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Association des Aveugles et Handicapes Visuels d'Alsace et de Lorraine
27 rue de la 1er Armee, BP 35, 67065 Strasbourg, France.
Tel: +33 88 36 03 77
Fax: +33 88 35 22 30
Activities: Offering educational, professional and employment advice and information.

Association "Les Chiens Guides d'Aveugles de L'Ouest"
Promenade de la Baumette, 49000 Angers, France.
Tel: +33 241 685923
Fax: +33 241 470803
Activities: Breeding, education and delivery free of charge of guide dogs to visually impared persons mainly in West of France.

Association Nationale pour les Sourds et Aveugles et Sourds Malvoyants (ANPSA)
153 Boulevard Brune, 75014 Paris, France.
Contact person: Jean Marc Cluet, Chairman
Tel: +33 1 46 27 48 10
Fax: +33 9 57 15 54 10
Activities: The association tries to be a meeting point, a way of promoting new centers and a constant help to deafblind and their family. Gives advice to the deafblind and their family; Meetings for deafblind adults; Production of a quarterly newsletter, in print, large print and Braille; Participation in various manifestations of French organisations and international conferences. ANPSA is a member of DBi Council.

Association pour les Personnes Aveugles ou Malvoyantes (APAM)
(Organization for Blind or Visually Impaired Persons)
3 rue Jacquier, Paris, 75014, France.
Tel: +33 1 40 44 88 00
Fax: +33 1 40 44 67 75

Association Valentin Häuy (AVH)
5 rue Duroc, Paris, 75343, France.
Contact person: Mr. Patrick Champetier de Ribes, President
Tel: +33 1 44 49 27 27
Fax: +33 1 44 49 27 10
Activites: The aim of the organisation is to study, propagate and apply all that can contribute to the instruction, social advancement and help of visually impaired persons. More specifically the organisation takes part in medical research and the popularization of prevention of eye diseases and blindness. Assistance in daily problems, listening and support, financial assistance (equipment, breakdown services), residences (residential center), assistance with the students continuing their studies, reception and organization of leisures (framing of sports activities, hearth, etc), clubs and vocational training.

Centre de Rééducation pour Déficients Visuels (CRDV)
30, rue Sainte-Rose, Clermont-Ferrand 63000, Cedex 1, France.
Tel: +33 4 73 31 80 00
Fax: +33 4 73 31 80 08
Activities: To support and help the families of handicapped children. To allow school, cultural, social and professional integration and inclusion. To offer means of research to users of the centre. To be a centre of resources for professionals and trainees of the medico-social sector and all the people searching for information on visual deficiencies.

Centre Regional A. Peyrelongue pour Personnes Déficientes Visuelles
12, rue Alfred de Musset, Ambares 33565, Carbon Blanc Cedex, France.
Contact person: Ms. Fossati
Tel: +33 5 56 38 85 85
Fax: +33 5 56 77 69 15

Chiens Guides D'Aveugles D'Ile de France
(Guide Dogs for the Blind of Ile de France)

3, Rue Eugene Dorlet, 77170 Coubert, France.
Contact person: Mr. Alain Gillet (Director)
Tel: +33 1 64 06 73 82
Fax: +33 1 64 06 67 42
Activities: Selecting and training guide dogs.

Comité de Liaison et d'Action des Parents d'Enfants et d'Adultes atteints de Handicaps Associés (CLAPEAHA)
18 rue Etex, Paris, 75018, France.
Contact person: Henri Faivre, President
Tel: +33 1 42 63 12 02
Fax: +33 1 46 27 80 92
Activities: Composed of national associations of parents with handicapped children or adults, the Committee's aims are to: take a census of multi-handicapped children and adults; Endeavour to resolve their difficulties and try to set up specific centres for them. The Committee organizes family activities, publishes many studies on the situation of the child with multiple handicap and takes part in various conferences.

Comite National pour la Promotion Sociale des Aveugles et des Amblyopes (CNPSAA)
(National Committee for the Welfare of the Blind and Partially Sighted People)

5 Rue Duroc, 75007 Paris, France.
Contact person: Philippe Chazal, President
Tel: +33 1 44 49 27 17
Fax: +33 1 44 49 27 30
Activities: Representation to the Government of all questions regarding legislation, technical aids, accessibility and culture.

