East Wind

Official Newsletter of the World Blind Union-Asia Pacific No. 13

 

Please visit the World Blind Union-Asia Pacific website: www.wbuap.org

 

Contents of this issue:

 

 Message from the Editorial Team

 TheWBUAP Mid-Term General Assembly

 East Wind -Tell Us What You Think

 Update on the 12th World Blind Union Asia-Pacific massage seminar

 Update on Typhoon Heyan

 United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities Seminar in

Vientiane, Lao PDR

 Looking Backward from the Position of President

 Future Leaders Sighted Guide experience

 Delivering More Young Blind Leaders For Indonesia.

 Milestone for Royal Society for the Blind Industrial Services

 The Teruko Ikeda Ict Program and its life-changing blessings

 Contact Details


 

 

 

Message from the Editorial Team

 

The East Wind Editorial Team would like to wish everyone a happy New Year 2014.

May 2014 bring peace, happiness and prosperity to your organisation, family and your goodself.

The region welcomes 2014 with great excitement as we look forward to two events; the 12th WBUAP Regional Massage Seminar in Thailand in May and the Mid-

Term General Assembly in Hong Kong in

November.

We hope you will take the opportunity to participate in these events to learn more about the good work for people who are blind or vision impaired in this region.

 

We appreciate all your contributions of news/information - please keep them coming. Happy reading.

 

The East Wind Editorial Team

 

The WBUAP Mid-Term

General Assembly

Ivan Ho, Secretary-General

World Blind Union Asia-Pacific Region

 

Mr. Chong Chan-Yau, as President of the

Hong Kong Blind Union (HKBU) has offered to host the WBUAP Mid-Term General

Assembly, and your Board and Policy

Council at its Skype Meeting on 12

November 2013 has gratefully accepted the kind offer.

 

The Assembly is planned to be held in

Hong Kong from 22-26 November 2014.

Details will be given to you as soon as they


 

are available, including the registration fee which will be somewhat similar to that charged for the Assembly in Japan.

Plans are also underway to hold thematic sessions to coincide with the Assembly, which should include some of the following topics - workshops on fundraising, ICT, employment, the UNCRPD, youth, women, etc., not forgetting an exhibition on low- and high-tech equipment.

 

Although the date is rather far away, please do start making plans to select your delegation, raising the necessary funds and preparing the Country Reports.

 

If you have proposals, resolutions or amendments to be made to the

Constitution, kindly forward them to Mr.

Ivan Ho, Secretary General, not later than three months prior to the Assembly for the necessary actions to be taken.

 

We also appeal to you to send the updated list of delegates - names, designations, email addresses - for sending announcements and invitation letters in preparation for this wonderful and exciting gathering of people who are blind from across the region to network and share experiences.

 

East Wind -Tell Us What You Think

 

The East Wind Editorial Team of the

Asia-Pacific Region of the World Blind

Union enjoy preparing East Wind for you twice each year. We would like to hear from you, our readers about the articles in this newsletter, and whether you, or your colleagues find East Wind useful.


 

 

Please help the Editorial Team by contacting us and answering the four questions below:

 

1) What articles do you like to read in

East Wind?

 

2) What articles or subjects don't you like reading about in East Wind?

3) What other topics would you like to read about in East Wind?

 

4) Are there other ways we can help you to share information about blindness and disability in the Asia-Pacific

Region of the World Blind Union?

You are welcome to contact the Editorial Team and we always appreciate hearing from you. You can find our contact details at the end of this newsletter.

 

Thank you

 

Update on the 12th World Blind Union Asia-Pacific massage seminar

 

This event will be held from 5-7 May 2014 at the Golden Tulip Sovereign Hotel in

Bangkok, Thailand.

 

Abstract submissions have closed and we have received almost 40 abstracts.

Online registration is now ready: http://www.wbuapseminar20 1 4 .org/

The registration fee for Delegates is

280 USD and for accompanying persons is 230 USD. The fee includes lunch and coffee breaks (5-7 May), welcome reception (5 May), farewell dinner (7 May), site visit


 

 

(7 May), airport transfer (during

4-8 May).Online registration will be available until 31 March 2014.

 

For more information please contact Secretariat, Miss Yaowalak,

Thailand Association of the Blind

(TAB) Email: 12thwbuap@gmail.com

Update on Typhoon Heyan Randy Weisser

Resources for the Blind,

Republic of the Philippines

All of our staff, including the ones in the area of the typhoon, are safe. Unfortunately there are many towns that were utterly devastated by Typhoon Heyan. We are just beginning to get our staff into some of those areas to see how we can help.

We work with about 350 children who are blind in about 90 school programs that were all in the path of the typhoon. It will take quite a while to visit all the programs.

We already have some reports of houses and schools destroyed and some families of blind children in very difficult situations. Our plan is for some initial emergency help, but our bigger role will be to help in rebuilding some of the homes and the SPED Centers (Special Education Centers).

 

Another concern is for the equipment and materials that were lost in the SPED

Centers. When the schools are rebuilt, the SPED Centers will not be the first priority for the government, so that's where we will try to help. We will help both with rebuilding or repairs of the SPED Centers and with replacing the equipment and materials that were lost, in order to make sure the children


 

 

who are blind are also able to return to school.

If you have any contacts in your community that would like to help with the recovery efforts for families with children who are blind, and/orwith the SPED Centers, we have a donation button on our website www. blind .org. ph

Please convert the amount to pesos when making a donation, and specify fTyphoon Relief Aidf.

 

Whatever we can do both to meet the short- term physical needs and for the long-term educational needs will be a big encouragement to these children, their families and their teachers.

 

Based on previous reconstruction efforts after the 2007 typhoon, we expect to spend about US $8,000 for each school to repair the resource room for students who are blind or vision impaired, and about US

$3,400 for each home repaired or rebuilt.

 

Thanks for all your assistance and prayers

 

United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities Seminar in

Vientiane, Lao PDR

9-10 July 2013

Pratya Wimanrat

National Coordinator & Advisor

Lao Association of the Blind

 

Background

Lao PDR is a landlocked country located in Southeast Asia; the north is adjacent to

Myanmar, China and Vietnam, the west borders upon Thailand, the east borders


 

Vietnam and the country borders Cambodia in the south.

 

The government of Lao PDR signed the

UNCRPD on 15 January 2008 and ratified it on 25 September 2009. Since then, the government has issued the National Policy on Inclusive Education (NPIE) and the

National Strategy and Action Plan on

Inclusive Education (NS & AP).

 

In 2013, Lao Association of the Blind (LAB) collaborated with Lao Disabled Peoplefs

Association, Thailand Association of the

Blind and Vietnam Blind Association to organise a seminar on the UNCRPD in order to educate government on the rights and benefits to people who are blind or vision-impaired from this legislation.

 

The Seminar was held at the meeting hall of Vansana Riverside Hotel during

9-10 July 2013 and was attended by 48 participants drawn from the auspicing organisations, as well as from the Lao

Ministries of Information Culture and

Tourism, Home Affairs, Education and

Sports, and Labour and Social Welfare.

Representatives from Lao media also attended .

The seminar began with Senator Monthian Buntan, the Vice-president of TAB giving a speech about the CRPD, and the organizational structure, roles and responsibilities of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

 

Ms.Dinh VietAnh, the representative of

VBA then gave a speech concerning policies of the Vietnamese government on people with disabilities in Vietnam and how people who are blind or vision impaired in


 

 

Vietnam are supported by government programs, policies and legislation.

Mr.Vaiyolinh, the representative of the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism made a presentation describing the Lao media, including print media, radio, television and digital media. He suggested that organizations of people with disabilities should make known their information needs to the ministry.

 

Senator Monthian suggested the use of radio to broadcast information from newspapers and other publications to people who are blind or vision-impaired and the use of audio-description and closed captioning for people who are deaf.

