The Italian Union of the Blind and Visually Impaired, founded 1920 in Florence, has more than 100 local branches in all Italian provinces. The UICI is member of the European Union of the Blind as well as of the World Blind Union. Our mission is to facilitate social integration of the visually impaired (VI) persons and to promote a more realistic aptitude of Public Authorities.
The Machiavelli School was founded in 1978. Among the many teaching methods available, the Machiavelli Centre chose the “communicative approach”. One of our principal objectives is to promote the interaction between students and real daily life in Florence and in Italy, by providing linguistic and cultural tools and creating opportunity for exchanges.
The BFW Würzburg gGmbH is a nationwide social service provider for vocational rehabilitation and training of adult people who are blind or visually impaired. The primary aim of the BFW is the reintegration of blind and visually impaired people for for their professional and social life.
TANDEM Hamburg is a well-established adult training institute in Hamburg. Tandem is known for modern language training, for a high-quality, efficient and personalised training in (vocational) education.
Established on April 1st, 1961 as a branch of the Romanian Association of the Blind, the Brásov Association of the Blind is a non-governmental organisation of public utility, with socio-cultural, educational, sportive and humanitarian profiles, based mainly on volunteering. The Brasov Association of the Blind acts for the integration of visually impaired people in the economic, social-professional, cultural-artistic and sportive life of the county.
Our mission is to impart the German language and culture and to sustain dialogue and European values. The German Cultural Centre aims at encouraging Romanian – German partnerships and providing a current picture of the German culture. The language department offers language courses for German as a foreign language, for adults or for children. The department also provides, on request, language courses for Romanian as a foreign language.
Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverband Österreich – Dachorganisation, Selbsthilfeorganisation blinder und sehbehinderter Menschen (AT)
We are working for an inclusive and accessible society in our home country as well as on the European level. We have seven regional chapters throughout the country and we form part of the European Blind Union as well as of the World Blind Union. Further, we are a member of the Austrian National Council of Disabled Persons and regularly produce regional and national magazines and newsletters in a wide range of accessible media. Our on-site services include the vocational education and training centre SEBUS. SEBUS offers specialised and needs-oriented professional courses for blind and visually impaired persons, e.g. language and massage courses, and converts professional relevant printed texts into Braille or acoustic media.
Agens, founded in 1998, is a non-profit organisation offering social services for employment, training and job placement. Currently, agens has 50 permanent employees, 316 employees in job creation measures, and offers its services to approximately 500 further participants. Within this context, agens provides services for and with people with special needs. Accessibility issues are a major focus of agens’ work and approach. In Berlin and Brandenburg, agens is an acknowledged expert and partner for:
- Data collection and evaluation of barriers and obstacles in public roads, buildings and dwellings
- Mobility assistance services
- Planning and implementation of projects dealing with accessibility issues