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Supporting blind and visually impaired children in Slovenia

  • Supported by the Norway Grants, a Centre for Helping the Blind and Visually Impaired will be established in Ljubljana.

    The Institute for Blind and Partially Sighted Children is applying a €475,000 grant to improve its services and become a nation-wide resource centre for the visually impaired. The centre will be the first of its kind in Slovenia, housing a kindergarten, special education, and other services to prepare blind and visually impaired young people to live independently.

    The project will cover the renovation of the existing institute in order to make it accessible and secure for the children using the centre. Thanks to the grant from Norway, the centre will also be equipped with Braille displays for computers, magnifiers and other helping aids. A new outdoor area simulating real life situations will also allow for safe and practical training in orientation skills. According to Marija Jerasa, who teaches at the institute, a comprehensive support system is one of the keys to success when it comes to integrating blind and visually impaired children.

    The project is carried out in collaboration with the Slovenian Ministry of Education and Sport, and the Faculties of Medicine and Education. Huseby Resource Centre in Oslo is also an active partner in the project, and the Norwegian centre is planning a one week training course for their Slovenian counterparts.

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    Project title:

    Centre for Helping Blind and Visually Impaired

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Health and childcare


    € 475,230



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    Institute for Blind and Partially Sighted Children Ljubljana

    Type of institution:

    Education/research institution

    Project duration:

    24 months

    Project cost:

    € 813,750

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    14 July 2008

    The purpose of the Project is to establish a resource centre for the blind and visually impaired, with the overall objective of improving the quality of life for the blind and visually impaired and their families, with emphasis on their integration into society and equal involvement in it. Reference is made to the application dated 10 May 2007 and to any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - renovation and modernisation of the premises in order to establish a well functioning resource centre;

    - establishment of a garden for teaching orientation within the premises of the institute;

    - preparation of the resource centre concept, and equipment of the centre to today’s standards;

    - promotion of the resource centre's the activities;

    - Project management and Project publicity.

    The Project Promoter is the Institute for Blind and Partially Sighted Children (ZSSML). Subject to national law, the Project shall be implemented in Partnership with both the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ljubljana, as well as the Ministry of Education and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia and the Lions Club Association (District 129).

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Project Promoter shall provide at least 41.6 percent of the estimated eligible project cost.