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Aktion Tonband-Zeitung fur Blinde e.V.
(Audio Media for the Visually Impaired)
P.O. Box 1421, D-37594 Holzminden, Germany.
Contact person: Hermann Dremel
Tel: +49 5531 7153
Fax: +49 5531 7151
Activities: Provides a service for any organisation that wishes to make printed information audible in audio cassette, MP3, Daisy and CD-media formats.

Bayerischer Blinden- und Sehbehindertenbund e.V.
(Bavarian Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired)

Arnulfstr. 22, D-80335 München, Germany.
Contact person: Christian Seuß
Tel: +49 89 55 98 80
Fax: +49 89 55 98 82 66
Activities: Supports people with visual impairments in Bavaria with the aim of integrating them into society.

Berufsförderungswerk Düren
Karl-Arnold-Straße 132-134, D 52349 Düren, Germany.
Contact person: Dr. Hans J. Zeißig, Manager
Tel: +49 24 215980
Fax: +49 24 21598190
Activities: The Berufsförderungswerk Düren is a centre for vocational training and rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired people located in Dueren, Germany. Offering services on living skills and mobility training; consulting optical and electronic devices; job assessment; consulting for employers; vocational training; training on the job; customized IT training on the job; job placement and disabillity management.

Berufsförderungswerk Würzburg gGmbH
(Vocational Chances for the Blind and Visually Handicapped)

Helen-Keller Strasse 5, D-97209 Veitshöchheim, Germany.
Contact person: Mr. Manfred Gerlinger
Tel: +49 931 9001 0
Fax: +49 931 9001 105
Activities: The primary aim of the institution is the social and vocational reintegration of the students by effective training. Modern teaching facilities specially designed for the needs of the blind and visually impaired are available throughout all courses. The institution offers: prevocational training, especially new reading and writing skills as Braille, typing etc; professional training for numerous occupations belonging to the field of office, administration and industry, such as switchboard operator, office clerk, typist etc.; additional qualifying courses for blind and visually impaired working persons; support within the workplace; information and consultation in matters of working place equipment adapted to the specific needs of the blind and visually impaired and information about ophthalmological aids for private and vocational use.

Blinden-und Sehbehindertenverein Schleswig-Holstein eV (BSVSH)
(Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People in Schleswig-Holstein)

Memelstrasse 4, D-23554 Lübeck, Germany.
Tel: +49 451 408 508 55
Fax: +49 451 407 530
Activities: Offers support and advice to parents of blind or visually impaired children. Support blind and visually impaired adults with job searching, vocational training and re-education.

Bund der Kriegsblinden Deutschlands eV (BKD)
(Federation of the German War-Blinded)

Blumenweg 6, D-86420 Diedorf-Anhausen, Germany.
Contact person: Reinhard Zimmerman
Tel: +49 228 21 31 34
Fax: +49 228 21 73 98
Activities: Federation set up to aid blind and visually impaired war veterans.

Centralbibliothek fur Blinde - Norddeutsche Blindenhoerbucherei e.V.
(Audio Library for the Blind of Northern Germany)
Herbert-Weichmann-Str. 44-46, D-22085 Hamburg, Germany.
Tel: +49 40 227 2860
Fax: +49 40 227 28620
Activities: Offers a postal lending service of Braille books. Also holds, normal and large print and electronic copies of books.

CBM (formely Christoffel-Blindenmission eV)
Nibelungenstrasse 124, 64625 Bensheim , Germany.
Contact person: Pierre-Bernard Le Bas, Vice President for Fundraising and Communication
Tel: +49 6251 131 0
Activities: CBM is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world through activities such as healthcare, education and rehabilitation, livelihood and empowerment. Based on its Christian values and over 100 years of professional expertise, CBM addresses poverty as a cause, and a consequence, of disability, and works in partnership to create a society for all.

Deutsche Blindenstudienanstalt e.V. (BLISTA)
(German Institute for the Blind)

P.O. Box 1160, Am Schlag 8, D-35037 Marburg / Lahn, Hessen, Germany.
Tel: +49 6421 6060
Fax: +49 6421 606229
Activities: Secondary school; Mobility and Rehabilitation Centre; Research and development Division; Production and distribution of Braille, talking and print books, tactile material; Library Service; Support of research, training and education in the field of blindness.

