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  1. Preface
  2. Report from the board
  3. The sub regions
  4. Financial report 2009
  5. Looking to the future
  6. Members of the Board as of December 31st 2009
  7. ICEVI-SUBREGIONS within Europe

1 Preface

In many ways 2009 has been an active year for ICEVI-Europe. The European Conference in Dublin, Ireland was the centre of it.

In spite of complicated economical circumstances in several countries, still 336 delegates from 38 countries attended the conference. Besides the exchange of knowledge, the regional meetings and General Assembly were very important for ICEVI.

During the report year the Board has tried to inform all participants about relevant information by means of the newsletter and the website.

The Board hopes that you will read the report with interest and is open to your suggestions and remarks.

The Board would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the activities of ICEVI-Europe and hopes for your cooperation again in 2010.

This report is approved in the General Meeting, conforming to art.17 of the Articles of Association, on 20 April 2010 in Huizen, The Netherlands.

Huizen, The Netherlands, 20 April 2010

On behalf of the Board,
Hans Welling, Chairman

2 Report from the board

2009 was the year of the 7th European ICEVI-Conference.
This Conference took place in July 2009 in Dublin, Ireland.
The organisation of the conference was in the hands of St Joseph’s Centre for the Visually Impaired in Dublin.
The Organisation Committee, under the leadership of Fr. William Stuart has done a lot of work to make the conference successful.
The Scientific Committee: Mary Lee, Heather Mason, Therezie Hradlikova and Peter Rodney judged many abstracts, taking into account the theme “Living in a changing Europe”, which was studied in depth each day by the keynote speakers.
Despite complicated economical circumstances in several countries, still 336 delegates from 38 countries attended the conference.

We look back at this Conference with satisfaction.
The Board would like to thank everyone for their efforts to make this conference so successful.

During the conference the General Assembly of ICEVI took place.

The General Assembly approved the annual report of 2008. Furthermore the chairman was re-elected and other Board members were appointed.
Also the proposed representatives of the several countries were acknowledged by the General Assembly.

The General Assembly agreed with the nomination of Turkey to organise the 8th European ICEVI-Conference.
During the General Assembly the Board members reported on the results of the regional meetings, which took place during the conference.
The interest in these meetings was great. The Board is very content that the interest in cooperation within Europe is growing.
During the regional meetings many suggestions were made for ICEVI-activities in the coming years.

In this report year, the Board held a meeting in Prague, partly to prepare the conference in Dublin.
Another meeting was held in Istanbul, in order to discuss the next European conference.
In the meantime it has been decided that the 8th conference will take place in Istanbul.
During this meeting Peter Rodney was appointed Vice-chairman, Mary Lee was appointed Secretary and Eberhard Fuchs was appointed Treasurer.

It was decided that Dennis Lolli of Perkins International would attend the ICEVI-Board meetings as an advisor, because of the many activities, which Perkins International has developed in East-European countries.

During this report year, consultations took place with MDVI and Enviter in order to stimulate cooperation.

In November the second international conference for the East-European countries took place in Chisinau, Moldova.
The central theme of this conference was Low Vision - Theory and Practice.
100 persons from 7 countries attended the conference. It was decided to hold the third conference in Perm, Russia.

Unfortunately the conference for preparing the development of the European Masters Degree was cancelled. It had not been possible to involve enough students in the development of this Masters education. At this moment investigations are underway to find in which way the masters level education can still be realised.

In 2009 the chairman attended meetings of the Task Force Group “Education for All Children with Visual Impairment” in Vienna and in Bensheim.
At the end of the year the Executive Committee (EXCO) meeting of ICEVI World took place and this meeting was also in Bensheim.

3 The sub regions

French speaking region

Mrs. Catharine Thibault, representing sub region French speaking countries
e-mail: ct@icevi-europe.org

France

Throughout the year, many events have been organised for the bicentenary of the birth of Louis Braille:

In some French towns, other events have been organised with associations, special institutions and all partners concerned with visual impairment: spectacles, theatre, films, to inform and increase knowledge about blindness.
The Federation of institutions and services for blind and deaf people (FISAF) organised in 2007 a national competition of painting and sculpture created by blind or visually impaired artists: seeing with hands. 70 works were presented, 4 were awarded and about 20 are now presented in an itinerant exhibition in France, till December. Seeing with hands on www.fisaf.asso.fr

From 15 to 17th October 2009, in Paris, INJA, GPEAA (a group of teachers and educators in visual impairment) has its annual conference: “Communication and visual impairment, from Louis Braille up to now”. Communication and visual impairment on www.gpeaa.fr

On 26 and 27th of November 2009, FISAF will hold its annual meeting in Poitiers: “Advancing in years and sensory impairments”
Advancing in years and sensory impairments on www.fisaf.asso.fr

The next meeting of ALFPHV (Association of French Language Psychologists) will be held in Besançon, from 12th to 14th of March 2010. The theme will be “teenage years”. www.alfphv.net

INSHEA (National Institute for training and research in special education) organises from 22nd to 25th of June 2010, a meeting: “Congenital deaf blindness and communication: the magic of dialogue” (Simultaneous translation in English) Congenital deafblindness on www.inshea.fr

INSHEA (National Institute for training and research in special education) is involved in several international projects. Nathalie Levy Dumont works on research conducted in 10 countries by OCDE ( OECD: Organisation for economic co-operation and development), about disabled students. It aims to assess the impact of material and human help in high schools and universities for students with special educational needs.

VIEWS France received in Paris a European project in August. This project gathered 24 young adults, between 18 and 30 years, visually impaired and sighted, to share their interest in music. The subject of the exchange was "building musical bridges in Paris for more lively and joyful European citizenship » ". It was co financed by the youth programme of the European Commission and the city hall of Paris. Six countries were represented: Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom and France. The participants played music together, recorded a cd, gave a concert on August 24th. They also had cultural visits and activities to become more aware of European citizenship. VIEWS on www.giaa.org

Belgium

The most important information from Belgium is the publication of a new decree about school integration. This decree is a new step to develop schooling in mainstream schools for disabled children.

The main ideas are:

According to the professionals concerned, it will give more possibilities for visually impaired children to go to mainstream schools and to have pedagogical support without being obliged to go to a special school beforehand.

