September 2018

Table of Contents

  • Marrakesh Treaty
  • Results of the 2018 Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest
  • EBU Access Cast available on iTunes
  • Belgium - Voting in Flanders
  • Portuguese passport available in Braille
  • Italy

Our campaigns

Marrakesh Treaty

In late August the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), jointly with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), published a guide ‘Getting Started - Implementing the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities’


EBU activities

Results of the 2018 Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest

The Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest is a worldwide initiative planned and sponsored by Onkyo Corporation and The Braille Mainichi, two Japanese firms actively engaged in the promotion of braille. Its European strand is run by the European Blind Union.

EBU Access Cast available on iTunes

Since EBU Access Cast launched into the cyber space on May 17th this year, we have constantly received questions from our listeners about getting our podcast available on iTunes. Finally the day has come, and from now on you can listen to us on any Apple device wherever you are.


News from EBU members

Belgium - Voting in Flanders

For the first time in Flanders, visually impaired people can vote independently. Voters, registered in Mechelen or Aalst, will have access to voting computers equipped with an audio module and control panel with relief keys.

Portuguese passport available in Braille

The Immigrations and Borders Service (SEF), in partnership with the National Press-Mint (INCM), the entity responsible for producing documents for the Portuguese State and with the technical consultancy of ACAPO, created a Braille version of the Portuguese Electronic Passport (PEP).

Italy

Last June, Vincenzo Zoccano, a member of the National Board of Italian Union of Blind and Partially Sighted People and President of the Italian Disability Forum, was appointed Undersecretary of the Ministry for Family and Disability of the Italian government. The Italian Union of Blind and Partially Sighted People wishes Vincenzo Zoccano, who has always been committed to protecting and promoting the rights of people with disabilities, a successful experience and assures its full support to him.