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Does this project conflict with CNIB or programs at Lions International? Is there a need? Who is involved?
This resource will help people have a sense of control in the decisions they make and give them a clearer sense of direction for their ‘revised’ future as they endeavour to maintain autonomy and independence.
Because of its comprehensive nature, the interactive multimedia reference resourcewill be of great benefit to everyone who want/need to:
- understand what ‘disability’ really means.
- learn practical strategies on how to live this “different” life at home and in the medical setting, neighbourhood or community.
- understand more about personal reactions and the reactions of others.
- learn how and when to assist the person who is visually impaired.
- learn from others who have successfully faced similar challenges.
- plan for a career and family.
This is a dynamic project, it will never be done. Since it is such a new concept, it is taking experts in the field much longer than anticipated to develop it. It was only in February 2009 that we could put this multilingual multimedia information online to meet World Wide Web Accessibility Standards. No other format could handle this product.
Hours of broadcast-quality tape and animation are ready for posting.
Our multimedia team worked hard researching, organizing, and designing this resource.
It is fitting that the Lions Family should be involved with this project. With its familiar motto, “We Serve,” the Lions family is recognized the world over as the world’s largest service agency. Having accepted Helen Keller’s challenge to be “Knights of the Blind,” they are dedicated to helping the visually impaired.
Lions of Ontario, MD A and Lions Clubs International Foundation have donated $250,000 toward this multimedia resource.
People with visual impairments are a very important but small percentage of the audience. This truth becomes evident when you take into account the number and variety of people who will use this resource for practical instruction: families, friends, volunteers, professionals, employers, and community members. This resource will not only be used in homes, but can be used in post-secondary training programs, by agencies, and for broadcast.
There are many types of media, including text, images, graphics, audio, video, and animation. For our audience, even those with visual impairment, a visual approach to instruction is still the most effective teaching tool. However, every phase of this project will be conducted knowing that our resource will be professionally audio-described throughout.
Recent technological advances allow us to produce comprehensive resource materials that are simple and easy to use. An interactive multimedia resource is the perfect format for ALWL‘s first project. Indeed, the development of this resource will serve as a model, demonstrating to those with disabilities how technology permits people with varying abilities to work on complex projects.
Digital multimedia format is the most cost-efficient method of disseminating educational materials to a wide audience, particularly when considering today’s highly multicultural society and the many other languages spoken by people affected by visual impairment. It also allows people to personally control the amount and speed of information they receive, and to review forgotten details in the privacy and comfort of their own homes, as well as in public settings.