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VIEWS News January 2017

Dear VIEWS members, partners and friends,

first and foremost, happy 2017 to all of you!!!!! We really hope that you had amazing Christmas holidays, surrounded by your family and friends, and that getting back to the daily routine wasn't too traumatic after all! Here at VIEWS we didn't linger too much admiring the Christmas tree and shooting fireworks in the sky (though we would've loved to!), but we soon went back to business.

This first issue of the year will focus on the second Transnational Meeting about our strategic partnership "VIP awareness raising on unemployment", that has just taken place in Trieste. It will also show you an extremely far-sighted manifesto drawn up during a summer camp on sport and disability. Besides, you will learn about the International Camp on Communication and Computers (ICC), which will take place in Leuven next July. And, of course, there will be a new episode of "Portrait of the month", with another exceptional guest! Finally, we'll have many interesting announcements to make.

Enjoy reading!

Second Transnational Meeting - Trieste, Italy

We are pleased to inform you that the second Transnational Meeting about our strategic partnership "VIP awareness raising on unemployment" has recently taken place in Trieste, Italy, from the 25th to the 27th of this month. Members from VIEWS International gathered with partners from Italy (Aforisma & Istituto Rittmeyer) and Germany (DBSV & LWL Soest), to discuss what partners achieved last year and what still needs to be done by 30th April 2017, when the project is due to finish.

Here you can find out more about the second transnational meeting.

"Sportability" and its Manifesto

"Sportability" is an Erasmus+ youth exchange that took place in Italy last September. Organized by the Italian Blind Union, the camp aimed to show the importance of sport accessibility for society as a whole. The interesting discussions carried out by the sighted and non-sighted participants attending the camp led to the drafting of the "Manifesto for accessible and inclusive sports", as well as to the creation of a FaceBook page dedicated to the same subject.

Here you can read more about "Sportability", its Manifesto and the Facebook page.

ICC 2017 in Leuven

The International Camp on Communication and Computers (ICC), which saw its first edition in 1994, gathers blind and partially sighted young people from Europe and Japan. Each year the camp is hosted in a different country, and it's now Belgium's turn, for the first time in ICC's history. In particular, it will be up to the beautiful city of Leuven to welcome the 60 international participants (aged between 16 and 21) inside its ancient walls. The camp will take place between 23rd July and 1st August 2017 and will focus on technological aids and social skills.

In this article, you can learn more about the ICC camp and ICC Belgium, the association that is organizing it in Leuven.

Portrit of the month

Here's the second episode of our brand new column "Portrait of the month". This time, our guest is an incredibly inspiring man, working in a field particularly vital to blind people: the field of accessibility. But what does Bart do exactly?


Inauguration of the new VIEWS office

We're pleased to announce that we inaugurated our new office (Quai van Beneden 19, 4020 Liège) last month, We're pleased to announce that we inaugurated our new office (Quai van Beneden 19, 4020 Liège) last month, with a nice cozy party just before the Christmas holidays. We had been using the office already since September, but not many of our volunteers and friends had visited it yet. The party took place on 20th December and was a very cozy one: Christmas songs, hot vin brulé to defeat the cold, and a lot of dear friends... including Anna Rita, our delegated administrator, who was in town for some administrative work for VIEWS (meeting local partners, checking accountancy, planning activities for 2017, etc.). It was definitely a nice gathering, and we'll be glad to have another one at the first occasion!

2017 Vienna Marathon

(Though the application deadline was on 24th January, we share the information anyway, in case you still wanted to try and mail the organizers to see if there are free places.)

The Achilles Hungary Foundation is putting a team together for a marathon that will take place in Vienna on 23rd April 2017. The distances covered will be:

  • full marathon;
  • half marathon;
  • relay in teams of 4 (1st runner = approx. 16.3 KM; 2nd runner = approx. 5.5 KM; 3rd runner = approx. 9.1 KM; 4th runner = approx. 11.295 KM).

Achilles Hungary Foundation will cover expenses for registration fee + 1 night's accomodation + breakfast before the race. However, participants will have to cover their travel expenses.

If you're interested, you can send an e-mail to Judit Gombas ( by 24th January at the latest. Join our international community of hobby runners!

Next edition of "Dinner in the dark"

We're greatly pleased to announce that a new edition of "Dinner in the dark" will be hosted in Liège, on 17th and 18th February. As in previous editions, it will take place at the Institut Royal pour Handicapés de l'Ouïe et de la Vue (Rue Monulphe 80, 4000 Liège), and reservations can be made until 10th February.

Click here for the "Dinner in the dark"'s event page and here for the "Dinner in the dark"'s flyer.

Come eat with us, and spread the word!

Erasmus+ Youth Projects

We remind you that the upcoming deadlines to present calls for proposals for Erasmus+ Youth projects are the following:

  • 2nd February 2017;
  • 26th April 2017;
  • 4th October 2017.

Should you need any help with your project, don't hesitate to contact our Executive Office at we'll be more glad to support you throughout the whole process.

Call for articles

Have you recently bumped into a particularly interesting event, initiative or piece of technology? Don't hesitate to share it with us: we'll help you spread the word! Send your articles to or to by the 15th of each month. You can use the same addresses if you'd like to feature on our column "Portrait of the month", as Bart and Jessica did. For questions, you can use our mailing list and Facebook page. Finally, don't forget to regularly check out our calendar, with all the latest events taking place around VIEWS. These info channels are also yours, so don't hesitate to use them!

So, that's all for January. Next month we'll come back with more interesting news, hoping that by that time the cold will have given us some respite.

The VIEWS International Team