Project Coordinator

University of Thessaly (UTH), GR

The University of Thessaly (UTH) was founded in 1984 and has elected the first Rectorate Board in 1998. Its present academic structure consists of eighteen (18) Departments, six (6) Faculties. The main mission of the University of Thessaly is the promotion of scientific knowledge through research and the contribution to the cultural and economic development of the local community and wider society. It is known for its excellent research performance and outstanding scientific achievements, in accordance with the international standards. The excellent equipped Laboratories of the different Departments and Research Units have a number of well-trained researchers to support them. The members of the academic and research staff participate in European research networks and numerous innovative research projects in the EC. The University is participating in a large number of national and European R&D projects (more information can be found at http://www.uth.gr/main/research/main/research_en_links.html). The University of Thessaly has an inclusive policy for students with disabilities. An accessibility centre "Prosvasi" (in english Accessibility) aims to support the students with disabilities and their teachers in order to enhance their physical, academic and social access and inclusion in the university as well as afterwards. Through the accessibility website (http://prosvasi.uth.gr) students and academics can get informed about the support services that Prosvasi provides, such as the peer tutoring programme, the differentiated and Design for all strategies in relation to instruction, assessment and building construction (e.g. creating ramps).

Contact: Vassilios Argyropoulos, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.uth.gr


  SOFIA UNIVERSITY, BG

Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" is the oldest university in Bulgaria, founded in 1888. It is a state university. Sofia University offers various bachelor, master and doctoral programs. It has faculties for humanities, science, philology, law, education, medicine etc. One of the faculties within the university is the Faculty of Primary and Preschool Education. It has 6 departments: Special Education & Speech Therapy; Social Education; Primary school Education; Preschool Education; Art Education; Music Education. Department of Special Education offers 4 specialties or modules: Special education of Visually Impaired; Special education of Hearing Impaired; Special education of Intellectually Disabled; Speech Therapy.

Contact: Mira Dimitrova Tzvetkova – Arsova, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.uni-sofia.bg 


UNIVERSITATEA BABES BOLYAI, RO

Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj –Napoca assumes the complex role of providing a performant education, an innovative scientific research at national and international level and specialized services platforms to the community. The University represents the institution where the academic community is searching for new solutions to permanent changes in the society and nowadays’ world. Babes-Bolyai University, as an academic educational public institution, aims to promote specific cultural components within the local, regional, national and international community. The general mission is to generate and to transfer the knowledge respecting modern University concepts- education, research and community services. Particularly, BBU’s mission is focused on the following objectives: To ensure knowledge creation through an intensive research process; To ensure the training of students and researchers as active and responsible citizens by promoting education and research according to the requirements of a knowledge and 
values-based society, through initial training, ongoing education and integration into the circuit of universal values; To provide a framework for multiculturalism, multi-linguistic and interconfessional interfaces by offering training on equal terms, in Romanian, Hungarian, German, and other international  languages; To contribute to the local, regional and national development in terms of social, economic, cultural and political values, through an involvement according to the community needs. Babes-Bolyai University is organized in faculties, departments, academic extensions, institutes, libraries, laboratories, research units, museums, etc. The Special Education Department within the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences is a traditional one; it is the first department of special education founded in Romania in 1960, being recognized as the best in the country due to the curriculum, teachers, accessibility and educational centers and research and development projects.

Contact: Andrea Hathazi, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.ubbcluj.ro 


 

EOTVOS LORAND UNIVERSITY, HU

A university with an excellent reputation “Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem” (shortly: “ELTE”), the legal predecessor of which was founded in 1635, is the oldest university in Hungary. It has an excellent reputation both in Hungary and abroad for the quality of its educational and research programmes. The university has always received international students. The original language of teaching was Latin. Hungarian became the official language of undergraduate training in 1861. During its long history, the university has been renamed several times. Since 1950, it has been bearing the name of Loránd EÖTVÖS (1848-1919), a professor of physics with international repute (notably for his work on the equivalence of gravitational and inertial mass), also an eminent statesman. Eötvös Loránd University is one of the largest universities in the country with a total number of around 30,000 students a year. The university offers training at all levels of higher education. Due to the institutional mergers in 2000 and 2003, now ELTE has eight faculties (Education and Psychology; Primary and Pre-School Education; Special Education; Social Sciences; Humanities; Informatics; Law and Political Science; and [Natural] Science), and more than 100 buildings scattered about Budapest.   

