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Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan

by Taiwan Digital Talking Books Association (TDTB)
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Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
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Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Web Accessibility advocacy activities
Web Accessibility advocacy activities

Dear donor of Taiwan Digital Talking Book Association (TDTB),

          With the weather turning chilly and the temperature dropping, 2019 is coming to an end. TDTB would like to thank you for your support that has propelled us throughout the year, empowering us with warmth and motivation to assist visually impaired.

          In this year, TDTB has strived to provide visually impaired with technology-related services and programs to ensure their accessibility to information. Backed by a strong and capable group of teachers and trainers, we have held one-on-one and group courses to teach the visually impaired to use NVDA screen reader and Microsoft Office Suites and services while offering distance education on our Visually Impaired People E-learning Platform (VIP e-learning platform). In addition, we have continued to expand the collection of talking books on Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY), a form of digital talking books, for visually impaired fellows who wish to read. So far, the collection has seen a total of 8240 books for them to download and enjoy.

          Moreover, because of your support, in this past year alone, TDTB has provided services to over 100 visually impaired. These services, besides the aforementioned, include pieces of training to use smartphones, support groups as well as individual and group counseling. And seeing that there was a strong demand for elementary school students to acquire information technology skills, TDTB specifically designed a group course for twenty children and individual courses for twelve. Following these courses, TDTB held the third VIP Talent Competition in October to encourage visually impaired students to utilize assistive information technology. We held the preliminary round on the VIP e-learning platform and the finals in Taichung for typing accuracy and Internet search efficiency. To our great satisfaction, the look on the parents’ faces when they were cheering their children on was priceless and made everything worthwhile.

In order to promote the concept of accessible web design, TDTB cooperation with seven universities and one NPO, with more than 200 people participating, including students and IT professionals, and held a prize-giving contest at Taiwan Normal University. Participate and interact enthusiastically, let everyone know more about the concept of accessible web design and its importance.

          In addition to the courses, pieces of training, and counseling, TDTB also endeavored to encourage the visually impaired fellows to step out of their comfort zone by organizing six cultural tours. Accompanied by the professional guides and volunteers, TDTB was able to take groups of visually impaired to visit the Puppetry Art Center of Taipei, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, Lin Yutang House, National Palace Museum, the Red House and the Western Temple of the Vow. These tours have not only allowed the visually impaired to experience the rich history and art of the Chinese culture, but they have also enabled the volunteer to better understand the needs of the visually impaired people and the work that TDTB does.

          Last but not least, TDTB also hosted five rehabilitation experience sharing events to encourage the visually impaired fellows to return to their normal life or workplace. Five visually impaired speakers, Yun-Shuan Lee(), Fan-Rong Lai(), Dianna Fu(), Yun-i Yang () and Jan-Li Wang(), shared their journey from vision loss to faith recovery. We also hope that these events would attract more volunteers to join us and help make the lives of the visually impaired better.

          Our ultimate goal is to assist visually impaired fellows to return to the workplace, empower them and transform them from recipients to the giver. Global Giving is holding the Year-End Campaign 2019 right now. If you are interested in supporting us at the end of 2019, you can respond to GG's plan and donate 4 times (recurrent monthly)by credit card before the end of the year. We sincerely hope and welcome you to sponsor us or join our volunteer team. If you wish to get more information, please click on the link: http://www.tdtb.org/ and get on our official website, or just kindly give us a call at +886 02-23894915. Your care and support is our most powerful momentum, and we hope to continue this journey with you in the coming year 2020.

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Summer is gone and Autumn is coming, the typical northeast seasonal wind is blowing through the Island. People in Taiwan may feel uncomfortable during the weather changing from hot to chilly, but it is a rhythm of the harvest season for the visually impaired people. With your support, we have provided many different activities, such as rich cultural tours, charity festivals and exciting competitions. From mid-August to October 2019, major activities/events in TDTB are listed as follows:

1.Service Programs (mid-August to October 2019)

We have offered 161 hours of various courses, such as Assistive Technology (AT) training course and psychological consultation, for 19 visually impaired people to assist them to learn the non-visual operation of computers and smartphones, and have provided social worker services, counseling, and support groups to those who are trying to overcome the obstacles and learn the independent living skills.

