European Solidarity Corps logo

European Solidarity Corps logo

For the first time, HIPEN and ENVITER members jointly organized a webinar (by Zoom), looking to practically introduce the European Solidarity Corps programme. The European Solidarity Corps is a European Commission programme funding projects to enable young adults from 18 to 30 of age to have experiences and make opportunities abroad.

All organizations throughout Europe can apply to be hosting or sending organisations, for the benefit of young people with sensory disabilities.

A concrete introduction of this programme and its added value for organisations and young people was presented on January 13th 2021 by Enrico Dolza from Turin (Italy).

Photo of a magnifying glass over braille

Photo of a magnifying glass over braille

On the 14th of December 2020, for an audience of about 20 people from different European countries, ENVITER had its first ever Webinar, using Zoom.

The theme was “The role of a Visual Impairment professional in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) services”, presented by Monika Toth and Krisztina Katona, from Hungary.

If you are interested in this subject, you can take a look at the presentation or contact our Hungarian partner (School for the Blind, Budapest)

Photo by Eren Li from Pexels.

ENVITER 2020 online conference

The ENVITER Network had its 2020 Virtual Online Conference on September 30, hosted by the Berufsförderungswerk Halle in Germany. Subject: Digitisation – challenge and opportunity for the blind.

The purpose of our Annual Conference is to create an intellectual platform for professionals to share their theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of vision impairment, focusing especially on innovative methodologies, practices and tools.

1. Accessible curriculum computational thinking by Wendy Voorn, Royal Visio, Huizen, NL

2. PsyMate™ project by Uta Roentgen et al, Robert Coppes Foundation, Vught, NL

3. E-mental health for depression and anxiety in patients who receive anti-VEGF treatment: the E-PsEYE trial by Hilde van der Aa et al, Amsterdam UMC, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Ophthalmology, Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute, Amsterdam, NL

4. Automatic description of educational images for visually impaired users by Ralph Ewerth, TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, Hannover, DE

5. Digitisation – challenge and opportunity for the blind: teaching Apple Voice Over by Eline van Samang, Braille Liga, Brussels, BE

This year, ENVITER General Meeting took us to the beautiful city of Zagreb, Croatia.

During 3 working days, 38 participants from 11 different European countries (Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, The Netherlands), representing 80% of our members, had time and opportunity to discuss about different aspects of our Network activities and to remind us all why we are here: to network, exchange knowledge, good practices and to look for opportunities to disseminate, research and training.

With a Conference day dedicate to the theme “Transformations and innovations in our organisations -The Times They Are a-Changin’”, we had, to an audience of 68 participants, 11 presentations and 2 workshops, provided by different organisations and professionals from diverse countries, according to the program below.


  • Educating future professionals: necessity of knowledge, expertise and experience exchange – Sonja Alimovic, University of Zagreb, Department for visual impairments, Faculty of education and rehabilitation sciences, Croatia
  • Self-determination of clients and teams – Lia Van der Ham, Robert Coppes Foundation, The Netherlands
  • A project of research on CVI – Philippe Belseur and Catherine Thibault, VYV Care-Monteclair, France
  • Learning or visual functioning problems among children in regular schools, Andrea Paulik, Mali Dom, Croatia
  • Visual art and visual impairment – Tanja Parlov, Centre Vinko Bek, Croatia
  • Home Care Premium – Elena Weber, Rittmeyer Institute, Italy
  • Stepped Care Model – Ruben Koman, VISIO, The Netherlands
  • Support for children with visual impairment in the Republic of Croatia: some examples for thinking – Anita Lukic, Centre Vinko Bek, Croatia
  • Assistance dogs and their role in regard to blind and visually impaired children – Minja Orlić, Rehabilitation Centre Silver, Croatia
  • Who has to change? – Agnes Somorjai, Budapest School for the Blind, Hungary
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation and working methods at the adult department – Ana Petrinec and Emina Sisic-Andelic, Centre Vinko Bek, Croatia


  • Feelif – Rebeka Žerovnik, Feelif, Slovenia
  • Social-media workshop – Ruben Koman, VISIO, The Netherlands

ENVITER Conference 2019 to be held at Vinko Bek, Zagreb, Croatia

Wednesday 2nd October 2019

The ENVITER Network is very pleased to announce our 2019 Annual Conference in Zagreb, Croatia.

