Campaigns and activities
Yes; within the framework of the “General Social Insurance Act” (ASVG) and according to the regional disability laws there is a right to services like mobility training, etc. If legal requirements for habilitation or rehabilitation measures are met, there is an individual right to such measures or benefits from the social insurance provider. There is no difference between sighted and visually impaired people within the ASVG framework. Benefits can differ from case to case, e.g. according to your income.
Within the ASVG (See a). There is further the law on the employment of persons with disabilities (Behinderteneinstellungsgesetz), which sets a quota for employers as well as a fine if they don’t hire enough PWD. PWD can also make use of assistance at the workplace.
Within the ASVG (See a)
There are different offers for all three groups, e.g. early education, but they differ from region to region.
No; there are a few peer support examples but mostly it’s the respective organisations, like BSVÖ and its regional associations
No; there is the possibility of giving recommendations but they are not always taken into account. There are some areas where our regional associations are taking a more active part however, for example in setting standards for mobility training or daily living skills training in Vienna.
Yes; personal assistance in the workplace, early education, mobility training, technical assistance, training sites like SEBUS at BSVÖ, information centres, etc.
You need to have a social security provider and there are usually individual examinations after applying for any services or benefits
Organisations for the visually impaired; rehab centres; schools; other NGOs
It’s a mix: the regions, the insurance providers, the individuals
Yes; especially for people who are not working their contribution can be very high
Yes, but they differ
Only through NGOs
Self-payed individual training in service centres (RISS in Linz for example) and training at different organisations
Public support through the regional and national governments (Ministry of Social Services) and social security providers; and private support through organisations
Yes; especially for unemployed people
Yes, if they are not necessary for the type of disability and if their prices are unreasonable
Yes but there is no class at university level; for example there is a course on becoming a skilled advisor for people with disabilities
There is a lack of professional training opportunities and therefore a lack of skilled trainers in all the regions
Vision of 0,3 or less but sometimes there are exceptions if there are multiple disabilities
Yes but they usually focus more on self-help and free time activities
BSVÖ is an active partner on government level when it comes to negotiating new laws or standards; however our voice is not always heard
This is done through our regional associations who cooperate with skilled trainers and the regional governments or other organisations working in the field
This is mainly done through our regional associations which are present in all Austrian regions
No, but there is in the regional associations
Cooperation with hospitals; information events
Personal meetings, Website, newsletter, events
Website, newsletter, campaigns, different events, cooperation with other organisations (e.g. seniors’ organisations, hospitals)
Cooperation with a specialised ophthalmologist in some regions as well as rehab centres, teachers, seniors’ organisations, homes, etc.
Yes, very helpful
Practical assistance by implementing the strategy (training, more information, sharing of best practices)
c. The situation has improved but it is still very bureaucratic
Centralised information centres should be created because we are lacking data and the general public is lacking information