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Views - News February

Views – News February

Dear members, readers and partners,

Now, when February approaches its end and the carnival festivities reach their Climax it is time for the Views – News of February.
The 1st “article” of this edition consists in a row of general news on Views International and the world of disabilities.
In the 2nd Article one of our European Views volunteers will talk about her project and her impressions. To close this edition of the monthly News there will be once again a “Portrait of the month,” this time with Mike Thornton a long-year member of Views International and the president of the Views Board.
So just scroll down the gathered information and enjoy reading!

Views announcements

For this month we are happy to greet the newest Member of our Views international office-team. We sent a warm and friendly welcome to Suzan. She is a student of specialized teaching and will do an internship in the office of Views International for her studies from the end of February till the beginning of April. During that period, she’ll closely work with the 3 EVS-Volunteers in their projects. The whole Team of Views wishes her good luck and a lot of fun for this cooperation with Views.

Barrier-free elections of the European Parliament

From the 23rd till the 26th of May each citizen from all member states of the European Union has the possibility to elect the members of the new European Parliament. Really each citizen? Unfortunately not! Even though an election within the 28 different Countries is an enormous and well-managed task, there are still some things to improve there, as for example on the point concerning elections free from barriers for people with disabilities.
If you have a mental disability you are often not accepted because it is doubted that you understand politics. As a blind person the electronic voting machine might give you a head ache and, in a wheelchair, you might be unable to enter the election chamber. In order to arrange an election not only without barriers, but also to assure a disability friendly parliament, the European Forum of Disabilities has launched various initiatives and aligned various information on the subject in their newsletter. The complete newsletter can be found
Informations Related to the accessibility of EU-Webpages are linked

EVS – an experience abroad

Our webpage informs on various projects abroad. Each time Views International either hosts European volunteers or sent them abroad. Currently there are 4 different Projects taking place. So for this short series, every month we will surprise you with a different story, a different project and a different person. To start this Series, Sophia, one of the 3 EVS-Volunteers, who came to Belgium in October will report about her project.
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Portrait of the month

The last edition of this Serie was dedicated to the former Views Board member Stavroula Kousteni. The portrait of this month will introduce you to Mike Thornton, the president of Views Board for the last two Years. Not only will you find out how he came to Views international, we will additionally talk about his tasks and election processes on Views Board and finally speculate a bit on the Future of the UK in Views International due to the BREXIT debate.
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Call for articles

Have you discovered a ground-breaking piece of technology, or recently attended an interesting exhibition or event? Is there something you know that you
think should be shared with more visually impaired people?

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Don’t forget, you can also check our Facebook group and our Facebook page for all the latest info about what’s going on at VIEWS International.

For now, we hope you have enjoyed this newsletter and we look forward to bringing you more news and updates next month.

The VIEWS International team