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Belgium


Amis des Aveugles
Rue de la Barriere 37-39, 7011 Ghln-Mons, Belgium.
Contact person: Ms. Denise Bredas-Tis, Director
Tel: +32 65 40 31 00
Fax: +32 65 40 31 09
Email: info@amisdesaveugles.be
Web: www.amisdesaveugles.be
Activities: Guide dog training; Social centre; Ophthalmic services, Residential home for older blind and partially sighted people; Workshop; Braille transcription service.

 

Belgisch Centrum voor Geleidehonden vzw
Maastrichtersteenweg 64, 3700 Tongeren, Belgium.
Tel: +32 12 234319
Fax: +32 12 394124
Email: bcg@geleidehond.be; cbcg@chienguide.be
Web: www.geleidehond.be
Activities: The Belgian Centre for Guide Dogs aims to help visually impaired people towards greater independence. All our work goes towards fulfilling one or more of our three objectives: the breeding and training of guide dogs, the training visually impaired people to use guide dogs and providing ongoing aftercare. The dogs, training and aftercare are provided free of charge.

 

Belgische Confederatie voor Blinden en Slechtzienden (BCBS)
Avenue Georges Henri 278, B-1200 Bruxelles, Belgium.
Contact person: Emile Alenus
Tel: +32 2 732 53 24
Fax: +32 2 735 64 53
Email: bcbs.cbpam@skynet.be; info@bcbs-cbpam.be
Web: www.bcbs-cbpam.be/
Activities:
A Belgian umbrella organization of the blind and member of the EBU and the WBU. The members of the confederation are schools, service providers, organisations of and for the blind. The confederation provides information to members, conducts research and organizes contact with the government. The confederation has work groups such as Social Rights, Rehabilitation and Employment, Education and accessibility, Euro, Culture, Sports and Leisure, and Youth.

 

Blindenzorg Licht en Liefde vzw
(Solidarity in Sight)

Oudenburgweg 40, B-8490 Varsenare, Belgium.
Contact person: Jan Dewitte (Documentation Service)
Tel: +32 50 40 60 50
Fax: +32 50 40 60 57
Email: docu@lichtenliefde.be; info@lichtenliefde.be
Web: www.lichtenliefde.be
Activities: Accommodation, activity centre, advice, campaigning, contact opportunities, cultural activities, documentation and information, education, empowerment, family activities, federation for members, group advocacy, holiday service, home teaching, inclusive books for children, leisure activities, low vision advice, magazine, mobility service, networking, rehabilitation, self-help, social services, social and cultural movement, technical aids service, technology advice, text production (braille, large print, Daisy and digital), training, volunteer opportunities, website screening. Branches in the main towns of Dutch speaking Belgium and in Brussels.

 

Brailleliga
(Ligue Braille)

Engelandstraat 57, Brussels, B-1060, Belgium.
Tel: +32 2 533 3211
Fax: +32 2 537 6426
Email: info@braille.be
Web: www.braille.be
Activities: National Institute for the welfare of the blind and partially sighted persons providing social and cultural services in French and Dutch including talking books, Braille production library; workshops and vocational rehabilitation centres; professional training centres; household training courses (also in Germans), mobility centre (also in German), provision of guide dogs; technical devices services (also in German); study and documentation centre about blindness and low vision; specialised professional orientation and psychosocial consultants; welfare services; recreation. Branches in main towns all over Belgium, including the German speaking area.

 

Handicapé Visuel Formation Emploi asbl (HVFE)
Rue Winston Churchill 121a, B-6180 Courcelles, Belgium.
Contact Person: Vinciane Hoornaert
Tel: +32 71 46 18 08
Fax: +32 71 46 06 50
Email: info@hvfe.be; vinciane.hoornaert@hvfe.be
Web: www.hvfe.be
Activities: HVFE teaches the blind and the visually impaired to work with computers.

 

Infovisie vzw
Vloerstraat 67, B-3020 Herent, Belgium. 
Contact person: Jan Engelen, President 
Tel: +32 16 23 85 74 
Fax: +32 16 23 74 31 
Email: info@infovisie.bejan_engelen@telenet.be
Web: www.infovisie.be 
Activities: The Infovisie organisation was created in 1984 mainly for providing technological support to groups, organisations and indivual visually impaired persons in the domain of assistive devices supporting their autonomy and access to the information society. For about a decade individual technical support was provided to the target groups. These tasks were then taken over by the Vlicht organisation and later by the KOC-group, part of the Flemish Agency supporting persons with an impairment. Since 1985, Infovisie vzw publishes a quarterly magazine (in several accessible formats) about technological research and innovations related to visual impairments, InfovisieMagaZIEN (in Dutch only; http://www.infovisie.be/magazine.htm).

