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Sporveisgaten 10, N-0354 Oslo, Norway.
Tel: +47 22 56 88 24
Fax: +47 22 56 88 28
Activities: Assistanse is an organisation for visually impaired children between 0 and 20 years.  Assistanse’s main activities are: Create a social network between visually impaired children and parents in Norway; Provide information about visually impaired children and their parents, legal rights and possibilities for help and support; Arrange courses, information meetings and social events in order to enable the visual impaired children, their parents and other members of the family to meet and learn from each other how to handle the particular problems they as families are faced with; Provide information to the authorities and others about visually impaired children’s situation in Norway; Liaise and cooperate with authorities and institutions involved with visually impaired children to insure that they provide the services required.


Central Unit for the Deafblind
Skådalen Resource Centre, The Central Unit for the Deafblind, PO Box 8042 Dep., NO-0031 Oslo, Norway.
Tel: +47 22 24 81 80
Fax: +47 22 24 81 92
Activities:The Norwegian Central Team for the Deafblind is a state-run resource team distributing information on deafblindness. The team maintains a register of deafblind and persons who suffer severe degrees of visual and auditory impairment. The National Central Team for the Deafblind is a subdivision of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. The team is a resource group within the fields of psychology, education and social work.


Foreningen Norges Døvblinde
(Norway Society Deafblind)

PO Box 5922, Majorstua, 0308 Oslo, Norway.
Tel: +47 22 93 33 50
Fax: +47 22 93 33 51
Activities: The Norway Society Deafblind cooperates with the deafblind organizations in the other Nordic countries. Together they try to find solutions to mutual problems concerning the deafblind and everyday life. NADB participates in international causes as well. They have two day centers, one in Oslo and one in Bergen. Here the deafblind can come and socialize with other members and work with different handicrafts. The informaion sector of NADB produces accessible daily news bulletins and a weekly newspaper.


Guide Dog Norge AS
Tomtasen, 1540 Vestby, Norway.
Tel: +47 6495 3300
Fax: +47 6495 3320


Huseby Kompetansesenter
Gamle Hovstervei 3, Oslo, N-0768, Norway.
Contact person: Knut Ramberg, Centre Leader
Tel: +47 22 02 95 00
Fax: +47 22 95 15 90
Activities: Huseby Resource Centre is a part of The National Support System for Special Education (Statped) owned by the State. Huseby contributes services to the visually impaired, also persons with multiple disabilities, and their network. Huseby gives a nationwide rehabilitation service for adults with visual impairments. The centre also offers services for the deafblind, and is part of the resource system for the deafblind in Norway.


Kristent Arbeid Blant Blinde og Svaksynte
Street address: Skogveien 22, 1831 Askim, Norway.
Postal address: Box 333, 1802 Askim, Norway.
Contact person: Mr Ingvar Nevland, General Secretary
Tel: +47 69 81 6981
Fax: +47 69 88 5766
Activities: A Christian organisation working for the blind and partially sighted in Norway.


Norges Blindeforbund
(Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted)

Postboks 5900, Majorstuen, Oslo 0308, Norway.
Contact person: Mr Arnt Holte
Tel: +47 2321 5000
Fax: +47 2321 5071
Activities: NABP's overall objective is to strengthen the position of the blind and partially sighted in society and achieve equal opportunities and status. Influencing political authorities and other decision-makers is important in reaching this goal. In Norway, NABP provides a multitude of special products and services for blind and partially sighted people in Norway. Examples are: Guide dog training, summer camps for children and youth, an extensive rehabilitation programme for people with recent visual impairment, and recordings of many books and talking newspapers. The NABP runs projects in Africa and Asia with support from NORAD - Norwegian Agency for Development. NABP emphasises direct co-operation with local partners and prioritises countries where the situation for the blind and partially sighted is very difficult. The NABP has selected three key target areas: 1) Establish new organisations and strengthen already existing organisations of blind and partially sighted in order to improve their position in society. Organisation-building is given high priority. 2) Rehabilitation an income-generating activities 3) treatment and prevention of blindness in co-operation with national health authorities. The NABP is an active member of several world-wide organisations of the blind and partially sighted, such as the European Blind Union (EBU), the World Blind Union (WBU), the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and The International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI).


Norsk lyd- og blindeskriftbibliotek (NLB)
(Norwegian Library of Talking Books and Braille)
PO Box 2764 Solli, 0204 Oslo, Norway.
Tel: +47 22 06 88 00
Fax: +47 22 06 88 90
Activites: Its function is to provide library services to the blind, the partially sighted, the visually impaired and others with reading disabilities. The library's services are intended for children, adults and senior citizens. Hospitals, libraries, nursing homes, day care facilities, schools and other agencies serving individuals who qualify may also apply for Braille and talking book services.NLB is the main producer of talking books and Braille in Norway. Yearly we produce about 600 talking books and 220 Braille books; in addition we have approximately 350 books for students in accesible formats (2005). All our talking books are produced according to the DAISY standard.


Retinitis Pigmentosa Foreningen i Norge
(Norwegian RP Association)
Masjorstuveien 17, Boks 1480, N-0367 Oslo, Norway.
Contact person: Morten Tollefsen
Tel: +47 908 99 305
Activites: The primary focus is to present current information about Retinitis Pigmentosa. Therefore we hold regular meetings for our members and publish a journal four times a year. As part of our international engagement we try to attend larger international conferences on RP and to sponsor Norwegian scientists attending the annual ARVO conference. In addition we pay special attention to the cooperation between the RP-Societies in the Nordic countries and try to facilitate regular exchanges with them.


Signo Døvblindesenter
(Signo Centre for for Persons with Deafblindness)
Molandveien 44, N-3158 Andebu, Norway.
Contact person: Knut Johansen, Director
Tel: +47 33 43 87 00
Activities: A centre with residential services for adults with congenital deafblindness and outreach services for people with both congenital and acquired deafblindness, of all ages.


Skådalen Kompatensesenter
Postboks 13, Slemdal, 0710 Oslo, Norway.
Contact person: Britten Haavik Ikdahl, Center Leader
Tel: +47 22 70 37 00
Fax: +47 22 70 37 01
Email:; statped.sorost @
Activities: Skådalen Resource Centre represents a regional centre for hearing impaired and deafblind people. We have two schools at our centre, one for hearing impaired children and one for congenitally deafblind children. In addition we have 2 departments for consulting services, one of them is a regional centre for deafblinds. We give services for deafblind people at all ages, both congenitally deafblinds and people with acquired deafblindness, in the eastern and middle part of Norway. The regional centre is one out of four in Norway.


Stiftelsen Signo
PO Box 100, Nordsrand N-1112, Oslo, Norway.
Tel: +47 23 16 75 50
Fax: +47 23 16 75 51
Activities: Provides services to deafblind and deaf people. Activities include education, resource centres, sheltered employment, housing, caring and other welfare services. Participation in international projects and networks.


Vestlandske Blindeforbunds
(Western Norway Association of the Blind)

Rosenkrantzgaten 5, 5003 Bergen, Norway
Tel: +47 55 33 69 55
Fax: +47 55 33 69 56
Activities: VBs main task is to promote equal rights and access for blind and partially sighted people in the areas of; society - social rights, applications for aids, housing and friendship groups, health, culture and economy. VB runs a course and activity residential centre near Bergen offering various physical and professional activities. The centre also offers rehabilitation-courses, holiday and recreation, hobby-, activity- and health-sport-courses.


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