But there are 2 stakes:

Switzerland

In the same vein, some changes occur in Switzerland. The responsibility for schooling for disabled children is assumed by the local community. Professionals from special schools have to adapt their work to different situations in mainstream schools and to individualise their action. The consequences for the evolution of special schools are important: fewer children in boarding schools, more families with social difficulties, new types of problems (neurological for example).
Many questions for the future: will special schools disappear? How to give good support in mainstream schools? How to keep specialised qualifications?
However, one subject of satisfaction for CPHV of Lausanne: children are now identified earlier as visually impaired. The detection is more and more efficient.
Luisa Gallay, from CPHV in Lausanne, will publish a book entitled: “Assessment of blind and partially sighted children, seen from the angle of interaction between potential and environment”. It will be published in German and French.

English Speaking Region

Mrs. Mary Lee, representing subregion English speaking countries
e-mail: ml@icevi-europe.org

This year has seen the culmination of much hard work and planning to see the successful launch of the 7th European conference of ICEVI in Dublin, Ireland. The host committee and the European committee worked extremely hard to bring it to fruition. The conference was a great success and participants gave very positive accounts of their experiences at the conference. The scientific committee, consisting of two representatives from the English speaking countries, one from the Nordic and Baltic countries and one from the Central European countries, brought together a varied and coherent programme of the participants own papers, which stimulated much debate throughout the parallel sessions.

During the conference, regional meetings were held. This was a rare opportunity for members to come together and discuss issues of concern in our own countries. As well as discussing what new initiatives were happening in our region, we also discussed what we would like ICEVI to be doing that we can contribute to.

Suggestions were made to:

The European committee will be taking these ideas forward in the coming years along with suggestions from all other regional meetings.

The Report of the German and Dutch speaking region

Mr. Dieter Feser, representing subregion German and Dutch speaking countries
e-mail: dieter.feser@nikolauspflege.de

In addition to the regional meeting during the European Conference of ICEVI in Dublin (July 2009) in May 2009, the ICEVI sub region of the German and Dutch speaking countries held an international conference for all leaders of institutions for the education of the blind and visually impaired in Travemünde (Germany).

The emphasis of the conference was placed on the UN-convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, which was ratified in many countries in 08/09 as well as the resulting consequences concerning inclusive education for blind and visually impaired students.

A large meeting under the title “using writing in school”, counting more than 120 participants from Belgium, Germany, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland, took part in Friedberg (Germany) from the 19th of June until the 21st of June. Not only Braille - as it is the 200th anniversary of Louis Braille - but also capitalised writing, digitalised language and special fonts, were topics of interest. These were discussed and presented in a mixture of speeches, workgroups and workshops by skilled practitioners.

In 2010, the topic ‘inclusive education’ will be intensified. Moreover a meeting is going to take place in Soest (Germany) in autumn 2010 and a meeting of the contact persons from all the countries of the sub region.

East-European Region

Mrs. Liliya Plastunova, representing subregion East European countries
e-mail: lp@icevi-europe.org

Moldova

  1. In the period between October 1st and 4th 2009, an International scientific conference “Low Vision – Theory and Practice” was carried out. The conference was hosted by the State Pedagogical University from the Republic of Moldova – “Ion Creanga”. Over 100 representatives from such different countries as Netherlands, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and the Republic of Moldova participated at this event. The financial support was provided by the national representative “Soros Moldova” and the Labour Union of Moldova.
  2. There was a certain amount of activity in the field of cultural and sportive development. The Blind Union of Moldova organised in September 2009 the First International Chess Tournament among people with Visual Impairment. At the contest over 60 chess players participated from the Republic of Moldova, Romania and Belarus. In July 2009, for the first time in 20 years a local Folk group of visually impaired members of the Blind Union of Moldova represented our country at an International Festival of Artistic Creation in Romania.
  3. During the entire year, the Blind Union of Moldova focused its attention on improving the instruction and training system for leaders of its factories, local representatives and organisations, young people and students with visual impairment. Thus, due to the financial support of various donors and sponsors several seminars were accomplished on the instruction of leaders of local representatives of the Blind Union and their volunteers.
    At the end of May, a group of Specialists from the Blind Union participated (during one week) at an experience exchange programme, at the Socio-medical and Rehabilitation Centre in Saint Petersburg.
    In April 2009 a 2 weeks Computer Training Course was carried out for people with visual impairment, in order to get them acquainted with Special Assistive Technologies and Internet Accessibilities.
    In July 2009, 11 young people participated in the International Camp on Computers and Communication (ICC) in Vienna, Austria.
ACTION PLAN for 2010

The main event of the year is the performance of the 14th General Assembly Meeting of the Blind Union of Moldova. Due to limited financial possibilities prescribed in the annual budget of the Association, almost no other social or cultural events were included in the Action Plan. However, it is planned to send a delegation of several participants to the 3rd Children’s Festival “Step Forward” in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Among our highest priorities is orientation and mobility in the infrastructure of the Blind Union factories and subordinate institutions, as well as the support of blind and partially sighted students.

Mrs. Larisa Celan, Moldova Contact person

Armenia

  1. 1. Blind Union of Armenia and Poland Blind Union have held a seminar.
    The programme of the seminar:
  2. The Blind Union of Armenia and Sergiev Possad Home for Deaf Blind Children (Russia) have held a seminar on "Orientation and Mobility".
  3. First in Armenia the Children’s Championship on a Goal ball has taken place.
  4. At the school for v.i. children a dental surgery has opened. It has been done under the programme "Small grants of the Polish republic".

Request:
Every year ICEVI runs conferences and our participation at these conferences safely depends on our school. But the financial condition of our school does not allow us to participate each time at conferences and if there is an opportunity, we ask ICEVI support.

Mr. Aleksan Aharonyan, Armenia Contact person

Kazakhstan

April: Association for deaf- blind children and their families was opened.
January – June: The Training Seminar in cooperation with Sergiev-Possad Home for Deaf-blind Children was held.
April: Participation in the International practical conference on problems of deaf-blind children. Kishinev, Moldova.
October: Participation in the International Conference «Low Vision». Kishinev, Moldova
We cooperate with hairdressing salons and try to place our deaf youth in a job there.
October: Carrying out of "The White Cane Day ".
We have involved sponsors for the realisation of the project “Mama School".
The project on the construction of a touch platform is prepared.

Mrs. Karlygash (Klara) Rakisheva, Kazakhstan Contact person

Russia

The year 2009 is most significant for the events concerning Inclusive Education.

