Thursday, 12 December 2013

Never Give Up , The Blind Girl Using Lip Reading.

When he wants to achieve the goal and hit the wall , what to do ?
Successful people will find another way to overcome obstacles . And that is what Tsang Tsz - Kwan , the blind girl in Hong Kong .
Since young he could not see and experience a severe hearing loss . He also has a condition in which the tip of his fingers which makes it insensitive can not feel the bulge dots in Braille .

This girl uses lip reading

This condition makes it unyielding , the 20-year -old girl find an alternative way to read Braille , using her lips .
" In the 1st grade , I realized that he was always leaning forward , " said Mee - Lin Chiu , one of the teachers at Ebenezer School & Home for children who have vision problems - which is the only school for children with special needs in Hong Kong is specifically intended for the visually impaired child .
" He told me it was done because he was able to read more clearly by using his lips than with his hands . "
Tsang himself admits that , " I know this is not the usual approach and looks weird . Fact I do not know how to get like this , " he said, calling the way it is " a miracle . "
Although Tsang probably not the first to use the lips to read Braille , he became a rare case .
" This is the first time I hear about someone who successfully uses the lips , " says Diane Wormsely , professor at North Carolina Central University who specializes in education for the visually impaired . Chiu also said that Tsang was the only student in the Ebenezer who use their lips - and is the only case he knew happened in Hong Kong .

Challenging.

However , with lip reading Braille is not without its challenges .
" At first , no one can take it , " said Tsang . " Even today , many people consider it strange . This could lead to an embarrassing thing when I read in public places and in front of people who are not close to me . "
Read Braille with her ​​lips also cause problems because of the practicality of books in Braille usually large and heavy .
However, Tsang said he was " grateful " to still have a way to learn about the world through writing .
Reading is one of his penchant for leisure .
He also believes that he can overcome the shortcomings with hard work , determination and a desire to go beyond their comfort zone to encourage him .
" Without the courage to challenge myself , of course, not possible to achieve success , " he said .

Exit comfort zone.

At Ebenezer , he attended classes only contains by 10 students, who are both experiencing a shortage that makes them easily make friends . All teaching materials are made available in Braille and specially trained teachers to deal with children with visual impairment .
However, in Grade 7 , Tsang decided to leave his comfort zone and moved to Ebenezer public junior high , because he wanted to immerse himself into a real- life environment .
" I have to facilitate the adaptation period to the middle of my community when I finish my studies and have to go to work , " he said .
The transition to school in girls ' school in Hong Kong Ying Wa is not always easy . Classes there is much greater and the teachers do not get special training to deal with students with visual impairments . Tsang must submit all written teaching materials to Ebenezer or Hong Kong Society for the Blind to be translated into Braille . He said, read and write made ​​him have to spend twice as long compared to his school friends .

The transition to school in girls ' school in Hong Kong Ying Wa is not always easy .

 He realizes that he must be more independent and have a greater desire to express feelings and needs to the school staff and other students who welcomed his presence , but not accustomed to dealing with blind students .
One teacher , Kwong Ho - Ka , said that over time the staff at the school to learn when to step in to help Tsang .
" If he needed something , he would tell us , " Kwong said , adding that Tsang is very independent walking around school without assistance , using a cane and walking stairs and use the stairs unassisted .
Kwong , who looks very fond Tsang , Tsang said that despite never booed his friends , social integration is a process that runs in stages .
" He has friends , but he was not part of some large group of friends . Example , a group of women may talk about pop culture , but it may be difficult for him to get in a conversation like that .
He may not recognize who is talking and he was not familiar with pop culture . "

So student achievement.

Tsang unyielding efforts of sweet fruit in the end , he got the highest score in a variety of fields of study subjects such as Chinese , English and Liberal Studies . However , he himself was surprised to find this .
" I was very surprised and excited when I heard that my values ​​for some of the subjects exceeded my expectations , " he said .
" I feel my hard work finally paid off this year . " she said .
To achieve college success with hard work , making Tsang true to his philosophy of life that had been held .
" Discomfort and limitations ( my disability ) will follow me throughout my life , and I must have the courage to face this reality . I would be grateful for what I still have. " he added .
" I want to encourage everyone to have the courage and perseverance to go through all the ups and downs in our lives because I know everyone has difficulties of its own , But one thing is certain : where there's a will , there's a way . "

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