 

Mr.Siphai Khiemsounthone, the Vice-

president of LAB asked Mr.Vaiyolinh if it was possible to provide a radio program for the blind for free. Mr.Vaiyolinh suggested that LAB submit a proposal to the government. Senator Monthian gave some examples of radio programs for people who are blind in Thailand.

 

Mr.Nouanta of LDPA gave a speech concerning the functions, composition and structure of LDPA, and its projects in Lao PDR. He discussed the rights of people with disabilities in Lao PDR, social and rehabilitation supports available for victims of accidents, vocational training, employment and investment, inclusive education and production training, medical rehabilitation and sports for people with disabilities.

 

On the second day of the seminar, Senator Monthian gave a speech concerning the history of education for people who are


 

blind in Thailand and recent initiatives for inclusive education. Participants were told about the Thai legislation for people with disabilities, educational supports for disabled students such as free tuition and assistive technology. He also spoke about problems such as the lack of access to textbooks in accessible formats, lack of access to transport, limited O&M training, and difficulty in obtaining employment opportunities after graduation.

 

Ms.Yang Xia Lee, the Director of the Lao Inclusive Education Centre presented on the NPIE and NS&AP on IE, recent Lao policy initiatives in inclusive education targeting women, girls, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.

 

Ms Yang Xia Lee explained that the first phase of educational reform was commenced in 2008, and Lao PDR is currently involved in the second phase of educational reform.

 

Physical accessibility of new educational facilities and workplaces has increased, especially in the buildings of the Ministry of Education and Sports. All restraints hindering inclusive education will be eradicated through new legislation because the government has a policy to provide inclusive education for students with disabilities in 12 percent of all schools in

Laos.

 

Students who are blind or vision impaired taking examinations at school will be allowed additional time for reading questions. Inclusive education will be achieved as expected only when families of disabled people accept and participate in it.


 

 

Scholarships will be provided for students with disabilities from poor families who demonstrate good academic results.

The two day CRPD Seminar gave a lot of interesting information to the participants as well as a stage for all to exchange lessons and experiences.

 

The fruitful seminar ran smoothly; before the end of the last session, some participants proposed in a plenary meeting that they would like to attend such a seminar again to keep updating their knowledge. News of the seminar was broadcast at a national level by Lao media.

 

Looking backward from the position of President

 

Mr. Aungko Myint is the President of the

Myanmar National Association of the Blind after being elected at the general Assembly on 27 May 2013.

 

The second in a family of four siblings, he has never experienced full sight but can see light and bright colours.

 

He began his education at Kyimyindine school for the blind, run by the government social welfare department. He studied at a regular state secondary school as his mother was a teacher there. At that time, his father worked for an insurance company.

 

Mr. Aungko then attended the Myanmar

Christian Fellowship of the Blind to continue studying high school subjects then going on to university. After his graduation with a major in Philosophy, MrAungko started his struggle to find employment.


 

He encountered the question from his family members: gWhat kind of job are you thinking of when you know that you cannot see? Maybe you can teach the students at the blind school if you have a burning desire to work.h That question became an inspiration for him.

 

He met and became friends with a photographer living nearby. He had always been curious about photography and how the picture found its way from the camera to the paper. The photographer explained about taking pictures and developing film in darkness.

 

MrAungko jumped up and shouted gI got it!h. His friend was astonished as he could not understand what the blind man meant.

 

The following week, the friends became business partners, opening a photography shop at Mr. Aungkofs house. Family members were surprised when they found that a blind man was indeed sharing in the business by undertaking the task of developing film while his partner took photographs.

 

In 1998, Mr. Aungko was selected to attend leadership training in Thailand, organized by the WBUAP region. This training resulted in his parentsf increasing trust in his abilities, and he was afterwards employed as a manager in his parentfs business, (Asia Star Ruby, Child

Development and Learning Center).

