'I see with my heart' Project and calendar in Sighted and Braille

Educational project for the children 'I see with my heart' 2015

The educational project for children 'I see with my heart 2015' has started. In the visual education centers of four Lithuanian cities, sighted children, together with the blind, will get acquainted with Braille, the peculiarities of reading for the blind and their perception of the world through touch. And most importantly - postcards perceived by the blind will be created in each city, the best of which will decorate the 2016 calendar for the visually impaired and the blind.Project stages:
- Panevėžys Visual Center "Linelis", April 30th.
- Kaunas Pranas Daunis Vision Education Center, May 5th.
- Siauliai Petras Avizonis Vision Center, May 6th.
- Klaipeda Vision Education Center, May 7th.

Edukacinis projektas vaikams „Aš regiu širdimi“ yra skirtas supažindinti Lietuvos vaikus su regėjimo negalią turintiems žmonėms skirtais leidiniais bei jų specifika, per kūrybą skatinant vaikų suvokimą apie šių žmonių kasdienybę. Didžioji dalis vaikų niekada gyvenime nėra bendravę su neregiu ar net nematę jo gatvėje, todėl susidūrę jaučia baimę ir norą šalintis. Šiuo projektu siekiama ne tik suaktyvinti vaikų domėjimąsi juos supančiu pasauliu ir aplinkiniais, bet ir parodyti jiems, jog neregiai ir silpnaregiai taip pat geba suvokti kūrybą ir gali dalintis jos pažinimo džiaugsmu.

The main partners of this project - vision education centers operating in four major Lithuanian cities - Kaunas, Klaipėda, Siauliai and Panevezys, will organize tactile postcard creation classes for children. The sessions will be led by specialists who will help children to make the postcards they create perceptible to the blind, tell them why it is important that the postcards have a clear relief, introduce children to Braille.

Children who have created postcards in each city will be involved in another, common creative task - the creation of the city calendar for 2016, and in the autumn exhibitions of works will be opened and the city calendar will be presented. From all the postcards created by the children participating in the project, the professional commission will select the 13 best works that will decorate the 2016 calendar "I see with my heart" in sight and in Braille. The Braille calendar is special in that both the sight and the blind can understand: its innovative technological solutions, compared to conventional Braille prints, achieve a height of embossing that allows the blind and partially sighted to understand more than just the calendar months, names, days, but also the outlines of the illustrations. As in the previous "I see with my heart" calendars, the new one provides for the printing of the Lithuanian alphabet in Braille, so that everyone can get acquainted with Braille and at least read their name by touch. Thanks to the calendar "I see with my heart", the blind have the opportunity to get acquainted with the usual arrangement of months and weeks of the paper calendar, and the sighted public is encouraged to pay attention to the problems of the visually impaired and to understand the life of the blind.

At the end of the project, it is planned to organize an official event to present the calendar to the public, together with the organization of the award ceremony and postcard exhibition of the authors of the children who participated in the project. Copies of the calendar issued with the project funds will be distributed free of charge to visually impaired people through the branches of the project partners - the Lithuanian Library for the Blind and the Lithuanian Union of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

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The project is partially funded by the Lithuanian Culture Council

Project sponsors:

Project sponsor in Kaunas.

Project sponsor in Panevezys:

Project partners: Panevezys vision center 'Linelis'; Panevezys Vytautas Mikalauskas Arts Gymnasium; Kaunas Pranas Daunis Vision Education Center; Kaunas Atzalynas Secondary School; Siauliai City Municipal Children's Care Home; Siauliai Petras Avizonis Vision Center; Klaipeda Vision Education Center; Klaipeda orphanage 'Rytas'.

About the project in the media:
Educational project for children 'I see with my heart' has started

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