The database of v.i. children trained in ordinary schools has been created.
Psychological work with teachers, children and parents of sighted children is carried out in ordinary school, as well as psychological support for v.i. children.
Basically inclusive education is carried out due to the initiative of parents and supported by projects, for example in Saratov the project "We Study together" is carried out owing to a grant from the Netherlands embassy. In Moscow the project "Legal aspects of integration into a society of persons with limited opportunities of health" is realised. Within the limits of the project actions in Arkhangelsk, Vladivostok, Ekaterinburg, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Saratov and Tomsk are spent. The basic volume of work under the project is carried out by blind experts. The project will promote the integration of invalids into society and will increase their competitiveness in a labour market.
However, in some regions the local government has taken the initiative on itself and supports inclusive education. So, in Moscow the law "Education of children with limited opportunities" is created, this year 157 v.i. children are trained in the ordinary schools. In Arkhangelsk the local government allocates an additional budget at a rate of 3.4 % for the education of a v.i. child who trained in ordinary school.
However the education system is still far from perfect, children at the ordinary school do not receive the necessary rehabilitation services and require such subjects as: orientation and mobility, social skills, skills of computer literacy and Braille.
In many Russian cities (Belgorod, Kislovodsk, Lipetsk, Nishniy Novgorod) conferences and seminars have taken place on inclusive education and the adaptation of v.i. children in a society of sighted contemporaries.

The Third International Arts Festival of Disabled Children takes place in St Petersburg from 18 till 24 April 2010.
The Festival’s organiser is the St Petersburg Foundation for the Support and Development of Music and Education.

Finnish- Russian project called "First Steps" is going on and the next conference will be held in Petrozavodsk, Karelia on 4th of March 2010.
The results of this collaboration work is a new DVD: “Leo learns by doing” produced by Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired Children’s Rehab. “LEO LEARNS BY DOING”, a video about the everyday handling of a blind baby.
Tips on this DVD about the caring of a blind child suit most parents with an infant, therapists and those involved with the family. It includes spoken text in Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian!
For contacts: e-mail: anne.tiljander@nkl.fi

Mrs. Irina Sarubina, Russia Contact person

Azerbaijan

In 1999 the Caspian Compassion Project (CCP) was registered by the Azerbaijan Ministry of Justice as a not-for-profit, non-government humanitarian health organisation. Its mandate from the beginning was to provide high quality medical care to poor and conflict-impacted people in both rural and urban communities of Aserbaijan, with a special focus on ophthalmology services.

Project Goals 2008-09

Mrs. Yelena Filippova, Azerbaijan Contact person

Ukraine

The Second Congress of typhlopedagogics "Improvement of professional skill” has been held in 2009.
We negotiate with Royal Visio in the Netherlands for participation in a joint project Matra, named "On the sun".
We continue to work on the project “Mama School” for parents of early age v.i. children. In 2009 we have organised “Mama School” in Evpatoria, on the coast of the Black sea. The project passed well by the support of colleagues from Russia and Poland.

Mrs. Eugenia Synyova, Ukraine Contact person

Tajikistan (official not registered)

Tajikistan Blind Union unites 9861 blind and low vision individuals, has 11 industrial enterprises and 20 branches. In Tajikistan there are 4 boarding schools. 25000 blind and visually impaired children are registered by the Ministry of Health (the population in Tajikistan is 7 215 000 person), and only 374 children are trained in these 4 boarding schools.

February. The Conference in honour of the 200th anniversary of Louis Braille has been held.
April. Republican competition on Russian checkers has been held, 67 blind people participated.
May. The training Seminar for boarding schools teachers has been held in the north of the Republic. This seminar has been financed by the Asian Blind Union.
June. New technology for the production of books has been obtained through the support of the Finnish fund "Abilis". 95 textbooks for blind children have been released already.
August. 8 blind representatives participated in the international competitions on checkers and chess that took place in Uzbekistan.
September. Chairman of ICEVI-Europe Mr Hans Welling visited Tajikistan. He has attended two schools for blind children. We have organised a meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection (Welfare). Representatives of the Ministries regret, that for 2 years of negotiations between the Tajikistan Blind Union and ICEVI it was not possible to organise any project.
15  October - the day of "White cane" has been held.
November-December. Sociological research on a theme: "Women's rape in family" has been carried out. 40 blind women from different regions of Tajikistan have been examined. This project is financed by the Asian Union Blind.

Mr. Holmat Tengniev, Tajikistan Contact person

Central Europe region

Mrs. Terezie Hradilkova, representing subregion Central European countries
e-mail: th@icevi-europe.org

Czech Republic

1. Ministry of Education level

In 2009 in the Czech Republic the Ministry of Education changed its minister and other department leaders including the department which takes care of special education, which also changed its name to Department of social programs in the educational system. This department is oriented in two main offices: 1. Office for equal possibilities in education 2. Office for prevention, special education and education in special institutions. The office number two is divided into two parts, one manages prevention and education in institutions (for children without a home, for serious diagnoses in behavior and manners, crime) and the second manages special education. The Ministry of Education directly manages mostly education in institutions (homes for children without parents, institutions for children with problems in behavior and manners, crime) and several schools mainly for visually impaired and deaf children. Other special schools of all kinds including special schools for visually impaired are under the management of central regional offices.
After 14 (from 1995) years there were 2 participants at the Dublin conference as representatives of the Ministry of Education.

Inclusion

As far as education of the visually impaired is concerned, in the last study of the National Institution of Professional Education it is said that surprisingly pupils and students prefer to be integrated into the main stream schools only in 50% of cases. Others prefer special schools, where they still get a better education. The work of special pedagogical centres is described as non-effective, for example only 2% of the integrated visually impaired, who are registered there, use their service for choosing their secondary education.

At the meeting of people working in the special pedagogical centres for the visually impaired the future vision of the Ministry of Education in this field was presented: integration is changing into the inclusion of disabled children within the educational system.

Special schools

Jan Daly Conservatory for visually impaired children celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the Deyl Institution for Blind foundation. This school also won the ESF project in Education music for visually impaired children from the age of five as the important part of their education and life.

In special schools (kindergartens, basic and secondary) for visually impaired in Czech Republic the number of pupils and students with specific learning problems is growing, also problems with behaviour and with educational problems connected with their multi-disabilities.

Universities

All universities got the Eliska book and we are trying to motivate them, we send them regular newsletters and invitations. Palackého University in Olomouc cooperates with Sáblesk association (an organisation of parents with children with dual sensory impairment), Charles University in Prague cooperates with organisations of social rehabilitation and sends out its students for praxis and stages to early intervention and special schools.