The purpose of our Annual Conference is to create an intellectual platform for professionals to share their theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of vision impairment, focusing especially on innovative methodologies, practices and tools.

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations and/or for workshops, interactive sessions in the following thematic area:

Transformations and innovations in our organisations -The Times They Are a-Changin’…-

Proposal ideas that extend beyond these thematic area will be considered by the Board.


  • Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 9th September 2019
  • Full papers must be presented in English.
  • These papers will be considered for publication on our website.
  • The presentation of the papers should be 20 minutes (including questions)

We also offer the opportunity for participation to people as presenters, speakers or as members of the audience who are not from ENVITER member organisations, so please inform your colleagues from the VI field about our conference.

We hope you will be able to join us.

This year, Copenhagen (Denmark) was the city that hosted ENVITER’s annual Blue Sky Meeting (BSM). On April 9th and 10th, 27 participants representing 18 of the network members gathered at IBOS (Instituttet for Blinde og Svagsynede – Institute for the Blind and Partially Sighted) to brainstorm about ideas for project proposals and develop constructive workshops.

These annual BSM are developed with the financial support of the network itself, sponsoring the involvement of a person per member and this way promoting  the opportunity to meet together and to take part in the growth of ENVITER, by encouraging work on new project topics and proposals for submission for funding.

Next year, in April, Trieste (Italy) will be the place to be if you wish to participate in ENVITER’s Blue Sky Meeting 2020!

Group photo in Clermont-Ferrand

The Centre de Rééducation pour Déficients Visuels (CRDV) hosted the General Meeting & Conference of ENVITER in Clermont-Ferrand (France), September 2018.

The theme of the conference: Changing client population, challenges and opportunities.

More to come…

Nowadays, work places and even private environments can hardly be managed without displays and screens and the usage of the eyesight.

The integration of people with vision impairment into the labour market therefore is a special challenge. The ongoing digitalization complicates their inclusion. Otherwise, with Braille display and voice input/output technologies digitalization itself creates new opportunities to participate in the labour market.

The joint project focuses on technical procedures like image recognition and on methods like the collaborative development and updating of accessible learning content (inclusive OpenCorurseWare) and its accessible usage in vocational training practice.

The platform SlideWiki ( , which has been established by Fraunhofer, is a collaborative learning platform based on OpenCourseWare (OCW) that follows similar ideas to those of Wikipedia. The basic software of SlideWiki will be adapted to the special needs of blind and visually impaired users. That implies for instance the intelligent information extraction from visual data. This way, descriptions of pictures may be (partly) automatically generated and provided to users with special needs. Furthermore, native software applications will be developed for common systems (Android, Apple iOS, Windows) and the connection to technical aids like screen reader and Braille display will be implemented and tested.
Making vocational learning content available via OCW to IT assistants and office management assistants is a main task of the BFW Halle. This practical usage will be completed after the accessible adaption of SlideWiki is finally done.

Project partners:
Berufsförderungswerk Halle (coordinator)
German Central Library for the Blind, Leipzig
German National Library of Science and Technology, Hannover
Research Centre L3S, Leibniz University Hannover
Fraunhofer IAIS, Schloss Birlinghoven Sankt Augustin

Funding period:
01 December 2017 – 30 November 2020
Funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) and the European Social Funds (ESF).

Contact details:
Berufsförderungswerk Halle (Saale) gGmbH
Dr. Ulf Gläser
Bugenhagenstr. 30
D-06110 Halle
Phone: +49 345 1334-116 or -117

A recent update about the SENSNET project.

The SENSNET project is aimed at creating a European Academy that will design, develop, collect, test and valorise an innovative training pathway that will be tailored to the specific needs of professionals who work with ageing people with sensory impairment (vision and/or hearing).

You can find more information regarding the SENSNET project on the website

Our Serbian partner is celebrating 100 years, in December! The School for Visually Impaired Pupils “Veljko Ramadanovic“ was established in 1917, in Biserta, Tunisia. In 1919, its location changed to Zemun, Belgrade, in Serbia. “Veljko Ramadanovic” is a school for students with visual impairment from all over Serbia.

To celebrate this important event with guests and friends, various activities will take place from December 11 to December 13, 2017: on December 11th, a Conference on the topic “Work with visually impaired and multiple disabled visually impaired children – new tendencies in work. Achievements and problems in work with these children” will be organized. On December 13th, a ceremony will be held in one of Belgrade’s beautiful theaters.

For more information on this celebration, please contact: