On 25.6.2020 a training-information event took place at the NRCB under the VIVA Project, conducted under the Erasmus+ Program with the partnership with 7 more organizations from all over Europe. The young visually impaired people, who took part in the first training in social entrepreneurship and developing the corresponding competencies and skills, became trainers themselves by sharing with their visually impaired peers the aim and the idea behind the project, as well as the basic knowledge they got from their participation so far.

The specially adapted for visually impaired viewersshow of the “Catch me if you can” movie  was held on 16.6.2020 at the NRCB. The event was welcomed with a great interest by the visually impaired people and was held under strict safety measures due to the emergency state in the country.

We envisage promoting other similar events, so please follow our web site for further news and announcements.

The new BrainPort  Vision Pro is a 2nd generation oral electronic vision aid that provides electro-tactile stimulation to aid profoundly blind patients in orientation, mobility, and object recognition as an adjunctive device to other assistive methods such as the white cane or a guide dog.

​BrainPort Vision Pro translates digital information from a wearable video camera into gentle electrical stimulation patterns on the surface of the tongue. Users feel moving bubble-like patterns on their tongue which they learn to interpret as the shape, size, location and motion of objects in their environment. Some users have described it as being able to “see with your tongue”.

According to Order N РД-01-262/14.05.2020 г. and Order N РД-01-263/14.05.2020 г. by the Minister of Healthcare K. Ananiev, the NRCB continues working under remote form of training and consultation. It includes telephone and online forms of communication, social networks, e-mail and applications such as Viber and Skype. We encourage all our users and their families to connect with the organization by these means. The internet forum of the Center remains as well at your disposal, and our experts are constantly updating it. We consider the renewal of the day-time form of training, which will be held under individual training of trainees – visually impaired people and/or connected users. The Art gallery to the NRCB at the Archeological subway is open as well, strictly following the safety procedures.

 The second part of the training for trainers under the VIVIEN Project for prevention of gender based violence and assisting of its victims took part on 27th February 2020 in the Cultural Center Trakart in Plovdiv. Representatives of the NRCB, “Eyes on four paws” Foundation, The University of Parma, Italy, The University of applied science in Satakunta, Finland, the BABE organization from Croatia. The partner organizations were presented, their practices and models for prevention and dealing with gender based violence, the national legislations concerning violence, based on gender and sexual orientation, as well as exercises for empathy and emotion awareness raising were held.