From August 1, 2018, the NRCB launched a project to support integrated students with visual impairments by facilitating their work with books, books, textbooks, and other study materials.

The project is financed by EVN Bulgaria and is worth BGN 19,509.37.

Two Pearl Open Book readers and two laptops have been purchased and operated under the project. Topaz PHD is also purchased for the visually impaired users as well as a printer for printing the necessary materials.

 With the purchased equipment in the NRCB, a Resource Center was established, where integrated pupils and students with visual difficulties can scan their textbooks and use them in digital format.

A specialist trained to help, educate and inform users about the use of the resources works at the Resource Center.

Seminar-training of visually impaired students for independent work with the technical means is to be held.

On September 17, 2018, the autumn course for computer skills begins. The trainees will make their first steps in the world of computers, discover the infinite information, music and communication capabilities of the digital era. Gradually, with the initial acquaintance with the computer, the keys, and keyboard shortcuts for its management and speech programs, the students will get more inward and more skillfully using the equipment.

Working with files and folders, understanding the logic of data deployment, renaming, moving, copying, or deleting - all will be learned in the first two weeks of the course. The next days are designed to familiarize with the individual programs involved in the course - listening to music files - Winamp, reading text or a book - Balabolka, for playing video clips and listening to the subtitles - KMPlayer. We continue with WinWord, the most popular word-writing and word processing program, Mozilla Thunderburd, an e-mail management email client, Mozilla Firefox, for browsing and browsing the web, and finding the right content tailored to our tastes or quests.

The course ends with Skype – a  free message and call program.

Created on July 2018, the Technology council is a structure that will provide information and knowledge exchange among visually impaired people across the country about technical devices, software products and systems designed for use by visually impaired people, promote and support innovation, adoption, adaptation and / or adopting new technological solutions for them.

Goals of the Technology council: Enhancing the capacity of organizations and people with disabilities to work and be part of the process of technological adaptation of modern ICT for independent living and social integration of visually impaired people.

Mission of the Technology Council: To create an environment that encourages and supports innovation, stimulates the adoption, adaptation and / or adoption of technological solutions for independent living and social integration of visually impaired people within an interoperable framework based on standards ) listed below.

Three month Report on the Financial Performance of the NRCB-Plovdiv and three month report on the activities performed for the period 01.04.2018-31.06.2018

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A project “Expanding the Center VIP Activities” begins on May 2018 at NRCB. The project is funded by the “Equal chances” procedure under the “Human resources development” Operational Programme of the EU.

The project is aimed at satisfying the needs of the visually impaired people of social contacts and rehabilitation; motivation for better employability; support access to employment; empathy of society for their problems; synergy between institutions; offering innovative and quality services, training and counseling; actions to improve prevention and access to healthcare.

The aim of the project is to create prerequisites for active social inclusion of people with visual impairments.

Activities include two information campaigns, "Happy Eyes", for screening children’s vision in kindergartens and "Living with Diabetes" - aimed at visually impaired diabetic patients.

Persons with visual impairments included in the project will have access to health, social, legal and psychological counseling as well as various rehabilitation services.

Consultations on vocational guidance and the labor market will be offered to integrated students, their families and resource teachers.

Local initiatives are planned to organize the free time of visually impaired people - creating a discussion club and organizing meetings and events.

The expected result is the prerequisites for active inclusion of visually impaired people, equal opportunities for participation in social processes and the potential for better employability.