Current Activities

Accessible Voting

Persons with disabilities have the right to participate in elections on an equal basis. Nonetheless, visually impaired citizens cannot vote independently and secretly in most European countries. The EBU’s AVA Project (“Accessible Voting Awareness-Raising”) aims to solve this problem.

EBU Statement on the European Elections 2019

With this Statement, we call on political leaders to pay attention to the demands of blind and partially sighted persons in Europe in the campaign for the European elections of 2019, and during the following five years.


In 2018, EBU continued to contribute to the EU policy-making process, in particular since the recruitment of our new Head of Campaigning. Our campaigning work mainly focused on the European Accessbility Act, Audiovisual Media Services, the Marrakesh Treaty (access to books), the accessibility of lifts, and silent cars. Twitter was extensively used as a complementary tool to have blind and partially-sighted citizens’ concerns fully taken on board by European decision makers. Good practices on the employment of blind and partially-sighted persons were also compiled into a report. Finally, data was collected on UNCRPD article 33 “National implementation and monitoring” and a report on the implementation of article 26 “Habilitation and rehabilitation” was delivered.

Braille Promotion

EBU promotes braille and braille literacy as essential tools for the autonomy of blind and partially sighted individuals. We are currently engaged in an activity to collect good practice in the area of Braille teaching as well as evidence of the importance of Braille literacy.