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EBU / European Blind Union The voice of blind and partially sighted people in Europe. 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 is the only organization representing the interests of blind and partially-sighted people in Europe.

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Listen to the 29th EBU Access Cast!The latest edition of our regular podcast on accessible technology is now online. Lis...
16/03/2021
EBU Access Cast: Ebu Access Cast 29

Listen to the 29th EBU Access Cast!
The latest edition of our regular podcast on accessible technology is now online. Listen in as in this number the team, hosted by Pawel and co-hosted by Tanja, Mario and Hlynur, looks back at the history of bluetooth technology and the naming of technological devices, but also forward to the new devices and technology coming onto the market which will impact lives in many domains. Tune in now and enjoy listening to this varied new episode!
https://ebuaccesscast.libsyn.com/ebu-access-cast-29/

Welcome back to the 29th episode of the Ebu Access Cast, one away from thirty. In this episode, hosted by Pawel and co-hosted by Tanja, Mario and Hlynur, we find the time to look into the future indeed, but for most of the time we stay focused on what matters for now, of course. In absence of new ga...

For the coming 10 years: The European Commission releases its Disability Rights StrategyThe adoption of the EU Disabilit...
04/03/2021
For the coming 10 years: The European Commission releases its Disability Rights Strategy | European Blind Union

For the coming 10 years: The European Commission releases its Disability Rights Strategy

The adoption of the EU Disability Rights Strategy comes after a process of extensive consultations with disabled persons’ organisations throughout 2020, and the European Blind Union is content that the motto “nothing about us without us” has translated well into reality on this occasion.
http://www.euroblind.org/coming-10-years-european-commission-releases-its-disability-rights-strategy

The adoption of the EU Disability Rights Strategy comes after a process of extensive consultations with disabled persons’ organisations throughout 2020, and the European Blind Union is content that the motto “nothing about us without us” has translated well into reality on this occasion.

The New EBU Focus Newsletter 'Acoustic Systems for Information and Navigation' is now available in English -http://www.e...
15/02/2021
Acoustic Systems for Information and Navigation. | European Blind Union

The New EBU Focus Newsletter 'Acoustic Systems for Information and Navigation' is now available in
English -http://www.euroblind.org/newsletter/ebu-focus-english/2021/february/en
French http://www.euroblind.org/newsletter/ebu-focus-french/2021/february/fr
German http://www.euroblind.org/newsletter/ebu-focus-german/2021/february/de
and Spanish http://www.euroblind.org/newsletter/ebu-focus-spanish/2021/february/es

The above mentioned Webinars for Acoustic Systems for Information and Navigation , held on the 10, 18 and 27 November 2020, brought together a wide variety of experts – both from Institutions within the EBU, but also developers from an organization for the visually impaired, as well as manufacture...

Good news from our friends at EDF!
03/02/2021
European Disability Forum and Oracle e-Accessibility Scholarship 2021

Good news from our friends at EDF!

Deadline: 31 March 2021 The European Disability Forum (EDF) and Oracle have launched the fifth edition of its scholarship for students with disabilities studying in the field of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, User Experience, or related fields enrolled at a EU university for the academic ye...

Welcome to the first EBU Access Cast of 2021!The number includes comments and advice on the latest gadgets, including Pa...
02/02/2021
Welcome to the first EBU Access Cast of 2021! | European Blind Union

Welcome to the first EBU Access Cast of 2021!

The number includes comments and advice on the latest gadgets, including Pawel speaking about an unusual invention; a music pillow!
http://www.euroblind.org/welcome-first-ebu-access-cast-2021

Welcome to the first EBU Access Cast of 2021! The number includes comments and advice on the latest gadgets, including Pawel speaking about an unusual invention; a music pillow! Also mentioned are fixes, updates and new developments for various apps, and there is a discussion about facebook's new al...

The European Union ratified #CRPD 10 years ago. Over the last decade, we have seen new rights come into force for person...
25/01/2021
10th year anniversary of the CRPD in the EU and 10 reasons why we still need the Convention

The European Union ratified #CRPD 10 years ago. Over the last decade, we have seen new rights come into force for persons with disabilities at international, #EU & national level.