2. Ministry of social affaires level

Early intervention

In June an amendment to a law of social services (106/2008) was agreed, where a new definition of early intervention is: instead of, as formerly “early intervention is terrain (home based) , eventually ambulatory service (centre based)” the actual definition is: “early intervention is terrain (home based) service, eventually supplemented with ambulatory (centre based) forms”.

Valid definition: 
§ 54
(1) Early intervention is terrain (home based) service, eventually supplemented with ambulatory (centre based) forms for children and parents of children under 7 years with health impairment or whose development is threatened as a consequence of an unsuitable social situation. Services are targeted on family support and child development with regard to its specific needs. 
(2) The Early intervention service contains:
    a) Educational, teaching and activating procedures
    b) Mediating of contacts with the social environment
    c) Social therapeutic activities
    d) Helping with the law, asserting duly justified interests, and with looking after personal matters

1st conference on early intervention in Czech was organised in Olomouc – 9th - 11th September 2009, in cooperation with Department of Adapted Physical Activities of The Faculty of Physical Culture, Palackého University in Olomouc

Process of voluntary accreditation of organisations providing early intervention services was established – the accreditation (guarantee of quality) is accepted by ministries and local governments as a recommendation

Social rehabilitation

We succeeded in 2009 with maintaining the current system of social rehabilitation of adults with visual impairment and blindness. A good bond between long stay rehabilitation (and requalification), ambulatory and terrain rehabilitation and other services (for example guide dogs training) was functional.
An accreditation for the mobility course for visually impaired was gained.
A change in the financing of social services (connected with bigger use of EU funds) was very difficult and stressful for everybody. The capacity of workers moved from straight work with clients into the sphere of administrative work.
In the year 2009 professor Ján Jesenský unfortunately died - an author of many publications about the theory, concept and different aspects of rehabilitation for visually impaired people.
An amendment to a law of social services (106/2008) agreed in June 2009 solves also the obligatory education of social workers: it determines 24 hours of educational duty per year.
Also there was a big discussion about joining volunteers to social services, it was also legally specified in 2009 already.

3. International activities

In April there was an ICEVI – Europe board meeting in Prague.
Fifteen participants from the Czech republic attended the ICEVI conference in Dublin. Six members of this group either delivered a lecture or lead a workshop.
Terezie Hradilková has been a member of the Programme Committee for this conference.
Ema Gallová, Terezie Hradilková, Josef Cerha, Miroslav Michálek

Hungary

Early intervention:

A new regulation was passed which is very rigid and does not take into consideration the family's perspective. It's essence is that each child with special needs from 0-6 years old has to receive 4 hours of early intervention/week and it has to be provided 2 times/week. As early intervention in Hungary is mainly centre based programmes, the families have to travel to the E.I. centres 2 times a week otherwise the centre does not get the finance from the maintaining local authority.

In our field, the early intervention for children with visual impairment has made a little progress, more families are served home-based than last year but the majority of the families still get centre-based programmes. The new regulation does not help to improve family centred programmes. This year 70 families with VI children received support from the centre, mainly from Budapest or the Central Region of Hungary. Children from the country are sent to local early intervention centres which are not specifically for visual impairment.

Elementary school education:

Unfortunately, the School for low vision children in Debrecen has lost its independence and was integrated into a big elementary school. The school can not support integrated VI children. The whole reduction was due to financial reasons; the professionals were not asked or involved in the decision making.
Inclusive education of children with low vision and blindness has nominally improved: 60% of blind children and 90% of low vision children are integrated.

Rehabilitation:

Great improvement has happened: each region of Hungary has a rehabilitation centre for adults with visual impairment. The 8 rehabilitation centres provide basic rehabilitation and vocational/employment rehabilitation. The rehabilitation professionals have established the Association of Rehabilitation Professionals in the Field of Visual Impairment.

Training and higher education:

The second group of students studying basic rehabilitation for persons with visual impairment had started their training at ELTE University, Bárcsi Faculty of Special Education. The training cost is financed by the Ministry of Social Affairs.

Krisstina Kovács

Slovenia

We had 3 meetings in the year 2009 and a lot of other activities.

1. Meeting: February 24th 2009

Agenda:

  1. Progress report of our section in 2008 and plan for 2009
  2. Early intervention conference in Budapest in August 2008 reported by K. Koprivnikar, Čečešnik
  3. Study visit in Stockholm - reported by M. Hafnar
  4. Braille 1809 – 2009: Writing with 6 dots and its future, Paris, January 2009 (reported by Jenčič)
  5. Study visit in Resource Centre Huseby (participants: Šimnic, Murn, Koprivnikar, Jeraša)
  6. Other

2. Meeting: May 28th 2009

  1. Architectural design for blind and visually impaired customers - presentation of diploma thesis (Nina Polajnar was presenting)

3. Meeting: November 26th 2009

  1. Lecture on low vision, by prof. dr. M. Hawlina, (eye clinic Ljubljana
  2. OPTIC – Optimising the Inclusive Classroom – view video clips, prepared by our colleagues, Comenius project

Other:

Damijana Dušak

Slovak Republic

Primary education

On the basis of the school law (245/2008) a new Educational Programme for Children and Pupils with Visual Impairment has been developed, that was passed by the Ministry of Education SR in May 2009. Since September 2009 both special schools for visually impaired pupils in Slovakia (Levoca, Bratislava) implement this programme in preparatory, the first and the fifth classes of primary education.

Faculty of Education at Comenius University in Bratislava

celebrated an anniversary of training special teachers at Comenius University in Bratislava. 40 years ago the Institute of Special Education was created that has prepared teachers and educators for pupils with special needs in the field of physical impairment, visual impairment, hearing disability, mental health difficulties, medical conditions, intellectual disabilities, learning difficulties, ... The Institute of Special Education transformed in later years to several departments depending on the focus on types of disability. Today a single Department of Special Education prepares future teachers, educators and advisory staff preferably in the field of intellectual (cognitive) disability, hearing disability and guidance in special education - on the 2nd and 3rd level of higher education. Visual disability issues are included in the study programme for general special education.

Slovak society for special and therapeutic education

celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009. On that occasion an international conference, Perspective and treatment in special needs education, took place in November 2009.

Non-profit organisation for visually impaired in Levoca

continued in supporting itinerant teachers on a limited level. The organisation is beginning to organise meetings of parents and children at an early age with visual impairment.

Elena Mendelová

Poland

Ministry of Education level

Last year the Ministry of Education prepared a new concept of special education and psycho-educational help for the children with special needs. The main goal of this concept is to prepare conditions of equal opportunities in education for children with special needs. This solution will help to make better the organisation of individual help for disabled children and also for specially gifted children. Nowadays there is a public debate concerning the above mentioned project of changes.

