Tag Archives: visually impaired

Hong Kong Society for the Blind

20 Jul


The Hong Kong Society for the Blind (HKSB) was established in 1956.

Over the years, HKSB has developed a wide range of services covering eye care and low vision services, rehabilitation and vocational training, educational support, employment guidance, adaptive technology advisory service, information and communication technology applications to improve information access for the visually impaired, rehabilitation service for persons with multiple disabilities and visual impairment (MDVI), and residential care for the aged blind. To improve the well-being of their service users, HKSB will continue to make the best use of its expertise to join forces with all stakeholders with the aim of building a barrier-free society with equal opportunities for all.

Volunteer for the Hong Kong Society for the Blind
Introduction: As a non-government organization providing comprehensive services for the blind and visually impaired population in Hong Kong, volunteers are essential assets to ensure the smooth running of our services in areas of rehabilitation service, residential service, general eye and low vision service, employment service, educational and community support service, barrier free and support service.

Objectives: Volunteers Development Service aims at maintaining and building up a volunteer pool / database and a referral system that best match new volunteers to appropriate service units. It also aims at launching promotion programmes, recruitment exercises, training and appreciation scheme to motivate volunteers to help in the Society’s services, especially in agency functions.

Volunteers Participation: Other than agency functions, e.g., Flag Day and Walkathon fundraising events, volunteers could help the routine services, outdoor activities and interest class, etc.

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact HKSB by email volunteer@hksb.org.hk or call 3723 8305

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Beyond Vision Projects

12 Nov

BEYOND VISION PROJECTS (BVP) is a social enterprise supported by a group of passionate volunteers and professional advisors and academics in related field. In order to achieve their goal of enhancing the visually impaired (VI) and elderly with low vision’s quality of life; their first project, Tactile-Audio Interaction System (TAIS) services was successfully developed under substantial research. They got encouraging results and feedbacks which have proven TAIS can enable the mental image building process of the visually impaired (VI) and elderly with low vision.

BVP believes that art and culture inspires us, brings us together and, teaches us about who we are and the world we live in; despite the differences in age, gender, race or physical impairments. Arts and culture is for all.

Their Mission
BEYOND VISION PROJECTS (BVP) strives to enhance the quality of life of the visually impaired(VI) and elderly with low vision which focus on SOCIAL INCLUSION, SOCIAL EQUALITY and SOCIAL PARTICIPATION.

Their Goal
BEYOND VISION PROJECTS (BVP) aims at providing our Tactile-Audio Interaction System (TAIS) services: a simple-to-create ‘touch synchronized’ tactile and audio tool. This tool will enable the VI and elderly with low vision to receive visual information through touching and hearing, not limited to accessibility to art but all possible aspects of daily life. Subsequently, trainings for TAIS production and services will be provided to visually impaired individuals so as to open up job opportunities.

Training and Workshops
BEYOND VISION PROJETS (BVP) provides training and workshops; such as tactile painting making; audio description workshop and TAIS workshops, for the visually impaired, their family members and friends; as volunteer.

Training will cover:
– Tactile Painting Making
– Visual impairment awareness, customer care and guiding
– The principles of description
– Describing paintings, objects and artefacts
– Using other senses to engage blind and partially sighted visitors
– Improving accessibility, including leading an audio described tour

What you can do to help
BVP believes that people who have visual impairments should have an equal opportunity to experience art and culture, heritage and historical venues. They work with museums, galleries, schools and other organisations to provide inclusive and accessible consultations, tours and experiences. With your support; BVP can create a more accessible and inclusive society. Please contact BVP: info@beyondvision.asia for sponsorship or donations.

Or join BVP as an individual volunteer or group volunteer; by sending BVP an email (info@beyondvision.asia) with simple introduction and your intention.