Ten years on from the coming into force of the CRPD at the EU we explore what kind of progress has bee made, and what remains to be done. 10 years ago the United Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) came into force at the European Union (EU) level. The EU is...

Take the International Disability Alliance (IDA) global Survey on COVID-19, launched before the holidays. The Survey is ...
20/01/2021
IDA Survey on Experience of Persons with Disabilities Adapting to COVID-19 Global Pandemic

Take the International Disability Alliance (IDA) global Survey on COVID-19, launched before the holidays. The Survey is now available in all languages planned including International Sign, French, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, Serbian and Creole. All links and more information about the survey is available here:

https://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/covid19-survey

To hold governments accountable toward disability movement and with the support of the United Nations Partnership for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN PRPD), we have launched IDA survey on Experience of Persons with Disabilities Adapting to COVID-19 Global Pandemic, and invite all persons...

Subscribe to the EBU Focus newsletter!Our Focus newsletters, produced on a regular basis, take an in-depth look at a top...
13/01/2021
Subscription | European Blind Union

Subscribe to the EBU Focus newsletter!
Our Focus newsletters, produced on a regular basis, take an in-depth look at a topic of key interest to the blind and partially sighted community. Choose your preferred language version and sign up to receive EBU Focus!
http://www.euroblind.org/publications-and-resources/newsletter/signup

Please use this form to subscribe to the three-monthly EBU Focus newsletter. Your subscription will take effect from the next edition to be sent. We hope you enjoy reading EBU Focus.

04/01/2021

On #WorldBrailleDay, EBU and the World Blind Union
challenges countries worldwide to ratify the Marrakesh treaty to promote global #accessibility.

The last EBU Access cast of 2020 is now available, this edition includes a new participant, Hlynur Þór Agnarsson from Ic...
14/12/2020
The EBU Access Cast | European Blind Union

The last EBU Access cast of 2020 is now available, this edition includes a new participant, Hlynur Þór Agnarsson from Iceland.

The team looks at lots of new goodies, very useful for those thinking of Christmas presents!
They then move on to some technical innovations and updates, including Android Talkback, an important new device developed by our UK member, #RNIB, which allows blind women to take pregnancy tests in privacy, they also look at envision glasses, and much more, so tune in and check it out. EBU and the whole team wish you a happy Christmas and a much better 2021!
http://www.euroblind.org/publications-and-resources/ebu-access-cast

In 2018 EBU decided to create a regular monthly podcast on technological accessibility innovations and products. Stay tuned to this page for future episodes of the EBU Access Cast, your thoughts and ideas for contributions can be sent to [email protected]. Happy listening!

Winner of #AccessibleAirportAward 2020 announced by European Disability Forum Congratulation to #copenhagenairport!http:...
07/12/2020
Winner of Accessible Airport Award 2020 announced | European Disability Forum

Winner of #AccessibleAirportAward 2020 announced by European Disability Forum Congratulation to #copenhagenairport!
http://edf-feph.org/newsroom/news/winner-accessible-airport-award-2020-announced

**Winner of Accessible Airport Award 2020 announced** As part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by [ACI Europe](https://www.aci-europe.org/media-room/289-aci-europe-best-airport-award-winners-for-2020-announced.html) and the European Disability Forum (EDF) in 2016, the Accessible Airport Award

Job opportunities at #WBU
01/12/2020
Careers : World Blind Union

Job opportunities at #WBU

Current Vacancies with the World Blind Union 1. WBU Human Rights and Development Program Officer Opportunity Position start date and duration: January 1, 2021 for 12 months with possibility of extension. This position is fulltime home based/remote working Closing date for receipt of applications: 20...

