Following the merger in January 2004 of Europe's major speech players Babel
Technologies, Elan Speech and Babel Infovox, the newly formed company has now
unveiled its corporate name, Acapela Group.
Accessibility Interoperability Alliance (AIA)
AIA brings companies together to collaborate on the design and delivery
of solutions to long-standing Accessible Technology/Information Technology
(AT/IT) interoperability challenges.
Union of the Blind
AFUB is an umbrella organisation comprising of organisations of
and for the Blind in Africa. Founded in 1987, it has the sole
purpose of ensuring access and expansion of quality services for
all blind and partially sighted persons in the
World Alliance (AWA)
AWA is a network of albinism support groups in various countries.
The AWA was founded in 1992 by representatives from Australia,
Canada, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, and the United States of
America. The AWA has grown to include albinism support groups in
Germany, Mali, Malawi, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Norway, and
South Africa, and other countries.
The AMD Alliance International is a nonprofit alliance of vision
and seniors organizations working to raise the awareness level of
age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and an understanding of
available options for treatment, rehabilitation and support
The Aniridia Network International was set up in October 1998 to provide
support and advice to people and families affected by aniridia across the
Art Beyond Sight
Art Beyond Sight Across the World is an international collaborative of
community-based groups and local affiliates of national agencies, museums and
other arts-related organizations, elementary and high schools, colleges and
universities, national and international advocacy groups, and blind, visually
impaired, and sighted art enthusiasts.
for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe
Members of AAATE are persons dedicated to the mission of the
association: "to stimulate the advancement of assistive technology
for the benefit of persons with disabilities including the elderly
Blind Sailing International is the governing body for competitive
international sailing for persons who are blind or visually impaired.
We are an international online network of past, current and future braillists,
braille transcribers and anyone else supporting, encouraging or advocating
for associated volunteer and career fields.
Without Borders (BWB)
BWW is a small international development organisation which aims to create
training programs and Braille book printing houses for blind and visual
CBM International (CBMI) is an independent aid organization of
Christians of various denominations, dedicated to helping blind
and other disabled people in "Third World" countries, irrespective
of nationality, race, sex or religion. The work focuses on healing
and preventing blindness as well as on the education and
vocational training of blind people and their integration into
Cognitive Aid System
for Blind People (CASBLIP)
The main aim of this project is to develop a system capable of
interpreting and managing real world information from different sources to
assist blind or visually impaired users.
graphics access for blind people through a haptic virtual
GRAB is a European project which aims to enable blind persons to
have access on the three-dimensional computer world through the
sense of touch and through audio facilities.
The digital talking-book consortium in which several countries
and libraries are involved.
Daisy for all
DAISY for All (DFA in short) will deploy DAISY technology and address
goals and objectives which include capacity building in developing countries
and to serve as a catalyst to generate broader alliances supporting the
global sharing of human knowledge in the information society.
DbI is the world association promoting services for deafblind
People's International (DPI)
The purpose of DPI is to promote the Human Rights of People
with Disabilities through full participation, equalization off
opportunity and development. DPI has member organizations in over
The European Commission adopts the Communication "European i2010
initiative on e-Inclusion - to be part of the information society.
Acceibility for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ENABLED)
The aim of the ENABLED project, funded by the European Commission, is to
improve access of visually impaired persons to the Internet.
The aim of the EU financed project is to widen the range of employment
opportunities for the blind and visually impaired, improve their
qualifications and skills and make the professional community aware of their
knowledge and competences.
European Academy of Childhood
EACD is an academic association of professionals working with children
with disability throughout Europe.
Agency for Development in Special Needs
An independent, self-governing organisation supported by the
Ministries of Education in the 15 participating EU countries,
Norway and Iceland and the European Commission.
Association for the Study of Diabetic Eye Complications
EASDEC is a sub-group of EASD, the European Association for the
Study of Diabetes. The main purpose of the group is to organise a
yearly meeting to disseminate the results of the latest research
and best medical care of diabetic eye disease.
Association for Vision and Eye Research
EVER is a non-profit organisation. The aims of the Association
shall be to encourage research and the dissemination of knowledge
concerning the eye and vision by means of meetings, publications
and exchange activities.
Blind Union (EBU)
The voice of blind and partially sighted people in
Deafblind Network (EDbN)
EDbN is an organisation of representatives of National
organisations of Deafblind people, Family members of Deafblind
people and Professionals organisations in Europe. EDbN is
officially recognised as a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO)
representing the interest of Deafblind People, Family members and
Professionals in EU.
European Disability Forum was set up by organisations of disabled
people in recognition of the need for a truly representative
consultative body with a broad mandate, and a proactive approach
to disability issues in the European Union.
European Organization of
Rare Diseases (EURODIS)
An alliance of patients associations dedicated to improving the quality of
life of people having rare diseases in Europe. Modeled on the American
association NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders) EURORDIS is now a
coalition of more than 199 associations and 7 established and 3 potential
National Alliances of patient organisations associated with rare diseases
from 14 countries in Europe.
