We celebrate the International Day of the white cane on 15th October. It all began in 1921, when James Bigs – a photographer from Bristol, UK, loses his sight after an accident. Since the traffic in his neighborhood was extremely heavy, he painted the cane he used as an assisting device white so that it became more visible for the others. In 1931 the mayor of Paris realized the idea to paint in white the canes blind people were using and the white color be used as a symbol of a visual disability and in the same year a national program for visually impaired people’s movement started in France. In 1943 in Pennsylvania doctor Richard Hoover, working in a military hospital invents the long white cane. This invention was provoked by the difficult situation that his blind patients were in. Due to bombing danger, the hospital was situated into the woods and in several distant buildings, which impeded the movement of the visually impaired.
Three month Report on the Financial Performance of the NRCB-Plovdiv and three month report on the activities performed for the period 01.07.2021-30.09.2021
The Exhibition “Colors in the darkness” was opened on 30.9.2021 in Plovdiv, Archeological subway. It shows the visitors and viewers the art achievements of the visually impaired people in Bulgaria. The exhibition was organized under the “Colors in the darkness – 55 years of integration through art for the visually impaired people in Bulgaria”, implemented by the National rehabilitation for the blind Center, Plovdiv, funded by the Agency for disabled people under the Ministry of labor and social policy of the Republic of Bulgaria. Visually impaired artists under the guidance of qualified mentors have been crafting ceramic and art works of art in the NRCB’s workshop for 6 months now. The present exhibition aims at showing the wide public their works of art, thus popularizing and socializing the works of art of visually impaired people, proving their high artistic value. Diplomas of art contribution and high artistic achievements were handed to the artists.
From 20th till 23rd September 2021 in Obzor a series of events will be held, celebrating the 55th anniversary of the foundation of the National Rehabilitation for the Blind Center. The events are organized within the „Colors in the darkness – 55 years of integration through art for the visually impaired people in Bulgaria“ Project, funded by the Agency of disabled people to the Ministry of labor and social policy of the Republic of Bulgaria. More than 60 VI people will take part in the activities – regional representatives of the Union of the Blind in Bulgaria, service users from the Centers for social rehabilitation and integration in the country, lecturers, prominent artists and users of the art-therapy training in the NRCB, as well as representatives of the wide public. A Familiarisation meeting “Art as a way of social inclusion”, an interactive session “Draw with no eyesight”, an art exhibition “Colors in the darkness” and художествена изложба „Цветове в здрача“ and open art workshops in ceramics, drawing and entertaining therapy will be held within these three days.
The NRCB has started the implementation of the „Colors in the twilight – 55 years of integration through art for the visually impaired people in Bulgaria” Project, funded by the Agency for disabled people in Bulgaria under the Ministry of labor and social policy of the Republic of Bulgaria since 1.6.2021. Its aim is to give voice and ceremoniously celebrate the 55-anniversary of the foundation of the NRCB and its role for the integration of the visually impaired people within society by presenting to the wide public the work of visually impaired people in the field of arts and crafts.
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