Contact: Krisztina Kovács, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.elte.hu 


 

Bulgarian Association for Education of Visually Impaired Children, BG

Bulgarian Association for Education of Visually Impaired Children is a Bulgarian NGO that exists for the last 21 years. Its main goals are to work on: organizing seminars, workshops and other educational events to increase the knowledge and skills of teachers, educators, parents and other professionals working and caring for Visually Impaired children, students and youth, incl. MDVI and Deafblind; publishing special literature; publishing national Journal named Journal of Education & Rehabilitation of Visually Impaired; national standards for education and rehabilitation for Visually Impaired, partnering with the Ministry of Education in Bulgaria and other official bodies; help and support provided for the special schools for blind in Bulgaria and for the regional resource centers supporting Visually Impaired integrated in mainstream schools in the country etc. The chairperson – Prof. Vladimir Radoulov, is a low vision person, who combines his professional expertise as a special educator and his personal passion as a Visually Impaired person, in order to offer through the Association services and support for the Visually Impaired in Bulgaria. BAOZZD has a long and fruitful cooperation on projects with Perkins school for the Blind through the Hilton/Perkins Foundation, with Christoffel Blinden Mission (CBM) and others.  

Contact: Vladimir Radoulov, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: baozzd.org  


DB-DATABANK S.A., GR

DB-DATABANK S.A. is a leading European IT services company, established in 1992 as a member of the INTRACOM Group of Companies. It has an outstanding record of providing IT solutions to governments, public organizations and private enterprises in most of the European countries. DB-DATABANK has advanced infrastructures and the know-how in the technologies of software engineering, information system and networks design, automated content collection-management systems and in the design of high demand telephone customer service systems. It systematically invests in human resources, technology and national-international partnerships with the ultimate goal of providing integrated services through networks of landline and mobile telephony, Internet and Mobile Internet. Its recognition in the market is because of the fact that it comprehends and meets the needs of its customers. That is why it provides its customers with a wide range of services with guaranteed functionality and 24hour support. 

Contact: George Thanopoulos, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.databank.com.gr


   

International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment - European Region, NL

The International Council for Education and Rehabilitation of People with Visual Impairment, European Region (ICEVI – Europe) is a region of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment, ICEVI International, established in 1952.  ICEVI-Europe is a nonprofit, non-governmental regional association of professionals -individuals and organizations- that promotes equal access to appropriate education and rehabilitation of people with visual impairment so that they may achieve their full potential. ICEVI-Europe promotes education and rehabilitation opportunities for people with visual impairment through sharing, networking, cooperating, and advocating, among its members and stakeholders and is a part of ICEVI International which is a worldwide organization recognized by the Commission of Social Services in the United Nations.  Its target group are people who are totally blind or who have low vision, including those with additional disabilities. ICEVI-Europe aims to help blind and visually impaired people achieve their desire to actively participate as full members of society.  It does so by sharing and disseminating information and knowledge about education and rehabilitation, in collaboration with governments, national and international institutions, professional NGO’s and academics.  In order to achieve social inclusion for people with visual impairments, ICEVI-Europe strives to focus on addressing their needs which include education, rehabilitation and employment, and promote knowledge on the necessity of these competencies. 

