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Associazione Italiana Ciechi di Guerra
Via Castelfidardo 8, Rome 00185, Italy.
Tel: +39 06 493460
Fax: +39 06 4820449
Activities: An organization set up to defend the rights of people who lost their sight in war.


Associazione Nazionale Subvedenti (ANS)
(National Association of the Partially Sighted)

via Clericetti 22, Milan, 20133, Italy.
Contact person: Dr. Carla Mondolfo, President
Tel: +39 02 7063 2850
Fax: 39 02 7063 2850
Activities: The association supports families, teachers, educators and social operators, providing information and training on different ranges of problems related to visual disability, concerning: legislation, benefits and rights; rehabilitation; IT computer training; technological aids and electronic computer equipment; education for special needs; psychological help; employment; transport accessibility; reading accessibility; innovative projects, European projects.


Biblioteca Italiana per i Ciechi
(Italian Library for the Blind)

Via G Ferrari 5a, Monza, Lombardy I-20052, Italy.
Tel: +39 039 283271
Fax: +39 039 833264
Activities: Through a varied publishing agenda the Library aims to satisfy the various cultural and learning requirements of the visullay impaired in Italy. It provides works in Braille, large print, on audio cassette, and computer science support. The Center of Production is equipped to print and bind works if requested.


Fondazione Ezio Galiano
Tel: +39 0961 723571
Fax: +39 0961 723879
Activities: The Ezio Galiano Foundation provides a free website for blind and visually impaired people to choose among more than 15,000 literary works in 5 European languages, ranging from classical masterpieces to general fiction. Users can also download school or reference books, a wide selection of Italian daily newspapers and most popular magazines that are adapted to the blind's needs. Users can also access information, software and addresses related to the available technology for the blind and get to know other people and join a discussion forum.


Fondazione Robert Hollman
Via Oddone Clerici 6, 28821 Cannero Riviera, Verbania, Italy.
Contact person: Paola Antoniotti, Librarian
Tel: +39 0323 78 84 85
Fax: +39 0323 78 81 98
Activities: For children from 0 to 14 years of age: rehabilitation and visual, neuro-visual and visual-motory stimulation, screening and ortoptic follow-ups, physiotherapy and neuro-psychomotor therapy, relational psychomotor activity, speech therapy, child psychology with a psychoanalytical approach, multi-sensorial stimulation and integration, educational activities and didactics, music therapy, hydrotherapy, infant massage, and psychological support to families.


Istituto F. Cavazza
Via Castiglione n. 71 - 40124 Bologna, Italy.
Contact person: Mario Barbuto, Director
Tel: +39 051 332090
Fax: +39 051 332609
Activities: An organization in Bologna, Italy, working for the visually impaired.


Istituto David Chiossone per i Ciechi e gli Ipovedenti
(The David Chiossone - ONLUS)

(The Rehabilitation Centre for the Visually Disabled)
Corso Armellini 11, 16122 Genova, Italy.
Contact person: Mrs Cristina Camberini, Secretary
Tel: +39 010 834 21
Fax: +39 010 81 2234
Activities: Assisting blind and low sighted patients from a sensory point of view, or from the personal point of view supporting social and scholastic integration.


Lega del Filo d'Oro
Via Montecerno 1, Osimo AN, 60027, Italy.
Contact person: Dr. Rossano Bartoli, General Secretary
Tel: +39 071 72451
Fax: +39 071 717102
Activities: The Lega del Filo d'Oro, has the sole aim of achieving social harmony, through the assistance, education, rehabilitation treatment and re-integration of people who are deafblind and have multisensory deficits. This is acheived by: creating suitable structures; training qualified staff;
carrying out research and experiments in the fields of deafblindness and multisensory impairment; encouraging contacts with Italian and international organisations, institutes and universities and awareness building with appropriate organisations and with the general public about the prevention of these handicaps.


Retina Italia
Piazza Quattro Novembre 4, 20124 Milano, Italy.
Contact person: Ms Assia Andrao
Tel: +39 026 691 744
Fax: +39 026 707 0824
Activities Retina Italy engages in the support to and care of visually disabled people because of retina degenerative diseases, fosters scientific research and promotes public awareness of the problems and daily living hardships that blind and partially sighted people have to face.


Scuola Nazionale Cani Guida per Ciechi
Via dei Ciliegi 26, 50018 Scandicci, Florence, Italy.
Contact person: Mr. Sergio Bonanni, Manager
Tel: +39 055 438 2850
Fax: +39 055 438 2851
Activities: Guide dogs training for the blind in the use of guide dogs. Research in new technologies to assist the mobility and orientation of the blind.


Servizio di Consulenza Pedagogica
(Counselling Service for Parents)

Via Druso 7, Trento, Trentino 38100, Italy.
Contact person: Salvatore Lagati
Tel: +39 0461 828 693
Fax: +39 0461 828 693
Activities: Summer programmes for parents of deaf, blind, deafblind and Down Syndrome children; Information to professional workers; Correspondence learning courses for parents of pre-school children.


Servizio Nazionale Cani guida per Ciechi - Onlus Fondato dai Lions Italiani
Via Maurizio Galimberti, 1-20051 Limbiate, Milan, Italy.
Tel: +39 02 996 4030
Activities: Guide dogs rearing and training for the blind and visually impaired.


Sezione Italiana, Agenzia Internazionale per la Prevenzione della Cecita
(Italian Section, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness)

Via G. Vico, 1, 00196 Rome, Italy.
Tel: +39 06 3600 4929
Fax: +39 06 3608 6880
Activities: The IAPB is an organization engaged in the mobilitation of resources and means to aid activities in the prevention of blindness. The scope of the IAPB is to promote and to support worldwide campaigns against blindness, but with particular emphasis on care of the local communities. In particular, the IAPB publishes and diffuses scientific and informative material; it promotes search and study initiatives through agreements of collaboration with the State, Universities and Ophtalmological Institutions to render effective prevention of blindness; to provide rehabilitation, psychological and social recovery of the individual and to promote and organize training courses for educators and visual rehabilitators.


Stamperia Braille
(Braille Printing House)

via Aurelio Nicolodi 2, Florence 50131, Italy.
Contact person: Ms. Caterina del Panta, Office Manager
Tel: +39 055 438 2800
Fax: +39 055 438 2815
Activities: The property of the Tuscan Regional government the Stamperia Braille provides a range of services for the blind residing in the region's territorial jurisdiction: first of all the transcription in Braille of school texts for students at very convenient prices. Additional services include reprints of works listed in the Stamperia catalogue for the blind residing in other regions and, of particular importance musical transcripts in Braille that can be requested by blind people in any part of the world.


Unione Italiana dei Ciechi e Degli Ipovedenti
(Italian Union of the Blind and Partially Sighted)

via Borgognona 38, Rome 00187, Italy.
Contact persons: Rodolfo Cattani, Coordinator of International Relations, and Mario Barbuto, President
Tel: +39 06 69 988 388/375
Fax: +39 06 69 988 328
Activities: UICI is an association of blind and partially sighted persons which was founded in 1920. The Italian legislation gives UICI the task of safeguarding the moral and material interests of all persons with a visual impairment. It runs activities in the following sectors: education, social activities, technical aids, and professional activities. The UICI created services such as the National Talking Book Centre, the research centre on assistive technology, various regional aids centres, the Institute of Research, Training and Rehabilitation for the Blind..


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