Blind Massage International Website ( www.blindmassageintl.com ), the world’s first barrier-free website of blind massage industry, is launching on Oct. 15th, 2009. Welcome to get access to the website and enjoy experiencing its functions.
The World Health Organization announced in October 2003, the global number of the blind is 45 million, and visually impaired population has reached 135 million. This number increases in the region of 1 to 2 million every year.
People with visual impairment are more difficult in finding jobs than the able-bodied. Therefore, how to solve the employment problem of the large number of blind people has become a major issue confronting the world. Massage, which has the significant effects with its characteristics of easy manipulation, no damage, and no side effects, is welcome by people in many countries. According to statistics from the occupational information resources networking systems of the United States Department of Labor, from 2004 to 2014, the massage industry's growth rate will exceed the industry of all types’ average growth level of 21% to 35%. As the physiological characteristics of the blind are suitable for working in the massage profession, massage will provide the blind with lots of employment opportunities.
Since blind people have relatively limited social relationship because of vision problem, they are usually quite wishful to be out of lonely and to get nearer to social. Recently, blind massage industry constantly grows and expands, leading to a huge demand of fast and convenient platform of information sharing and study for blind massagists. Ongoing development and widespread of internet has widened people’s vision, and is leading them to a more capacious world. In order to provide every blind massage participators and enthusiasts an exchanging platform and strengthen information sharing, Beijing Massage Administration Center together with the Hunan Yeahcome Health Care Co., Ltd. has jointly established the portal site of blind massage industry, Blind Massage International website (www.blindmassageintl.com ), under the proposal of World Blind Union Asia-Pacific Regional Massage Commission, with the destinations of promoting development of blind massage and employment of the visually impaired, publicizing and advancing healthy and fast development of handicapped industry.
This is a first website belongs to blind massagists, and will be a soul house of the blind massage participators and enthusiasts throughout the world!
Firstly, more humanizational and accessible design.
The website has an international edition and a domestic edition, respectively supporting English language and Chinese language. Each of them has another 3 sub-editions, Web Accessible Common, Web Accessible Blind and Web Accessible low vision. The Web Accessible Common is accessible for everyone while the Web Accessible Blind provides blind person with more convenient and fast navigation, and the Web Accessible low vision gives several choices on font-size and color schemes to the low vision.
Secondly, detailed design of web accessible technique.
Designed web page follows the habits of blinds and accessible for keyboard users. Besides, each picture has an introduction so you can hear pictures. Additionally the website linked with Google blind search engine.
Thirdly, authentic and rich information.
The website has an extensive, professional and authority origin of its information. There are papers from international conferences such as WBUAP massage seminar, and also there are good articles from professional publications all over the world.
Moreover, the website is plentiful and extensive of its content. You can find Massage section be divided into History & Culture, Massage Therapies, Spa & Bodywork, Massagists' Words and Massage Titbit. Besides, there are Visually Impaired section be divided into Eye Info、 Braille Knowledge、Life Tips、Computer & Software、 Activities Exchange. In addition, Education, Employment and Yellow Page provide function of uploading related information. Q&A provides function of putting up questions and answering questions.
Blind Massage International Website ( www.blindmassageintl.com ), the world’s first barrier-free website of blind massage industry, is going to provide blind massagists with an internet disadvantage-friendly track, let them get out of lonely, get approach to the world and get greet of happy life!
At the moment of its launching, Blind Massage International website ( www.blindmassageintl.com ) received congratulations of authorities in blind massage industry from Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, America, Netherlands, etc..
President of WBU Asia Pacific region, Councilor of the National Committee of Welfare for the Blind in Japan (NCWBJ), Mr. Chuji Sashida ( Japan ): Congratulation to the launching of blind massage international website!
Chairman of WBUAP Regional Massage Commission, Board Chairman of Hunan Yeahcome Health Care Co Ltd, Mr. Zhu Gang ( China ): blind massage international website provides more convenience to visually impaired and I hope all of you follow closely and support the website.
Vice-Chairman of WBUAP Regional Massage Commission, Chief Executive of The Hong Kong Society for the Blind, Ms Maureen Tam ( Hong Kong, China ): Blind massage international website is not simply an exchange platform of research and manipulation for massagists from Asia Pacific region, but also an assemblage of blind massage in various regions. They show their development and character to each other and promote blind massage together.
Secretary General of Korea Blind Union, Mr. Kang Yong Bong ( Korea ): I hope blind people from all over the world come to the website and learn skills and business information of blind massage, thus to make themselves be independent.
President of Foundation for the Employment Promotion of the Blind, Mr. Pecharat Techavachara ( Thailand ): This website is a very useful tool for all of us to strengthen our relationship and a very good source to obtain information and knowledge for improving our occupation.