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One of Coco Roschaert's dreams is to see more of the world she loves so much, before she loses all of her sight to a condition - Usher Syndrome. View the powerpoint, help by donating OR forwarding ...

One of Coco Roschaert's dreams is to see more of the world she loves so much, before she loses all of her sight to a condition - Usher Syndrome. View the powerpoint, help by donating OR forwarding this link onto to as many people and make her dream come true, as well as for many Deaf & Deafblind people's lives she will touch during the trip.



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  • Tactile The World: Pac-Asia
    The Adventures of a Deafblind Woman
    Spring 2010
  • Prepare to be Tactiled…
  • <--------Who is She?
    Christine ‘Coco Roschaert
    and I am 29 years old
    tone Deaf & Sorta Blind
    who loves travelling the world
    And helping others
    To give and find inspiration..
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  • What’s Up, Coco?
    I need your eyes
    See what I have to say
    You’re going to see a big dream
    And you’re in it, too.
    Come with me
    Spin the world, too.
    Jump aboard.
    View slide
  • Tell Me More!
    What I have for you…
    *getting to know me biography
    *where in the world?
    *the price tag
    *how you can be part of it
  • How To Fingerspell My Name
  • Just Call Me Coco
    I was born Deaf in the ’80s in cold January to hearing parents in Ottawa, the capital of Canada.
    I grew up at a residential Deaf school, Sir James Whitney, in Belleville, Ontario and was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome Type I in 1988 when I was 8.
    I still had a teenagehood with most of my sight, even traveled to Paris at 12 and lived for a year abroad in Germany at 18 with Rotary Club. My sight started to change drastically in 1999 when I became a student at Gallaudet University, the only liberal arts college for the Deaf. In 2006, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a great loss of sight. From 2006 to now, I have given more than 30 lectures on Deafblind topics, educating and empowering thousands through my blogs and vlogs as well.
  • In Nigeria, I was placed in three different job settings by Voluntary Services Overseas Canada. I worked with schools for the Deaf (providing awareness to educators on education for Deafblind children), an HIV/AIDS organization (strategizing on education about the disease to people who are disabled); and with an international blind missionary (to develop support services and information on Deafblindness in Nigeria).
    I completed my placement in June of 2009.
    Now, after my time in West Africa as a volunteer, I am determined to go to graduate school and complete a Masters in International Development… in braille.
    I have a few months before I go to school in the Fall of 2010…
    And when I’m done with school, I’ll be completely blind.
    So, that’s why I decided to travel some more and grasp the last images of the vast, mysterious world while I still can see.
  • What Is Usher Syndrome?
    Usher syndrome is a relatively rare genetic disorder that is a leading cause of deafblindness.
    associated with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a degeneration of the retinal cells.
    Characterized by deafness and a gradual vision loss.
    Gradual loss of peripheral and night vision.
    Complete blindness will be eventual, but progress and age vary with Usher’s, but onset is usually in children in their first decade of life.
    Described as “doughnut vision” with central intact but with time, the walls close in
    Balance problems in some people.
    Growing difficulty reading small print, gradually into large print then Braille.
    Usher syndrome is incurable at present.
    Lots of website information on Usher Syndrome. Google it up.
  • Snapshots: My Volunteer Work in Nigeria
    Clockwise from top left: Visit to Zoo in Jos; VSO volunteer retreat ‘08; supplies I donated to the Blind Mission; Me and Hassan (Deafblind Nigerian); Deaf school where I worked; VSO office in Nigeria
  • Snapshots: Lectures (a few out of many)
    Wash, DC ‘08
    Ottawa, ‘08
    Seattle, ‘08
    San Diego Hospital, ‘08
  • Snapshots: Various
    CISV 1992, Paris France
    The pictures document my adventurous life, in short.
  • Want to see more?
    Plenty of vlogs I made around the world!
    And of course…
    Plenty to come…
    If my trip happens!
  • Where in the world?
    New Zealand
    Hong Kong
  • What On Earth For?
    • To see more of the world before I lose all of my sight in a few years
    • Use this time before I start graduate studies to travel
    • Advocate for services, aid, rehabilitation & education for the Deafblind with lectures, workshops and projects
    • Meet Deafblind people in these countries and document their lives
    • Collect information on Deafblind
    • Communication
    • Aid, education and services
    • Accessibility
    Auckland, Wellington, Christichurch, North and South Islands
    December 17 to January 22
    Hosts: Sonia Pivac, Benjamin Lewis & Zoe Haws
  • Island Life
    Phnom Penh, Kampot
    January 23 – March 1
    Hosts: RoniseBarreras (Epic Arts Center for the Deaf), Tashi Bradford Nadaluti
  • Khmer Life
  • Epic Arts Center, Kampot
    My dear American friend, RoniseBarreras, moved to Cambodia from Seattle, WA in 2008 in search for life fulfillment. She started working with Deaf Development Center in Phnom Penh, then to Epic Arts Center for the Deaf in Kampot. Ronise is a Deaf sighted woman who worked with Deafblind people in Seattle for more than 7 years.
    Ronise has asked me to volunteer with Epic Arts for a month to develop resources for the Deafblind in Cambodia and I gladly accepted the offer.