Early intervention

As you know on 4th of April 2005 the Ministry of Education with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social Politics signed the Decree to organise the early support for the development of children with special needs. Now year after year more and more disabled children / also visually impaired / and their families receive support in early intervention.

Special schools

Special centres for blind and partially sighted children are also very active. Most of them organise different local activities in the field of early intervention, inclusion or vocational training. Last year there were 3 country conferences organised:

Training of teachers of the visually impaired in Poland

For the last few years in The M. Grsegorsewska Academy for Special Education in Warsaw, according to the Bologna Declaration, a 3 years undergraduate programme and 2 years graduate programme has been realised. The Academy offers study to full–time and part–time students. The programme includes: teaching methods in grades 1- 4; orientation and mobility, vision rehabilitation, early intervention, activities of daily living, technology – assisted education, rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired persons with multiple impairments.
The Academy also conducts special programmes at postgraduate level.

Depending on the interests and needs of students the Academy offers postgraduate study in the same area like master’s study. Also different local centres are organising courses and seminars about blind and partially sighted children.

For the last two years the Academy has been planning a modification of the learning system. The main goal is to prepare more differentiated courses for students (new specialisations), to make a more individual course of study and to include in a wider way new technologies in the process of education.

Grażyna Walcsak

South European region

Mrs. Ana Isabel Ruis Lópes, representing subregion South European countries
e-mail: airl@icevi-europe.org

In 2009 the Southern European Subregion has had some changes in its membership:

We sent an e-mail to all these contacts with the details of the rest, and the action plan of the subregion for the next years and some concrete proposals. Our action plan is mainly based on exchange of information and experiences.

There were 6 people from the subregion attending the 7th European Conference in Dublin: one from Portugal and 5 from Spain. We presented some papers. Unfortunately there wasn’t anyone from the rest of the subregion.

In the ONCE-education website we have included an ICEVI link (http://educacion.once.es/home.cfm?id=138&nivel=1)
In which we will include not only general information about our association but also the most relevant documents translated to Spanish and the call for papers of congresses, courses or conferences from ICEVI.

As usual, we have offered some places for children from Italy and Portugal to come to the summer camps ONCE organises every year. Last summer three Italian students attended the camp. We also offered some places for Portuguese students but no one asked for it.

ONCE and the RNIB organised a student exchange between both organisations. In April 2009 twelve Spanish students went to United Kingdom, enjoying there an intensive programme organised by the RNIB. In July 12 English students came to Spain and ONCE organised several activities for them.

As every year we have offered scholarships for Portuguese students to study in ONCE’s Physiotherapy College. This year a new one has come, besides the one who continues studying in the third course.

Spain continues organising several activities with schools and resource centres in different countries such as Bulgaria, France...

We will continue developing activities within the subregion and try to have real contact with the contact persons.

Balkan Countries Region

Mrs. Betty Leotsakou, representing sub region Balkan countries
e-mail: bl@icevi-europe.org, bleotsakou@gmail.com

2009 had been a very interesting and active year for many countries.

We had many activities, projects, and daily meetings, regarding the education and the rehabilitation of the visually impaired. The top event for 2009 was the successful European Conference that was held in Dublin.

During the conference, regional meetings were held. This was a rare opportunity for members to come together and discuss issues of concern in our own countries. In addition to discussing what new initiatives were happening in our region, we also discussed how to inform ICEVI-Europe of these initiatives.
Representatives from all countries except Albania, Cyprus, and FYROM, were present at the regional meeting.

We discussed the outcome of the two Balkan Conferences that we held in Belgrade 2006 and in Istanbul 2008 and every one of the representatives proposed a subject for discussion for the next events. The next Balkan conference is going to be held in Croatia in Zagreb on October 22-24, 2010.
The following topics are of particular interest to the professionals who work in the field of blindness:

At the regional meeting, we decided to include in the ICEVI – Europe webpage a link, with news from the Balkan Countries (projects, new services, new schools, share information good practices etc.) The individual who will be responsible for feeding of the link will be each country’s contact person by rotation. This collection of information will officially start on the first quarter of 2010 with Maria Kyriakou.
At this point, I would like to report a couple of projects as examples of good practices in different countries.

Greece

Touching art” accessibility project: when contemporary art brings us together.
Vassileia Avraam, O&M Instructor
Chrysa Zarkali, Museologist, Coordinator of the programme “Touching Art”, State Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki, Greece).

The accessibility programme for visual impaired people “Touching Art” was first launched in October 2007 in Thessaloniki, Greece. It is a programme-collaboration between the State Museum of Contemporary Art, the Pan-Hellenic Association of the Blind – Regional Union of Central Macedonia and the Institute for the Blind of Northern Greece HELIOS – School for the Blind.

In addition to this, I would like to announce that on September 2009 the Minister of National Education together with the director of the International Programs of Perkins School for the Blind and the coordinator of European projects for Perkins conducted the opening of the first secondary special education school for children who are (mdvi) multidisabled visually impaired. The following are a few words from the opening remarks of the Minister: “I am very happy establishing the first and only, at this point in Greece, Vocational Training and Special Education Center for young adults between the ages of 14-22 who are blind and also have additional disabilities.

The operation of this school in which students will attend is now fulfilling a promise made by the State. We have an implicit obligation both to protect the weakest members of society and their families, and to enable them to acquire as many skills as possible to live as independent and useful members of society.

Specifically, the training aims at:

The subjects taught in the classrooms of the school include independent living skills, arts and crafts, and gardening. The school will work together with and under the supervision and support of Perkins School for the Blind. Perkins School for the Bind will share specialised knowledge regarding deaf blindness and the education of people with MDVI through its skilled teachers and dedicated staff. We are very happy for this opportunity, because our instructors will have all the necessary support from Perkins and will come into contact with modern practices of education to meet the mission and vision of the school. I would like to thank Perkins School for the Blind VERY much for their support.”

Romania

WHO WE ARE
Cornelia CODREANU – Director
Silviu VANDA – Head deputy

The High School for the Visually Impaired is the first school for the blind in Romania established since 1992. It provides educational services for visually impaired children, as well as, children with associated disabilities or multiple sensorial impairments. Children are aged 1 to 20 years old and come in our institution from over twenty Romanian districts.

