The 15th edition of REHA FOR THE BLIND

The gala and international conference organized within the 15th edition of REHA FOR THE BLIND IN POLAND by the Chance for the Blind Foundation, of which we were one of the main sponsors, has come to an end. Both events were rich in attractions and many important awards and distinctions.

Gala and Conference proceedings

On October 16th, during the "We're Together" Gala, we had the opportunity to meet the winners of the first prize in the IDOL competition and to hear a concert of stars of the Polish music scene: Mietek  Szcześniak, Janusz Skowron, Sorry Boys, Kasia Moś, Katarzyna Cerekwicka, Hania Stach, Marek Piekarczyk, Mate o.

In the following days, we participated in the "Great Meeting" - an international conference devoted to various forms of modern rehabilitation of visually impaired people. During the Conference, we had the opportunity to listen to speeches by many important figures. Among the speakers, there were, representatives of the state and local government authorities: Ms Małgorzata Wypych (Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group for persons with visual impairments), mr Andrzej Dera (Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland), Mr Tomasz Pactwa (Director ofWelfare & Social Projects Department), Mr Artur Pozorek (President of the Management Board of Mazowieckie Voivodeship for Persons with Disabilities). It was also an opportunity to meet famous figures from the world of culture and media, including the following. Michał Olszański, Marcin Dorociński, Zofia Wichłacz, Piotr Witt, Wojtek Makowski.

The conference was accompanied by an exhibition of  equipment for the blind and visually impaired persons, activities of institutions and organizations working for the benefitof visually impaired and a range of other attractions, such as room of Touch & Sound, games for the blind and visually impaired, cooking corner and lessons of visage.

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Presidential Appointments

During the first day of the Conference, on 17 October 2017, in the order of the President of the Republic of Poland, they were awarded, among others, with the following awards Our colleagues.

The Gold Cross of Merit was awarded to Igor Busłowicz, while the Silver Cross of Merit was awarded to Michał Bałamut, Krzysztof Kulik, Henryk Rzepka and Jacek  Kwapisz.

Janusz Mirowski (a co-worker of Altix and Chance for the Blind Foundation) and Ilona Nawankiewicz (Chance for the Blind Foundation) were also awarded with the Golden Cross of Merit.

The President of the Foundation, Marek Kalbarczyk, was awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order Polonia Restituta.

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Results of the IDOL competition

This year's results of the IDOL competition are a great success, in which companies and institutions that best meet the standards of accessibility and openness for the needs of blind and partially sighted persons cooperating with Altix were awarded: Pan Tadeusz Museum in Wrocław, Wojewódzki Ośrodek Sportu i Rekreacji im. Z. Majewskiego in Drzonków, Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk.

The award was also granted to the products recognized as the best in 2017. These include Altix products, companies and institutions with which we cooperate. There are also new products that will soon be available for you to order in our shop.

PRODUCT 2017 FOR THE blind: YourWay application by Chance for the Blind Foundation, TouchIt by AltixAltix, InsideOne by Inside Vision.

PRODUCT 2017 FOR partially sighted: MyEyeby  Orcam, Compact 6HD by Optelec, EasyReader for Apple and Android by Dolphin.

We estimate that this year’s REHA FOR THE BLIND was visited by about 2900 people.

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