july-august 2014

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 Justice. We hope you enjoy reading it, and we welcome your comments and feedback.

EU update

EBU to hold exhibition in European Parliament in November

Save the date! We will be in the European Parliament in Brussels on 11 and 12 November to organise 'blind dates' with MEPs.


Survey Report: The Professional Integration Of Blind And Partially Sighted People

At the request of the French Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted, the Orleans University Economics Laboratory has conducted a study with the aim of delivering data on the employment and professional integration of blind and partially sighted people in France. This survey was published in December 2013. It was written by Bruno Gendron, master of conference in Economics Sciences at Orleans University.

Smart glasses which help blind people 'see' win £500,000 funding

RNIB and Oxford University project wins Google's UK Impact Challenge
Smart glasses which help blind and partially sighted people to 'see' have been chosen by the public as one of the winners at the final of the Google Impact Challenge 2014. The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Oxford University have worked together to develop the high-tech smart glasses that maximize what remaining vision a person has. Many people who tried the glasses were able to see shapes and obstacles for the first time in years.

National news

Albania - International Training Course: Youth Employability

A project on Youth Employability, granted by the Youth in Action Program was recently implemented by the Albanian Blind Association in May 2014 in Durres Albania This project brought together around 30 young people and 17 guides with and without disabilities and from underprivileged backgrounds from 11 promoters of 9 different countries of Europe and Asia: Albania, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Kosovo, Croatia, Georgia, Romania and Azerbaijan.

United Kingdom - RNIB Revised Pre-employment Programme

RNIB has recently completed a major revision to its pre-employment programme trainer's manual. Two modules - the Introduction (module 0), and Labour Market Realities (module 2), have been substantially rewritten



In 2014, the Belgian low vision rehabilitation centres celebrate the 10th anniversary of their convention with the government. The Rehabilitation Centre “De Markgrave”, located in Antwerp, will organise a national conference, with international speakers, for ophthalmologists and professionals in the field. The congress will take place on October 9th and 10th, 2014 in Antwerp.

5th European Conference on Psychology and Visual Impairment (ECPVI 2014)

The ECPVI conference is designed for researchers, psychologists, health, social care and education professionals that have an interest in visual impairment.

22nd Session of the Balkan consultative committee of the European Blind Union

The 22nd Session of the Balkan consultative committee
of the European Blind Union will be held from 19th until 21st of September 2014
in Bar, Montenegro.

RNIB to host the 10th EBU General Assembly in 2015

We are happy to tell you that the EBU board has
confirmed the bid submitted by the UK's Royal National Institute of Blind
People, RNIB, to host the tenth EBU General Assembly in 2015. The Assembly will
take place from the 26th to the 28th of October 2015 near
Heathrow airport, London.



For the second consecutive year, FFAC (French Federation of guide dog associations), ANMCGA (National Association of Guide Dog Users), and the associated training centers for guide dogs, conducted a vast survey on guide dog users' access to public places. The first goal was to find out the accessibility problems encountered by visually impaired people and their guide dogs in their daily life. The second goal was to recall the law and call for everyone's common sense so that guide dogs and their owners may enter ALL public places without encountering any difficulties. In 2013, during two weeks, 1044 places where anyone needs to go (shops, places of resort, public buildings, transports…) were visited. Difficulties were encoutered in around 15%. Now, guide dog users are welcome in 80% of them. This year, 6 new types of places have been tested: swimming pools, doctor offices, hospitals and clinics, sport centers, animal parks, entertainment parks.