Providing a new vision for the visually impaired and blind – rafting trip to Annong Rive, Yilan

Providing a new vision for the visually impaired and blind – rafting trip to Annong Rive, Yilan

                      

 

Providing the opportunity for the visually impaired and blind to sense the natural phenomena and feel the gushing of the cool gurgling stream, Eden Social Welfare Foundation held a day rafting trip to Annong River- Yilan, 21 service users with visual impairment at different age joined and opened up their new vision to connecting world. 

The eldest among the group. Mr. Lin Rong-Cing, 65, who lost his vision for six years ago due to liver abscess, said that on top of this rafting experience, programs and activities offering at Eden’s enabled him to connect and interact with the society again, and suggested this type of activities should be organized more often for them!

 

                     

Ms. Chou Yu-Ling, supervisor at Visually Impaired Service Development Centre said, “Live reconstruction is a rugged and heavy path, to people with congenital visual impairment, they have to put more effort in order to touch and develop their sensory organs and accumulate life experience despite disabilities; for people with acquired visual impairment, life without vision is challenging and difficult to manage. Therefore, they need to have the courage to take the first step to regain their confidence and retrieve.

                            

The Eden Social Welfare Foundation has tried to broaden the career options and life choices for the blind. In 1985, the Foundation opened music and foreign language courses for the blind, and gradually established a blind choir, that tours schools, correctional facilities, churches and other institutions to perform and share their testimonies. Radio broadcasting and recording industry classes were also opened to help develop other professions for the blind, besides traditional massage therapy.