november-december 2014

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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

High Speed Blind Dates in European Parliament

On 11 and 12 November we organised a large event inside the European Parliament in Brussels. Our aim was to help Members of European Parliament (MEPs) understand the challenges we face when using everyday goods and services, including online information and apps.


Tifloinnova 2014 – technologies for all, solutions for you

A new edition of this key international assistive trade fair, organized by the Centre for Research, Development and Implementation of Technologies for the Blind (CIDAT) of ONCE, was held in Madrid (Spain) from 21st to 23rd of November.

The EOM ADL Network project

A final conference was organized at the French Federation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, on 13 and 14 October 2014, in order to close the EOM ADL Network project, funded by the Leonardo Da Vinci Life Long Learning Program.

National news

Slovenia - The Union of the Blind and Partially Sighted of Slovenia (UBPSS) celebrates the opening of new Library premises

new premises of Library of Blind and Partially Sighted of Slovenia are now open
for business. The official opening ceremony took place on the celebration of
White Cane Day - Wednesday, 15 October. Slovenian Prime Minister Mr Miro Cerar
and Minister of Culture Mrs Julijana Bizjak Mlakar alongside the President of UBPSS,
Mr Tomaž Wraber, were the speakers during the ceremony.

Israel - integrating people with disabilities into the world of employment

In June of this year the General Federation of Labour and the President of Business Organizations signed an agreement with the purpose of integrating people with disabilities into the world of employment and so to change the attitude of companies and their employees towards employing the disabled.
According to the agreement, in two years' time it will become mandatory for any company with over 100 employees on its payroll to include amongst its employees three percent of staff who have some sort of physical limitation – such as blindness.

France - opening a computer hotline, a solution dedicated to visually impaired people

Any employer or recruiter should be able to integrate any visually impaired person. But companies have no or few ways to answer the questions they have about problems concerning hardware or software for VI people. The French Federation of the Blind and Visually Impaired people has launched a useful service for companies that do not have in-house solutions.


‘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.


Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest 2014

The Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest is a worldwide initiative planned and sponsored by Onkyo Corporation and The Braille Mainichi, two Japanese firms actively engaged in the promotion of braille. Its European strand is run by the European Blind Union.
The eighth edition of the essay contest received a total of 62 essays by participants from 21 countries. There were several strong entries this year and long discussions were needed amongst the jury to come to a list of final winners.