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Third transnational meeting

Wed, 2017-04-19 - Fri, 2017-04-21

Participants during the meeting)

The third and last meeting of the "VIP awareness-raising on unemployment" project took place in Berlin, between the 19th and the 21st April 2017, and was attended by members from Belgium (VIEWS International), Germany (DBSV and LWL Soest) and Italy (Aforisma and Istituto Rittmeyer).

The meeting mainly focused on the evaluation of the following aspects:

  • the 3-month experience of three youth mobility workers;
  • the awareness-raising sessions about the current job situation of visually impaired people in the partner countries;
  • the answers to the collected questionnaires, which are going to be used for a recommendation letter for the European Commission.

group picture at the end of the meeting

Participants also discussed the final content, layout and dissemination of the brochure "All about VIPs in Europe", which will provide a general overview of visual impairment (blind vs. partially sighted, mobility, assistive technology…) as well as job-related information (work-based assessment, most common jobs for VIPs, job search, current situation in the partner countries etc.). The broochure will be on our website very soon.

All participants agreed that, despite some minor organizational problems, this strategic partnership was a very fruitful one. However, everybody agreed that there's still a lot of room for improvement in order to foster visually impaired people's access to the labour market. The Belgian and Italian partners also said they would be interested in working together on another project. We'll keep you informed about this last point.