Tactile The World: Pacific-Asia


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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 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: Pacific-Asia

  1. 1. Tactile The World: Pac-Asia<br />The Adventures of a Deafblind Woman<br />Spring 2010<br />
  2. 2. Prepare to be Tactiled…<br />
  3. 3. &lt;--------Who is She?<br />Christine ‘Coco Roschaert<br />and I am 29 years old<br />tone Deaf & Sorta Blind<br />who loves travelling the world<br />And helping others<br />To give and find inspiration..<br />
  4. 4. What’s Up, Coco?<br />I need your eyes<br />See what I have to say<br />You’re going to see a big dream<br />And you’re in it, too.<br />Come with me<br />Spin the world, too.<br />Jump aboard.<br />
  5. 5. Tell Me More!<br />What I have for you…<br />*getting to know me biography<br />*purpose<br />*where in the world?<br />*the price tag<br />*how you can be part of it<br />*conclusion<br />
  6. 6. How To Fingerspell My Name<br />
  7. 7. Just Call Me Coco<br /> I was born Deaf in the ’80s in cold January to hearing parents in Ottawa, the capital of Canada.<br />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.<br />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.<br />
  8. 8. 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).<br />I completed my placement in June of 2009.<br />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.<br />I have a few months before I go to school in the Fall of 2010…<br />And when I’m done with school, I’ll be completely blind.<br />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.<br />
  9. 9. What Is Usher Syndrome?<br />Usher syndrome is a relatively rare genetic disorder that is a leading cause of deafblindness.<br />associated with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a degeneration of the retinal cells. <br />Characterized by deafness and a gradual vision loss. <br />Gradual loss of peripheral and night vision.<br />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.<br />Described as “doughnut vision” with central intact but with time, the walls close in<br />Balance problems in some people. <br />Growing difficulty reading small print, gradually into large print then Braille.<br />Usher syndrome is incurable at present.<br />Lots of website information on Usher Syndrome. Google it up.<br />
  10. 10. Snapshots: My Volunteer Work in Nigeria<br />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<br />
  11. 11. Snapshots: Lectures (a few out of many) <br />Wash, DC ‘08<br />Gallaudet,<br /> ‘08<br />Ottawa, ‘08<br />Seattle, ‘08<br />San Diego Hospital, ‘08<br />
  12. 12. Snapshots: Various<br />CISV 1992, Paris France<br />The pictures document my adventurous life, in short.<br />
  13. 13. Want to see more?<br />www.youtube.com/tactiletheworld<br />Plenty of vlogs I made around the world!<br />And of course…<br />Plenty to come…<br />If my trip happens!<br />
  14. 14. Where in the world?<br />New Zealand<br />Cambodia<br />Laos<br />Vietnam<br />Thailand<br />China<br />Hong Kong<br />Macau<br />Japan<br />India<br />
  15. 15. What On Earth For?<br /><ul><li> To see more of the world before I lose all of my sight in a few years
  16. 16. Use this time before I start graduate studies to travel
  17. 17. Advocate for services, aid, rehabilitation & education for the Deafblind with lectures, workshops and projects
  18. 18. Meet Deafblind people in these countries and document their lives
  19. 19. Collect information on Deafblind
  20. 20. Communication
  21. 21. Aid, education and services
  22. 22. Accessibility </li></li></ul><li>NEW ZEALAND<br />Auckland, Wellington, Christichurch, North and South Islands<br />December 17 to January 22<br />Hosts: Sonia Pivac, Benjamin Lewis & Zoe Haws<br />
  23. 23. Island Life<br />
  24. 24. CAMBODIA<br />Phnom Penh, Kampot<br />January 23 – March 1<br />Hosts: RoniseBarreras (Epic Arts Center for the Deaf), Tashi Bradford Nadaluti<br />
  25. 25. Khmer Life<br />
  26. 26. Epic Arts Center, Kampot<br />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.<br />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.<br />
  27. 27. LAOS, VIETNAM & THAILAND<br />Vientiane, Ho Chi Minh City & Chiang Mai<br />Alternating weekends in February<br />Guides: RoniseBarreras & Various<br />
  28. 28. Laos, Vietnam and Thailand Life<br />
  29. 29. CHINA<br />Beijing, The Great Wall of China & Shanghai<br />March 1 – 7<br />Road Trip from Beijing – <br />Shanghai – <br />Hong Kong<br />
  30. 30. Life in China<br />
  31. 31. HONG KONG & MACAU<br />Hong Kong & Macau<br />March 7 – 20<br />Hosts: Jenny Lam <br />
  32. 32. HK & Macau Life<br />
  33. 33. JAPAN<br />Tokyo, Nara, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Mt. Fuji<br />March 20 – April 10<br />Hosts: Mihoko Yamamoto<br />