The 25th of November was the #UN International day for the elimination of violence against women. It marked the start of...
30/11/2020
UN International day for the elimination of violence against women and International Human Rights Day | European Blind Union

The 25th of November was the #UN International day for the elimination of violence against women. It marked the start of two weeks of activism, ending December 10 2020, International Human Rights Day. See the EBU website for documents and information on this important topic, to share and use. http://www.euroblind.org/un-international-day-elimination-violence-against-women-and-international-human-rights-day

The 25th of November was the UN International day for the elimination of violence against women. It marked the start of two weeks of activism, ending December 10 2020, International Human Rights Day, see the UNWomen site for more information.

News of the #WBU /  #ICEVI General Assembly in 2021. #WBUGeneralAssembly
26/11/2020
General Assembly : World Blind Union

News of the #WBU / #ICEVI General Assembly in 2021. #WBUGeneralAssembly

*Please visit this page regularly for latest updates Left to Right: Dr. Fred Schoeder, President, World Blind Union (WBU), Mr. Miguel Carballeda, President, Grupo Social ONCE and Dr.Frances Gentle, President of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI). Dear Me...

We support our friends at #EDF.
25/11/2020
No more violence against women with disabilities! | European Disability Forum

We support our friends at #EDF.

**European Disability Forum statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.** Today, the 25th of November, recalling that, * The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in force in the European Union since 22nd January 2

As part of EBU's Gender Equality Awareness Raising (GEAR) activity, our Austrian member (BSVÖ) held four on-line session...
19/11/2020

As part of EBU's Gender Equality Awareness Raising (GEAR) activity, our Austrian member (BSVÖ) held four on-line sessions (covid obliged!) in late 2020.
Overall there were nine participants in the 4 sessions. Two of the sessions were on-line discussions on the themes
How to put gender equality on the agenda in our organization, and Gender equality within organizations and good practices.
There were also two on-line training sessions on Communication, rhetoric and self-confidence for women.
Similar sessions will be held in other EBU member organisations shortly.

05/11/2020
Katrin Langensiepen on Twitter

EBU Executive Director Lars Bosselmann is one of those featured in a video published MEP #KatrinLangensiepen to back up the In our draft report urging the @EU_Commission and the @EUCouncil for quick EU action for #WorkInDiversity! https://twitter.com/k_langensiepen/status/1324342592734142465

“#EU Member States are still failing their commitment to equal access to work. Less than 50% of persons with #disabilities have a job. In our draft report we urge the @EU_Commission and the @EUCouncil for quick EU action for #WorkInDiversity! More here: https://t.co/94rCDDPjyI https://t.co/L3iJuOF...

EBU is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest.This year's First Prize winner is f...
05/11/2020
Braille Promotion | European Blind Union

EBU is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest.
This year's First Prize winner is from Spain, MarĂ­a JesĂșs Cañamares Muñoz, who wrote a topical essay entitled 'Braille and Lockdown'.
You can download and read the texts of all the prize-winning essays on our dedicated Onkyo page;
http://www.euroblind.org/campaigns-and-activities/current-activities/braille-promotion#_Onkyo_World_Braille

EBU promotes braille and braille literacy as essential tools for the autonomy of blind and partially sighted individuals. We are currently engaged in an activity to collect good practice in the area of Braille teaching as well as evidence of the importance of Braille literacy.

The 26th EBU Access Cast podcast on accessible technology innovations is now available, check it out, as usual packed wi...
28/10/2020
EBU Access Cast: EbuAccessCast 26

The 26th EBU Access Cast podcast on accessible technology innovations is now available, check it out, as usual packed with the latest assistive technology news and gadget discussions!
https://ebuaccesscast.libsyn.com/ebuaccesscast-26

Welcome back to this month's edition of the EBU Access Cast, as always packed with the latest assistive technology news and gadget discussion. Our content in written form is in our .   We started this one off with Mario telling us all about his brand-new phone, the , the latest in the famous li...

Good news; WIPO announces that the UK, in anticipation of Brexit has ratified the Marrakesh treaty, protecting the right...
20/10/2020
TREATY/MARRAKESH/75: [Marrakesh Treaty] Ratification by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Good news; WIPO announces that the UK, in anticipation of Brexit has ratified the Marrakesh treaty, protecting the rights of so many visually impaired and print disabled citizens.
https://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/notifications/marrakesh/treaty_marrakesh_75.html

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and has the honor to notify the deposit by the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, on October 1, 2020, of its instrument of r...