 

Institut Alexandre Herlin
Rue de Dilbeek 1, Bruxelles, B-1082, Belgium.
Tel: +32 2 465 5960
Fax: +32 2 465 0687
Email: alexandre_herlin@belgacom.net; aherlin@belgacom.net

 

Institut d'Enseignement Spécial
Rue du Temple 2, Ghlin, B-7011, Belgium.
Tel: +32 65 31 71 41
Fax: +32 65 84 09 95
Email: info@cpesm.be
Web: www.cpesm.be
Activities: Offers educational courses and therapeutic sessions for children with disabilities.

 

Institut Royal pour Sourds et Aveugles (IRSA)
Chaussée de Waterloo 1508, Bruxelles, B-1180, Belgium.
Tel: +32 2 374 0368
Fax: +32 2 375 7313
Email: uccle@c-h-s.be; rbeyaert.2131@ens.irisnet.be
Web: www.irsa.be
Activities: Informing and disseminating information; Education and rehabilitation services.

 

Kamelego vzw
p.a. Mediahuis, Gossetlaan 30, 1702 Groot-Bijgaarden, Belgium.
Contact person: Jan Engelen, President
Tel: +32 16 23 85 74 
Fax: +32 16 23 74 31 
Email: info@kamelego.be; jan_engelen@telenet.be
Web: www.kamelego.be
Activities: The Kamelego foundation was created in 1991 under the name “Braille Newspaper group”. Since 2008, the name Kamelego has been in use stressing the point that the organisation’s main intent is to make documents (newspapers, magazines, books) available in several accessible formats. Through an intensive collaboration with all Flemish newspaper publishers and the technology group GoPress, all 7 Flemish daily newspapers are provided since December 2013 in both text and audio daisy formats (www.anderslezen.be). In spring 2014 the Android and iOS app “Anderslezen” was developed and promoted permitting listening to newspapers and magazines in a convenient way via tablet-based software packages. Through collaboration with Transkript, Luisterpuntbibliotheek en BLL the app software will be upgraded by the end of 2014 in order to read and also to lend books from the LPB Library.

 

Kasterlinden
Dilbeekstraat 1, 1082 Saint-Agatha-Berchem, Brussels, Belgium.
Tel: +32 2 465 5896
Fax: +32 2 465 6711
Email: kasterlinden@vgc.be
Web: kasterlinden.vgc.be
Activities: Kindergarten, primary and secondary schools for children with a visual impairment and/or multiple handicaps. Kindergarten and primary school have individualized teaching, adapted devices for the blind and partially - sighted children supported by speech therapists, educational-psychologists, physiotherapists. Secondary school has professional training integration in workshop, teaching and vocational training aiming at a total integration in office and sales technology.

 

Koninklijk Instituut Spermalie voor Auditief en Visueel Gehandicapten
Medisch Pedagogisch Instituut, Snaggaardstraat 9, B-8000 Brugge, Belgium.
Tel: +32 50 47 19 60
Fax: +32 50 33 73 06
Email: info@mpi-spermalie.be
Web: www.ki-spermalie.be
Activities: Aids the social and professional inclusion into society of (multiple) visually impaired babies, toddlers, children, youngsters and adults. Ambulant and mobile services at home and regular schools; (semi) board; special primary and secondary school.

 

Koninklijk Instituut Woluwe
(Royal Institute Woluwe)

Georges Henrilaan 278, B-1200 Brussel (Sint-Lambrechts Woluwe), Belgium.
Contact persons: Peter Beckers and Mark De Keyser
Tel: +32 2 735 4085
Fax: +32 2 733 2463
Email: ki.doven.en.blinden@fracarita.org
Web: www.kiwoluwe.be
Activities: Boarding and semi-boarding (high) school for visually handicapped pupils. General education and professional training. Guidance and assisstance in integrated education. Mobility training. Review: "KiWoord".

