Slovak Blind and Partially Sighted Union (Únia nevidiacich a slabozrakých Slovenska, slovak acronym: UNSS) is a civic organisation established April 7th, 1990.
It pursues the objective to improve the quality of life of visually impaired Slovak people and to give partially sighted and blind citizens chance to live full-value life and participate in the development of an integrated society.
Among its missions belong the help to overcome the consequences of sight damage or loss of vision, it advocates the rights and creation of equal opportunities in each spheres of life, provides counselling and services, furthermore supports and develops activities - the purpose of which is a full-value life of people with visual impairment within the mainstream society.
The Slovak Blind and Partially Sighted Union operates within the whole country and offers it’s services to everybody who is interested in them.
The Slovak Blind and Partially Sighted Union offers its services on the basis of the Social Aid Act. Social counselling is designed to people for whom loss or damage of vision means the dominant problem of their life. It includes:
Within the social rehabilitation a person with visual impairment is acquiring skills, that lead to re-gaining an independence. In fact a person is learning to do well-known things in a new way. Here is included:
Beside the above mentioned individual-based trainings the Slovak Blind and Partially Sighted Union regularly organises residential courses the main purpose of which is to improve skills, to motivate clients and to share experience. Among the most regularly prepared courses of this kind belong:
The Centre of Technical and Information Services is one of the departments of the Slovak Blind and Partially Sighted Union that provides technical support, information services and training of skills needed for education, employment and independent life of blind and partially sighted people. Among its activities belong:
One of the basic conditions to achieve independence of people with visual impairment is to use adequate adaptations of the environment he/she is living in – that is removal of barriers. Another activity developed by the Slovak Blind and Partially Sighted Union is counselling in the area of prevention and removal of architectonic barriers regarding people with visual impairment.
Activities of the department for prevention of architectonic and transportation barriers are:
The Guide Dog Training School, as an another department of the Slovak Blind and Partially Sighted Union, is here especially for those, who are interested in having a guide dog. It's a full-right member of the International Federation of guide dog training schools with the seat in Great Britain. The guide dog training school ensures and offers: