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Agencies Serving Blind & Partially Sighted People

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Associaçao de Cegos e Ambliopes de Portugal (ACAPO)
(Portuguese National Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted)
rua de San José 86, Piso 1, 1150-324 Lisbon, Portugal.
Contact persons: Dr. Antonia Jacinto Aresta Moita, Carlos Manuel de Conceicao Lopes, Maria do Rosario Cunha
Tel: +351 21 342 2001
Fax: +351 21 342 8518
Activities: Social assistance (including subsidies for the needy) and education (alphabetization classes, Braille teaching and sports classes). Publishing of a three-monthly magazine in Braille, diskettes, audio and inkprint. Braille and audio libraries. Courses in professional training (telephone operators/receptionists, computer operators, Braille technicians). Provision of technical devices for the blind. ACAPO is the Portuguese Delegate in the European Blind Union and the World Blind Union.

Associaçao Portuguesa de Deficientes (APD)
(Portuguese Association for the Disabled)
Largo do Rato, Lisbon 1250-185, Portugal.
Contact person: Rosa Guimaraes
Tel: +351 21 388 9883
Fax: +351 21 387 1095
Activities: The main objective of the APD is to represent and defend the general, individual and collective interests of Portuguese disabled persons. The activity of APD since its foundation in April, 1972 has been focused on the promotion of equal rights for disabled people. APD has pursued these goals in developing a wide range of actions: Raising public awareness through public campaigns; acting as partners on the setting and follow up of new legislations; fighting against discrimination through public campaigns, publicity and making use of legal means; delivering services, guidance and counselling to our individual members, their families on the base of a human rights and self determination perspective.

Associaçao Promotora d Emprego de Deficientes Visuais
(Vocational Training & Employment Institution for the Blind)
AV. Joao Paulo II, Lt. 5.25, Lisboa, 1950-159, Portugal.
Tel: +351 21 831 0760
Fax: +351 21 831 0769
Activities: Classes in handicraft, carpeting, massage, physiotherapy, telephony, computers, pottery, workshop-carpentry, caning, mobility, english, portuguese and public relations. Helps to place visually disabled and blind people in employment. Some welfare activities and counselling.

Associação Promotora do Ensino dos Cegos (APEC)
(Association Promoting Teaching of the Blind)

Contact person: Dr. Maria Antónia de OLiveira Martins de Mesquita, Directive President
Rua Francisco Metrass No.95, 1350 - 141 Lisbon, Portugal.
Tel: +351 213 887 833
Fax: +351 213 878 230
Activities: Teaching music. Teaching English and French languages. Production of white canes. Piano tuning.

Biblioteca Nacional (BN)
(National Library)
Campo Grande 83, 1749-081 Lisboa, Portugal.
Tel: +351 217 982 000
Fax: +351 217 982 138
Activities: BN holds talking books (copies for listening at home) and books in Braille (use by loan). Either produce books themselves or they would be given to them or bought abroad. Magazines in Braille are available for loan and for sale. Hold newsletter "Ponto e Som". Also catalogues of Braille music (not for loan or for sale). Work on various activities concerning the co-operation between libraries and providers of reading materials for the blind throughout the country. Try to reinforce motivation of reading, including resarch on the field of Braille usage in Portugal. BN presents the "Branco Rodrigues Award" to the best published work of a blind author every three years.

Centro de Reabilitação Profissional de Gaia (CRPG)
Av. Joao Paulo II, 4405 Arcozelo, Portugal.
Tel: +351 227 537 700
Fax: +351 227 629 065
Activities: Providing support and advice for integration of blind and visually impaired people into society.

Centro Professor Albuquerque E Castro / Ediçoes Braille-Portugues
Rua do Instituto de S. Manuel, Porto, 4050-308, Portugal.
Tel: +351 226 069 906
Fax: +351 226 095 195
Activities: Braille printing facilities for all books and magazines.

CIDEF - Centro de Inovacao para Deficientes
(Innovation Centre for People with Disability)
Avenue Almirante Gago Coutinho 134, Lisbon, 1700-033, Portugal.
Tel: +351 21 846 27 42
Fax: +351 21 846 27 44
Activities: Investigate, design and develop aids and materials to facilitate integration into society. Offer advice and personalised services for professional integration into the workplace.


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