Partners

Co-ordinating organisation:

The Swedish Vocational Institute, Finland(Svenska yrkesinstitutet, SYI), was established in the autumn of 1997. The number of students amount to slightly more than 1000. The teaching language is Swedish. Vasa Swedish school of Health Care, which later became The Swedish Vocational Institute has a solid experience of training in the fields of health care and social welfare (from the middle of the 1950’s) and has also trained and graduated several assistant physiotherapists and physiotherapists. The aim of the Swedish Vocational Institute is to provide broad theoretical instruction in general subjects and in subjects concerned with some particular line of study or some special field. The endeavour is to train an responsible attitude to their work. The education is intended to provide students with skills and know-how which will enable them to contribute successfully to the society of tomorrow. For further information about the organisation please refer to the homepage: www.syi.fi

Contact person:
Project- Coordinator
Ms Elisabet Borgar, MSc (Health Sciences), Lecturer
Tel +358 6 324 2321
Mobile +358 50 336 8281
Fax +358 6 3242310
e-mail: elisabet.borgar@syi.fi
Address:
Svenska yrkesintitutet (SYI)
Seriegatan 2
FIN 65320 Vasa FINLAND

Partners in the project:

The Institute for Research, Training and Rehabilitation (I.Ri.Fo.R.) is an association for visually impaired people in Italy.The association is registrated as a non governmental organisation (NGO) in Florence, Italy. For further information about the organisation please refer to the homepage: www.uiciechi.it

Contact person:
Mr Carlo Monti
Tel: +39 055 580 319
Fax: +39 055 588 103
Mobile: +39 33 563 264 54
e-mail: uictosc@uiciechi.it
Address:
The Institute for Research, Training and Rehabilitation (I.Ri.Fo.R.)
1st Treasurer I.Ri.Fo.R
Conseglio Regioanale
Toscano Via L. Fibonacci,5
50131 Firenze
ITALY

APEDV, Associação Promotora De Emprego De Decifientes Visuais is, among other things, a training institution for the visually impaired, in Portugal. For further information about the organisation, please refer to the homepage: www.apedv.rcts.pt

Contact person:
Mr Assis Milton Rodrigues
Tel: +35 121 831 0760 or +35 121 831 0047
Fax: +35 121 831 0769
e-mail: info@apedv.rcts.pt
Address:
APEDV, Associação Promotora De Emprego De Decifientes Visuais
Av João Paulo II
Lote 5 25 – 1° Zona J De Chelas
1900 Lisboa
PORTUGAL

Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) The Royal National College for the Blind is a leading independent specialist college of Further Education in the U.K. for people who are blind or partially sighted. The College has a long-established centre and programme of learning for Remedial Therapy and Massage. For further information about the organisation, please refer to the homepage: www.rncb.ac.uk

Contact person:
Ms Jane Crabrtee
Tel +44 1432 265725
Fax +44 1432 376628
e-mail: ss@rncb.ac.uk
Address:
Royal National College for the Blind (RNC)
College Road, Hereford HR1 1BR
ENGLAND

Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB)
One million people in Britain are blind or partially sighted. For some even the simplest tasks can be very difficult without the right help and support. There is one organisation which is fully committed to providing that help and support. Not only does it provide over 60 different services for visually impaired people, it actively campaigns for the elimination of discrimination and works towards the prevention of blindness. That organisation is the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB), one of Britain’s leading and best known charities. For further information about the organisation, please refer to the homepage: www.uel.ac.uk/eoag/pss

Contact person:
Ms Karen Atkinson
Tel +44 207 388 1266
Fax +44 207 388 2034
e-mail: k.a.atkinson@uel.ac.uk
Address:
Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB)
RNIB Resource Center, University of East London
Romford Road, Stratford
London E 15 4LZ
ENGLAND

AKTIVO 2000 – Visually Impaired Masseurs and Physiotherapists in Europe ”AKTIVO 2000 is an association for visually impaired masseurs and physiotherapists in Europe. The association is registrated in Sweden as a non-governmental organisation. For further information about the organisation, please refer to the homepage: www.aktivo.com

Contact person:
Mr Lars Lind
Tel +46 46 399 900
Fax +46 46 399 900
Mobile +46 70 514 3112
e-mail: lars.lind@aktivo.com
Address:
AKTIVO 2000 – Visually Impaired Masseurs and Physiotherapists in Europe
Box 2157
22202 Lund
SWEDEN

