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On Monday November 28th MEP Max Andersson presented his Report for EU implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty on the Directive and Regulation in the European Parliament´s Legal Affairs Committee. This legislation will harmonize rules among EU states that will implement into EU and member states´ laws the Marrakesh Treaty for Visually-Impaired and other Print-Disabled Persons.
In the Nordic countries, meaning Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, women with visual impairments have been cooperating for over twenty years. The Nordic Women's Committee (Nordisk kvinnokommitté) of the Nordic vision impairment organizations is a subcommittee of the Nordic Cooperation Committee (Nordisk samarbetskommitté).
Among the social activities ONCE runs to achieve full inclusion for people who are blind and severely partially sighted in Spain, several focus on boosting accessibility in different areas of life such as new technologies and free-time activities. Today, thanks to the ONCE-VODAFONE Brain Training project, we have managed to bring both together, making it possible for our younger and older members alike to enjoy equal access to the biggest brain training games platform in Spanish.
Together with their companions, over 400 blind and visually impaired people from all over Switzerland gathered on Parliament Square in Bern on 15 October to mark International White Cane Day. Their message aimed at raising public awareness was: “Keep the guidelines clear!”
Within the Slovenian national blind and partially sighted organisation there are some 15 active painters. Most of them have very low residual sight and some of them are blind. But all of them are gifted for painting and enthusiastic.
Technology plays an ever-increasing role in our modern society and often offers many advantages. However, there are also downsides. Payment terminals, such as the machines used in shops and restaurants when paying by card, or vending machines in stations and cinemas, are often inaccessible to millions of disabled and elderly consumers in Europe.