Site (International Council of
The Eye Sight is a guide to finding information and resources
related to eye care and ophthalmology around the world. It offers
ways to connect and communicate with people committed to
ophthalmic education, the prevention of blindness and restoration
The Fred Hollows Foundation works with local blindness prevention agencies in
more than 29 countries to establish the mechanisms to treat and prevent
Gamers Discussion List
The primary goal of the list is discussing games accessible to the blind
and visually impaired.
Applied Disability Research and Information Network
GLADNET is an initiative of the Vocational Rehabilitation
Branch of the ILO to bring together research centers,
universities, enterprises, government departments, trade unions,
and organizations representing disabled persons.
Information about goalball. (Also in French and German)
ImPAct MDVI Project
The objective of the ImPact MDVI project is to develop a holistic
teaching approach for teachers working with children with Multiple
Disabilities and a Visual Impairment (MDVI).
International Academy of
Sports for Disabled (IAS)
IAS teaches you the sport you like up to an international certified level.
Contains a page on ballsports for the visually impaired.
Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
IAPB was established in 1975 as a coordinating, umbrella
organisation to lead an international effort in mobilising
resources for blindness prevention activities.
Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired Chess Players
In April 1958 representatives of Great Britain, Sweden, Denmark, France, GDR
(East Germany), Austria and the host country met at Rheinbreitbach (near
Bonn). After this meeting, the I.B.C.A. was founded.
Blind Golf Association (IBGA)
The International Blind Golf Association (IBGA) is a relatively
new association. Two years of preliminary organizational work
prceeded the first official gathering of the IBGA representatives
in September 1998.
International Blind Sport
Since IBSA was founded in Paris in 1981, we have been in a constant
process of evolution to adapt to the ever-changing world of sports for the
blind. IBSA is represented in all five continents and has more than one
hundred member countries. IBSA is a full member of the International
International Camp on
Communication and Computers (ICC)
The ICC camp give students an opportunity to learn about modern
information technology, accessibility and special equipment for visually
Commission on Technology & Accessibility
The International Commission on Technology & Accessibility
(ICTA) initiates, facilitates and provides information regarding
technology and accessibility through the World Wide Web. This
information is available to people with disabilities, advocates
and professionals in the field of disability, researchers,
legislative bodies, and the general community.
International Conference on
Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP
ICCHP conferences focus on all aspects of information, communication and
assistive technology for people with disabilities and elderly people.
Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment
ICEVI which was formerly known as ICEVH, is a professional
non-governmental organization that welcomes any group or person
who wishes to support its aims.
Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment, Europe
The European section of the i nternational association for
education of people with visual impairment.
Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) Pacific
The Pacific region of International Council for Education of People with
Council on English Braille
The purpose of ICEB is to coordinate and improve standards for
braille usage for all English-speaking users of
International Council of
The ICO works with ophthalmologic societies, ophthalmologists and others
to enhance ophthalmic education and the provision of eye care in order to
preserve and protect vision for all people worldwide.
Directory of Libraries for the Blind
This database provides information about libraries for the blind through the
world maintained by the Japanese Society for the Rehabilitation of Persons
with Disabilities (JSRPD) on behalf of the IFLA Section of Libraries for the
International Disability Alliance (IDA)
IDA was formed in 1999 with the aim of being a spokesperson for the
international disability movement in global policy matters and of
facilitating co-operation and exchanges of information between the
international disability organisations, primarily in relation to
Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
The organization has a section of Libraries for the Blind with
an own newsletter
IGA offers advice and support to glaucoma sufferers, campaigns
for improved glaucoma services for glaucoma patients and greater
public awareness of glaucoma. It also funds clinical
The Official Website of the International Paralympic Committee.
Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
ISAAC is an organization devoted to advancing the field of
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Formed in 1983,
ISAAC now has over 2,500 members in more than 50
Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation
The objectives of the ISLRR aqre to stimulate scientific research in the
field of low vision and in the field of rehabilitation of people with low
vision, and to promote the exchange of information in these fields.
The aim of the ItactI project is to develop a novel interactive display that
will facilitate access for visually impaired people to the modern Information
Technology (IT) world. Graphical user interfaces for PC's and almost all
types of modern communication are now widely used. (Also in German and
Vision in Early Intervention
An European project on interdisciplinary collaboration in
early Intervention with multiply-disabled, blind and viusally
The basic idea behind the MIRACLE project is that blind musicians around the
world need Braille music. Music is sufficiently international to cross
borders. Braille music is very expensive to produce, therefore anything that
will reduce the amount of duplication is to be desired. It makes sense then
to set up a system in which all music braille libraries can know what the
other libraries have in stock and are producing.
