going on the trips. This would in depth their knowledge towards this topic. For the voice guidance, we invited prominent tour guides to join our trip. Then, with the help of our volunteers, we guide visually impaired people touch and feel the ancient architectures. This would generate an interaction within people and historical constructions. We hope to create a memorable impression for our visually impaired friends.

Our Goals

-Improve the chance for visually impaired people to contact with the historical architectures

-Understand the value within the historical sites and the beauty of art

-Leaving their houses and to travel around

-Soothe up both body and mind, increasing health

-Enrich visually impaired people’s life and spirit

-Creating a memorable impression

 

Schedule

April

Former Taipei City Hall Building (Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei), Dadaocheng Traffic Circle Air Defense Reservoir, and The Chen Family Ancestral Hall

May

LiChunSheng Memorial Church, ZhuangXieFa shop, Taipei Xia-Hai City God Temple, and Lee Lin-chiu House

June

Taipei Confucius Temple, Dalongdong Bao-an Temple, and The Forty Four Kan Street

 

Extra information

-The trip goes from 13:30~16:30

-Open to maximum 20 visually impaired members

-Assisting with 20 volunteers, tour guide, and 2 employees

-Everyone on the trip is required to have travel safety insurance

-Collecting a reflection written by the everyone that attended the trip

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Jun 15, 2016

Report of rehabilitation program, June , 2016

group class for computer skills
group class for computer skills

With your support, we have held many computer courses.  From March to June 2016, we have focused on many different kinds of classes:

1. the NVDA one by one training:

Learning to use screen reader “NVDA” to operate PC

2. Computer group classes:

  Helping blind students operate computer by using NVDA screen reader and also help them to adopt the DAISY books.

Vocational training classes:

(Helping the visually impaired and the physically disabled to learn a vocational skill, such as WORD, PPT, EXCEL, etc.)

DAISY Books

From March to June, 2016, we finished recording four new audiobooks in DAISY format: Run for Life, Life is short, Be yourself, The Emerald of Taipei MRT and The Tour of Ancient Taipei City .  Run for Life is about a Taiwanese who had cancer and this man loves marathon and bicycle riding.  He fights against his disease bravely and encourages those who are sick or disabled.  Life is short, Be yourselfincludes 55 fable stories of life.  The Emerald of Taipei MRT and The Tour of Ancient Taipei City are about historical buildings and tour by MRT system in Taipei.  All the audiobooks will be given to the visually impaired people free of charge.  We also made many DAISY digital books: about 70 books per month.

In May 2016, we hold a seminar called “sharing life experiences”.  For those who are unable to come to our conference room, they can use “Skype” to join the seminar as well.  Besides, we offer psychology counseling services.  First, our social workers talk over the visually impaired face to face and learn to know their real needs.  Secondly, we will find licensed counselors to arrange therapy.  After the therapy, we expect them to recover their mental health gradually. 

Maintain and Enlarge the TDTB DAISY Library continuously

This Online library is constructed in 2010, and all the visually impaired people are welcome to be our members from then. At present, our TDTB library has over 515 members and provides over 5479 DAISY books.  (June, 2016)

seminar of sharing life experience
seminar of sharing life experience
city tour of ancient buildings in Taipei city
city tour of ancient buildings in Taipei city
Cover of Daisy Book: Run for Life
Cover of Daisy Book: Run for Life
cell phone class
cell phone class
computer class
computer class

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