May 31, 2018

Second Report of 2018

Vocational Training in the TDTB
Vocational Training in the TDTB

It is HOT in Taipei these days! Temperature around midday is seldom lower than 97. However, the heat did not stop us from providing visually impaired people with our care and services.

From March to May 2018, the TDTB has deployed several projects according to its 2018 Annual Plan. We keep trying to meet various needs of people with visual impairment, such as the need for rehabilitation, the need for a decent job, and the need for study as other normal students do. Major activities/events during this period are described as followed:

 1. Computer Courses: From March to May 2018, this Association has already offered 11 group courses. In these courses, we discussed the use of the NVDA screen reader with visually impaired students, as well as their parents and teachers. We also talked about how to obtain resources through various websites on the Internet. More than 80 participants benefited from these courses.

 2. Individual Training: By the end of May 2018, the TDTB has delivered 323 hours of one-on-one lectures to individuals with visual impairment. In these tailor-made courses, we worked with visually impaired people trying to solve their problems regarding to computer or smart phone.

 3. Vocational Training: The TDTB vocational training this year has started in March 2018. We now have 12 visually impaired people receiving their training every day in this association. The goal is to help them find appropriate jobs other than blind masseur when training completed.

 4. Experience Sharing: In April and May 2018, the TDTB invited two speakers to share their life experiences on overcoming visual disabilities. These two speakers are all visually impaired, and now work as psychological consultant and civilian officer. Over 30 visually impaired people benefited from these lectures.

 5. Mental Health: By the end of May 2018, this association has arranged more than 80 hours of psychological counseling for more than eight visually impaired people and their families. We also organized two outdoor activities in April and May to explore the Taipei City. More than 60 visually impaired people and volunteers gathered in these activities and had a great time.

Life Experience Sharing by Guest Speaker
Life Experience Sharing by Guest Speaker
Tailor-made course for blind individual
Tailor-made course for blind individual
Outdoor activity for visually impaired people
Outdoor activity for visually impaired people

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Mar 2, 2018

Seasonal Report in early 2018

Training for senior citizen with visual impairment
Training for senior citizen with visual impairment

Happy Lunar New Year! The TDTB wishes you have a great time in the Year of Dog!

During the period from late 2017 to early 2018, the TDTB has drafted the 2018 Plan to provide its services to Taiwanese with visual impairment. With so many things in mind, but limited resources on hand, we surely need your continual supports, so that we could better serve VIP communities in Taiwan. Major activities/events in the Plan are highlighted as followed:

  1.  Computer Courses: In the year of 2018, this Association plans to hold 13 group courses. In these courses, we will discuss with people with visual impairment about the use of the NVDA screen reader, Microsoft Office, Windows 10 Operation System, Chinese typing, and Internet surfing. More than 150 visually impaired participants will benefit from these courses.
  2. Individual Training: In the 2018 Plan, the TDTB has allocated 1,000 hours of one-on-one courses to individuals who need our service. Contents in these tailor-made courses included screen reader NVDA, assistive devices, as well as smart phone applications for visually impaired people.
  3. NVDA Screen Reader: NVDA Screen Reader is an assertive software used by people with visual impairment worldwide. In the last decade, the TDTB has been taking the lead in localizing this tool, so that it could have better performance among Taiwanese users. Through the year of 2018, the Association will dedicate itself into drafting a set of manual guide and tests regarding the NVDA. We will also make these lectures available online, so visual impaired people could conduct asynchronous learning without leaving their residences.
  4. Information Education: We also plan to hold a competition on Chinese Dictation Typing and Data Searching in October 2018, in order to inspire attentions on correct Chinese typing among students with visual impairment. Champion of this competition will get a prize equivalent to USD 330.
  5. Accessibility: From March to December 2018, the TDTB will hold a series of events to promote the accessibility of webpages for visually impaired people. We’re going to visit more than 9 universities around Taiwan, deliver lectures on this issue, and have discussions with college students who plans to choose webpage design as their career. There is an event to be held in December 2018 to inspire more attention on accessibility among VIPs as well as ordinary people.
  6. Vocational Training: The TDTB vocational training is a nine-month project constantly held on an annual basis. From March to November 2018, we will equip 12 visually impaired people with vocational skills, such as computer file management, the use of Microsoft Office software, internet surfing, NVDA, DAISY books, and etc.
  7. DAISY Books: Digital Accessible Information System, or DAISY, is a format of digital talking books for visually impaired people who wish to read. In recent years, we’ve accumulated more than 6,700 books in our DAISY Library, and have more than 1,000 VIPs download DAISY books from that Library each year. In 2018, this Association will add at least 800 more DAISY books into our collection.
  8. Experience Sharing: People suffering from visual problems are more willing to take advices and learn lessons from people in the same situation. In 2018, the TDTB plans invite eight visually impaired speakers to share their life experiences on overcoming their visually disabilities. These seminars should to held from March to November 2018, and over 120 visually impaired people are estimated to benefit from these lectures.
  9. Mental Health: In addition to computer skills, the TDTB also pay attentions to mental health of people with visual impairment. This association will provide VIPs with 240 hours of psychological counseling in the year of 2018. We are also going to organize 6 outdoor activities which allow people with visually impairment to explore the Taipei City. In addition, we keep contact with VIP communities around Taiwan through social media software, such as the Facebook. In last year, the TDTB had more than 1,000 trackers, and over 130,000 clicks on its Facebook. In the year of 2018, we’ll keep forming a closer bond with people with visual impairment in Taiwan.
Computer course for visually impaired student
Computer course for visually impaired student
TDTB equips VIPs with computer skills
TDTB equips VIPs with computer skills

