The project “Handing over methods for visually impaired persons’ rehabilitation, materialized already in the region of Northern Hungary, to the partners from abroad” is financed in the frame of the Hungary Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine ENPI Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013.
The partners cooperating within the project: the beneficiary Búzavirág Foundation (Vámosújfalu – Hungary), Angel Dog Association (Satu Mare – Romania) and non-governmental organization of visually handicapped people «Dyvosvit» (Uzhgorod – Ukraine). The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired from Satu Mare acts as an associate partner on the Romanian side.
The project started on April 15th, 2012 and lasts for 17 months, until September 14th, 2013.
The overall objective of the joint action is to transfer the Ukrainian and Romanian partners, methods for visually impaired persons’ rehabilitation, that have already been successfully materialized in Hungary. Achieving this objective shall lead to a better integration of visually impaired persons into their communities, enabling them to live more active and successful lives.
The project is organized around 4 main components:
1. Training the experts from the Ukrainian and Romanian partners methods and techniques of working with, supporting visually impaired persons, methods that have already been applied by the beneficiary with positive outcomes. Throughout the project 4 trainings are being organized, 2 in Hungary and 1-1 in Romania and Ukraine.
2. Training directly visually impaired participants in camps approaching different topics, in order to increase their self confidence and self-evaluation, decrease their anxiety, learn how to manage daily activities, work with useful aid instruments, use orientation and mobility skills both indoors and outdoors, in order to lead an active, more independent lifestyle. Throughout the project 4 camps are being organized, 2 in Hungary and 1-1 in Romania and Ukraine.
3. Training and handing over six guide dogs to blind persons in the action areas of the partners, in order to ensure better mobility possibilities for them.
4. Raising the awareness of the population about the situation of visually impaired persons and the ways of supporting them, through street forums, a publication and the webpage of the project.
The project “Handing over methods for visually impaired persons’ rehabilitation, materialized already in the region of Northern Hungary, to the partners from abroad” is (was) implemented under the Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine ENPI Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013 (www.huskroua-cbc.net), and is co-financed by the European Union through the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument. The overall objective of the Programme is to intensify and deepen cooperation in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable way between Zakarpatska, Ivano-Frankivska and Chernivetska regions of Ukraine and eligible and adjacent areas of Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.
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