july-august 2011

Welcome to the EBU Newsletter.

The EBU Newsletter is published every two months in English, French, German and Spanish. It is produced and translated thanks to the financial support of the European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. We hope you enjoy reading it, and we welcome your comments and feedback.

EU update

EBU wins overwhelming support for accessible labelling in European Parliament

EBU responded to the EU consultation on the Single Market Act, which outlines the European Commission's plans to improve the free circulation of people, goods, services and capital.

Snapshot

Launching a new business – an update on the Vision in Enterprise (ViE) project

It is a widely-recognized fact that people with disabilities are less likely to have a job than non-disabled people. Increasing participation in work would reduce the incidence of poverty and isolation and would open doors to wider participation in society. Helping blind and partially sighted people overcome this difficulty by starting their own business is one of the key aims of the Vision in Enterprise project

National news

Germany – Seeing what's feasible!

This year the Week of Vision, a nationwide information campaign, will be celebrating a special jubilee in Germany.

Portugal - ACAPO recognized as an NGO for development

ACAPO has been recognized by IPAD (Instituto Português para o Apoio ao Desenvolvimento) as a non-governmental organization for development (ONGD).

Italy - VETTORE Evolution

Interacting with the environment by means of tactile paths for the blind with the support of information technology, which has been an objective for persons with a visual impairment for a long time, is now getting closer to its fulfilment.

Poland - Festival “Chopin in classical and modern way”

An exceptional festival, “Chopin in classical and modern way”, will take place from October 13th to October 17th in Warsaw. Chopin’s works will be performed on various instruments and in various arrangements by blind musicians.

Announcements

‘BLIND', a photographic project from Germany

A project enabling blind and partially sighted people to express their vision of their environment through photography has been undertaken in Germany.

Feature

Self-Employment of the visually impaired in Europe - Results of a spontaneous survey

The EBU Commission for Rehabilitation, Vocational Training and Employment has among others been assigned the task to work out recommendations concerning self-employed work of blind people in Europe. A survey has been conducted among the national member organisations to establish a base for the development of this recommendation. This has helped to collect some basic data and information on the subject in general.