Since 1998, Overbrook School for the Blind has been collaborating with the Nippon Foundation to make the benefits of new developments in access technology more widely available to blind and visually impaired persons in Southeast Asia. ON-NET promotes these efforts through an organized program of training, technical assistance and material support. Importantly, ON-NET fosters regional collaboration between countries that share areas of mutual interest and concern related to information technology for blind and visually impaired persons.
What is the Overbrook-Nippon Network on Educational Technology, or ON-NET? ON-NET is a regional initiative with the goal of expanding the use of assistive technology for blind and low vision persons in Southeast Asia to help increase educational access and expand employment opportunities.
Who manages ON-NET? ON-NET is a collaborative effort of the Overbrook School for the Blind and The Nippon Foundation.
What countries does ON-NET serve?ON-NET serves eight countries in Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
What are the overall goals of ON-NET? ON-NET promotes efforts within these participating countries. In addition, ON-NET fosters regional collaboration and information exchange between countries in order to create a regional network of individuals and organizations that are working together to use new developments in information technology to promote education and employment for blind and low vision persons, expanding programs to reach people in un-reached areas, developing regional on-line training courses, promoting higher education opportunities and employment opportunities, and developing on-line Braille libraries.