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German Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted

  Logo of DBSV The German Federation of Blind and Partially Sighted People (DBSV) represents  the roughly 650,000 people with vision impairment in Germany. The members of the German Federation of Blind and Visually Impaired People are 20 regional organisations which subdivide into 300 district and local organisations where volunteers (many of whom are blind or partially sighted themselves) join full time staff workers to provide advice and assistance for newly blind people.

 

The purpose of the German Federation of Blind and Visually Impaired People is to maintain the social position of blind and partially sighted people and to promote their social and vocational integration.

 

To fulfill these purposes the following action is taken:

•       Influencing legislation and the implementation of law;

•       providing legal advice and legal representation in matters pertaining

     to disability;

•       promoting medical, social and vocational rehabilitation;

•       influencing the development of suitable technical devices for blind

     and partially sighted  people as well as designing accessible public

     places;

•       supporting cultural and sport activities;

•       collaborating with other organisations at national and international

     levels and promoting development aid programes.

 

The 20 DBSV regional organisations:

•       offer special help and support for people who seek advice;

•       provide training programmes where blind and partially sighted people

    are taught daily living skills to help them function independently

    again;

•       provide information on vocational rehabilitation programmes and the

    availability of special technical devices, braille and audio books;

•     and give information on programmes offered by recreational homes and

    special homes for elderly blind people and the services delivered by

    labour welfare organisations.



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