The Hilfsgemeinschaft (Austrian Association in Support of the Blind and Visually Impaired) is an independent non-profit organization. The Hilfsgemeinschaft was founded in 1935 to improve the living conditions of visually impaired persons.
As the largest organization for visually impaired persons in East Austria we support and care for nationwide around 4.300 members. Almost all Hilfsgemeinschaft activities are funded from private donations which are tax deductible since 2009.
Since 2001 we are awarded with the Donations Management Quality Seal. Our donors can be sure that we manage their donations in a goal oriented, efficient and effective way.
Membership is free for visually impaired persons, and enables them to access many services free of charge.
Services for visually impaired members
- counselling in social and legal matters, care allowances, fees exemptions
- library for the blind with around 2.000 audio books
- Braille courses
- low-cost rental of video magnifier
- visual aid counseling
- psychological counseling and art therapy services (also for family members)
- wide range of leisure activities for people of all ages, for example the children’s group „Sehsternchen“ (see-asterisk), the leisure time platform as well as lectures, language courses, play and sing groups, dance and theatre groups, creative work, memory trainings, cultural events, excursion and trips and many other activities
- holidays and permanent accommodation in our barrier-free house „Waldpension“ in Lower Austria
Elimination of Barriers
The main focus of our work is to eliminate existing barriers in the area of communication, architecture, tourism, transport, sport as well as to promote accessible art and culture.
In the context of projects in the area of accessibility we cooperate in Austria and internationally with disability organizations, companies as well as universities and research institutions.
The Hilfsgemeinschaft is also member in numerous committees where it represents the interests of visually impaired persons: ÖAR (Austrian national Council of Disabled Persons), Austrian Standard Institute (committee for technical aids for the blind), KMS (committee for the mobility visually impaired persons in Austria), Platform Football4all, EDF (European Disability Forum).
With the public information campaign „we see different“, the Hilfsgemeinschaft adopts a humorous approach to dealing with the stereotype of the pitiable blind beggar. The internationally recognized funny TV Add „blind pilots“ can be viewed on the web page www.wirsehenanders.at.
This successful strategy was consistently continued with the online game „Hindernisrennen“. At the center stands the blind hen Humphrey, a friendly sort of chap in a fowl world. On the web page www.hindernisrennen.at Humphrey (decked out with yellow armlet, glasses and white cane) stumble s across dangerous obstacles on a street. Humphrey, shows the kind of stumbling blocks which blind and visually impaired people face every day in public space – and in a way that brings a smile to the face of the viewer.
The magazine „sichtweisen“ was designed bearing in mind the readability needs of visually impaired persons and informs in print and audio version about new eye disease treatments as well as innovative projects and technologies for the inclusion of visually impaired persons.
More facts, tips and useful information’s about services and leisure activities can be found on the barrier-free internet platform www.hilfsgemeinschaft.at.
The Hilfsgemeinschaft has been committed for many years in the field of eye disease prevention. To raise awareness among as many people as possible about the need for regular eye examination, the free app „Augenvorsorge - Schau auf dich“ was developed. In addition the barrier-free internet platform www.augengesundheit.at was created. It provides factual and easily accessible information on the subjects of eye health and disease prevention, as well as articles on the latest medical developments.
Hilfsgemeinschaft der Blinden und Sehschwachen Österreichs
Counseling Center 1200 Vienna, Jägerstraße 36
Consulting hours: Mo – Thur 8.30 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 16.00
also upon appointment
tel. +43 1 330 35 45 – 0
fax +43 1 330 35 45 – 11
IBAN: AT56 6000 0000 0767 0000