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Current projects

Bridges to Employment (PASSEMPLOI)
Developing a new training for mediators to support the job inclusion of visually impaired workers. Break down barriers between training and placement programmes and employers to improve access to employment for the visually impaired on a long-term basis. The final project conference will be held in Paris on 24-25 September 2010.
Timeframe: 2008 - 2010.
Full details of the project (in French, Italian or Slovak) are available here: www.faf.asso.fr/passemploi/Accueil
Details of the PASSEMPLOI final seminar.

Intergenerational Knowledge Exchange (Intergen)
Bringing blind people and people with low vision of different ages and walks of life together in Italy, Germany and Turkey through innovative and interactive workshops. Junior participants will share their technological savvyness whilst their senior peers will pass on their daily independent skills. In addition to running creative workshops, the project ultimately aims to use participant's input to develop exchange workshop guidelines to encourage others to set up their own intergenerational projects.
Timeframe: 2008 - 2010.

European Legislative Database on Disability
Developing a tool to monitor the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Europe. The Database provides an index of existing legislations in several European countries and compares these with the UN Convention.
Timeframe: 2008 - 2010.

Learning a Foreign Language as a blind or partially sighted person
With the financial support of the Education and Culture DG of the European Commission, the European Blind Union (EBU) is leading a two-year project looking into how languages can be taught most effectively to visually impaired adults. The project involves three other partners from countries of the EBU network: the Pancyprian Organisation of the Blind, the Czech Blind United, and the Slovak Blind and Partially Sighted Union.

Past projects

Partnership for the social inclusion of people with a visual impairment (2009)
EBU activity in the framework of the EC Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity (PROGRESS).

Citizen's Europe for All : Disabled People on the Move
Organising a Conference in Dublin in May 2009 to investigate European citizenship from the perspective of the blind and partially sighted. A political declaration towards an inclusive Europe was published as a result of the Conference.
Timeframe: 2008 - 2009.

Partnership for the social inclusion of people with a visual impairment (2008)
EBU activity in the framework of the EC Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity (PROGRESS).

Digital Competence Screenreader Network (DICOMP-S.NET)
Tackling the digital divide in today's information society by promoting e-skills among blind and partially sighted Europeans.
Timeframe: 2007 - 2008.

Designing an innovative service for blind musicians, through a faster and easier access to Braille music scores both in European libraries and online.
Timeframe: 2006 - 2009.

Valorisation of Results for Visually Impaired People (ValorVIP)
Recording the demand for innovative concepts and approaches to reduce barriers in vocational education and training for visually impaired people.
Timeframe: 2006 - 2008.

Adressing Discrimination
EBU activity in the framework of the EC Community Action Programme to Combat Discrimination.
Timeframe: 2005 - 2006.

Partnership for Peace
Fostering long-term friendship between Israeli and Palestinian blind and partially sighted children.
Timeframe: 2003 - 2005.

Linear Access to Mathematic for Braille Device and Audio-synthesis (LAMBDA)
Creating an integrated system for writing and reading mathematical texts for blind students.
Timeframe: 2002.

Raising awareness about violence facing blind and partially sighted women.
Timeframe: 2000 - 2003.

Voice for Information Society Universal Access Learning (VISUAL)
Developing voice-based technology to facilitate the design of accessible websites and to improve visually impaired people's web access.
Timeframe: 2001 - 2004.