 

He attended another training seminar in Japan - The second Duskin Leadership

Training (2000-2001). He also obtained a Bachelor of Ministry from Christian

Theology school, a Japanese language


 

 

 

diploma from the University of Foreign

Language and a Diploma of Social Work from Yangon University.

He started working in the social development field as a national coordinator of the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development from 2007-2010 and holding the post of Operating Director of the Myanmar Independent Living

Initiative from 2011 until now.

 

Mr. Aungko is one of the founding members of Myanmarfs National Association of the

Blind founded in 1996. He was elected to the executive committee in the year 2000.

Members elected him as the General

Secretary at the next General Assembly in 2004.

 

He devotedly fulfilled the role of General

Secretary with all his ability and resources from 2004 to 2013.

 

The ninth General Assembly of MNAB was held in Yangon, Central Hotel on 26-27 May 2013. At the election for the executive committee, all members unanimously elected Mr. Aungko Myint as president for the term from 2013 to 2017.

 

He has so far organized an international partnership to implement a development program for people who are vision impaired in Myanmar.

 

Future leaders Sighted Guide experience Royal Society for the Blind -

South Australia

 

Future business leaders from Australia and abroad have had the chance to experience what life would be like to be vision impaired,


 

thanks to a sighted guide experience run by the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB).

 

In September, RSB Orientation and Mobility Instructors provided the experience for 11

RSB in-business Young Business Leaders (YBL) and 16 AusAID Australia Award

Fellows, who are in the country on a

Flinders University facilitated 10-week program to further their knowledge in the disability sector.

 

Hailing from Cambodia, Indonesia,

Mongolia and Vietnam, the Fellows are current and aspiring leaders who will eventually be in a position to advance key regional policy objectives in their home countries relating to disability.

 

Flinders University and the RSBfs YBL program have enjoyed a close relationship, and last year invited the 16 Fellows along to the sighted guide activity for in-business

Young Business Leaders for the first time.

 

YBL Coordinator, Heather McCulloch says the success of last yearfs experience ensured the activity continued once again, and did so to rave reviews.

 

gThe YBL Participants and the AusAID

Fellows were able to get an understanding of the services provided to people who are blind or vision impaired through RSB

Orientation and Mobility Instructors.

 

gThey learnt the techniques involved in how to guide someone who is blind or vision impaired and after the demonstration, they had the chance to put into practice what theyfd learnt.


 

 

gThe YBL participants and Fellows loved the sighted guide experience, and it really helps them put into perspective the challenges faced by people who are blind or vision impaired on a daily basis.h

To find out more about the RSBfs services or the in-business Young Business Leaders program call (618) 8417 5555 or visit www. rsb .org .au .

 

Delivering More Young Blind Leaders for Indonesia

Aria Indrawati, Third Vice President

Pertuni - The Indonesian Blind Union

 

Pertuni –The Indonesian Blind Union – conducted the National University Blind Student Meeting in Jakarta, on 29-30

October 201 3.

Forty university students who are blind came from 12 provinces located all over the country. The main objective of the two day meeting was to encourage university students who are blind - as future leaders of the blind of Indonesia - to become involved more intensively in the disability movement at the national, regional and global level.

 

This event was sponsored by The Nippon Foundation, that was channeled to Pertuni through the ICEVI - International Council of Education for People with Visual

Impairment - Higher Education project.

 

At the opening ceremony, speeches were delivered by three important presenters:

Didi Tarsidi - The President of Pertuni,

Larry Campbell - President Emeritus of

ICEVI and ICEVI higher education project Director, and Sakhyan Asmara,


 

representative of the Minister of Youth and Sport of The Republic of Indonesia.

Since 2006, Pertuni has been working together with ICEVI, with the support of The Nippon Foundation, to exelerate access to higher education in Indonesia for students who are blind.

The main objective of this project has been to develop inclusive higher education for everybody, including students with a vision impairment.

