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VIEWS News November 2016

Dear readers,

November has flown by incredibly fast, so much so that Saint Nicholas is already on his way. Many interesting things have happened recently around VIEWS, and we are eager to share them with you, as always.

In this issue, you can get to meet Tamara Scharping, our new manager assistant here at VIEWS. Also, you can read about two important events that were recently organized within the European institutions: a forum on education, training and youth, and an event on the European Accessibility Act. Moreover, you can find out how blind Hungarians play football; and, if you're not really into sport, you can discover a very interesting fashion-related project.

Enjoy reading!

Our new manager assistant

As announced in the previous issue, from the beginning of this month we have a new entry in our Executive Bureau: Tamara Scharping, who already seems to feel very comfortable in the VIEWS family. We wish her a very fruitful and enriching working experience!

European Education, Training and Youth Forum 2016

The Education, Training and Youth Forum is an annual event that brings together people from different, yet interconnected fields: education, training and youth. This year, it took place on 20th and 21st October. You can read more about it here.

A fruitful discussion on the EUropean Accessibility Act

The proposal for a European Accessibility Act was presented by the European Commission exactly a year ago, on 2nd December 2015. As some of you probably know, the Act aims to set common accessibility standards covering products and services across the EU, so as to ensure the full participation of disabled people in society. You can read more about the Commission's proposal here.

Since its publication, the proposal's complex content has been the subject of many debates, conferences and round tables. It was also addressed in an event organized by the European Parliament, that took place this month. Here you can read more about the meeting.

Blind football in Hungary

Football is definitely one of the most popular sports in the world. Who doesn't know Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo? Well, blind football is getting quite popular as well, in many countries. Having heard about it is one thing, but watching a blind football training is quite another. Our EVS from Italy, Clara, was lucky enough to sit on the pitch during a whole training session, in the beautiful city of Budapest. Here's her enthusiastic account... with an interesting surprise!

"Beyond Seeing - Innover le design de mode sans les yeux"

Organized by the Goethe Institut in Paris, the project aims to convey fashion and design to blind and partially sighted people, through activities that engage the other senses. The project is being developed by design students, supported by blind and sighted scientists, designers and artists. Belgium is amongst the participating countries, together with France, Germany and Sweden.

On the preliminary visit, that took place on 25th and 26th October, the blind and sighted participants met the fashion professors for the first time and participated in round tables, workshops and interactive group games. But let's hear more about it from Selma and Jhonatan, two visually impaired Belgian participants.

Call for articles

Have you recently come across an amazing event, project or device that may be of interest to other visually impaired people? Don't hide it in a hole in the ground like a priceless treasure, but share it with us! This newsletter can help spread information around. Send your articles to or to by the 15th of each month. For questions, you can use our mailing list and Facebook page. Also, remember to check our calendar regularly, with all the events that take place around VIEWS.

These info channels are also yours, so don't hesitate to use them!

So, that's all for November! We know that in the coming days you'll be looking forward to Christmas, and so will we. However, don't forget to look forward to our next issue, as well, because it will be full of interesting articles! Also, next month we'll launch a new column called "Portrait of the month". If you think you have something interesting to talk about and share with the community, don't hesitate to let us know using the e-mail addresses mentioned above: we'll be glad to interview you and put you on the spotlight!

The VIEWS International Team