participants

COORDINATOR ORGANISATION SUDBAYERISCHE WOHN -U. WERKSTATTEN FUR BLINDE UND SEHBERHINDERTE GGMBH

Die Blindgänger

Die Blindgänger

SWW stands for Southern Bavarian accommodation and sheltered workshops for blind and visually impaired people. Our institute was founded in May 1992. The persons we work with are blind or visually impaired to a high degree. Most of them are also mentally handicapped or have additional physical handicaps. In other words: even learning how to cope with every-day activities can be very difficult. And this is where our strong support is needed.

In our workshops we produce high-quality products. We have a weaving department, where we produce hand-woven carpets, chair cushions etc. In our ceramics department, we produce a variety of ovenware (ceramics). Another department is occupied with file shredding. As an additional service, we have a group that does sorting and packing work. We adjust the duration and type of work to the individual ability of each handicapped worker.

Our institute employs an array of professional staff including social workers, nursing staff as well as educators and professionals for living skills. Psychologists are also available for therapy sessions and for supporting the living conditions of the blind and visually impaired. We also provide additional supervisory support for our employees to aid them in the daily challenges of this work environment. Our role in the project will be: to bring in experiences in the method of education for actors with visually and mentally handicaps chiefly in the frame of the vocational training of our sheltered workshop.

The institute’s part in the project will be to manage and organize the project, prepare the meetings and be a leader of the project.

Homepage: www.sww-muenchen.de

ORGANISATION Lega del Filo d’Oro

MAGNIFICA COMPAGNIA

MAGNIFICA COMPAGNIA

The Lega del Filo d’Oro Onlus was founded in 1964 to assist, educate and rehabilitate deafblind and multisensory impaired people. It has become unique in Italy and one of the most qualified institutions in Europe for the treatment of this disability. Its head office is in Osimo (Ancona). Here you will find the Rehabilitation Centre, well-known in the Marches region as “a Special Unit for Deafblind and Multisensory Impaired Children and Adults”. It can accommodate 56 full-time clients, 15 day care services and gives the opportunity for out-patient treatment and home treatment.

The Primary School is located on the Rehabilitation Centre. Primary School aims to ensure that all pupils have access to a diverse but balanced curriculum which is tailored to individual needs and is suitably challenging. Teachers work as part of a multidisciplinary team which includes: speech and language therapy; physiotherapy, Orientation and Mobility, ICT.

We try to encourage a uniform approach to the teaching so that improvements achieved are maintained and so that all the skills acquired can be used in the family environment.

We will be an assistant coordinator to Germany in the project. We will help organize the meetings, host the first meeting and introduce our best practices that will contribute to the guidelines in the end.

Homepage: www.legadelfilodoro.it

ORGANISATION The Royal Blind School

Royal Blind

Royal Blind

ROYAL BLIND provides services for blind people. It encompasses the Royal Blind School, Forward Vision, Braeside House and the Scottish Braille Press. Our vision at Royal Blind is to make a significant contribution to building a community in which blind and partially sighted people, including those who also have other disabilities, are fully included and lead fulfilling lives.  We work towards fulfilling this vision, empowering blind people to achieve their potential and a brighter future.

The Royal Blind School provides specialist education, term time residential care, therapies and health support for young people aged up to 18 years. Based in Edinburgh, the school is a National Centre of Excellence in the education and care of young people who are blind or visually impaired (VI), including those who have complex, multiple disabilities and visual impairment (MDVI). The school offers both day placement and residential services and currently there is availability for pupil placements. At all times, high priority is given to maintaining the privacy and dignity of pupils and the school offers a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum that enables all pupils to fulfill their potential intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially. The school places a great emphasis on offering a wide range of after school activities, and clubs are available to pupils to suit all ages and preferences.

Homepage: www.royalblindschool.org.uk

ORGANISATION Lee Voirien

Association Lee Voirien

Association Lee Voirien

Lee Voirien Association is a French law 1901, a cultural characteristic but also social. She was born in 2004 in Clermont-Ferrand, under the leadership of its current president Guy COULANJON, living in Clermont-Ferrand (France) and his specificity is to be blind. It aim is to promote cultural and artistic practices for everybody. It also promotes the creation, production, presentation, broadcast and development of live shows. Theater workshops created in 2004, allow people with disabilities (dead-blind, reduced mobility, deafness …) and non-disabled people to share a common passion: the theater in particular, culture and arts in general. The association also has social objectives such as public awareness on the valid daily lives of people with disabilities. It also supports the integration, the insertion and enhancement of the person at the expense of the difference. The outcome is to create, broadcast shows, to participate in cultural, artistic, social demonstrations, locally, or in district, region or country.

Homepage: www.leevoirien.fr