 

After working hard at a grassroots level, establishing student service centers both using university - and resource center-

based approaches, providing students in secondary school with university preparation training, Pertuni was able to contribute to policy making.

 

Since last year, together with representatives of university partners,

Pertuni has been working together with The Ministry of Education of The Republic of

Indonesia, to draft a Ministerial decree on inclusive higher education and the guideline on how to develop an inclusive university campus. After being inspired by several universities which had worked together with Pertuni to become ginclusive universitiesh, other universities have followed the example.

Pertuni has also observed that after working hard on this project for seven years, the number ofstuents who are blind pursuing higher education has increased by 30 per cent.

 

The other reason why Pertuni has been very eager to work together with ICEVI for


 

 

this project is to nurture more and more qualified young leaders who are blind or vision impaired for our country, in order to continue the work of the current leaders.

Pertuni has realized that, while primary and secondary education is important, tertiary or higher education is a strategic way to develop more and more qualified leaders who are blind for Indonesia.

 

Pertuni believes that there should be more blind people with access to higher education, including systematic and structured support within the universities themselves.

Before this project existed in Indonesia, there was no systematic effort to support blind people to pursue higher education. Therefore, pursuing higher education for most students living with blindness was very stressful and difficult. Only a few people who are blind managed to finish their studies,while many dropped out.

Through this project, Pertuni has introduced technology as a solution to deal with the most challenging problems in pursuing higher education. Technology has been introduced as a means to gain access to reference materials and to allow independent study - conducting research and writing theses.

Pertuni maintains that universities should be welcoming environments, both phisically and socially, in order to make everybody – including people who are blind feel more comfortable studying in tertiary education.

 

As a progressive organization, Pertuni wishes to involve university students who


 

are blind to promote inclusive, higher education as the main stakeholders.

In order to motivate these young people who are blind, Pertuni conducted the above mentioned national blind university studentsf meeting, inviting blind students from all over Indonesia.

 

Within the meeting, the participants enjoyed five sessions. The first session was information-based. In these sessions, Larry Campbell, Arnt Holte –WBU President, and Didi Tarsidi delivered up-to-date information about the disability movement at the global, regional and national level, and encouraged the attendees to participate, and prepare themselves to continue the work of the current blind leaders. The presence of Arnt Holte and Didi Tarsidi - senior leaders within the blindness movement was designed to inspire the participants to pursue their ambitions.

The second session involved group sharing. Successful young university graduates who are blind were invited to make presentations.

 

Then followed a session on the CRPD and a related case study. Within this session, participants were divided into groups where they discussed particular topics related to

CRPD and discrimination experienced by blind people in Indonesia. After the group discussion, one group representative was asked to present a summary of their discussion for the whole forum.

The next session was more therapeutic; using hypnotherapy techniques, the students were provided with necessary skills and capacity to prepare themselves to become future leaders for Indonesia. The


 

 

skills included how to break gmental blocksh, how to maintain their spirits, the importance of having dreams and the knowledge to understand the way to pursue those dreams.

The last session was reflective. Within this session, a facilitator assisted the future young blind leaders to review the sessions they had experienced during the two day meeting.

 

After the reflection session, the participants declared that they would establish a network, using Facebook as their communication tool, and have begun being involved in Pertunifs work to promote inclusive education. It was really a good start.

 

Milestone for Royal Society for the Blind Industrial Services

While it may have started from humble beginnings, the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) Industrial Services has grown in leaps and bounds and will next year celebrate being in operation for 130 years.

 

It took the vision of a blind man to truly appreciate the needs of people who were blind or vision impaired, and in 1884

AndrewWhyte Hendry started an industrial training school for the blind which has grown into the multi-faceted RSB of the 21st century. And while the entire organisation celebrates its monumental 130th

Anniversary next year, the milestone is particularly poignant for RSB Industrial

Services .

 

Currently RSB Industrial Services provides meaningful, sustainable employment for 70


 

South Australians who are blind or vision impaired, and over the years has established a strong reputation for quality and efficient delivery of packaging and assembly solutions.

