News from Belgium

100 years ago, two blind women, Élisa Michiels and Lambertine Bonjean, started an ambitious project: supporting blind people in Belgium to live a normal life, not characterised or limited by their blindness. Through this vision, Brailleliga / Ligue Braille was born. Since that day, the association has continued to expand its activities. Today more than 15,500 blind and visually impaired members of the Brailleliga/Ligue Braille live their daily lives in complete autonomy.

The Brailleliga/Ligue Braille fully commits to inclusion, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which our country ratified in 2009. An inclusive society adapts to all citizens, including those with disabilities, in order to give them every opportunity to fully participate in social and professional life.

Moreover, following the development of new technologies, there have never been more tools available to promote autonomy of the visually impaired. In this perspective, the role of a specialized and experienced association such as the Brailleliga/Ligue Braille keeps playing a pivotal role in supporting blind or visually impaired people on the road to inclusion, in particular by providing a platform for our members to acquire and master new tools necessary to (re)gain their autonomy.

Witnessing the impact the Braille Liga/Ligue Braille can have on the daily life of our members makes us not only proud, but also immensely grateful to all those who have made this possible: collaborators and volunteers, donors and sponsors, and funding authorities. We thank them sincerely!

The Brailleliga/ Ligue Braille is counting on their enthusiasm, generosity and commitment to make Elisa’s and Lambertine's beautiful ideas a reality and to make them echo for the next 100 years.

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