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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
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
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Rehabilitation for The Visually Impaired in Taiwan
Cultural travel (5/16)
Cultural travel (5/16)

"It was the best of times. It was the worst of times." It was the worst of times. During this period, the world experienced the new crown epidemic (COVID-19). The cities were closed and borders closed, and the economy was also greatly affected. As of 5/23/2020, more than 5.3 million people have been infected globally and more than 340,000 have died. Such an era can be called the worst era? However, the more difficult the environment, the more witness to the noble side of mankind. Many countries in the world have cast aside their past differences, faced the epidemic situation together, and worked together to find solutions. NPO also does not give up its responsibility, continue to provide services. The Audiobook Society holds this attitude. Even if the donation is reduced, we cannot interrupt our services and we cannot give up our purpose. I hope that the epidemic will gradually slow down and let everyone gradually return to normal life. Share with you the hard work of TDTB this season

1. The 48th issue of Quarterly-Sound Journey) (April 15)

TDTB Quarterly-Sound Journey is a garden that provides a voice for the visually impaired. Every season, TDTB invites visually impaired people and volunteer partners to express their opinions on the activities handled by TDTB and any issues related to visual impairment. It is a great exchange garden. To serve visually impaired friends, TDTB produces a voiced version of the delivery and also welcomes the use of visually impaired friends.

2. Radio interview with National Open University (April 8)

To let more visually impaired students and special education teachers know TDTB's service resources, the National Open University specially invited TDTB to the Education Radio Station for an exclusive interview. The host said after the visit that the TDTB service is not unique but also very helpful to the visually impaired students. She hopes that TDTB will be able to accept the interview in the future, which gives us great encouragement.

3. Podcast program for visually impaired people 

TDTB's new online radio program takes a book “Blindness: What it is, What it does and How to live with it” as the main axis, and adopts the way of a book club to invite guests such as psychological counselors, social workers, and computer lecturers to discuss together various losses of visually impaired people. This program will be broadcast on Podcast and Youtube channels at 5 pm every Thursday. Welcome to join us and to share your opinions.

4. Cultural travel (May 16)

When the hot summer arrives on the Island, TDTB specially arranged the visually impaired to go to the Neihu() mountain trail, walk along the cool stream, and the waterfall, to enjoy the rare and refreshing travel in the hot summer days. Each cultural trip, in addition to understanding the living environment of Taipei City, also provides volunteers with the opportunity to further interact with the visually impaired. Through the contact of nature and the introduction of surrounding landscape plants, the visually impaired have a wonderful experience.

5. CRM enabled

NPO is a group of people who are enthusiastic about public welfare. The purpose is to combine the power of the public and provide services to people in need. To improve the quality of service, TDTB specially introduced a member management system (CRM) to manage the data of members, service cases, donors and volunteers most efficiently, and also added an online donation system to allow donors to easily use the online function of credit card achieves the situation of mutual benefit and win-win between the donor and the association.

6. Extraordinary Board Meeting (April 17)

TDTB has trained many visually impaired people to become computer lecturers for many years, bet a lot of effort on the training of information aids for visually impaired people, and also cultivated many cases of a successful return to work. To commend the achievements of these teachers, TDTB specially convened an extraordinary meeting of supervisors and rigorous recruitment, and finally selected a computer teacher to participate in the selection of the Government Golden Eagle Award.

7. Volunteer training (April 25, May 23)

Even if the epidemic continues to heat up, TDTB continues to provide services without interruption and regularly launches volunteer training courses every month. To avoid group infections, Online teaching is used in particular, so that volunteers can learn the majors related to visually impaired services, laying the foundation for future volunteer services.

8. Vocational training 2.0

Returning to the workplace for the visually impaired has been one of the priorities of TDTB's efforts, and has recently made some breakthroughs. After the selection of personnel, a meeting was held to evaluate, and the final selected students began to take classes in March. This vocational training 2.0 course adopts individualized design and implements training according to the needs of individual cases. It also matches related industries and conducts a simulation

interview to increase students' psychological and practical preparation before employment. There is already a successful case, which particularly lets us feel exciting.

9. Rehabilitation sharing meeting (May 23)

In this sharing session, a social worker of the Keelung City ()Government, was invited as the keynote speaker. He was a patient with albinism since he was born. Due to his special appearance, he was discriminated, bullied, stumbled all the way, and because of visual inconvenience. Lack of self-confidence, can not find the meaning of life. Today, he is a helping worker engaged in social work, serving more people with his major and enthusiasm. TDTB specially invited him to share his story with his visually impaired friends, and encourage him to go his own way.

