This section contains links to other organizations and services that we believe will be helpful resources for blind and partially sighted persons as well as for anyone looking for information related to sight loss.
The links are organized into categories
- Other international organizations for the visually impaired
- Low vision websites
- Specialised European and international organizations and projects
- Employment and job-related websites
- Mobility and transport-related websites
- Digital Accessibilty and technolgy websites
Other International organizations for the visually impaired
L'Union Francophone des Aveugles (UFA) (in French)
- International Federation of Guide Dog Schools for the Blind
- Visually Impaired's Educational World Support (VIEWS)
VIEWS organizes meetings and training of blind and visually impaired young Europeans with a philosophy of increased autonomy and open-mindedness.
- The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness is the coordinating membership organisation leading international efforts in blindness prevention activities. Read their position paper on recycling used spectacles.
- World Access for the Blind is a Non-Profit organization that facilitates the self-directed achievement of people with all forms of blindness, and increases public awareness about the strengths and capabilities of blind people.
- The Louis Braille museum in his birthplace in Coupvray, 40km from Paris.
Low Vision websites
- Low Vision Europe website (in dutch)
- Olent Ottica low vision page
- Lowvision.com resource page
- All About Vision low vision page
- Low vision consumer website
- Lighthouse International low vision information page
- European Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation
- Independent living for people with low vision
Specialised European and International organizations and projects
- European Diversity Research and Consulting website
- A new book Human Rights and Disability Advocacy about the United Nations adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities brings together perspectives from individual representatives of the Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), indigenous peoples' organizations, states, and national institutions that played leading roles in the Convention's drafting process. Purchase the book here.
- Amóvil is an initiative led by the ONCE Foundation, developed by Technosite and supported by the Vodafone Spain Foundation that aims to help persons with special needs identify accessible mobile devices that are compatible with available assistive technologies and that suit their preferences and needs.
- European Disability Forum
- AGE Platform Europe
- The European Federation of Older People
- International Disability Rights Monitor
The Silva Project, Greece
provides therapeutic riding to people with disabilities
Groupement des Intellectuels Aveugles ou Amblyopes, France
Association of blind or partially sighted intellectuals, (Site in French only)
Albino Support, UK
provides help and support to people with albinism, their friends and family members
- European Youth Portal
- The LINK Network, sharing knowledge, best practice and experience with the aim of raising the quality of service for third level students with disabilities across Europe.
- Yanous - a French language internet magazine dedicated to disability issues.
- World Blind Union toolkits providing practical aid on various blindness and sight-loss related topics.
- Edencast French-language platform for sight-loss information and topics
Employment and job-related websites
- ASPIRO, a joint WBU / CNIB project,with many resources for blind and partially sighted jobseekers.
- Integrating people with disabilities : European Commision quick guide to EU employment and social policies
- AFB CareerConnect : Resources for job seekers, employers, and professionals
- Business & Disability: a European Network
- European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 - guide
- The Chairmen at Work provides a platform for visually impaired people who gain energy and fulfilment by performing chair massages. Bringing enthusiastic, skilled, visually impaired personnel to corporate organizations and giving them a chance to display their talents to hardworking office employees.
- Employing blind and partially sighted people, useful information and guidelines
- Dialogue Social Enterprise offers social awareness exhibitions and workshops, while creating jobs for marginalized and disadvantaged people worldwide.
- Blind'n'Business - helping blind and partially sighted people into work.
- My Blind Spot (USA) Career resources for the blind and visually impaired
- The Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) offers a free employability programme for all vision impaired 18-25 year olds. Based in East London, the course runs over 4 months and there will be a 2 week work experience opportunity for all course participants. Register your interest by calling 0044 20 3198 0225 or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobility and transport-related websites
- UK Pets Travel Scheme
- British Airways - Disability assistance
- Travellers with reduced mobility - EU guidelines
- International transport Forum documents on accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility
- European Commission video on Air transport: new rights for people with reduced mobility (June 2008)
- "Your rights to fly step-by-step guide", by the UK Department for Transport and the Equality and Human Rights Commission
- France - Aéroports de Paris - Passagers Handicapés
- European Commission welcomes European Parliament approval for maritime passenger rights
- DisabledTravelers.com, a resource dedicated to accessible travel information.
- Disability equipment and transport in the UK
- UK disabled travel advice
- People with reduced mobility air travel rights
- European Network for Accessible Tourism
Digital Accessibilty and technology websites
- European Assistive Technology Information Network
Some of the best known, expert information providers in Europe have joined together to create the biggest, most comprehensive information service on assistive technology (AT) serving older and disabled people, their families and carers across the globe. Resource available in many languages.
- Web Accessibility Resources from Marco's Accessibility Blog
- European Internet Inclusion Initiative
EIII will prepare a collection of services in a new combination of existing automated evaluation tools for accessibility and also supports user testing of websites and audio-visual media.
- Digital Accessibility Laws Around the Globe
- A Joint ITU/G3ict Toolkit for Policy Makers Implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- World Braille Usage 2013 : a digital copy of this book can be found online at www.perkins.org/worldbrailleusage
- iBUG Today The website of the iOS Blind Users Group, dedicated to helping the blind and visually impaired community become more proficient in using the accessibility features of Apple © iOS1 Devices.
- Monitoring eAccessibility in Europe
- The Draft BBC Mobile Accessibility Standards and Guidelines (Mobile S&G) are a set of technology agnostic best practices for mobile web content, hybrid and native applications.
- Guidelines for the design of accessible information and communication technology systems by John Gill Technology Ltd.
- The eAccess+ Hub is an extensive wiki with information on eAccessibility.
- A useful source of information are the requirements and recommendations for making BBC websites accessible
- DOCUSOUND,a crossmedia platform for production and distribution of creative audio-documentaries.
- Amóvil is an initiative led by the ONCE Foundation and developed by Technosite that aims to help persons with special needs identify accessible mobile devices.
- See also the EBU guidelines on 'Making information accessible for all' in 5 languages