On the occasion of White Cane Day 2020, and as our community, and society as a whole, struggles to come to terms with th...
15/10/2020
White Cane Day 2020 - EBU fully supports the WBU statement | European Blind Union

On the occasion of White Cane Day 2020, and as our community, and society as a whole, struggles to come to terms with the pandemic, EBU endorses and approves the World Blind Union Statement, which includes the following call to law makers; "As the world grapples with the impact of COVID-19, we take this opportunity to remind law and policy makers and all stakeholders involved to ensure that designing or redesigning proper infrastructure adheres to COVID-19 protocols, that universal design is considered and everyone is sensitized. It is necessary for all of us to adjust to the "new normal" and in doing so, no one must be left behind."
http://www.euroblind.org/white-cane-day-2020-ebu-fully-supports-wbu-statement

On the occasion of White Cane Day 2020, and as our community, and society as a whole, struggles to come to terms with the pandemic, EBU endorses and approves the World Blind Union Statement, which includes the following call to law makers; "As the world grapples with the impact of COVID-19, we take....

Sight Tech Global conferenceSight Tech Global is a new global, virtual conference in partnership with @TechCrunch dedica...
08/10/2020
Sight Tech Global

Sight Tech Global conference
Sight Tech Global is a new global, virtual conference in partnership with @TechCrunch dedicated to fostering discussion among technology pioneers who are fundamentally altering the landscape of assistive technology and accessibility. Speakers from @Waymo, @Amazon, @OrCamTech, @Microsoft, @Benetech.Org, @humanware, and more. Registration is FREE! Join us on Dec 2-3. https://bit.ly/3jHg8US

A fully virtual and free conference dedicated to technologies that will fundamentally alter the landscape of accessibility for the blind.

The new EBU Focus newsletter on audiodescription, which launches our new campaign, is now available in 7 languages;http:...
08/10/2020
Newsletter | European Blind Union

The new EBU Focus newsletter on audiodescription, which launches our new campaign, is now available in 7 languages;
http://www.euroblind.org/publications-and-resources/newsletter

From January 2018 EBU will publish two kinds of newsletter, a monthly members newsletter, and a three-monthly EBU Focus which will be an in-depth look at a specific topic. Archives of previous EBU newsletters are also available. All newsletters are produced and translated thanks to the financial sup...

06/10/2020
www.europarl.europa.eu

EBU joined the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, European Disability Forum, European Network on Independent Living - ENIL, European Union of the Deaf, Inclusion Europe, Mental Health Europe along with other disability related NGOs, academics and civil society in the field of human rights to contribute to MEP Katrin Langensiepen’s draft report on equal treatment in employment. The draft report has several key suggestions to bring EU policy in line with the UNCRPD and to facilitate a more inclusive open labour market.
Read more in the draft report -https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/EMPL-PR-657235_EN.pdf

01/10/2020
World Blind Union

WBU report on the impact of Covid 19

WBU has produced a comprehensive report on the impact of #COVID19 on #persons who are #blind and partially sighted. Members have openly shared their challenges and solutions. Check out the report in various accessible formats and languages at https://bit.ly/2Z3nbyF . Help us in spreading the word! Share this report with your networks and on your social media.

The 25th EBU Access Cast podcast is now available. Check it out for lots of exciting new accessible technology updates!h...
28/09/2020
EBU Access Cast: Ebu Access Cast 25

The 25th EBU Access Cast podcast is now available. Check it out for lots of exciting new accessible technology updates!
https://ebuaccesscast.libsyn.com/ebu-access-cast-25

Welcome back to 25 episode of EBU Access Cast - podcast about assistive technology for blind and partially sighted people! We started this episode with a short presentation of the The EBU jury attributed the first prize to EBU Czech Blind United (SONS) for its contribution in encouraging public and....

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