International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment, European region

National Page of Greece

National representative

Mr. Vassilis Argyropoulos
University of Thessaly, Department or Special Education - Visual Impairments
Argonafton & Filellinon St, Volos 382 21 Greece
tel: 00 30 242 1074860
fax: 00 30 242 1074756
e-mail: vassargi@uth.gr

Educational institutions

CENTER FOR EDUCATION AND REHABILITATION OF THE BLIND (C.E.R.B)

Eleftheriou Venizelou 210 street, Kallithea, Athens, 17675
Tel.: +302109595880, Fax. +302109595868

The Center for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind (C.E.R.B) is a Legal Entity of Public Law, supervised by the Ministry of Public Health and Social Solidarity (Welfare). The C.E.R.B is active in many ways in order to offer the best possible support to visually impaired individuals. More analytically it comprises departments such as Social Service, boardinghouse, library, psychological support, teaching aids workshop, Mobility - Orientation and Daily Living Skills. The C.E.R.B supports visually impaired individuals from all over Greece, with the objective of creating equal opportunities for them by providing them education and thus enabling their accession in society.

"SUN" SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND IN NORTHERN GREECE (SBNG)

32 Vassilisis Olgas avenue, 54641, Thessaloniki
Tel: +30 2310830095, Fax: +30 2310830787

The "SUN" School for the Blind in Northern Greece (SBNG); is the only institution in the region of Northern Greece to host and train people with impaired vision. There are established services such as: Orientation Mobility and Daily Living Skills, a Talking Books Library, Employment and Career Advising Service, Social Workers Service, and others. Also the specific school provides courses for the Braille code to teachers and students from special and general education.

Associations

LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND

Athinas 17 street, Kallithea, Athens, 17673
Tel.: +302109415222, Fax: +302109415271

The Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece is an association specifically, non-profit, subsidized and overseen by the Ministry of Public Health and Social Solidarity (Welfare). Founded in 1946, their aim being to support blind individuals, reduce the consequences from the loss of sight and to raise awareness of the public and the State about the problems that they face. For over 60 years the activities of the Lighthouse, in the areas of information, education and employment of visually-impaired individuals, have made the association as one of the main reference sectors of blindness in Greece. The association provides the following in brief: Lending Library with Braille and Audio books, Braille Printing Center, Audio Books recording studio, Metal Works Unit, Brushes - Brooms Workshop, Ceramics Workshop, Gymnasium and workout areas, Tactual Museum with exhibitions from all periods of cultural civilization, Event hall and Theatre, Training and Rehabilitation Center for the visually impaired, Hostel.

THE PANHELLENIC ASSOCIATION OF THE BLIND (PAB)

Verantzerou 31 street, Athens, 10432
Tel.: +302105202408, Fax. +302105222112

The Panhellenic Association of the Blind (PAB) was established in 1932 and is the first Organization of the blind and all other handicapped in Greece. PAB has seven local Branches all over Greece, and there are about 5,000 registered members. It is the exclusive representative of Greek blind people in the National Confederation of Disabled People and in all the official international organizations of the blind. It is also a member of the European Blind Union and the World Blind Union and the Balkan Consultants Committee. The activities are beyond the narrow syndicalistic initiatives. PAB has established services for Blind people such as: Orientation Mobility and Daily Living Skills, a Talking Books Library, Employment and Career Advising Service, Social Workers Service, and others.

HELLENIC RETINA SOCIETY (H.R.S.)

H.R.S., PO Box. 8159, 10010, Athens,
E-mail: pea at retina.gr
Tel: +30 2105238389, Fax: +30 2105230263

The Hellenic Retina Society provides a rich bulk of information regarding the consequences caused by a group of progressive conditions which affect the retina. Also this Society publishes a quarterly magazine combining a high standard of scientific excellence with clarity of presentation and practical relevance.

"AMIMONI" THE PANHELLENIC ASSOCIATION OF PARENTS, GUARDIANS AND FRIENDS OF CHILDREN WITH MDVI

27 Ippokratous St., 16777, Elliniko Attikis
Tel: +30 2109944646, Fax: +30 2109944646,
E-mail: contact at amimoni.gr

The Panhellenic Association "AMIMONI" was established in 1993 and through this the parents and the guardians of children with MDVI could claim better their children's rights. It is a non-profit organization and its main aim is the education and rehabilitation of children with visual impairment and multiple disabilities (MDVI). Also the association supports socially and psychologically families of children with MDVI, constructing educational programmes for them and at the same time sensitizing the social opinion about the value and the right for equal opportunities for children with MDVI.