岐阜アソシア

視覚障害者生活情報センター岐阜

INVITATION to
THE LIFESTYLE AND INFORMATION CENTER
FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED,GIFU


INVITATIONS

Among the many problems which the visually impaired encounter in their daily life,those on their street walking and their taking in information are generally believed to be the most significant.
The ''LIFESTYLE AND INFORMATION CENTER FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED,GIFU", which is a none-governmental welfare center operated by the social welfare corporation GIFU ASSOCIA, is very active in many areas for the visually impaired at home.
The CENTER plays an important part as a foothold for the visually impaired by first providing every kind of consultation and rehabilitation in response to needs of the local visually impaired, and also by progressing works aiming at the "society being together with the visually impaired" by means of public enlightenment. And moreover, the CENTER provides the whole country with every kind of living information and library in Braille and recorded tapes produced by a lot. of volunteers.

HISTORY

1894 Establishment of the“Gifu Seikokai Kunmoin(House for training the visually impaired,the Episcopal Church of Gifu)”
1941 Establishment of a nonprofit corporation,Gifu Kunmoin Kyokai(the Gifu Visually Impaired People Training Corporation)
1951 Opening the“Aimo-Kan(The House of Love for The Visually Impaired)”
1969 Opening the Library in Braille
1960 Certified as a social welfare corporation.
1997 Completion of the new facility
The organization and its facility has changed their names as“The Social Welfare Corporation,GIFU ASSOCIA”and“The Lifestyle and Information Center for the Visually Impaired,Gifu,”respectively.

OUTLINE OF FACILITY

NAME:The Lifestyle and Information Center Of the Visually Impaired,Gifu
OWNER AND OPERATOR:The Social Welfare Corporation,GIFU ASSOCIA
OPENING:April,1997.
PREMISES:429.75㎡
TOTAL FLOOR SPACE:1220.67㎡
BUILDING:Four-storied reinforced concrete
(The library portion is three-storied.)


MAIN ACTIVITIES

FURNISHING INFORMATION
1. Making and lending out books in Braille
Binding books in Braille. Putting a story into Braille
2. Making figures felt with fingertip
3. Making and lending out recorded tapes
Recording in a studio. Editing a recorded story
4. Putting a story into Braille or recorded tape for private use
5. Printing and Publishing books in Braille
Printing in Braille
6. Training course for volunteers
7.Joining in the network of the facilities in the whole country providing information for the visually impaired


TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

1.Orientation and Mobility
2.Guidance on a personal computer
3.Braille lessons for an acquired visually impaired people
LIFESTYLE ADVICE
1.Lifestyle advice
2.Holding“Kagaribi(bonfire)”(marriage training event)
Scenes from“Kagaribi”
3.Supporting the visually impaired when orientation and mobilities
4.Promoting club activities
Cooking club. Tea ceremony club.etc.
5.Cooperation with the visually impaired people’s group
Ceramic art lessons. Handicraft lessons.etc.
6.Collection and exhibition of living goods
7.Enlightening activities for welfare of the visually impaired
Summer vacation Braille class for parents and their children
One day Braille class
8.Holding events
Tour for experiences. Meeting for exchange. Bazaar. Experience of making Soba(An example of Tour for experiences)


FLOOR LAYOUT

4F
1. Morgue 2. Elevator 3. Men's room 4. Restroom for the impaired 5. Ladies' room 6. Hot water heater room 7. Conference room (middle) 8. Conference room (small) 9. Braille Workshop 10. Laundry
3F
1. Japanese style room 2. Elevator 3. Ladies' room 4. Men's room 5. Conference room (large) 6. Warehouse 7. Hot water heater room 8. Cooking practice room 9. Volunteer's room 10. Stack room
2F
1. Ladies' locker room 2. Elevator 3. Ladies' room 4. Hot water heater room 5.Warehouse 6. Editorial room No.1~4 7. Recording room No.1~5 8.Tape copying room 9. Workshop 10. Men's locker room 11. Stack room
1F
1. Entrance 2. Elevator 3. Men's room 4. Restroom for the impaired 5. Ladies' room 6. Consulting room 7.Exchanging room 8. Personal computer room 9. Office 10. Goods exhibition corner 11. Stack room
FACILITY UTILIZATION  Reading room
Opening: From 9:00 AM to 4:40 PM
Holidays: The first, third and fifth Sunday of every month, national holidays and the end of the year/ the beginning of the New Year

SOCIAL WELFARE CORPORATION,GIFU ASSOCIA
4,Umegawa-Cho 1-Chome,Gifu-shi 500-8815
TEL 058-263-1310,FAX 058-266-6369
e-mail:cen-1stあっとgifu-associa.com (「あっと」を半角の@にしてご利用下さい)