Environment for Inclusion of Visually Impaired Children (MICOLE)
The MICOLE project is aimed at developing a system that supports
collaboration, data exploration, communication and creativity of visually
impaired and sighted children. In addition to the immediate value as an
assistive tool the system will have societal implications through improved
inclusion of the visually disabled in education, work, and society in
Museum of Pure Form
The Museum of Pure Form is a Virtual Gallery with digitized sculptures from
European and worldwide museums, where the visitor can interact, through the
senses of touch and sight, with 3D art forms and sculptures.
MDVI Euronet is a group of professionals dedicated to developing knowledge,
understanding and best practice in the education of children and young people
with Multiple Disabilities and a Visual Impairment (MDVI), regardless of
Nordically is the portal that functions as an intermediary for Nordic
experiences within welfare. The portal provides information and news about
health, social welfare and well-being, work- and education related issues in
the Nordic countries.
of a Visual Implantable Prosthesis
The Optivip project aims at realising the second generation of a
visual prosthesis prototype for blind people.
Site addressing people with disabilities and independent living. From here
you can subscribe to discussion list like "late blind" and "blind deaf wheel
The major purpose of the project is to provide a better qualification in
the visual impairment field to the professionals directly working or about
to work with the visually impaired.
Over the past ten years, we have Created and distributed thirtytwo computer
games for the blind and visually impaired.
Play is a musical software for blind musicians. The project will
help overcome the blind musicians most frequent difficulties
such as using either Pcs or certain writing programs, and the
limited amount of available musical texts and satisfy their need
for more autonomy. (Also in Italian)
EU funded project devoted to the improvement for visually impaired sound
engineers, musicians and producers.
Rehabilitation International is a federation of national and
international organizations and agencies working for the
prevention of disability, the rehabilitation of people with
disabilities and the equalization of opportunities within society
on behalf of persons with disabilities and their families
throughout the world.
The International Retinitis Pigmentosa Association (IRPA) is a voluntary
charitable umbrella association of 34 national societies each of which is
formed by people with Retinitis pigmentosa (RP), Usher Syndrome, Macular
Degeneration and allied retinal dystrophies, their families and friends.
Foundation Sight Program
For two decades, Seva has played a vital role in international
efforts to reduce avoidable blindness around the globe. Seva's
sight program team develops and disseminates effective methods to
restore sight to cataract-blind people, and to build
comprehensive, sustainable blindness prevention
and Tools Improving the Screen
Collection of software and advices for the use of computers by
people with visual impairments. The collection contains public
domain or shareware software and hints for customizing important
Sonokids.com is a site, which is totally accessible without the use of a
mouse. It includes games and remixers which can be played by blind and
visually impaired children. Also our chat can be used with screenreaders. All
games and remixers can of course be played by seeing children as well. (Also
in Dutch and Danish)
The objective of Support-EAM (Supporting the creation of a e-Accessibility
Quality Mark) is to create an e-Accessibility Quality Mark for Web services,
as part of the Action Plan eEurope 2005: An information society for all.
- throughout the developing
Interactive Multimedia Computer Games for Visually Impaired
The aim of the TIM project is to provide young visually impaired
children with multimedia computer games they can access
independently. The project is developing an authoring that will
enable the design of computer games based on existing resource,
and that can be used with various interfaces.
TiM, Tactile Interactive Multimedia computer games for visually impaired
children, is a Research Project funded by the European Commission .The
overall aim of the project is to provide young visually impaired children
with multimedia computer games they can access independently without the
assistance of a sighted person.
The European Tactus Award was set up to stimulate the design and
production of tactile books for young blind and partially-sighted
children. (Also in French and other languages)
Latinoamericana de Ciegos
The umbrella for organ izations of the blind in Latin America. (In
Unite For Sight
Unite For Sight is a non-profit organization that empowers communities
worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness. Local
and visiting volunteers work with partner eye clinics to provide eye care in
communities without previous access.
Nations Econimic & Social Development - Disabled
Links to UN programme sites with disability relevant
Founded in 1974 by Jean Kennedy Smith as an affiliate of The John
F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, VSA is an International
organization that creates learning opportunities through the arts
for people with disabilities.
Environment for the Training of Visually Impaired
The ENORASI project aims at developing a highly interactive and
extensible haptic virtual reality (VR) system that will allow
visually impaired people, especially those blind from birth, to
study and interact with various virtual objects.
Abstracts of the papers presented at the International Low Vision Coference
held in G÷teborg, Sweden, in 2002, are found on the website of the
International Society of Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation (ISLRR).
Vision 2020 - The Right to Sight is an initiative to help eliminate needless
blindness by the year 2020, jointly launched by the World Health Organisation
together with more than 20 international non-governmental organisations
involved in eye care and prevention and management of blindness.
Blind Union (WBU)
WBU has member organisations in virtually every country of the
World Council of
WCO is an international organization dedicated to the enhancement and
development of eye and vision care worldwide. Representing over 50 countries,
WCO serves as a forum for member organizations to respond to public health
needs and opportunities around the world.
World Federation of the
The web site of the World Federation of the Deafblind.
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO, established on 7 April 1948, is the United Nations specialized agency