F.Y.R.O.M. (Republic of Macedonia)

Elena Hristova hristova_e@yahoo.com (our new contact person)
Association of Special Educators and Rehabilitators of the Republic of Macedonia

Cyprus

Maria Kyriacou (our new contact person)
Educator - St. Barnabas School for the Blind, Nicosia, Cyprus

The St. Barnabas School for the Blind, located in Nicosia, Cyprus, is a multi-dynamic centre providing a wide range of services that include:
Primary Education
A unit for children with multiple disabilities including visual impairment
A telephony department (the only one provided for by the State)
Training in the use of electronic equipment
Tape-recordings and Transcriptions of teaching and other material into Braille
An early intervention program for children with VI and their families
Support services for children with visual impairment attending mainstream educational settings
Training programs for adults as well as special individual programs for individuals who are deaf blind.
Bulgaria and Serbia are organising different seminars for teachers in their countries focusing more on the education of MDVI children.

Allow me to report that we still haven’t found a contact person for Albania and for Bosnia & Herzegovina so please if you know someone from these countries forward our e-mail so we can get in contact, otherwise, we will e-mail the Associations of the Blind to propose someone who fulfils the criteria.

Nordic and Baltic Countries

Mr. Peter Rodney, representing subregion Baltic and Nordic countries
e-mail: pr@icevi-europe.org

Iceland

National Institute for the Blind, Visually Impaired, and Deafblind

The National Institute for the Blind, Visually Impaired, and Deafblind in Iceland was established on January 1, 2009 as the result of mergers of several different government entities into one national institute. The institute is governed by the Ministry for Social Affairs and combines for the first time all matters concerning visually impaired, blind, and deafblind individuals in the Iceland.

The National Institute for the Blind, Visually Impaired, and Deafblind offers services to the 1600 visually impaired, blind, and deafblind individuals of all ages in Iceland. The Institute offers education to the public on visual impairment and offers support to families, friends, teachers and other professionals such as consultation, rehabilitation programmes and training. The aim is to enhance the visually impaired person’s independence and their ability to participate in society as active citizens.

Special emphasis is on consultancy for teachers of visually impaired children and in teaching mobility and the activities of daily life. The institute teaches Braille and produces all books on Braille and books with enlarged text for students of all ages.

The Institute provides eye examinations, evaluation of sight and use of sight. Furthermore, it provides glasses, lenses, eye prosthesis, assisting equipment, low vision equipment, and training in how to use the equipment and special assistive devices.

Much emphasis this year has gone into hiring staff, development, working with schools, designing procedures, and implementing policies. We are very excited at the start of the new Institute and have great hopes and expectations for the future.

Mrs. Huld Magnusdottir, Director General.

Estonia

In Estonia, the programme of developing the system of counselling centres for children with special educational needs launched by the Estonian Ministry of Education has been in progress almost a year. According to this programme, children with sight problems, their parents and teachers have got advice and counselling provided by the teachers of special schools for the blind. The teachers involved in the programme have got the opportunity to attend special teacher training courses on episodic counselling. This programme has helped to create a well-functioning network between the counselling centres. It has significantly improved access to the information about special educational needs including those caused by visual impairment.

In September 2009, a new one-year project on cultural inclusion of blind and visually impaired children and young people aged 7-26 was started. The aim of the project is to enhance the opportunities of taking part in mainstream cultural events for this target group. In the framework of this project children and young people with blindness and visual impairment can go to the theatre, museums, cinemas, attend creative workshops etc. This project is co-ordinated by a non-governmental organisation “Imelised” who applied for a grant from Swedbank to cover the costs of tickets. They also organise volunteers as sighted guides. The experience gained by now has proved that there is a great need for such activities.

Anne Koiv, rehabilitation co-ordinator, Tartu Emajoe School

Latvia

Probably the financial crisis has shown itself in some way in every country. We feel it in our budget which was dramatically cut down in September of 2009. Still we managed to do many good things up until that time: with the great support of our friends and sponsors we bought a new van for our school; the Queen of Spain visited our school in May of 2009; in May of 2009 a group of our musical students took part in the musical festival in St Petersburg, Russia, with great success. The sports games for the blind and visually impaired children of the Baltic States and Finland took place in our school from May 30 - June 3. We think that it was a really nice event both for the children and the teachers and hope that even the crisis won’t stop us organising such games in future in other Baltic countries.

From September 2009 we had to cut down many individual lessons of O&M, ADLS, speech therapy etc. because of low finance. Still our teachers are keen on their work; they try to do their best even though their salaries were reduced by more than 30%. We try to educate ourselves and other specialists involved in working with the blind, visually impaired or MDVI children. So, we have joined a Comenius project “Sound and picture” together with 9 other countries. In June 2009, a seminar “No vision – no hearing – then what?” on questions of deafblindness, was organised by Consultant services for congenitally deafblind children from Denmark, in our school/training centre. We organised informative courses and seminars for other specialists involved in working with blind and visually impaired children in other institutions.

We started the development and production of relief and Braille materials in our school. This was a governmental function before, but we had to start doing it ourselves because of the financial problems of the government.

Step by step we are starting to develop early intervention services that are more important for our preschool MDVI children, who are still not very welcome even in special preschools for visually impaired children.

With the same limited finance, we do still develop support for integrated blind and visually impaired children. More and more parents choose to send their visually impaired children to mainstream schools instead of to special school. Nevertheless problems with those children in mainstream schools appear very soon because the support that can be offered in mainstream schools is also limited because of lessened finance.

Still we hope that this situation is temporary and we will be back on the path of welfare and development very soon!

Ligita Geida, Strasdumuisa Residential Secondary School- Training Centre for Visually Impaired and Blind Children.

Finland

JYVÄSKYLÄ SCHOOL GOES CIRCUS Circus Bombastico at the School for the Visually Impaired Children in Jyväskylä This workshop was an opportunity to learn about the world of circus, its tricks and trade, to improve body awareness and control, social skills, working in a group, self-expression and communication and practical language skills in a multi-professional working environment. Fifteen pupils of Jyväskylä School participated in a one week circus workshop in October 2009. The 7 to 17 year-old participants got to know the world of circus and practised tricks alongside circus professionals. The outcome was two magnificent shows in which each pupil performed a special number to live audiences.

The circus workshop provided the children with confidence, experiences, togetherness, laughter and feelings of success and a multitude of thunderous applauses. Adults also took part, not as teachers or paraprofessionals (assistants) or therapists but equals who learned tricks alongside the pupils and joined in the fun. This was the second time the German pedagogical Circus Bombastico came to Jyväskylä and built their tent in the school gym.

Project: OFF ROAD CANE ANOTHER WAY TO EXPLORE THE ENVIRONMENT

Travelling in nature, in snow and rough surfaces can be a trial for an unaccustomed cane user. Walking should be fun and exploring the environment an exciting experience with more opportunities than hazards. The traditional white cane in wide open spaces may cause some degree of anxiety. For this reason we have designed bumpers and hoops to make it easier and safer to explore the environment in challenging circumstances other than by using a white cane. These pro-canes invite the young traveller to move from point A to point B in a variety of ways – not just by trying to find the most direct route. They are designed to slide and glide over and past or to bump into obstacles that may be encountered en route.

Outi Lappalainen, Rehabilitation Officier, O&M&ILS Specialist, outi.lappalainen@jynok.fi

Current situation of inclusive / special education in Finland

Educational discussion shows Finland to be quite famous for the results in Pisa-studies. These results from regular schools show in all fields little variation between students, when compared to other countries. Naturally, despite our excellent Pisa results, we do have a number of pupils with all kinds of special needs. Many of these students with special educational needs study in regular schools attending part-time remedial instruction by special education teachers. Some students with deeper and more serious challenges study in special classes, mostly situated in regular schools. For the last ten years the total number of students with special educational needs has been steadily growing in Finland. The growth in special education is largely seen as an outcome of changes in educational legislation and how statistics are collected, advances in diagnostics and rehabilitation and the new knowledge produced by research brought into special education.

According to the research, a school's social status bears no relation to its performance in Finland. Differences between schools are exceptionally small and local and regional impacts on student performance are low. But it seems that some obvious reasons for the growing number of special education pupils lies in significant differences between local authorities in municipalities when transferring pupils to special education. So called “borderlines to special education” may vary a lot in different region. In addition, current special education research and statistics show rather the execution and models of special education than need for it and its’ influence on pupil’s learning and life.

Tarja Hännikäinen, tarja.hannikainen@jynok.fi

Sweden

Inclusive education for students with visual impairment has been a theme for two conferences in Sweden during 2009.

OPTIC

The Comenius project, OPTIC, aims to identify the needs of the group and specify adaptations which can be made to create a better learning environment for the students, both in mainstream and in special schools. Project partners from Luxembourg, Slovenia, Ireland, Scotland, Bulgaria, France Switzerland and Sweden are involved in the project. One project meeting was held at Ekeskolan /Resource Centre Vision in Örebro the 23-26 March 2009. Besides changing good practices between the countries, a presentation was made of the project "Braille reading students’ participation and activity in mainstream settings – a complete survey and long term case study". A four year project carried out at the Resource Centre Vision.

Nordic seminar about inclusion

The project was also presented at a Nordic seminar about inclusion within the frame of NOVIR – Nordic Visual Impairment Research Group, in Stockholm 26-27 March 2009. The seminar was arranged by the National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools, Resource Centre Vision. Several interesting presentations were made by participants from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Some important factors for successful inclusion were pointed out. The importance of focusing on the whole situation around the child and how different factors continuously interact with each other in an ongoing process, both organisational factors, group factors and individual factors. You also need to attend to the importance of communication between the school and the parents of the child.

Nordic Congress 2009

The 6th Nordic Congress for Low vision therapists was held in Lund the 13-15 May 2009. The theme for the conference was “Vision Pedagogy in a Lifelong Perspective”. About 170 delegates from Island, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden were gathered to take part in workshops and lectures in the field of education and (re)habilitation of people with visual impairment.

ICEVI Europe conference

At the 7th European ICEVI conference in Dublin, Resource Vision gave four presentations, which touched on the Braille reading student's situation from different perspectives.
The already mentioned study "Braille reading students' participation and activity in mainstream settings - a complete survey and long term case study", which partly accounts for teachers' experience of Braille reading, students' participation and activity in the classroom and also tries to identify favourable factors for inclusion. The project was presented in two different sessions.

“Telling meeting” - a study of blind and sighted children's interaction.

“The Braille phenomenon in a sighted environment - seven life world stories.” The study focus is on Braille as a medium for written language from the reader’s point of view in a sighted environment during childhood, school day, beginning of adult life and adult everyday life.

Denmark

Audio Haptics for Visually Impaired Training and Education at a Distance

This project seeks to research the problems experienced by distance learning providers in delivering courses with a visual graphic content. It will go on to further develop the concept of “Talking Tactiles” for use in a distance learning environment. It will create a method of identifying the tactile overlays by an audio bar code reader, and allow interaction from the graphic image via the internet to the training provider. As it is expected that the outcomes of this project will have a European application an easy to use method of translation for embedded instructions and content files will be developed.

Specific objectives of the project:

ICFproVIP

The Institute for the Blind and Partially Sighted, IBOS is coordinating a new European Leonardo Partnership 2009 - 2011. The purpose of the partnership between 7 institutes is to gain knowledge about how to implement ICF (International Classification of Functioning, (Dis)Ability and Health) as a tool in (re)habilitation of vision impaired persons (VIP).

The ICF is an international classification of health and health-related domains approved and published by WHO in 2001. It presents a holistic framework for measuring (for coding) different information on functioning that also should be transferred to staff working with VIPs in order to facilitate cooperation and transparency between different professions and the individual VIP.

The partnership will address the different ways in which (re)habilitation for VIPs and the implementation of ICF as a tool are being organised and carried out in the partner countries and institutes: National Rehabilitation Centre for the Blind in Bulgaria; Visio in Netherlands, BFW Düren in Germany; Liceul pentru Deficienti de Vedere in Romania; NCBI in Ireland, Institut Montéclair, France and IBOS, Denmark. We will address our differences in economic possibilities, legislation, professional traditions, opinions, etc. and adapt and test a two day course in ICF for staff at VIP institutes.

Between meetings it is up to the partners to work individually and nationally with the implementation of ICF at their own pace and according to their own needs as some are quite new in this field and some a bit more experienced, some are small and some are large institutions. At the end of the partnership we also want to address the possibilities and problems facing a further development of the ICF classification system into the visual and rehabilitation field in cooperation with researchers and the WHO. The debates and experiences from implementing the use of ICF to VIP will be presented at a public final conference and at the Enviter.eu Homepage.

GAT4PRoVIP means Guidance, Advice and Training for Parents and Relatives of Visually Impaired Persons. The project is led by The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC), UK with partners Societata Romana pentru Educatie Permanenta, Romania; Bildunsgwerk Saechsischen Wirtschaft, Germany; Rehberlik ve Arastirma Merkesi of Bolü, Turkey and the Institute for Blind and Partially Sighted, Denmark. The development of the project was supported by European Union’s Long Life Learning Programme, Grundtvig. The project aims to provide answers to questions and calm fears for people who suddenly find themselves as carers when a member of the family, a pupil, an employee or a client becomes blind or visually impaired.

From Synscentre Refsnæs – centre for blind and partially sighted children and youth of Denmark By Tanja Stevns, International coordinator

We are participating in the Sound & Picture project supported by EU- Comenius life long learning programme. The aim is to create an ITC toolbox containing educational methods and teaching materials for MDVI children. The first seminar was held in Orebro, Sweden in November 2009 with great success. Synscentre Refsnæs will be hosting the third seminar November 2010 with 35 colleagues from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Luxembourg, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania and Italy. We are currently looking at other project proposals concerning MDVI as that is one of our main focus areas.

The first version of our own invention HearSee.dk is now ready. It is an IT based programme that can be used for visual/auditory stimulation, communication, education and entertainment. HearSee is simple and easy to use for teachers, educators and parents as it can be used immediately without any particular computing skills. It is accessible for MDVI children as it can be operated by 0-1 buttons, flexiboard or any other converted keyboard. We plan to give a further presentation on HearSee on the ICEVI conference in Malaysia this summer. For information, contact Jette Lei: jtte@regionsjaelland.dk or Tanja Stevns: tstv@regionsjaelland.dk

During 2009, The RoboBraille team has continued to develop the service with new functionality and new languages. An agreement was made with the private Danish VELUX Foundations to support the development of a Polish version of RoboBraille, including an electronic library and a material production facility. The team also took initial steps towards creating an Arabic version of RoboBraille, partially with support from the Danish Development Agency. Furthermore, support for DAISY was added to RoboBraille with the implementation of the DAISY Pipeline. Finally, the RoboBraille voices were upgraded and support for new document types including pdf, tiff and gif was added.

As a result of the RoboBraille service winning the European eAccessibility Award from the European Commission in December 2008, a short documentary on the RoboBraille service was produced by a professional film crew. The movie is available at http://www.robobraille.org/rb/subpage584.aspx. During 2009, the RoboBraille service went on to win the British eWell-Being Award for Reaching the Digitally Excluded and the ACCESS-IT@Learning Award for the best product to facilitate persons with disability to get educated in an affordable, accessible, usable and efficient manner. An in January 2010, RoboBraille was honoured with the prestigious BETT Award 2010 for best Special Needs education Solution.

2010 is set to include many important improvements to the service: A recent agreement with Austrian Hilfsgemeinschaft der Blinden und Sehschwachen will result in support for German Braille and speech in RoboBraille; a similar agreement with the National Icelandic Institute for blind, visually impaired and deaf blind individuals will ensure support for Icelandic Braille and the Polish Braille translation will be completed. The RoboBraille is furthermore planning improved support for Braille formatting and will take initial steps towards a Spanish version of RoboBraille. Meanwhile, the RoboBraille partner programme is being re-launched to attract more partners and end-users, and to make sure that partners maximise the value of their affiliation with RoboBraille.

4 Financial report 2009

Balance
  31-12 2008 (EUR) 31-12 2009 (EUR)
Cash 675,00 € 0,00€
Equity 17.959,18 € 18.634,18 €
Total 18.634,18 € 24.173,00 €
Profit and loss
  2008 (EUR) 2007 (EUR)
Income
Contributions 7.162,25 € 9.023,37 €
Interest 0,00 € 0,00 €
Other income 1.369,43 € 0,00 €
Total income 8.531,68 € 9.023,37 €
Expenditures
Website costs 1.400,00 1.300,00 €
Printing costs 4.527,64 0,00 €
Travel and accommodation 0,00 € 1.400,00 €
costs meetings 27,00 689,13 €
Postage costs 10,25 0,00 €
Bank costs 86,13 95,42 €
Total expenditures 6.051,02 3.484,55 €
Result 2.480,66 5.538,82 €
Estimate 2009
  2009 (EUR) Balance as per 31-12-2009
Income
Contributions 9.500,00 € 9.023,37 €
Interest 0,00 € 0,00 €
Other income 0,00 € 0,00 €
Total income 9.500,00 € 9.023,37 €
Expenditures
Website costs 1.400,00 € 1.300,00 €
Printing costs 250,00 € 0,00 €
Travel and accommodation 2.500,00 € 1.400,00 €
Costs meetings 0,00 € 689,13 €
Postage costs 0,00 € 0,00 €
Bank costs 90,00 € 95,42 €
ICEVI World 4.000,00 € 0,00 €
Translation Newsletter Russian 250,00 € 0,00 €
Total expenditures 8.490,00 € 3.484,55 €
Estimated result 1.010,00 € 5.538,82 €
Equity as of 31-12 18.634,18 € 24.173,00 €
Available for other projects as of 01-01-2010: 24.173,00 €
Estimate 2010
  2010 (EUR)
Income
Contributions 9.500,00 €
Interest 0,00 €
Other income 0,00 €
Total income 9.500,00 €
Expenditures
Website costs 1.550,00 €
Printing costs 0,00 €
Travel and accommodation 2.000,00 €
Costs meetings 1.000,00 €
Postage costs 0,00 €
Bank costs 90,00 €
ICEVI World 6.000,00 €
Total expenditures 10.640,00 €
Estimated result -1.140,00 €
Equity as of 31-12-2009 24.173,00 €
Available for other projects 23.033,00 €

5 Looking to the future

The role of ICEVI is:

Also for the coming years these activities will be guidelines for ICEVI-Europe.

For 2010 this means for instance:

Moreover, in 2010 a restart will be made with the development of a European Masters Programme for professionals who are working in the field of Education and Rehabilitation.

In the next Board meeting in April 2010 the Board will mainly be occupied with the suggestions and wishes, which were expressed during the regional meetings in Dublin.
The Board aims to compose a programme for the coming years and announce this programme in the newsletter and on the website.

The Board realises that the implementation of the programme only will be possible with sufficient cooperation of the participating countries.

Members of the Board as of December 31st 2009

Advisors

ICEVI-SUBREGIONS within Europe

Baltic and Nordic Countries

English speaking Countries.

French speaking Countries

South European Countries

German and Dutch speaking Countries

Central European Countries

East European Countries

Balkan Countries


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