Deutsche Zentralbücherei für Blinde zu Leipzig (DZB)
(German Central Library for the Blind)

Gustav-Adolf-Strasse 7, D-04105 Leipzig, Germany.
Contact person: Dr. Thomas Kahlisch, Director
Tel: +49 0341 7113 0
Fax: +49 0341 7113 125
Web:; (English version)
Activities: The DZB is a library, a publishing house and a production centre for braille and talking books. The library is comprised of about 60,000 volumes: braille books, braille music, talking books and items such as geographical maps and calendars. The DZB edits and publishes 19 magazines in braille and audio formats. Additionally the scientific library collects published information about blindness related topics.

Deutscher Blinden-und Sehbehindertenverband eV (DBSV)
(German Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted)
Rungestrasse 19, D-10179 Berlin, Germany.
Contact persons: Hans Kaltwasser
Tel: +49 30 28 53 87120
Fax: +49 30 38 53 8720
Activites: The purpose of the German Federation of Blind and Visually Impaired People is to maintain the social position of blind and visually impaired people and to promote their social and vocational integration by: Influencing legislation and the implementation of law; providing legal advice and legal representation in matters pertaining to disability; promoting medical, social and vocational rehabilitation; influencing the development of suitable technical devices for blind and partially sighted  people as well as designing accessible public places; supporting cultural and sport activities; collaborating with other organisations at national and international levels and promoting development aid programs.

Deutscher Verein der Blinden und Sehbehinderten in Studium und Beruf e.V.
(German Association of Blind and Partially Sighted Students and Professionals)

Frauenbergstrasse 8, D-35039 Marburg, Germany.
Contact persons: Uwe Boysen and Michael Herbst
Tel: +49 6421 948 880
Fax: +49 6421 948 8810
Activities: Advisory services in all educational and professional matters. Support of research concerning assistive devices and techniques for the visually impaired. Publication of a magazine providing detailed information on the organization's activities as well as serving as a professional forum for discussion of all relevant questions in the field of visual impairment. Legal advice service. Recording service.

Deutsches Blindenhilfswerk e.V.
(German Association for Help to the Blind)

Schulte-Marxloh-Str 15 g, D-47057 Duisburg, Germany.
Contact person: Heribert Tigges
Tel: +49 203 355377
Fax: +49 203 376239
Activities: Supports blind and visually handicapped people in Germany (e.g. special equipment for schools), Eastern Europe (ophthalmologic equipment for hospitals) and in some African countries (e.g. training of ophthalmologists, social aid to the blind such as training in agriculture). Also supplies needed equipment to individuals.

Deutsches Katholisches Blindenwerk e.V (DKBW)
(German Catholic Association of the Blind)
Eschstrasse 12, D-52351 Düren, Germany.
Contact person: Dr Hubert Roos
Tel: +49 2421 511 55
Fax: +49 2421 511 84
Activities: A central association with branch members in various regions of Germany. With the helpf of these branch members the DKBW offers a talking books library, a braille printing press, a center for education and rehabilitation and diversified international aid.

Deutsches Taubblindenwerk GmbH
(German Institute for the Deafblind)

Albert-Schweitzer-Hof 27, D-30559 Hannover, Germany.
Contact person: Mr. Rainer Freitag-Schlaugat
Tel: +49 511 51 00 80
Fax: +49 511 51 00 857
Activities The German Institue for the Deafblind provides special services such as parent-counselling, special education, schooling, or assistance in mobility, orientation and daily living skills. The education, advancement, and care for audiovisually handicapped and deafblind persons include to leave isolation, to pave the way and promote communication, to develop the skills of perception and mobility, to develop daily living skills, to build up relations to the environment and to develop creativity.