 

However, RSB Industrial Services

Manager, Mark Burleigh, says the staff are the servicefs biggest focus and asset.

 

gThe sustainability of the RSB Industrial

Services factory comes from the diverse range of services we provide and the high quality work we can deliver,h says Mark.

gHowever, the benefits are two fold as we are able to provide long-term, sustainable employment for people who are blind or vision impaired who may not otherwise have a job, and we pay the highest supported wage in Australia.h

 

And RSB Industrial Services staff member Cuong Duong, who has the degenerative eye condition, Stargardt Macular

Degeneration, echoes Markfs sentiments. gI love that itfs varied – I could be doing anything from food packaging to padlock assembling, while just last week I was putting together laundry tubs and blister packs. I also enjoy the people and working as part of a team.

 

gI just love being here. I canft put it any other way. The job satisfaction I have is huge in the sense that while Ifm getting paid, I feel like Ifm giving back to the RSB.h

 

If you would like more information please visit RSB Industrial Sales at www. rsb . org .a u


 

 

The Teruko Ikeda ICT Program and its life-changing blessings

Wong Yoon Loong

The Teruko Ikeda ICT Training Program is a yearly international event organized by the Japan Braille Library (JBL) and sponsored by Ms. Teruko Ikeda - a gracious lady from Japan who endeavored to provide support and empowerment to individuals who are vision impaired in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

Mr. Tetsuji Tanaka, Chairman of JBL is very pleased to know that the Teruko Ikeda ICT program has been able to train 111 participants from 18 countries over the past 10 years.

 

Each trainee was provided one laptop computer, JAWS and NVDA screen reading software, traveling and daily living expenses through Ms. Teruko Ikeda's kindness.

 

From 2004 to 2008, courses for beginners were offered, which were focused primarily on how to use Windows, since the selected trainees were assumed to have little or no computer-related knowledge and experience. These basic courses included lessons on creating documents, composing and sending e-mail messages, using the internet, and the like.

 

Two intermediate courses were offered in

2009 and 2012. Most participants were previous trainees, while the others had never been in this training before. Higher-

level trainings were made possible for those with more experience. These trainings centered on development of skills such as


 

building blogs, using Excel formulas and search engines, among others.

Due to the many changes in the fast-paced world of ICT, JBL started conducting advanced courses in 2010. The trainees were taught how to do programming, to build websites, and to perform tasks related to audio editing and radio streaming.

Everyone studied with intensity and passion even though the lessons were tough and required extra time and effort. Some of the trainees even went on to pursue advanced programming in their home countries.

 

With its continued success and the blessings it has lavished on the lives of learners who are visually impaired, Mr.

Tanaka believes that the Teruko-Ikeda-ICT training program should continuously be financed and conducted in the years to come. Moreover, I strongly hope that some of the trainees play a leading role in their respective communities and/or in their own countries, just like Ms. Gerel Dondowwho became the president of the Mongolia

National Federation of the Blind, and Ms.

Dinh Viet Anh who is the Chairperson of the Womenfs Committee in Vietnam.

 

JBL would like to express its sincere gratitude to all Teruko-Ikeda-ICT training facilitators and coordinators - Mr. Wong

Yoon Loong, Ms. Christina Anne Lau, Mr. David Hathaway, Mr. AmirTeh, Ms. Rhea Althea Guntalilib, Mr. Fandy Dawenan, Mr. Aris Yohanes, and the staff of St. Nicholas Home.

While working as a teacher at the Training and Rehabilitation Center for the Blind under the Vietnam Blind Association (VBA) in 2004, Ms. Dinh VietAnh was selected to


 

 

participate in the first Teruko Ikeda ICT training programfs basic course. Never did she dream that she would also be blessed with the chance to take part in the intermediate and advanced courses in 2009 and 2013.