The Swedish Association of the Visually Impaired (SRF) is an interest organisation for all those who have an impaired ability to see and hence have difficulties in day to day life. We start from the principle that everyone has an equal value. Our goal is equality and participation for visually impaired people in every area of society. For further information about the organisation, please refer to the homepage: www.srfriks.org

Contact person:
Mr Bertil Sköld
Tel +46 8 399 274
Fax +46 8 399 322
e-mail: bertil.skold@srfriks.org
Address:
SRF The Swedish Association of the Visually Impaired
Sandsborgsv 52
122 88 Enskede.
SWEDEN

Af Rehabilitering (Employment offices with special resources for people with disabilities) is a county resource whose principal assignment is to supply, secure and develop the special competence which is required within the field of working life-orientated rehabilitation. Af Rehabilitering is a public department within the Swedish National Labour Market Board. For further information about the organisation, please refer to the homepage: www.ams.se

Contact person:
Ms Kerstin Eriksson
Tel +46 46 192 305
Fax +46 46 192 310
Mobile +46 70 322 9867
e-mail: kerstin.eriksson@lanm.amv.se
Address:
Arbetsförmedlingen Rehabilitering, AF-Rehabilitering
Box 24006
22421 Lund
SWEDEN

The Arla Institute is a vocational training and development centre, operates in Espoo, quite close to the centre of Helsinki, Finland. The Arla Institute offers vocational rehabilitation and training for visually impaired and deafblind people. The Arla Institute is the the only specialist centre in Finland in this field. The services of the Arla Institute are primarily needed by adults, who have encountered problems with their sight in adulthood. For further information about the organisation, please refer to the homepage: www.arlainst.fi

Contact person:
Ms Paula Seraidaris
Tel +358 9 511 08200
Fax +358 9 511 08300
Mobile +358 40 553 2747
e-mail: paula.seraidaris@arlainst.fi
Address:
Arla Institute
Vocational training and development centre for visually impaired people
Puustellinmäki 4-6
02600 Espoo
FINLAND

Fysioterapia-alan Näkövammaiset ry) (Finnish Association of Visually Impaired Masseurs and Physiotherapists) (FAN ry) is the association for visually impaired masseurs, assistant physiotherapists and physiotherapists, whose membership totals more than 500. The association was established in 1927 as Suomen Sokeain Hierojain Yhdistys r.y. (The Finnish Blind Masseurs Association). At that time the association’s foremost task was to find places of work for blind masseurs. Continued training has formed part of the activities of the association since it was founded. The original idea behind our activities is still in force. For further information about the organisation, please refer to the homepage: www.aktivofysio.fi

Contact person:
Mr Georg Schleifer
Tel +358 9 7744 2111
Fax +358 9 760 266
Mobile +358 400 813 792
e-mail: georg.schleifer@aktivofysio.fi
Address:
Finnish Association of Visually Impaired Masseurs and Physiotherapists FAN r.y
Hämeentie 9
00530 Helsinki
FINLAND

The Federation for The Swedish-Speaking Visually Impaired in Finland. (FSS) The population in Finland is about 5 million. Finland has two official languages, Finnish and Swedish. Approximately 6% of the population speak Swedish. There are about 80 000 visually handicapped in Finland. Roughly 6000 of them have Swedish as their mother tongue. Swedish speaking blind and partially sighted have established seven regional associations in the westerna and southern parts of Finland. The Federation of Swedish Speaking Visually Impaired in Finland (FSS) is the central organization of these associations. For further information about the organisation, please refer to the homepage: www.fss.fi

Contact person:
Mr Sergius Colliander
Tel +358 9 696 2300
Fax +358 9 680 2064
Mobile: +358 40 511 5405
e-mail: vl@fss.fi
Address:
The Federation of Swedish Speaking Visually Impaired in Finland
Nylandsgatan 25 A 6
00120 Helsingfors
FINLAND

Näkövammaisten Keskusliitto (The Central Federation for the Visually Impaired) is both an interest organisation and a service association as well as being an expert association and a consultation body for people who are blind or who have low vision. The goal of the Federation is to influence society, offer special services and various possibilities for activity and participation by reducing to a minimum the injurious nature of visual impairment and promoting the possibilities the visually impaired have to lead a life which is rich in content and on an equal footing with that led by other citizens. For further information about the organisation, please refer to the homepage: www.nkl.fi

Contact person:
Mr Martti Kauhanen
Tel +358 9 396 041
Fax +358 9 3960
e-mail: martti.kauhanen@kt.nkl.fi
Address:
Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired NKL
Mäkelänkatu 50
00510 Helsinki
FINLAND