Disability in Cambodia

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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:42 pm

Interesting about the development of Khmer sign language.

PM HE Calls on TV Stations to Set Up Sign Language
02/07/19 12:23
Phnom Penh (FN), July 1 – Cambodian Prime Minister HE once again appealed to the heads of TV stations to set up sign language to enable deaf people to access information through television channels.

The appeal was made on Monday, 1 July, at the meeting with members and staff of Krousar Thmey Foundation, the first Cambodian Foundation helping disadvantaged children.

The premier will observe every channel and call straight to the owner of channel to setup the sign language. He also stressed that he will help cover the cost of setting up the sign language any TV channels that claim losing their profits.

Krousar Tmey Foundation is the first Cambodian Foundation helping disadvantaged children, building a world in which children are empowered to grow into independent and responsible adults.
Krousar Thmey operates three programs – education for deaf or blind children, child welfare, and cultural and artistic development – in 14 Cambodian provinces.

It is worth noting that the sign language committee was formed in 2013 due to the emergence of a Cambodian sign language through various organizations. Including both deaf and hearing members, the committee successfully developed the Khmer sign language and is now responsible for his improvement, adapting textbooks for each grade while circulating a specialized dictionary.

Follow the link to learn about history of Krousar Tmey Foundation: www.krousar-thmey.org/en/qui-sommes-nous/our-history/
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:02 pm

Blind Youth Shaping His Dream Amidst Digitalisation
AKP Phnom Penh, August 26, 2019 --

Supporting environment enabled by the government and foundation education have allowed a blind Cambodian youth to take advantage of on-going digital era – making him feel just like the able bodied.

Born blind in Kean Svay district of Kandal province, Sun Borey now is thankful to the inclusive education system that allowed him to successfully graduate from HE Phnom Penh Thmey High School four years ago.

His learning journey did not end there. The hard working young man is currently a senior student for a bachelor degree in English at Panha Chiet University here in Phnom Penh.

Like many other Cambodian youth, Borey is so enjoying with various useful applications and digital devices enriching his knowledge and widening his connection to the world, and more importantly he sees no difference between him as a blind and the rest of the youth.

“I own a Facebook account. I am using the platform to network with others. Also, I can access to YouTube,” says Borey.

But how could this possible?

“There are many online applications that support blind users like me to access to social media platforms as well as digital device. I am using an application called Screen Reader to access to information on Facebook and YouTube,” he explains.

According to online information, Screen Reader is a form of assistive technology which is essential to people who are blind, as well as useful to people who are visually impaired, illiterate, or have a learning disability. It attempts to convey what people with normal eyesight see on a display to their users via non-visual means, like text-to-speech, sound icons, or a Braille device.

Borey now has many friends on his Facebook account, and he spends a certain amount of time a day on social media to get himself connected to his networks and updated to the latest news.

To browse through websites and operate his computer programmes, Borey is using a software called NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Assess).

“The advancement of technologies has allowed many possibilities for people with critical disability like me. This inspires me to live up to my dream of having a decent job.
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Re: Disability in Cambodia

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:11 pm

October 30, 2019
Disability Action Council calls for more adaptation of Braille books
The Social Affairs Ministry’s Disability Action Council is calling on the Kingdom to adopt more books into various disabled-friendly formats, including Braille books and e-books with larger fonts.

DAC secretary-general Em Chan Makara made the call during a workshop on Monday about the Marrakesh Treaty, which aims to facilitate access to print works transcribed for those who are blind or visually impaired.

The Kingdom signed the treaty in December 2012 and began ratifying the agreement one month later.

Mr Chan Makara said the work is important because 35 percent of Cambodians [sic] are currently either visually impaired or blind and they need to be able to receive information.

“We do not yet have enough adapted books for the blind or visually impaired,” Mr Chan Makara said. “I can say that developing countries can only adapt one percent of all books to Braille books, while developed countries can only translate seven percent. These numbers are very little.”

He noted that in Cambodia, Braille books produced by the Education Ministry and the Krousar Thmey organisation are only available for limited use.

Mr Chan Makara said the DAC is discussing how those who are blind or visually impaired can have more access to books in various formats.

“The treaty is very important for our Kingdom, especially in providing benefits for the blind and visually impaired,” he said. “We are discussing with each other on whether now is a good time for us to do this while our country is developing.”

Mr Chan Makara said as previous generations grow older, the number of those with reading disabilities will increase.

“Therefore, increasing access to such materials and books for people with visual disabilities is necessary and important for our society,” he said, noting that getting authors to allow their copyrighted books to be adapted is also important.
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50655495/d ... lle-books/
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