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Nov 21, 2017

Annual Report 2017

Computer course in VIP Rehabilitation
Computer course in VIP Rehabilitation

Seasonal Greetings!

With your continual support in the year of 2017, TDTB had the chance to provide its services to visually impaired people (VIP) in Taiwan. Major activities/events in the TDTB during this year are listed as followed:

  1. Computer Courses: From March to November 2017, TDTB managed and held 17 group courses. In these courses, we gave lectures on the NVDA screen reader, Microsoft Office, Windows 10 Operation System, Chinese typing, and Internet surfing. Over 150 visually impaired participants benefited from these courses.
  2. Individual Training: Till November 2017, TDTB has delivered 698 hours of one-on-one courses to individuals who need our service. Contents in these tailor-made courses included screen reader NVDA, assistive devices, as well as smart phone applications for visually impaired people.
  3. Information Education: In July 2017, we held a competition on Chinese Dictation Typing and Data Searching to inspire attentions on correct Chinese typing among visually impaired students. Champion of this competition was a five-grade visually impaired student who defeated all other challengers with outstanding results. This little champion was personally trained by the President of TDTB, and is capable of keying in over 50 correct Chinese characters per minute.
  4. NVDA Screen Reader: In August 2017, TDTB hosted an one-day seminar, and invited teachers and parents of visually impaired students to discuss the application of the NVDA. TDTB has been making lots of efforts to promote the use of the NVDA, which empowers VIPs computer skill to access internet information.
  5. Web Accessibility: From October 2017 to date, the TDTB dedicated itself into promoting web accessibility for visually impaired people. We have travelled to eight universities around Taiwan to deliver lectures on this issue. There is an event to be held in December 2017 to inspire more attention on accessibility among VIPs as well as ordinary people.
  6. Vocational Training: From March to November 2017, we have equipped 10 visually impaired people with vocational skills, such as computer file management, the use of Microsoft Office software, internet surfing, NVDA, DAISY books, and etc. This nine-month vocational training is a project constantly held on an annual basis.
  7. DAISY Books: Digital Accessible Information System, or DAISY, is a format of digital talking books for visually impaired people who wish to read. In 2017, TDTB has prepared 100 DAISY Players for visually impaired students in elementary and junior high schools. Students can download DAISY books from our online DAISY library, and listen to these books with the devices that we offered.
  8. VIP Gathering: People suffering from visual problems are more willing to take advices and learn lessons from people in the same situation. In 2017, TDTB has invited five visually impaired speakers to share their life experiences on overcoming their visually disabilities. These gatherings were held from March to November 2017, and over 70 visually impaired people benefited from these lectures.
Most TDTB instructors are also visually impaired
Most TDTB instructors are also visually impaired
Seminar on web accessibility for VIP
Seminar on web accessibility for VIP
Vocational training in the TDTB
Vocational training in the TDTB
 
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