    Vientiane, Ho Chi Minh City & Chiang Mai
    Alternating weekends in February
    Guides: RoniseBarreras & Various
  • Laos, Vietnam and Thailand Life
    Beijing, The Great Wall of China & Shanghai
    March 1 – 7
    Road Trip from Beijing –
    Shanghai –
    Hong Kong
  • Life in China
    Hong Kong & Macau
    March 7 – 20
    Hosts: Jenny Lam
  • HK & Macau Life
    Tokyo, Nara, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Mt. Fuji
    March 20 – April 10
    Hosts: Mihoko Yamamoto
  • Life in Japan
    Mumbai, New Delhi, Punjabi, Darjeeling Region, Kolkatta, Goa
    April 10 – May 10
  • Life in India
  • Most of the images used in the previous slides were from the Lonely Planet website (www.lonelyplanet.com) and through Google Images (images.google.com)
    Pictures of hosts and specific areas were used with their permission.
    With China and India, I have not found a host yet but their visits are in March and April, so I am confident I will find a guide/host for this time.
  • Guide/Intervenor Costs
    In these countries, there will be places I’d love to see, especially historical landmarks. I will want to bring my own guide for my safety and visual /environmental support.
    The guide, also known as a ‘support service provider’ or ‘intervenor’ will fill me in on the sights that I might not notice, or guide me around uneven terrain.
    Admission fees and meals will need to be covered, so your donation will also go to providing the guides with financial ease.
    $100 a month will cover the costs of intervenors.
  • The Price Tag
    Without a penny in my pocket
    My dream cannot come true
    Directly or indirectly
    This is where you come in.
  • Budget Overview
    Ground Transportation
    Health Insurance
    Guided Help
  • Flights
    • Ottawa, Canada to Auckland, New Zealand $1,500
    • Auckland, NZ to Phnom Penh, Cambodia $770
    • Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Beijing, China $300
    • Hong Kong to Tokyo, Japan $600
    • Tokyo, Japan to Mumbai, India $600
    • Mumbai, India to Ottawa, Canada $500
    • Subtital: $4,270 USD
    (flight prices can increase anytime. Figures from www.vayama.com)
    (All estimates in United States Dollars)
  • Meals, Accomodations, Ground Transport & Expenses
    HONG KONG & MACAU $300
    JAPAN $500
    INDIA $800
    Subtotal: $4,000 USD
    NEW ZEALAND $1000
    CAMBODIA $500
    CHINA $600
  • Health Insurance & Visa Fees
    The Lalonde Insurance Group of Cornwall, Ontario, charges $100 per month for global health insurance coverage.
    FIVE months plus one month back-up = 6 months
    6 months x $100 = $600
    Some countries require that entry visas be purchased before landing in-country, some countries don’t.
    Cambodia $30
    Laos $57
    China $50
    India $62
    (figures from www.visahq.com under Canadian citizenship)
  • Are you ready…
    … for the gross total of this trip?
    I cannot afford to pay my way around
    Because after my 1 ½ years working in Africa
    I am, by choice, unemployed
    So that I could see the world
    But my monthly disability payments won’t let me.
    Will you help?
  • The Tally
    The total is….
    Flights ………. $4,270
    Meals, Accomodation, Ground Transportation & Expenses ……… $4,000
    Health Insurance & Visa Fees …… $799
    Guided Help …… $500
  • Want to Help?
    My hosts in each country are helping me secure lecture, workshop and trip itinerary dates. Most of them live in developing countries, so it is expected that they have very limited funding to support my endeavor.
    You can open your pocket and donate, or send this request forward to people you think would be interested
    Sorry, I don’t have a charitable tax number for write offs
    I can provide reciepts of a purchase I make with your funds as you may specifically wish to donate
  • More on How to Help
    You could host a personal party specifically to raise funds for my endeavor
    For my gratitude to your generous donation, I will put your name or organization in any published works that might come out of this
    If you donate more than $250, we can talk about me doing a presentation for you or your organization upon terms of agreement
    Donations can be accepted anytime from now to May 2010
    Any amount of donations – big or small – are greatly appreciated
  • Methods Of Payment
    Paypal account: tactiletheworld@gmail.com at www.paypal.com (I accept funds in USD or CAD $) I will send you an email to confirm payment has been received
    Purchase a flight ticket with prior agreement
    Money Order or Cheques:
    Make it out to:
    Christine Roschaert
    140 Belmont Street
    Cornwall, Ontario
    K6H 4Z3 Canada
  • Wait, Coco! How Do We Reach You?
    Email: tactiletheworld@gmail.com
    Facebook Group: Where In The World Is Miss Roschaert?
    Blogsite: http://tactiletheworld.wordpress.com
  • But What If…?
    If this trip doesn’t happen…. There are a few options. We can discuss these options over email, live chat, videophone, webcam chat.
    A) Full refund
    B) Donate the monies to your charity of choice
    Let’s just hope it doesn’t come to this!
  • Want To Tag Along?
    You are more than welcome
    To join me on my travels
    As a friend, companion, interpreter or intervenor
    Email me and we’ll talk.
    You cover most of your own expenses.
  • Thank you in advance…
    Once you become an official sponsor, look out for your name on my blog
    Under “Pac-Asia Sponsors”
  • Least but not least… Tactile love!