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Braille and Mobility Trainer (voluntary) - Tonga

Australian Volunteers International (AVI)

About the assignment:

Tonga National Visual Impairment Association (TNVIA) is a non-profit organisation, established to empower persons with disabilities (PWD), especially those who are blind or partially sighted to live independently and to shift from a charity focus to a human rights approach. There is currently a critical need for a Braille and Mobility Trainer as part of the educational process for students with visual impairments. The number of students is increasing and there is no local expertise to help support the TNVIA program. There has been limited opportunity for professional development, particularly with updating the current practices of braille and mobility and understanding the impact for people with visual impairments. Having a skilled volunteer would assist TNVIA in building the capacity of teachers and staff, as well as provide more awareness in these areas for the community.

  • In this role you will support and strengthen the overall services provided by TNVIA. You will support the implementation of the program, identify and strengthen gaps in student knowledge and further assist with training of staff for home visits
  • To be successful in this role you will have a Certificate III or IV in Disability Services, a certificate in Braille (preferable), and a few years experience working in a similar setting
  • Take your passion for disability inclusion and inclusive education to the Pacific. In this role you will have the opportunity to make a positive contribution promoting inclusive communities

PARTNER ORGANISATION OVERVIEW:

Tonga National Visual Impairment Association (TNVIA) is a non-profit organisation. Its head quarter is situated in Pea, Nuku’alofa, and Kingdom of Tonga Islands. This organisation was registered under the Incorporated Act on 16 December 2015.

TNVIA was establish to empower persons with disabilities (PWD) especially those who are blind or partially sighted to live independently and also shift from a charity focus to the human rights approach. The population of visual impaired in Tonga 4,370, population of disability 25,499. TNVIA has gather 86 registered members consisting of 34 male (5 children, 21 youths, 8 adults) and 32 female (5 children, 19 youths, 7 adults). With this total members only 12 from the outer islands: 5 from Vava’u (both female – 4 children, 1 youth) and 7 from Ha’apai (male – adult). TNVIA are looking forward to include more members from the outer islands (‘Eua, Ha’apai, Vava’u, Niuafo’ou and Niuatoputapu) in the future.

TNVIA are not supported by Government, and to implement their vision and achieve goals, they run a lot of fundraising. This fundraising has supported the purchasing of a van and to send students overseas to Fiji School for the Blind. They are able to support school frees and run the training centre for computer, music, mobility, cooking. For the members who are parity sight.

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