Ecole de Chiens-Guides d'Aveugles de Lyon et du Centre-Est
162 Avenue Edouard Herriot, 01600 Miserieux, France.
Contact person: Dr. Daniel Manin, President
Tel: +33 4 74 00 60 11
Fax: +33 4 74 00 60 13
Activities: Training of guide dogs.

Ecole de Chiens-Guides d'Aveugles de Paris et la Region Parisienne
105 Avenue de Saint-Maurice, 75012 Paris, France.
Tel: +33 1 43 65 64 67
Fax: +33 1 43 75 61 18
Activities: Training of guide dogs

Ecole de Chiens-Guides d'Aveugles de Provence Cote d'Azur
Centre Pierre Aicard Fort de la Revere, 06360 Eze, France.
Tel: +33 4 92 07 18 18
Fax: +33 4 93 98 30 01
Activities: Training and free provision of guide dogs.

Ecole de Chiens-Guides d'Aveugles du Midi
Chemin des Aubepines, F-13090, Aix-en-Provence, France.
Tel: +33 4 42 59 41 40
Fax: +33 4 42 59 37 55
Activities: Training of guide dogs.

Ecole Régionale pour Déficients Visuels
Rue Paul Doumer, BP 99 59373 Loos Cedex, France.
Contact person: Didier Dosquet, Director
Tel: +33 3 20 97 17 96
Fax: +33 3 20 60 17 40
Activities: Educational facilities and transcription services.

European Blind Union (EBU)
6 rue Gager-Gabillot, F-75015 Paris, France.
Contact person: Mokrane Boussaid, Director
Tel: +33 1 47 05 38 20
Fax: +33 1 47 05 38 21
Activities: The European Blind Union is a non-governmental, non-profit-making European organization founded in 1984. It aims to protect and promote the interests of all blind and partially-sighted people in Europe.

Fédération des Aveugles & Handicapés Visuels de France (FAF)
(French Federation of the Blind and Visually Impaired)

58 Avenue Bosquet, F-75007 Paris, France.
Contact person: M. Rui Goncalves, Manager
Tel: +33 1 44 42 91 91
Fax: +33 1 44 42 91 92
Activities: The F.A.F focuses on the principle of  solidarity and works to the prevention of blindness; helps visually impaired children to be kept in the primary and elementary schools with the help of technical aids when necessary; promotes actions for helping the visually impaired to get integrated socially and professionally in daily activities; is developing sports’ competitions and leisure activities; supports the elderly at home and is very active in building residential and medically installed homes for the blind and visually impaired pensioners; gives juridical assistance to defend blind and visually impaired rights in France.

Federation Francaise des Associations de Chiens Guides d'Aveugles (FFAC)
(French Federation of Guide Dog Associations for the Blind)
71 Rue de Bagnolet, F-75020 Paris, France.
Contact person: Mr. Guy Rimbault
Tel: +33 1 44 64 89 89
Fax: +33 1 44 64 89 80
Email: federation@chiensguides.frĀ 
Activities: The French Federation of Guide Dog Associations (FFAC) gathers 12 Member Associations over France: nine Guide Dog Schools for the Blind, the French Association of Guide Dog Owners (ANMCGA), the French Breeding and Selection Centre (CESECAH) and the Guide Dogs for the Blind National Association. The French Federation's mission: co-ordinate and sustain the work of the Schools; help the development of new Schools over the French territory that subscribe to the federal Code of Practise; provide the Schools' Guide Dog Instructors with a vocational training; define the advisable standards for Guide Dog services; promote the Guide Dog on a national basis. The Federation itself organises the whole Guide Dog Instructors' training, the awarded diploma being state-certified since 6th April 2002. It also provides Member Schools with selected puppies from the Breeding Centre and has an important harmonisation and information role.

Fédération Internationale des Associations Catholiques d'Aveugles (FIDACA)
Postal address: 24, Impasse de la Place, F-91100 Corbeil-Essonnes, France.
Street address: 15 Rue Mayet, F-75006 Paris, France.
Contact person: Mrs. Anne Robinet-Maniero, Secretary General
Tel: +33 1 6089 4946
Fax: +33 1 6089 4946
Activities: FIDACA is a Federation of international organisations supporting visually impaired people in the context of the Catholic faith. FIDACA's dearest desire is to encourage blind people wherever possible, to unite and in this way to better promote their integration into society.