Podcast program for visually impaired people
Podcast program for visually impaired people
Radio interview with National Open University
Radio interview with National Open University
Vocational training 2.0
Vocational training 2.0

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Board meeting
Board meeting

With the beginning of 2020, TDTB has not let its footsteps pause. Although the climate in Spring is endless, and COVID-19 has caused global panic, TDTB still maintains a consistent and steady pace, and actively launches a series of activities to provide services for the visually impaired. Not interrupted by external influences. This year, TDTB also began to promote new-type programs. Through the links of local NPO and Corporate visits, we hope that more people can support us through understanding and make TDTB's visually impaired services better through your support. In the week of March 23-27, GlobalGiving held a Little by Little Campaign event. As long as you donate a small amount to this project (below $ 50), GlobalGiving will provide a relative amount of 50%, greatly improving your benefits of donations are welcome.

1. Board Meeting of TDTB (Feb.7)

The traditional Chinese Lunar New Year holiday has just ended, and TDTB has been busy and fulfilling for a year, starting with the board meeting. The Board members are made up of a group of friends who are enthusiastic about visually impaired services and those who have received the services of TDTB in the past. During the meeting, we discussed and established a consensus on the development priorities and future goals of this year. Through the meeting, provided a good starting point for this year's service.

2. Volunteer training (Mar.7)

To consolidate the friendship of the volunteers of TDTB and become an important supports of the visually impaired service, volunteer partners are invited to learn from the services of TDTB → Guided introduction for the visually impaired (Human-guides Techniques) + implementation → recognize DAISY audiobook → audio software/hardware introduction + Implementation → exchange of recorded works and conduct a series of volunteer training. In the first module in March, TDTB President of Board Dr. Wang Janli ’s explanation of  TDTB services, and the visually impaired social workers’ instructions on the guidance method for the visually impaired, plus the internship experience at a nearby famous spot, , not only allowed volunteers understand the service spirit of TDTB, and through activities make volunteers a strong linking for the Society.

3. Podcast program online (Jan.26)

In order to expand the promotion of visually impaired services, TDTB has added new online radio programs since January this year. It is based on the book “Blindness: What it is, What it does and How to live with it” by Fr. Thomas J. Carroll. In the chapter, different guests are invited to discuss the loss and rehabilitation of the visually impaired. The program is launched on the Podcast every Thursday and is also broadcast on the Youtube channel, reaching more audiences who want to know about visually impaired services through the power of the internet.

4. Cultural travel (Jan.18, Mar.14)

To allow the visually impaired to travel through culture, on the one hand, they have a better understanding of the living environment, and on the other hand, increase the interaction of the visually impaired through group activities and get out of the closed environment. Two different types of cultural tours were conducted this season. One was to visit the peeling raft and the local education center in the historical district of the Wanhua area so that the visually impaired could experience the development process of Taiwan's traditional culture through listening and touching. The other is an outdoor activity that leads the visually impaired to Xiangshan, a suburb of Taipei. Through contact with nature and the introduction of surrounding landscapes and plants, the visually impaired can stretch their muscles and improve their knowledge.

5. Organization visit(Feb-Mar)

To increase the local connection and expand the contact surface of the service object through contact with the relevant organization,  visited the , an NPO serviced for a nomad, and a group of 36 local NPOs in Mar.18).  besides, to expand our contact with relevant NPOs and enterprises, it was on Feb.5 and Feb.19 ITRI. Let services go out through visits and links.

6. National Open University Cooperation (Mar.4)

To serve more visually impaired people, we cooperate with National Open University (NOU) to produce an e-book of the school's publications and place it in the DAISY library of TDTB for students with visual impairment at the school to borrow and study online. Through this cooperation, TDTB has also increased the number of services for students with visual impairment. The ceremony of the cooperation agreement was signed on March 11th at NOU and was signed by the president of the university, Dr. Chen Songbai, and the chairman of TDTB, Dr. Wang Janli. The two parties started a new service milestone.

Volunteer training-1
Volunteer training-1
Volunteer training-2
Volunteer training-2
Podcast program
Podcast program
Cultural travel-1
Cultural travel-1
Cultural travel-2
Cultural travel-2
Organization visit
Organization visit
National Open University Cooperation-1
National Open University Cooperation-1
National Open University Cooperation-2
National Open University Cooperation-2
National Open University Cooperation-3
National Open University Cooperation-3

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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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