 

Koninklijke Maatschappij voor Blinden en Slechtzienden (KMBS)
(Royal Association for Blind and Partially Sighted People)

Durletstraat 43, 2018 Antwerpen, Belgium.
Tel: +03 248 54 78
Fax: +03 248 08 63
Email: info@kmbsvzw.be; directie@kmbsvzw.be
Web: www.kmbsvzw.be/
Activities: Social integration and vocational training, including mobility services. Training on use of devices in the low vision training centre. Also offers lessons in braille, learning to walk with a white cane and lessons in daily activities in the client's home. Advocates the rights of blind and visually impaired people.

 

La Lumiere
Rue Sainte-Veronique 17, Liège B-4000, Belgium.
Tel: +32 42 22 35 35
Fax: +32 42 21 23 56
Email: lalumiere@lalumiere.be
Web: www.lalumiere.be
Activities: Low vision services; ophthalmic care and optometry; orientation, mobility and daily living skills; Braille training; education guidance; research (prescription lighting, visual photometry, special filters); social skills.

 

Licht en Liefde Heem (Huis 45)
Oudenburgweg 45, B-8490 Varsenare, Belgium.
Tel: +32 50 40 50 40
Fax: +32 50 39 16 74
Email: info@huis45.be
Web: www.huis45.be
Activities: Temporary and permanent accommodation for people with sight loss and additional impairments. Activity centre for residents and non-residents, offering a wide range.

 

Sint-Rafaël
Maagdestraat 14, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium.
Contact person: Ignace Dehondt
Tel: +32 9 292 40 89
Fax: +32 9 223 87 81
Email: info@sintrafael.be
Web: www.sintrafael.be
Activities: Retraining opportunities for adults with sight loss. Individual traject on the basis of personal motivation, wishes and abilities. A real chance to obtain a secondary school diploma or lots of new knowledge and expertise: languages, computer, daily life, communication and application skills, social networking, fitness and sports.

 

Slechtzienden en Blinden Platform Vlaanderen (SBPV) vzwKortrijksesteenweg 304, 9000 Gent, Belgium.
Contact person: Mich Gillis
Tel: +32 9 292 40 82
Email: secretariaat@sbpv.be
Web: www.sbpv.be
Activities: SBPV vzw is a Flemish umbrella organisation in which blind and poor sighted people and organisations run by blind and/or poor sighted people work together to obtain complete participation in society. In creating opportunities for blind and poor sighted people, the organisation deals with different forms of exclusion. She informs peers as well as society and stimulates collaboration in order to obtain an inclusive society.

 

Transkript vzw
C. Van Malderenstraat 33, B-1731 Zellik, Belgium. 
Contact person: Mia Engels, Managing director 
Tel: +32 2 466 94 40 
Fax: +32 2 466 92 86 
Email: info@transkript.bemia.engels@transkript.be 
Web: www.transkript.be 
Activities: Transkript’s aim is to give people with print impairments access to all the information they need. Access to information and to all forms of written material is the key to knowledge and to better integration in society. Our main activities involve producing Braille, large print, digital text and digital audio versions of all printed materials: educational books, books for the special library, youth literature, brochures, periodicals etc. We also produce enlarged and tactile graphics. Today Transkript employs forty-five people and can moreover count on some 180 volunteers. PHK is a member of the Daisy-consortium, an international project from organizations for the blind, which co-operate to digitalize spoken books and to provide a standardized system.

 

Vereniging van Blinden en Slechtzienden Licht en Liefde vzw (VeBeS)
(Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired)

Oudenburgweg 40, B-8490 Varsenare, Belgium.
Tel: +32 2 212 11 10
Fax: +32 50 40 60 57
Email: info@vebes.be
Web: www.vebes.be
Activities: VeBeS defends the interests of all blind and partially sighted people before government agencies and private organizations. For its members it provides a wide variety of education, cultural, leisure activities and information. Advocacy and representation on national, European (EBU) and world (WBU) levels. Study of the problems of the blind and visually impaired.

 

Vlaamse Luister-en Braillebibliotheek
(Flemish Library for the Blind
)
Gustave Schildknechtstraat 28, Brussels, 1020, Belgium.
Tel: +32 2 423 0411
Fax: +32 2 423 0415
Email: info@braille.be
Web: www.braille.be/nl
Activities: Provides a service for visually impaired people and for all people who have a print impairment. The VLBB has 16200 talking book titles and 4200 Braille titles. VLBB is a member of the Daisy Consortium and is currently making the transition from analogue to digital talking books (DAISY).

 



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