2. Rehabilitation experience Sharing (September 28, 2019)

In order to encourage the visually impaired to return to their normal life and return to the workplace through successful cases. On September 28th, the Teacher's Day in Taiwan, we invited Luodong junior high school teacher Yun-Zhi () to talk about her recovery from vision loss, her rehabilitation process, and even her return to teaching. In addition to the visually impaired friends who participated in the session, the live broadcast also allowed more people to participate in it. It not only provided valuable experience for the visually impaired in the process of life reconstruction but also encouraged many students to follow the spirit of the teacher.

3. Web Accessibility Checking (October 17, 2019)

Web accessibility is important for visually impaired people (VIP) to access information. The development of the Internet is an important conduit for visually impaired individuals to obtain information. Our visually impaired information professional engineers, using their own expertise and understanding of the needs of the visually impaired, go to banks to assist with detecting the status of accessible web pages and provide suggestions for improvement, so that those banks can understand the needs of the visually impaired, as well as provide a more friendly network environment for the disabled.

4. City orientation (August 17 and September 7, 2019)

In order to allow visually impaired people to go on cultural tours to have a better understanding of the living environment and increase the interaction of visually impaired people through group activities, encouraging them to come out of closed environments, this season, we has handled two cultural tours for both the visually impaired friends and volunteers that totalled 66 people. We participated in leading the visually impaired to visit the Palace Museum to learn about the treasures of Chinese culture and history, and also led the tour to Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art for participants to learn about the creative works of young artists. Through the professional guides, the excellent narrations to interpret the artwork and the touch on the art pieces, the visually impaired can also understand the beauty of the artworks.

5. Charity festival (October 6, 2019)

In order to let the public understand the services of TDTB, we participated in the charity festival in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park with 22 other charities. We invited the authors of the digital talking book to present the description of the book, and also arranged a blind typing game to let more people understand the needs of the visually impaired and the service features provided by TDTB.

6. The third VIP Talent Competition (October 26, 2019)

To encourage visually impaired students to use information-assisted technology to overcome visual barriers and increase learning opportunities, we held a national visually impaired student typing competition in Taichung (central of Taiwan) for visually impaired candidates to compete on the Visually Impaired Digital Learning Platform. Our goal is to increase the typing accuracy and the efficiency of using web search engines of the students with disabilities. A total of 34 people participated in our competition.

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smart-phones course for blind individual
smart-phones course for blind individual

 

It’s a hot summer in Taiwan, the temperature is very high. The heat and thundershowers in the afternoon are parts of our daily life. For people with visual impairment, it’s inconvenient to travel to TDTB and take courses for rehabilitation, especially under such weather condition. But they simply refuse to take weather condition as excuses.

With your support, we have provided many computer courses as we can. From May to July 2019, major activities/events in this Association are listed as followed:

1. Assistive Technology (AT) Training Course

  • Computer and Smart-Phone

We have offered 123.5 hours of computer courses and smartphone courses for 28 visually impaired people (VIP) from May to July. The computer courses aim to obtain C Class License so that they will have more opportunities in employment. Besides, it is quite common for visually impaired people to use smart-phones, so we provided some courses to VIP and tried to solve their problems.

  • Computer Skill certificate

TDTB provides two activities related to the assessment of computer literacy in July, not only to cultivate the information literacy of visually impaired elementary and middle school students but also to strengthen their computer skill so that they will not fall behind other students due to lack of information. Through the examination and learning guidance from professional instructors, we hope that what we have done today will help improve the information literacy of visually impaired students.

