One of the e-Learning classrooms is specially equipped with software that allows blind students and workers to access digital content in an audio format and print text in Braille

The Lighthouse for the Blind provides classes for the newly blind focused on life skills training. These classes teach the use of walking sticks, operation of devices for the blind and other necessary skills to allow the recently sightless clients to lead more independent and enriched lives.  

This small but well- equipped gymnasium offers a work-out area where blind clients receive specialized instruction and support and work out with other sightless people without feeling self-conscious or  a burden to others.

Health Clinic offers a broad array of services for the blind. There is physical and mental health consulting, a small but well stocked fitness center and a shop that sells devices for blind people to manage their health and life. 

The Braille typewriters are unlike any other typewriter and they require a good deal of instruction and practice to master.

The Lighthouse for the Blind offers instructional training for sighted and blind people in reading and typing Braille. For the blind clients, the need to read and type Braille is a matter of basic communication survival. 

Jarvis Cottage for the Blind in Greece

The Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece is a non-profit association, subsidised and overseen by the Ministry of Health and Prevention. Founded in 1946, their aim being to support blind individuals, reduce the consequences from the loss of sight and to raise awareness of the public and the State about the problems that they face.

Tactual Museum in Greece

The Tactual Museum is one of only four such museums for the blind in the world. It allows blind people of all ages to touch and appreciate replicas of major artworks as well as architectural models of famous buildings and cultural objects.  

Some of the components manufactured in the sheltered workshop include fittings, pressed metal signs, belt buckles, custom key blanks and industrial components

The metal workshop provides meaningful employment for blind adults who manufacture metal and plastic components for industry, government, and military contracts and who in turn are able to support their families.

Objects on display at The Lighthouse for the Blind and at the Tactual Museum gift shop include ceramic items created in the Ceramics Workshop as well as brushes and brooms created in the brush factory.

Many of the objects created by the blind are sold in The Boutique in order to help support the ceramics workshops. The items for sale include household items (napkin holders, trays, vases) and art objects all created by the blind and multi-handicapped on-site.

The Braille Lending Library has a tremendous amount of storage because a single hardcover book may equate to six volumes of single-sided Braille.

The Braille Lending Library has thousands of volumes of classic, current, and reference books in stock and many thousands out on loan. The largest facility of its kind in Greece has a collection of Braille volumes that has been built up over decades and includes books on a myriad of subjects. 

American Friends of the Blind in Greece: Our Vision

The American Friends of the Blind in Greece works toward a day when blind and severely sight-impaired people in Greece have access to the best possible support and opportunities available to blind people worldwide.

 

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