Awareness-raising on blind and partially sighted persons' rights

LATEST NEWS: (09 June 2021) PARVIS Project Coordinator Mariem Sene was interviewed on RNIB Connect Radio by Allan Russell, about the videos and the project in general!

PARVIS (Promoting Awareness on the Rights of Visually Disabled People in an Inclusive Society) raises awareness of blind and partially-sighted persons rights, while building visual impairment organisations’ capacities to advocate for them, through the creation and provision of accessible audiovisual communication material, harmonised at the European level.

Project Objective & Deliverables:

Supported by the European Commission, PARVIS is a joint project with EBU member organisations to raise awareness of blind and partially sighted citizens’ (BPS) rights within Europe. The project involves altogether 9 PARVIS countries: Slovakia, Germany, Montenegro, France, Lithuania, Portugal, and Spain, in addition to Netherlands and Sweden, which are partners within the PARVIS consortium.

The PARVIS activities center upon 10 rights derived from the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): right to accessible health care, accessible information, accessible train transport, equal access to the labor market, equal access to cultural materials, assistive devices and technologies, digital inclusion, vote independently, live independently and inclusive education.

The project activities that span over a period of two years until the end of 2022 consist of:

  • Launching two tailor-made Twitter campaigns to promote for such rights in 9 PARVIS countries;
  • Developing audio and visual contents to campaign more effectively towards the enforcement of BPS persons’ rights, including podcasts, and awareness-raising videos available in 10 languages (English, Slovak, German, Montenegrin, French, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and Swedish);
  • Building the capacity of visually impaired (VI) citizens and national visual impairment organisation to defend their rights through info-sessions and e-workshops;
  • Developing generic EU Guidelines on audio-description, available in 10 languages, with clear and harmonised technical specifications;
  • Organising a coordinated awareness-raising event in at least 10 countries on 9 May, 2022 on the occasion of Europe Day, to address situations commonly faced by BPS citizens across Europe, as well as promote for EU-harmonised rights-based legislations to enhance full inclusion of blind and partially sighted citizens;
  • Hosting a seminar gathering experts on specific discrimination-related fields, intended to inform policy-making on non-discrimination at the European level.

The awareness raising videos

1. The right to accessible health care

EBU video on the right to accessible healthcare, May 2021. Read the scene-by-scene description, video 1.

The translated versions in Slovak, Montenegrin, Swedish, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, German and French are also now available.

2. The right to accessible information

EBU video on the right to accessible information, July 2021. Read the scene-by-scene description, video 2.

The translated versions in Slovak, Montenegrin, Swedish, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, GermanFrench and Lithuanian.

3. The right to personal mobility

EBU video on the right to personal mobility, September 2021. Read the scene-by-scene description, video 3.

The translated versions in GermanMontenegrinDutchPortugueseSlovakSwedish, Lithuanian, French and Spanish.

4. The Right to Work

EBU video on the Equal Right to Work, November 2021. Read scene-by-scene description, video 4.

The translated versions in Lithuanian, Portugal, Spanish, Serbian, Montenegrin, Slovak, French, Dutch, Swedish, German