Frankfurter Stiftung für Blinde und Sehbehinderte
(Frankfurt Foundation for the Blind and Partially Sighted)
Adlerflychtstraße 8-14, D-60318 Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Contact person: Franz-Josef Esch
Tel: +49 69 9 55 12 40
Fax: +49 69 5 97 62 96
Activities: German centre for vocational training and rehabilitation.

Hildesheimer Blindenmission e.V. (HBM)
(Hildesheim Mission to the Blind Registered Association)

Helmerstrasse 6, D-31134 Hildesheim, Germany.
Contact person: Rev. Frank Ewert
Tel: +49 5121 9188611
Fax: +49 5121 9188610
Activities: Christian service for the education and rehabilitation of visually impaired, blind and differently abled people in Asia, including preventing and curing blindness.

Informationspool Computerhilfsmittel für Blinde und Sehbehinderte (INCOBS)
c/o DIAS GmbH, Schulterblatt 36, D-20357 Hamburg, Germany.
Contact person: Ms. Heike Clauss, Project Coordinator
Tel: +49 40 431 875 15
Fax: +49 40 431 87519
Activities: INCOBS supports the professional with equipping the workplace. INCOBS provides independent advice about the large range of electronic aids. E.g. braille displays, screen-readers, screen magnifiers, text to speech devices. INCOBS also informs about the usability of modern communication technologies for people with seeing difficulties. E.g. dictation equipment, mobile phones and note takers/PDA. The basis of their information comes from comprehensive product tests, which have been developed together with users and experts. INCOBS tests the accessibility of important user programs as well as the usability and ergonomics of soft and hardware. Suppliers use the results for product development.

Landesbildungszentrum für Blinde
(Centre for the Education of the Blind in Lower Saxony)
Bleekstraße 22, D-30559 Hannover, Germany.
Contact person: Mr Petersen
Tel: +49 511 52470
Fax: +49 511 52 47 349
Activities: A special school with educational resources for the blind and visually impaired. It provides services such as counselling, schooling, assistance in mobility, orientation and daily living skills. The institution also offers vocational training programs for blind and partially sighted people for numerous occupations.

(Foundation for Blind and Partially Sighted People)
Fritz Elsas-Strasse 38, D-70174 Stuttgart, Germany.
Contact person: Dieter Feser
Tel:. +49 711 6564 902
Fax:. +49 711 6564 900
Activities: A church foundation providing blind and partially sighted people with a wide range of support. Promotes theri education both in school and vocational training.

Pro Retina Deutschland
Vaalser Strasse 108, D-52074 Aachen, Germany.
Contact person: Franz Badura
Tel:. +49 241 8700 18
Fax:. +49 241 8739 61
Activities: Research promotion; Therapy evaluation; Information and advice to RP sufferers.

SFZ Förderzentrum gGmbH
(Vocational Training Centre)
Flemmingstraße 8c, D-09116 Chemnitz, Germany.
Contact person: Karsten Hohler
Tel: +49 371 3344 0
Fax: +49 371 3344 350
Activities: Vocational centre for the visually impaired located in Chemnitz, Germany. Aims to integrate blind and visually impaired people into the job market, with vocational re-orientation or rehablitation. Disseminates information regarding visual impairments.

Stiftung Deutsche Schule fur Blindenfuhrhunde
Mueggellandstrasse 12, D-12559 Berlin, Germany.
Contact person: Mario Fielder, CEO
Tel: +49 30 65 53 826, +49 30 555 76 1170
Fax: +49 30 65 261 591
Activities: Training of guide dogs.

Verband für Blinden- und Sehbehindertenpädagogik
(Association of Teachers at Schools for the Blind)

Fritz-Elsas-Str 38, D-70174 Stuttgart, Germany.
Contact person: Dieter Feser, Chairman
Tel: +49 6564 902
Fax: +49 6564 900

Vorwerker Diakonie (formerly Hilfswerk blinder Handwerker)
(Association of Blind Craftsmen)

Triftstr 6, D-23554 Lubeck, Germany.
Contact person: Fred Mente
Tel: +49 451 4002 0
Fax: +49 451 40256
Activities: Workshop for blind and partially sighted adults offering employment and training.



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