 

Through this training program, she has been given opportunities to conduct training on using and teaching computers to the blind all over Vietnam. She continues to apply her learning through writing and editing training materials as well as organizing seminars together with her colleagues. The program has been valuable, enabling her to work and study more effectively, and to participate actively in VBA activities.

 

Mr. Julius Charles Serrano from the

Philippines attended the 2006 Teruko Ikeda ICT Training in Malaysia and Japan. This experience provided him with valuable and fundamental computer skills. He has also learned much from our instructorfs effective teaching methods. In addition, the interaction with his co-trainees helped him appreciate the beauty of various Asian cultures.

 

After the training, he had an interesting set of activities and triumphs. And all of these blessings have been influenced by the

Teruko Ikeda ICT Program in one way or another. He used the laptop provided by the training when he worked as a web content writer for several online media companies. The social and communication skills and the hardware he acquired from the training enabled him to properly share his knowledge and expertise during ICT-related seminars and workshops in his country and


 

in countries like Malaysia and New Zealand.

 

In 2012, he together with Ms. Minnie

Aveline Juan, a fellowTeruko Ikeda Group member, created the Teruko Ikeda ICT

Group website www.terukoikedaict.org.

This is their way of showing appreciation to everyone who has made this exceptional program possible.

 

He is currently an accessibility specialist for Catalyst IT, an open source company based in New Zealand. Amidst all of these opportunities and blessings, it is truly a joy to have constant communication with everyone involved in the program, from the organizers to the current and former trainees.

 

The year 2010 was an unforgettable one for Ms. Lanieta Tuimabu from Fiji as she was given a golden opportunity to attend the

Teruko Ikeda ICT training in Penang

Malaysia. This course was very helpful in advancing her ICT skills through the use of the JAWS screen reader software.

 

Upon her return she has been effectively using the laptop at work at the Fiji

Commerce & Employers Federation from 2010 up to the present, as the

Administration Support Officer &

Membership Coordinator. The laptop has also been very useful in accessing electronic documents for her leadership roles which include President of United

Blind Persons of Fiji, Vice President

Finance of Fiji Disabled Peoples

Federation, Board Member of the Pacific Disability Forum, and member of the

Womenfs Committee. With this great gift, she has completed Certificate 4 in Office


 

 

 

Administration and Management at the

University of the South Pacific. She is also currently studying Leadership, Good

Governance and Human Rights at the same university, to gain further qualifications for a better future.

 

According to Ms. Christina Anne Lau who manages and coordinates the training for

JBL, when trainees come for the training each year, it is a great joy to see them, who have little knowledge of ICT at the beginning of the course, improve themselves after the training. This program has empowered many of them in many ways in their home countries. She is very proud of each one of them, as we were able to keep track of his/her progress, and even had the opportunity to work with some of them on this and other international projects .

The former trainees will continue to develop their ICT skills for the purpose of helping more people not only in their respective countries but in other countries as well.

Through these skills, they believe that they can fulfill their roles as leaders and advocates of progress in society, and thus carry out the vision of the Teruko Ikeda ICT Program .

 

All this they will achieve while remaining humble and thankful to everyone who has made this ICT program a fruitful reality.


 

 

Contact Details

 

Chief Editor

Wong Yoon Loong

National Council for the Blind Malaysia

94B Jalan Tun Sambanthan Brickfields

50470 Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia.

E-mail: wongyl@pd.jaring.my

Dr. Issavara Sirirungruang

Ratchasuda College, Mahidol

University

111 Moo 6, Phuttamonthon 4 Road, Salaya, Nakhon Pathom 73170,

Thailand.

E-mail: isvrss@gmail.com, issavara.sir@mahidol.ac.th

Helen Freris c/o International Social Service Australia

Level 2

313/315 Flinders Lane

Melbourne VIC 3000

Email: hfreris@tpg.com.au

Diana Swanson

The Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) of South Australia

Knapman House

230 Pirie Street

Adelaide, South Australia 5000

E-mail: dswanson@rsb.org.au www. rsb .org . au