On 5 November 2012 (Monday), the first pilot ICT training for people with special needs organized under the Glob@l Libraries – Bulgaria Program was launched: two training courses for people with sight impairments at the training units in Plovdiv and Targovishte and one training course for people with motor disabilities in Kyustendil.
The training aims to provide equal opportunities and more favorable living conditions to people with special needs by utilizing the resources of the Glob@l Libraries – Bulgaria Program.
In August 2012, a preliminary survey among the 39 GLB training units was conducted to assess their interest in the ICT training for people with special needs. Based on their requests, the pilot phase of the training was planned to take place in the period 1 – 30 November 2012.
The pilot phase will include a total of 10 training courses – 6 for people with sight impairments and 4 for people with motor disabilities. The training schedule is available at: http://glbulgaria.bg/bg/node/9378.
Training duration is five days; each training group is composed of 5 – 7 participants and one librarian who will get acquainted with the specialized software and the work of the specific target group in order to be able to assist library users. Trainers include information and communication technology specialists with vast experience in working with the target group. Each trainer has developed a special training program in line with participants’ specific needs.
The training courses are implemented in partnership with organizations and institutions whose mission and objectives include improvement of the respective target group’s style of living. The PMU believes that the libraries’ partnerships with these organizations will develop successfully over the coming years and the libraries will be recognized as points of social inclusion.
The training for people with special needs will continue in 2013.