Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece
The Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece was founded in 1946 with the aim to support the visually impaired as well as to promote public awareness regarding blindness. It offers continuous education and professional development to the blind so as to contribute to their social and professional integration. The Lighthouse includes production units that offer employment to visually impaired individuals and produce metal products, cleaning products and linen. Some of its additional goals are the attainment of their independence, the decrease of the everyday difficulties they are faced with and the provision of social services. The Lighthouse also offers a plethora of services and programs including: advisory and psychological support, Braille printing, Lending Braille Library and Tactile Museum. The Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece assists on a yearly basis 2,500 visually impaired individuals, 50% of which are elders.
The grant regards renovation works and the production of audio books. The renovation works involve the sound insulation of the three audio books recording studios. The production will result in the creation of 88 new audio books. The frequent users of audio books are 500 people with sight problems, 60% of which are elders. Given that the Lighthouse for the Blind’s collection of audio books is highly used by elders, the production of new books will offer a recreational improvement to this age group. Additionally, the sound insulation of the recording studios will improve the quality of the audio book production as well as the working conditions of the Lighthouse for the Blind’s personnel.