About the Teruko Ikeda ICT Program
The Teruko Ikeda ICT Program is focused on a yearly ICT (Information-Communications Technology) training. It was named after Ms. Teruko Ikeda who is the main sponsor. It was held in Japan in 2004 and moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 2005 to 2006. From 2007 to 2017 it was held at St. Nicholas’ Home in Penang, Malaysia. Since 2018 the programme was conducted in the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Penang, Malaysia.
The programme aims to provide ICT-based knowledge and skills to blind and low vision individuals in Asia and the Pacific. A leadership empowerment component was added into the programme from 2017 onwards. Its main goal is to enable the selected participants to become leaders and advocates of ICT in their respective countries.
Some of the topics discussed in the training include:
- Use of assistive technology such as screen readers and screen magnifiers
- Basic Windows usage
- Microsoft Office applications
- Searching and browsing the web
- E-mail and chat software
- Social media (Twitter, Facebook)
- Blog creation
- Web Accessibility
- Computer programming and dynamic website creation
- Internet Radio
- Audio Recoding
- Leadership & Empowerment of the Blind
At present, the training program has produced more than 200 trainees. Former trainees have gone on to become IT instructors, special education teachers, software developers, web accessibility specialists, project coordinators, and IT experts. Some of the trainees have also been chosen to conduct the training program.