  • NVDA in Computer Application

In July, TDTB provided the “NVDA in Computer Application” course to introduce the keyboard application in operating Windows Calculator basic functions and engineering calculation. Through NVDA, help students learn reading math-related software, so that students can understand symbols and equations, formulas and symbols, making calculations more efficient.

2. Psychological Consultation and Support Group

During this period of time, TDTB has provided more than 30 hours of psychological counseling, as well as 4 peer support group for more than 40 visually impaired people and their families. At these gatherings, they can communicate their needs, and encourage each other so that they will overcome difficulties and gain the motivation in learning to live independently.

3. Web Financial Management Course

In order to make up the “digital gap” between blind and visual people, so that the blind can handle all kinds of needs through the Internet at home. TDTB launched 2 “Web Financial Management Basic Course” in May. The courses will assist the VIP students to manage their own finances via the relevant websites and APP.

4. Visiting the Lin Yutang House

We hosted one outdoor activity of visiting The Lin Yutang House on 18th May and invited 34 visually impaired people and volunteers participated in the activity. The Lin Yutang House is designed by the Master Lin Yutang after he returning Taiwan from the United States, this building combines Chinese and Western styles, providing a quiet corner for Taipei which is a busy and fast-paced city. Through the company and the introduction of the tour guide, all participators had a deeper understanding of the story of Master Lin Yutang.

5. Rehabilitation experience Sharing

There were two seminars held during this period by TDTB; Dr. Andrew Lai was invited on May 25, Ms. Diana Fu was invited on July 27, and they shared their life experiences on overcoming visual disabilities.

The topic of the first honorable invited guest Dr. Lai is “More brilliant life after becoming blind”. Dr. Lai has made outstanding contributions in the field of pharmacy.

The topic of the second honorable invited guest Ms. Diana Fu is “Nine years after getting blindness with a more fantastic life.”  Ms. Diana Fu, the former vice president of United Information Technology Taiwan Branch, she shared her process of emotional reconstruction 9 years ago, this time, she shared the growth of the past nine years.

Two speakers shared how they have crossed the barriers of disease and made their lives happier and more dignified. Over 40 visually impaired people benefit from this sharing.

Life Experience Sharing by Guest Speaker
Life Experience Sharing by Guest Speaker
Math group courses for visually impaired students
Math group courses for visually impaired students
Visiting the Lin Yutang House
Visiting the Lin Yutang House

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''15th Anniversary of Retrospect and Prospect''
''15th Anniversary of Retrospect and Prospect''

It is rainy season in Taiwan. The raindrops fall all the time. However, for the visually impaired people, when they walk with the white canes on the roads, they feel cheerful because they are on the roads toward TDTB.

The services offered by TDTB are designed to improve quality of life for visually impaired people through the development and enhancement of their skills and capabilities. All workers in TDTB assist them in access to services and training.

TDTB has set up for 15 years. After reviewing the services of these years, we published a report called "Retrospect and Prospect" in April. With the report, readers can understand what TDTB has done in the past 15 years.

We appreciate all the supports and encouragements, which make all these services in TDTB keep going and bring the sunshine to these visually impaired people and their family members. Here are the services and activities in TDTB from Mid- Feb. to Mid-May in 2019:

 

1. Computer Courses:

(1) In March and April 2019, TDTB offered Level C courses for computer software application to improve the skills of visually impaired people. The courses include Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and File Management with the screen reader of NVDA. The students participated these courses could familiarize the types of questions by practicing exams. After taking the courses, they had competitive computer skills and became more confident.

(2) In addition, TDTB offered “Internet Explore for a Better Life” computer courses. The courses introduced the basic computer skills of booking tickets or making an online reservations with NVDA to visually impaired people. After taking the courses, the students could access information from the website easily.  

 

2. Case management: Two direct service projects for people acquired blindness and their families are taken by social workers this year. The services include computer training, psychological consultation, peer support group and life experiences sharing. 16 clients have received 100 hours of the computer courses and other services. They have learned how to send an email with NVDA, how to use iPhone and LINE to communicate with their acquaintances. With these assistive technology, visually impaired people can live more independently.