  34. 34. Life in Japan<br />
  35. 35. INDIA<br />Mumbai, New Delhi, Punjabi, Darjeeling Region, Kolkatta, Goa<br />April 10 – May 10<br />
  36. 36. Life in India<br />
  37. 37. 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) <br />Pictures of hosts and specific areas were used with their permission.<br />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.<br />
  38. 38. Guide/Intervenor Costs<br />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. <br />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.<br />Admission fees and meals will need to be covered, so your donation will also go to providing the guides with financial ease.<br />$100 a month will cover the costs of intervenors.<br />
  39. 39. The Price Tag<br />Without a penny in my pocket<br />My dream cannot come true<br />Directly or indirectly<br />This is where you come in.<br />
  40. 40. Budget Overview<br />Flights<br />Meals<br />Ground Transportation<br />Expenses<br />Health Insurance<br />Visas<br />Guided Help<br />
  41. 41. Flights<br /><ul><li> Ottawa, Canada to Auckland, New Zealand $1,500
  42. 42. Auckland, NZ to Phnom Penh, Cambodia $770
  43. 43. Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Beijing, China $300
  44. 44. Hong Kong to Tokyo, Japan $600
  45. 45. Tokyo, Japan to Mumbai, India $600
  46. 46. Mumbai, India to Ottawa, Canada $500
  47. 47. Subtital: $4,270 USD</li></ul>(flight prices can increase anytime. Figures from www.vayama.com)<br />(All estimates in United States Dollars)<br />
  48. 48. Meals, Accomodations, Ground Transport & Expenses<br />HONG KONG & MACAU $300<br />JAPAN $500<br />INDIA $800<br />Subtotal: $4,000 USD<br />NEW ZEALAND $1000<br />CAMBODIA $500<br />LAOS, VIETNAM & THAILAND $300<br />CHINA $600<br />
  49. 49. Health Insurance & Visa Fees<br />The Lalonde Insurance Group of Cornwall, Ontario, charges $100 per month for global health insurance coverage.<br />FIVE months plus one month back-up = 6 months<br />6 months x $100 = $600<br />Some countries require that entry visas be purchased before landing in-country, some countries don’t.<br />Cambodia $30<br />Laos $57<br />China $50<br />India $62<br />(figures from www.visahq.com under Canadian citizenship)<br />
  50. 50. Are you ready…<br />… for the gross total of this trip?<br />I cannot afford to pay my way around<br />Because after my 1 ½ years working in Africa<br />I am, by choice, unemployed<br />So that I could see the world<br />But my monthly disability payments won’t let me.<br />Will you help?<br />
  51. 51. The Tally<br />The total is….<br />$9,570<br />Flights ………. $4,270<br />Meals, Accomodation, Ground Transportation & Expenses ……… $4,000<br />Health Insurance & Visa Fees …… $799<br />Guided Help …… $500<br />
  52. 52. Want to Help?<br />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.<br />You can open your pocket and donate, or send this request forward to people you think would be interested<br />Sorry, I don’t have a charitable tax number for write offs<br />I can provide reciepts of a purchase I make with your funds as you may specifically wish to donate<br />
  53. 53. More on How to Help<br />You could host a personal party specifically to raise funds for my endeavor<br />For my gratitude to your generous donation, I will put your name or organization in any published works that might come out of this<br />If you donate more than $250, we can talk about me doing a presentation for you or your organization upon terms of agreement<br />Donations can be accepted anytime from now to May 2010<br />Any amount of donations – big or small – are greatly appreciated<br />
  54. 54. Methods Of Payment<br />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<br />Purchase a flight ticket with prior agreement<br />Money Order or Cheques: <br />Make it out to: <br />Christine Roschaert<br />140 Belmont Street<br />Cornwall, Ontario<br />K6H 4Z3 Canada<br />
  55. 55. Wait, Coco! How Do We Reach You?<br />Email: tactiletheworld@gmail.com<br />Facebook Group: Where In The World Is Miss Roschaert?<br />Blogsite: http://tactiletheworld.wordpress.com<br />
  56. 56. But What If…?<br />If this trip doesn’t happen…. There are a few options. We can discuss these options over email, live chat, videophone, webcam chat.<br />A) Full refund<br />B) Donate the monies to your charity of choice<br />Let’s just hope it doesn’t come to this!<br />
  57. 57. Want To Tag Along?<br />You are more than welcome<br />To join me on my travels<br />As a friend, companion, interpreter or intervenor<br />Email me and we’ll talk.<br />But…<br />You cover most of your own expenses.<br />
  58. 58. Thank you in advance…<br />Once you become an official sponsor, look out for your name on my blog<br />http://tactiletheworld.wordpress.com<br />Under “Pac-Asia Sponsors”<br />
  59. 59. Least but not least… Tactile love!<br />