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French Federation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

French Federation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (FAF)


Fédération des Aveugles et Handicapés Visuels de France
58 avenue Bosquet - 75007 Paris - FRANCE


Responsable for the EVEIL-Project:
Céline Chabot-Solvignon, Chargée de Développement
Phone: 0033-144429191 - Fax: 0033-688864099

Founded in 1917, the French Federation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (its acronym is “FAF”) has the main goal of improving the moral, intellectual and social level of all the blind people in France and abroad. (Article I of its constitution).

The French Federation of the Blind and Visually Impaired fights to maintain the rights of all the visually impaired people with no exception. The FAF is composed of 44 member associations spread all over the metropolitan territory and overseas.

The Federation is very keen on the social and professional integration of the most vulnerable people: in particular, young blind women, more hardly hit by unemployment, children and elderly isolated people.

The French Federation is member of the French National Committee for the Welfare of the Blind and Visually Impaired, the European Blind Union, the Francophone Union of the Blind and the World Blind Union.



The Federation leads many activities in various fields:


-          Support to education: through its two services operated by its member association of Montpellier and Bretagne, Faf supports more than a hundred blind or visually impaired children, aged from 0 to 20. FAF is also very active in the development of new pedagogic methods and tools aimed at developing print awareness among young blind or partially sighted children. It is also active in the field of developing support to the parents in introducing their blind or partially sighted child towards print awareness and pre reading. These two parts will be developed by Régine Michel later on.


-          Support to Blind Seniors : FAF operates six structures, nursing homes and / or home life


-         Support to people with multiple disabilities: managed by the Union of the Blind of North, which is a member association of FAF, the center called “Les Boëtes” welcomes 34 adults who are blind or visually impaired with additional disabilities and is pursuing an innovative approach around citizenship.


-         Development of employability: FAF helps companies that want to employ or recruit visually impaired people by offering since 2006, the first maintenance service for adapted computer (Auvergne). The “Passemploi” Project aims at creating special training for people in charge of a disability policy in companies.


-         FAF helps every year a hundred blind people to obtain guide-dogs for free


-         FAF, a founding member of BrailleNet, participated in the creation of "Helen Server", the first virtual library on the Internet available for blind people


-         FAF has been supporting the best French specialists and researchers in ophthalmology, for more than twenty years, through its grants to young searchers as well as to the biggest research laboratories. FAF has contributed to the “EUROPEAN INSTITUTE OF VISION” located in Paris, whose director is Professor Jose-Alain Sahel, and which is the equivalent of the London Eye Institute.


-         Last, but not least, in September 2009 FAF created a vocational training center “FAF ACCESS FORMATION” aimed mainly at this moment at training the professionals that are training the “Mobility instructors”, which main task is to give to blind and visually impaired persons the necessary skills that will help them to be autonomous in their daily life.