 

3. Outdoor Activity: We organized one outdoor activity in March 2019, and invited more than 30 visually impaired people and volunteers to visit Taipei Fine Arts Museum. All participants explored the modern art by museum audio guide and they were encouraged to know few of works by the sense of touch. The activity allowed them to develop cultural and aesthetic sense.

 

4. Rehab Life Sharing Gathering: During the period of time, we held a rehab life sharing gathering. In March, we invited a young music teacher as the lecturer. After a car accident, she had vision impaired unfortunately. She shared her experiences on overcoming the difficulties by the supports of her family and friends. The warm power led her still kept chasing dream ofbring the love and hope in music to more and more students. All participants were moved by listening to her story and violin performance deeply.

 

5. Recording of Digital Talking Books: TDTB undertook a project from The Ministry of Health and Welfare. It is about recording the digital talking books of “Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child’’ in Chinese and in English. We have completed the recording books and sent all the finished digital talking books (1,000 copies) to the universities, libraries and all government agencies in Taiwan.

 

We appreciate that your understandings of vision of TDTB and give us the strengths all the time. We are looking forward to keep the passion for the visually impaired people and make them smile in every day.

Microsoft Office Computer Course
Microsoft Office Computer Course
Internet Explore Computer Course
Internet Explore Computer Course
Outdoor Activity at Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Outdoor Activity at Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Rehab Life Sharing Gathering
Rehab Life Sharing Gathering
One of The Digital Talking Books
One of The Digital Talking Books
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Award Ceremony on 16 Dec. 2018
Award Ceremony on 16 Dec. 2018

 This year we celebrate that TDTB has established 15th anniversary. Reviewing on these years, we helped over 500 visually impaired people to face their dilemma and how to rehab their lives including computer training with NVDA, mental counseling, life sharing on overcoming visual disabilities, etc. In addition, we have assisted over 50 visually impaired people to get jobs.  We are glad to see the changes our clients have made because of our services.

We are now celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year, we would like to say “Kung Hei Fat Choi” and to express our appreciation to all people who supported TDTB in the past 15 years.

From mid November 2018 to the end of January this year, major activities/events in this Association are listed as followed: 

  1. Promotion of Web Accessibility: From October 2018 to November 2018, TDTB dedicated itself into promoting web accessibility for visually impaired people.  We have traveled to eight universities around Taiwan to deliver lectures on this issue.  Then we held an award ceremony in December 16, 2018 to inspire more attention on accessibility among VIPs as well as ordinary people. 
  2. Computer Courses: In January 2019, TDTB has offered math group courses for Visually impaired students.  In these courses, we discussed with visually impaired students how to learn mathematics with NVDA screen reader.  We introduced the NVDA to visually impaired students how to type mathematical symbols and how to read them.  At the same time we try to use youtube live broadcast for the people couldn’t come so that more people can learn online together. More than 20 participants benefited from these courses.
  3. Financial Investment Lecture: In addition to offer computer courses to visually impaired people to improve their work skills and increasing employment opportunities, TDTB also noted that visually impaired friends need investment and financial management.  We were very honored to invite the managers of FundRich Securities Co. Ltd. to hold a seminar, shared and discussed with visually impaired friends, and to introduce the development trend of fund platforms and financial technologies.
  4. Mental Health Activity: During this period of time, we organized one outdoor activity in January 2019, and invited more than 30 visually impaired people and volunteers to explore an artistic site in Taipei City.  All people participated the activity were impressed and learned many traditional puppets and their history.
Math group courses for visually impaired students
Math group courses for visually impaired students
Financial Investment Lecture
Financial Investment Lecture
Outdoor activity at Puppetry Art Center of Taipei
Outdoor activity at Puppetry Art Center of Taipei

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Location: Taipei - Taiwan
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