Website: www.icevi-europe.org  


EUROPEAN BLIND UNION, FR

The European Blind Union (EBU) is a non-governmental, non profit-making European organization founded in 1984. One of the six regional bodies of the World Blind Union, it represents, protects and promotes the interests of blind and partially-sighted people in continental Europe, including 27 of the EU-28 Member States, the EEA countries and the candidate countries associated to the EU. EBU currently has 44 national members, made up of the organizations representing blind and partially sighted people in their respective countries. EBU works towards the advancement of the well-being of blind and partially sighted people with the goal of equality and full participation in society. It provides a European Forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of blindness and partial sight. Blind and partially sighted individuals are members of their respective national organizations.

Contact: Mokrane BOUSSAÏD, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.euroblind.org


Rakursi Art Gallery, BG

Rakursi is an independent gallery for modern and contemporary art founded in 2004 by Rositsa Chusheva and Rumyana Yoneva. The gallery is a living space with its own identity and open for all media of art. It works with renowned artists and supports young ones. It realizes its own curatorial projects and collaborates with artists and institutions on different programs. Rakursi Art Gallery represents International artists as well as Bulgarian artists abroad and collaborates with diverse partners on International projects.

Contact: Rumyana Yoneda, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.rakursi.com


 

Transylvanian Museum of Ethnography, RO

THE TRANSYLVANIAN MUSEUM OF ETHNOGRAPHY, located in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, was founded in 1922 as the first Romanian museum with this profile. In the two sections, indoor and outdoor, the museum has 42,250 artefacts and architectural monuments from Transylvania, 10.005 slides and 46.185 negatives, most of them having a national treasure value. The two sections of the Museum are: Palace “Reduta” (Main Building with the permanent exhibition) and National Ethnographical Park “Romulus Vuia” (the open-air section, as a village museum). The National Park, the open air section of the Museum, was conceived as a living museum where a part of the transferred objectives were going to be lived by representative families for the areas they were brought in. This open-air section of the museum includes 196 original exhibited constructions, dating from the 17th – 20th centuries. The museum opened in 2009 the tactile exhibition “Touch and Understand – the Tactile Message of the Traditional Peasant Objects”, with the support of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund within the project “Equal Changes in the Access to Culture”.
The exhibition is designed primarily to the visitors with visual impairments, offering also an experience of a special type to the common visitors, especially to a special age category: children eager to touch and handle such objects.
We selected for this exhibition objects which allow the outline of the peasant universe as an organic whole closed to the nature. The replicas of the heritage objects were made in traditional techniques by the folk craftsmen in various regions of Transylvania.
The exhibition is equipped with podotactile bands marking the interest points (entrance/exit of the exhibition; stop points for the exhibition units and at the infokiosks, the access to utilities), facilitating the individual guidance in the exhibition space.
The informative texts are displayed both in a written way (Braille alphabet and usual print) and in an audio way. In addition, the access to the information is facilitated by the drawings executed in relief.
The two playing corners at the beginning and at the end of the tactile exhibition offer to all the children the opportunity to experience the contact to the traditional toys.  

Contact: Tudor Alexandru Sălăgean, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.muzeul-etnografic.ro


 

Szent István Király MúseumHU

The Szent István Király Múseum is a museum, consists of three units. The collection of  Dénes Deák contains 20th-century Hungarian fine art. The other part of the organization is the “Hetedhét” Toy Museum, which representing European toys (most of dolls, and dollhouses) from the 18th century till the 20th century. The third part is the Pelican Gallery, which is a contemporary gallery for the temporary exhibitions. 

Contact: Mihály Kulcsár, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.deakgyujtemeny.hu


   

Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris Foundation Museum of Cycladic Art, GR

The Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC. It was founded in 1986, to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. Since then it has grown in size to accommodate new acquisitions, obtained either through direct purchases or through donations by important collectors and institutions. Today, in the galleries of the MCA the visitor can approach three major subjects: Cycladic Art 3000 BC-2000BC, Ancient Greek Art.

Contact: Marina Plati, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.cycladic.gr