The new BrainPort Vision Pro is a 2nd generation oral electronic vision aid that provides electro-tactile stimulation to aid profoundly blind patients in orientation, mobility, and object recognition as an adjunctive device to other assistive methods such as the white cane or a guide dog.
BrainPort Vision Pro translates digital information from a wearable video camera into gentle electrical stimulation patterns on the surface of the tongue. Users feel moving bubble-like patterns on their tongue which they learn to interpret as the shape, size, location and motion of objects in their environment. Some users have described it as being able to “see with your tongue”.
According to Order N РД-01-262/14.05.2020 г. and Order N РД-01-263/14.05.2020 г. by the Minister of Healthcare K. Ananiev, the NRCB continues working under remote form of training and consultation. It includes telephone and online forms of communication, social networks, e-mail and applications such as Viber and Skype. We encourage all our users and their families to connect with the organization by these means. The internet forum of the Center remains as well at your disposal, and our experts are constantly updating it. We consider the renewal of the day-time form of training, which will be held under individual training of trainees – visually impaired people and/or connected users. The Art gallery to the NRCB at the Archeological subway is open as well, strictly following the safety procedures.
The second part of the training for trainers under the VIVIEN Project for prevention of gender based violence and assisting of its victims took part on 27th February 2020 in the Cultural Center Trakart in Plovdiv. Representatives of the NRCB, “Eyes on four paws” Foundation, The University of Parma, Italy, The University of applied science in Satakunta, Finland, the BABE organization from Croatia. The partner organizations were presented, their practices and models for prevention and dealing with gender based violence, the national legislations concerning violence, based on gender and sexual orientation, as well as exercises for empathy and emotion awareness raising were held.
The second international seminar under the V.I.V.A. Project, under the Erasmus+ Program was held in Sofia during the week 18-22 November 2019. The project aims at developing entrepreneurship, knowledge and behavior of young visually impaired people and it includes partner organizations from Bulgaria, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Romania and Belgium. Many representatives of the target group took part in the seminar and the had the opportunity to build and improve their confidence and motivation for career enhancing through a lot of interactive workshops, as well as to identify initiative opportunities in the field of social entrepreneurship, accompanied by practical skills.
On December 4th 2019 the National Rehabilitation Center for the Blind - Plovdiv held the social experiment “A cup of coffee in the darkness” for the second time at the art-gallery in the archeological underpass in the center of the city. The gallery was established under the "Expanding the Center for Mutual Assistance, Integration and Support” Project. This time, there was again a great interest by the visitors. The guests of the gallery had the opportunity to put on black eyeglasses, which simulate total blindness and they had a chance to experience for a while the world of the visually impaired. After that, accompanied by an assistant, they had a cup of coffee and some sweets, while discussing the problems of the visually impaired people and the challenges in their every-day life. The participants expressed their feeling and impressions in a notebook and were surprised how perceptions change when the sense of sight is missing.
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