As you all know, the situation in Ukraine continues to be deeply worrying. In line with previous communications, EBU has started to take first actions this month.
In connection with the war in Ukraine, the Polish Association of the Blind has undertaken the following activities for the benefit of the blind and visually impaired...
On April 1, 2022, the «Oogvereniging» - Eye Association Netherlands started a project to help Ukrainian migrants with eye problems (visually impaired and blind, who have glaucoma, macular degeneration or other diseases that require systemic treatment).
On April 1st, in an effort to support blind Ukrainian refugees, BlindSquare released free access to BlindSquare Event to a 1,000km region including all of Ukraine, as well as 21 other surrounding countries.
All the news from our ongoing campaigns including accessibility, political participation, mobility, the review of the EU by the UN CRPD committee, and more on Ukraine.
News from EBU members
The Union of the Blind of Montenegro has initiated changes in the State Electoral Commission-SEC in order to ensure independent and secret voting for the visually impaired.
An awareness-raising event on the topic of political participation will be held on May 9th on the occasion of Europe Day in 9 countries: France, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Montenegro, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.
The Omero Museum was created on the initiative of two blind persons. My wife Daniela and I - both blind and annoyed of being denied everywhere the right to enjoy the beauty of art - decided to create a tactile museum where to place real copies of the greatest masterpieces of sculpture as well as models of the most famous monuments. For this difficult journey, we started with the support of the Italian Union of the Blind, the Municipality of Ancona and the Region Marche, where we live. In 1999 the Italian Parliament, appreciating the role and uniqueness of this project, approved a law that recognized the Omero Museum as the "State Tactile Museum".
A national sight loss charity has told a Scottish Parliament committee that accessible streets and thoroughfares are key to persuading blind and partially sighted people back to shops. RNIB Scotland has responded on 14/04/2022 to a call from the Parliament's Employment and Fair Work Committee for views on 'the new realities of retail and e-commerce'.