Education
 Taiwan
Project #8480

Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan

by Taiwan Digital Talking Books Association (TDTB)
Vetted

Summary

Taiwan Digital Talking Books Association (TDTB) aims to provide various computer-related courses to the visually impaired people of Taiwan including how to use the NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) screen reader. The main purpose of this project is to provide a computer literacy rehabilitation program for Taiwan's visually impaired. Through this project, Taiwan's visually impaired can build-up their ability to independently access information using a computer and the Internet.
$30,000
total goal
$12,675
remaining
155
donors
1
monthly donor
4
years active

Challenge

In Taiwan, there are about 55,000 people who are legally blind. On average over, the last ten years, about 2,000 people in Taiwan become legally blind every year. These individuals in particular face a serious problem in that, due to their lack of computer literacy, they are unable to access online information that might otherwise allow them to more fully participate in society.

Solution

This project will employ experienced tutors to train the visually impaired with computer courses including use of the NVDA screen reader. These computer courses help the visually impaired in the following three ways: (1) it teaches them how to browse a web page using a screen reader, (2) it teaches them how to communicate with friends via e-mail and web phone and, (3) it allows them to acquire information independently online.

Long-Term Impact

The goal of this project is to train 50 visually impaired people to use the computer. It will provide them with the necessary skills to be able to independently access information using a computer. We hope that, as a result, Taiwan's visually impaired will have equal opportunities to participate in every aspect of society, including employment, education, as well as leisure activities. In the long run, this program will help the visually impaired gain integration into the society again.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

Resources

http:/​/​www.tdtb.org/​
TDTB's website
TDTB's FACEBOOK FANPAGE
YAHOO! charity page of TDTB

Organization Information

Taiwan Digital Talking Books Association (TDTB)

Location: Taipei - Taiwan
Website: http:/​/​www.tdtb.org/​index.aspx
Project Leader:
Evelyn Yang
Taipei, Taipei Taiwan

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