„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. The 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.
Nowadays technology can replacehuman senses. New discoveries return vision to blind people, for example - and this was demonstrated by fully-functioning devices.
Scientists around the world are working hard on retina prostheses that people call "artificial eye". The leading development in this category is called Argus II and the American company Second Sight has been set up, Martin Beltov from Smartnews.bg tells. The implant is worth $ 145,000 and is currently being used by about 80 people with vision impairment. Argus II is a two-part system: a retinal implant and a camera that is mounted in the eyeglass frames. The camera uses a small chip that handles the images it captures. They are sent wirelessly to the implant, which has 60 electrodes that transmit the data to the optic nerve. Unfortunately, the current state of Argus II allows only the contours of objects to be distinguished. Color vision is also not possible. Damaged cells in the retina do not allow colors to be seen, but the brain has the ability to adapt to Argus II. Over time, implant users have been able to read text (albeit in large letters), as well as crossing streets and boulevards on their own. The next generation of Argus will allow for color recognition as well as for more detailed images.
In Germany, a similar product is being developed in parallel. It is called Alpha IMS and is a complete artificial eye. Its sensor has 25 times more electrodes than Argus II and sends a signal directly to the optical nerve. The next step is to skip the "mediator" - the eye, and create a device that works directly with the brain. This will allow to remove the limitation of interaction with damaged retinal cells. Such technology will give people with damaged retina (retinopathy) a greater chance of seeing. The future will surely give a chance to visually impaired people. There is even talk of adding extra features such as infrared vision. Source: https://vesti.bg/tehnologii/nauka-i-tehnika/mozhe-li-slepi-da-proglednat-chrez-tehnologiite-6029006
The Rehabilitation Center started the new school year. We continue to train blind people in traditional rehabilitation subjects, as well as to introduce innovations in the learning process. In 2017 you will be able to learn about Orientation and Mobility, Useful Skills, Braille, Cooking, Visual Rehabilitation and Information Technology. You'll be able to see a 3D printer as a tool to help visually impaired learners and provide you with a new and more functional design on our site. We are expecting you this year too! :)
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