DBSV in English

The German Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted (DBSV)

 

Blindness and partial sight
Our world is a world of vision. Sighted people register more than 80 % of incoming information through their eyes. Infrastructure, technology and legislation are made for sighted people. This has grave consequences for people who can hardly see or not see at all.

Aims and tasks
The German Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted (DBSV) represents the interests of blind and partially sighted people and of patients who suffer from a disease leading to blindness or visual impairment. DBSV aims at making lasting improvements to the living conditions of its constituency.

For this, DBSV strives to:
• influence the creation and implementation of new German laws, as well as new EU guidelines and regulations,
• stand up for human rights in matters related to the disabled,
• fight for compensatory measures to the disadvantages resulting from this disability,
• advocate for accessibility in all areas of life,
• support the development and provision of suitable assistive devices,
• promote the education and vocational training of blind and partially sighted people,
• develop counselling and support services,
• serve as contact point for the media and the public, as well as a partner for ophthalmologists and opticians concerning prevention and support measures.

As the umbrella organisation of the different German self-help organisations of the blind and partially sighted, DBSV combines and coordinates the public appearances and efforts of 20 regional associations. Our regional associations represent the interests of blind and partially sighted people at the level of the German “Länder”.

These regional associations look after approximately 250 local organisations with about 36,000 members. These organisations offer comprehensive advice and leisure activities to the blind and partially sighted, as well as to their next-of-kin. Thirty-three additional specialist organisations and institutions for the blind and partially sighted, responsible for a total of 10,000 members, play an active role in the DBSV committee work as “corporate members”. These networks inform about medical questions and help with regards to social and legal matters. They provide advice about assistive devices, loan audio books, offer activities, holiday trips and courses designed to encourage and develop the skills needed for everyday life and to improve mobility.

Furthermore, DBSV is a stakeholder in various German non-profit organisations of the blind and partially sighted. Additionally, it plays a formative role in 25 national organisations, such as the German Disability Council (DBR), the German National Association of Senior Citizens' Organisations (BAGSO), the German National Association of self-help organisations of people with disabilities and chronic diseases (BAG SELBSTHILFE) and the umbrella organisation of the social movement in Germany (Deutscher Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband). At the international level, DBSV is an active member in both the European Blind Union and the World Blind Union. DBSV initiated the German Foundation of the Blind (Blindenstiftung Deutschland).

For patients suffering from a disease leading to blindness or visual impairment, DBSV offers a special consulting service (“Blickpunkt Auge”), which is active all across Germany.

 

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Benedikt van den Boom Head International Relations Telefon: 0049-30-28 53 87-120