What is EDI?
Accessibility is an inevitable part of the modern and fully fledged life of people with visual impairment in the society. They want to do various things and take part in almost all the activities people without disabilities do. According to the Article 9 of the UNCRPDthis situation can be solved , to a large extent, via accessibility in a form of so-called reasonable accommodation for people with visual impairment and people with disabilities in general. Thus, we have created the conditions. The problem arises, however, when we include the human factor into the process. The employees of various client centres, even those directly responsible for individual accessibility areas, can’t react properly or provide people with visual impairment with adequate information or accommodate the environment to the most accessible and comfort one.
In September 2020, the Slovak Blind and Partially Sighted Union started an international project titled From Education to Inclusion (EDI) funded by the Erasmus+ Programme.
The goal of the project is to contribute to elimination of the barriers in the area of physical environment, information and in interpersonal communication by creating the modules of training and its running for specific target groups. Then we aim to pilot the training modules created and, consequently, to raise social inclusion of partially sighted and blind people into society.