The VISAL team

The VISAL consortium comprises 7 partners from 6 countries willing to collaborate in order to provide elderly VI persons with a specific training programme, and therefore improve their engagement in civil society:

VISAL countries map 


EBU logo

The European Blind Union (EBU) is a non-governmental, non profit-making European organization founded in 1984. One of the six regional bodies of the World Blind Union, it represents, protects and promotes the interests of blind and partially-sighted people in continental Europe, including the EU-27 Member States, the EEA countries and the candidate countries associated to the EU. EBU currently has 45 national members, made up of the organisations representing blind and partially sighted people in their respective countries.
EBU works towards the advancement of the well-being of blind and partially sighted people with the goal of equality and full participation in society. It provides a European Forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of blindness and partial sight.
Blind and partially sighted individuals are members of their respective national organisations.

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EBU contact: Gary MAY, EBU Information Officer,


Age-UK-Logo Age UK

's vision is of a world in which older people flourish. We seek to improve later life by delivering excellent services to enhance the lives of older people; influencing others to create transformational change to improve the lives of older people today and tomorrow; creating local gateways to the information, advice, products and services that Age UK and its partners provide; and helping and encouraging local groups and organisations to build and sustain local communities in which older people can flourish.

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Age UK contact: Antony SMITH, Development Officer - Equalities and Human Rights,


BSVO logo

The Austrian Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted (BSVÖ) is a non-governmental, non-profit Austrian organization founded in 1946. It is the largest self-help organization of its kind in Austria with some 5,000 registered members. In total, it promotes the needs and concerns of approximately 320,000 visually impaired people throughout Austria.

Austria flag  For information on the project in German, BSVÖ have created a page for the VISAL project on their website

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BSVÖ contact: Stefanie STEINBAUER, Officer for International Cooperation,


UNSS logo

The Slovak Blind and Partially Sighted Union (UNSS) is an NGO of visually impaired people, their family members, friends and specialists working in the field of visual impairment. It was established on April, 7th 1990 and is registered by Ministry of Inner Affairs according to the Act 83/1990. The actual number of members is 4 800. They are organized in 69 local organizations grouped in 8 regional councils. The main decision body is the national council. The general objective of UNSS is to improve quality of life of visually impaired people; to prepare them for equal and integrated life; to give them a chance to participate on creating conditions for their full participation in society; to provide special services, ICT and social rehabilitation training, social counselling and advocacy related to visual impairment. Services to visually impaired people are provided through the main office and 8 regional centres.

Slovakia flag  For information on VISAL in Slovakian, UNSS have created a page for the VISAL project on their website.

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(English version also available here)
UNSS contact: Ingrid TOMESOVA,


HSS logo

The Croatian Association of the Blind (HSS) is a national non-governmental and non-profit organization, member of the European Blind Union and World Blind Union. HSS through over 27 regional and municipal organizations includes approximately 6100 VI persons from all over Croatia. The association was established in 1946 in Zagreb.
HSS personalizes its founders' motto: "Blind for the Blind, also" participating thus in the realization of their dreams, while taking their share of responsibility for the joint "better tomorrow". Such action has made the initial idea that the HSS is the leading civil society organization for the articulation of specific needs of blind and as such is a relevant partner to the government sector in finding the appropriate optimal solutions that positively affect the quality of life for the blind. The association is firmly positioned and recognized as a non-governmental organization that cooperates successfully with civil society and the economic sector.

Croatia flag For information on VISAL in Croatian HSS have created a page on their own website

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(English version also available here)
HSS contact: Ivica Robic,


RNIB is the main national and largest member organisation of blind and partially sighted people in the United Kingdom.  The main head office is London and with country offices in Cardiff, Belfast and London.  Services include advocacy and campaigning, information and advice, production of accessible format information including talking books and Braille magazines, development and provision of aids and adaptations, provision of educational and training support including for those.

The vision is ”A world where people who are blind or partially sighted enjoy the same rights, responsibilities, opportunities and quality of life as people who are sighted.”  The current strategy focuses on the following areas of work: prevention of sight loss, early reach, living with sight loss, complex needs, inclusive travel, shopping and control of money, inclusive reading, TV and technology, funding our ambition and enabling our ambition.

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RNIB Contact: Rebecca SHEEHY, Older People's Impact Team Manager,


Visio logoRoyal Dutch Visio

is partner for partially sighted and blind people in the field of education, care, rehabilitation and employment. The clients, residents, pupils and their social system can count on the expertise of more than 3000 employees. Royal Dutch Visio is the largest organisation in this field in the Netherlands, with 18 regional rehabilitation centres for outpatient treatment spread over the country, one national centre for comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation, 6 schools and 14 residential and day-care facilities. In the Netherlands, just as in the rest of Europe, ageing people are the vast majority (± 80%) of those with visual impairment. Therefore Royal Dutch Visio, offering services to this large group, has ample experience in working with ageing people with a visual impairment.

Holland flag For information on VISAL in Dutch Visio have created a page on their own website.

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(English version also available here)
Royal Dutch Visio contact: Iris SCHREURS, Project manager,