Federation Nationale des Associations de Parents d'enfants Deficients Visuels et de Leurs Amis (FNDV)
28 place Saint-Georges, Paris, 75009, France.
Tel: +33 1 45 26 73 45
Fax: +33 1 45 26 05 24
Activities: Provides an early tracking programme through school adapted to each child to support orientation and vocational training. The FNDV also gathers and diseminates information about other associations, facts about blindness in children and individual rights. The FNDV also works with other relevant administrations and services.

French Retina Association
2 Chemin du Cabirol, BP 62, Colomiers Cedex, 31771, France.
Tel: +33 5 34 55 27 30
Fax: +33 5 61 78 91 00
Activities: Fundraising to finance and publish research in ophthalmology. Help and information for visually handicapped.

Groupement des Intellectuels Aveugles ou Amblyopes (GIAA)
5 avenue Daniel Lesueur, Paris, 75007, France.
Tel: +33 1 47 34 30 00
Fax: +33 1 47 34 80 00
Activities: Reading services, library, rehabilitation, & sports.

Institut d'Education Sensorielle (IDES)
88 avenue Denfert Rochereau, 75014 Paris, France.
Contact person: Mr. Y. Sedillot, Director
TeL: +33 1 43 35 08 70
Fax: +33 1 43 27 08 74
: Day school with boarding facilities for visually impaired children and young people aged 4 to 21 years.

Institut de Jeunes Aveugles Les Charmettes
21, Route de Bourgogne, 03400 Yzeure, France.
Tel: +33 4 70 44 09 14
Fax: +33 4 70 44 93 90
: Special school for visually impaired students in Yzeure, France.

Institut Montéclair
(Monteclair Institute)

Quartier du Lac de Maine, 51 Rue du Vallon, 49000 Angers, France.
Contact Person: Francis Guiteau, Manager
Tel: +33 2 41 73 38 18
Fax: +33 2 41 72 09 96
Activities: Monteclair Institute is an organisation which intervenes for people with a visual impairment at each stage of their lives. Monteclair Institute provides support to blind and partially sighted children between the ages of 0 - 20 in order to aid their integration and their independence, particulary during their school years but also in their daily activities. Monteclair Institute also intervenes for adults with a visual impairment, in order to keep their jobs, to further their jobs or for training for integration into mainstream employment. Monteclair Institute also provides support to people over 60 with a visual impairment so they can be more independent in their daily activities.

Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles
56 Boulevard des Invalides, Paris 75007, France.
Contact person: Ms. Francoise Sabotier, Director
Tel: +33 1 44 49 35 35
Fax: +33 1 44 49 35 36
Activities: Public administrative state school (and boarding school) for blind pupils aged 9 to 20. In addition to the curriculum, offers Braille, computing and mobility courses as well as adapted vocational guidance and music teaching. Provides assistance for pupils integrated in ordinary schools and facilities for translating documents into Braille, mainly for blind students attending universities.

Organisation pour la Prévention de la Cécité
(Organisation for the Prevention of Blindness)
17 Villa Alesia, 75014 Paris, France.
Contact person: Professor Serge Resnikoff
Tel: +33 1 44 12 41 90
Fax: +33 1 44 12 23 01
Activities: To seek, promote, support the fight against blindness. To contribute, directly or indirectly, with provisions of services as regards ophthalmologic care and disease prevention of blindness; to encourage all initiatives in this field. To seek and continue all epidemiologic and statistical studies on the causes of loss (total or partial) of sight, and making known the results of this research. To organize information campaigns and disseminate information.

Union des Aveugles de Guerre
(Union of the War Blinded)

49 rue Blanche, Paris, 75009, France.
Tel: +33 1 48 74 85 83
Fax: +33 1 45 26 24 34
Activities: Braille and talking book circulation, hostels, & welfare.

Union Francophone des Aveugles
5 rue Duroc, Paris 75007, France.
Contact person: Francoise Madray-Lesigne
Tel: +33 1 44 49 27 29
Fax: +33 1 44 49 27 10



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