The teruko Ikeda ICT Program is focused on a yearly ICT (Information-Communications Technology) training. It was named after Ms. Teruko Ikeda, the program's creator and main sponsor. Currently, the trainings are held at St. Nicholas' Home in Penang, Malaysia.
The training program was started in 2004. Since then, it has aimed to provide ICT-based knowledge and skills to blind and low vision individuals in Asia and the Pacific. 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
At present, the training program has produced 61 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.