Estonian and Finnish Blind Unions partner in a joint project to promote the inclusion and independence of visually impaired young people.

The Estonian Blind Union and the Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired have established a 2 year joint project “My Own Life”, which aims to identify and solve the biggest issues with independence and independent living among visually impaired young people in both countries.

Groups of 18 to 25 year olds are participating in activities, training, discussions and lectures about independence, career building and work culture, as well as building meaningful relationships, having and fulfilling your dreams or gaining confidence in everyday situations. The project participants are working with visually impaired mentors who, individually or in groups, give insight into achieving your dreams and independence. The project includes experts from the rehabilitation sector, as well as psychologists or coaches in various fields.

One of the projects goals is also to produce an information booklet, each country individually, which would give tips to parents, social workers and young people on achieving greater independence when blind.

The project is financed in Interreg Central Baltic