EBU deliverables from the 2017 work programme

Activities from the EBU Work Programme for 2017 have now been finalised and the end-products are now available, these include:

New EBU report on Braille Teaching and Literacy

Over 2016 and 2017, an EBU expert group looked into the importance of Braille literacy and current barriers (technical, financial, psychological, etc.) to its development, in particular for young persons. This resulted in a final report detailing the results of the work carried out over two year period, and led by EBU’s member in Denmark, DAB (Danish Association of the Blind). Download the report and more details on this activity on the Braille Promotion page.

EBU launches a new video as part of its commitment to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Women with visual impairments can be anything they dream they can be!!! They build their future based on their dreams. They have the vision, the determination and the desire to follow long roads of hard work to rise to the top.
“The roads that lead to the top: a video on blind and partially sighted women’s leadership” is a short video portraying the stories of ten women who are blind or partially sighted and traces the paths they followed towards pursuing their dreams. These ten women present their achievements, recall the barriers and challenges that impeded their rise, share the strategies they deployed in order to reach their full leadership potential and send out some inspiring words that might empower and guide forward other blind and partially sighted women towards that journey to the top.
Watch the new video on our site.

Reports on UNCRPD articles 7 and 26

EBU contributes to the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD) by collecting data on different articles through questionnaires.
The replies you, our members, return to us are intended to provide up-to-date information on specific legislation relevant to blind and partially sighted people in Europe and are compiled in our on-line UNCRPD database. This year's reports, on Article 26 – 'Habilitation and rehabilitation' and Article 7 'Children with disabilities' are now available in word and pdf formats. We hope that you will find these reports useful, and that they will encourage the sharing of good practice and enable further progress in the recognition of our rights. Please share this information, and feel free to translate all or part of it for your own national lobbying activities.

Translations of the World Blind Union Guide to the Marrakech Treaty

EBU was able to translate into Czech, Hungarian and Portuguese, the WBU Marrakesh treaty guide. These and all other language versions are available on the WBU Marrakesh Treaty page.

EBU Recommendations for students with visual impairment participating in international exchange programmes

The aim of this brochure, produced in collaboration with ICEVI Europe, is to motivate blind and partially sighted students to participate in international mobility with the Erasmus+ programme and to help them prepare for a successful academic experience and stay abroad. Information, recommendations, questions and messages are mainly drawn from previous EBU surveys and project materials. But other resources, recommendations and initiatives pursuing the same goal - promoting engagement, equal opportunities and implementing measures that will ensure the conditions for active participation are also used.

These deliverables were supported under the Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme 2014-2020 of the European Commission, the Open Society Foundations.