Basic computer skills training course was held from April 2018 at NRCB. The duration of the course was 4 weeks.

In it, the students were introduced to the basics of computer literacy, acquired initial skills and knowledge of Windows and some basic programs. In their work, they used a speaking software and keyboard combination shortcuts.

They learned to work with files and folders, organize and manage, copy, move, and delete them. Subsequently, they also became acquainted with programs for playing music and movies, checking e-mails, creating and sending messages, Skype and Balabolka.

Lessons increased the activity of the  learners, many questions were asked, spontaneously a file containing the key combinations and other useful data was created.

On June 12, 2018, the NRCB Plovdiv took part in a discussion, part of the Workshop "Accessible Museum", organized by the Regional Archaeological Museum. The theme of the seminar was the museum as a social and educational space for visitors with disabilities and additional needs - social, psychological and physical prerequisites for interaction in the museum environment.

It was attended by representatives of organizations for and for people with disabilities, lecturers at Plovdiv University, representatives of museums and other cultural institutions.

The discussion was devoted to seeking ways to improve communication and to find practical solutions together with representatives of specialized resource centers and schools for people with special needs.

On our part, we discussed the specific needs of visually impaired people in museums and galleries, the approaches to presenting the exhibits in a way accessible to them, as well as strategies to provoke their interest in visits to museums.

workshop1„The Union of the Blind Bulgaria and the National Rehabilitation Center for the Blind Plovdiv organized a workshop about daily living skills for VIP. It was held from 5 to 8.06.2018 at "Pop Hariton" Holiday House, Dryanovo.

In the training CSRI for people with visual impairments in Sofia, Pernik, Shumen, Gabrovo, Varna, Burgas, Rousse took part. Each center had in its group a visually impaired person - a consumer. workshop2The main topics of the seminar were updating of the programs of useful skills and orientation and mobility, presentation of opportunities for enrichment of the useful skills program through implementation of platforms developed on European projects, discussion of methods and strategies in daily, social and general knowledge skills, as well as the use of special technical equipment and cooking. Prof. Vladimir Radulov presented a lecture on the novelties in the teaching of social skills of visually impaired people. CSRI users participated in a competition for cooking skills where they showed their creativity and dexterity and exchanged interesting recipes, traditional for each region.

The large-scale action of the National Rehabilitation Center for the Blind continues with the Lions clubs Evridika, Plovdiv and Plovdiv - Philippopolis It is dedicated to prevention eye examinations in the Plovdiv kindergartens. More than 400 children at the age of 6 are to be covered in all 8 kindergartens in the territory of Trakia region.

Кристина Цветанова Bulgarian woman Christina Tsvetanova won the European Union Award for a rising entrepreneur for creating the world's first blind tablet.
At a ceremony in Brussels on International Women's Day, the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas and Vice-President of the European Parliament, Marray McGuinness, announced the four winners of the EU-funded Women's Innovation Award for Horizon 2020 2017, the press center of the European Commission announced. In addition to the three first prizes (see below), another one was set up this year - for a rising entrepreneur awarded for the excellence of female entrepreneurs aged 30 or less. The first winner of this prize of € 20,000 is Christina Tsvetanova from Bulgaria - CEO and co-founder of the Austrian BLITAB Technology Company, the first BLITAB tablet for blind people. Tsvetanova, who lives and works in Vienna, has created the software and hardware with the help of another Bulgarian - Slavi Slavev. Their company was named the most innovative company in Austria in 2014, as BNT informed. "If a USB with files stored on it is attached to itq the software automatically reads these files and converts them into braille, and braille symbols come out of the surface and can be read so that a whole page can be read by a blind person" , said Tsvetanova, who explained that the blind will not only be able to read but also write on the tablet. The winners of this year's three awards for women in innovation are: • First prize (€ 100,000): Micla Magas, a Croatian and UK national, founded the Stromatolite UK innovations and design studio, which, together with a studio in Sweden, is setting up a new generation of incubators and tools in creative innovation technology. • Second prize (50,000 euros): Petra Wadström from Sweden, founded the Solvatten company, which produces a portable solar powered water purifier and heater. • Third prize (€ 30,000): Claudia Gertner of Germany, founded the microfluidic ChipShop, which produces lab-on-a-chip miniatures for better diagnostics.

Source: Dir.bg