The Retina Bulgaria Association presented the Bulgarian version of the informational video “How to welcome visually impaired people to the hospital”, aiming at raising awareness of the medical care-givers on how to treat visually impaired people, who looked for help at the medical centers. The video is a product of the „Eyesight and covid-19” Project and is provided by the European Reference Network on Rare Eye Diseases (ERN-EYE), and the initiative of its creation is by SENSGENE, which has worked under this project with several French associations of people with visual impairments.

It’s a 3-minute video, which is divided into three separate parts. It shows common situations of the visually impaired people’s interactions at hospital environment: the different types of visual impairments, admission at a hospital, consultations and orientation at the hospital room.

One can see the video at the newly made Youtube channel  of the Association.  

Veronika Kertikova-Tapcheva

Once again, in 2020 Telenor confirmed its socially responsible corporate policy by implementing the program for professional development and social integration of people with disabilities – Open mind. Those disabled people, who are hired through the program, have the opportunity to work under 2-year projects on different positions in the field of marketing, sales, finance, law, technologies, etc.

The new program is expected to start in the second half of the new 2021, and more information about the program you can get at https://www.telenor.bg/bg/careers/open-mind

Veronika Kertikova-Tapcheva

A group in the social platform Facebook has become more and more popular with almost 85 000 members for its several months of creation. This is the “Buy a present from a mother of a child with disability” group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/369212334446352. All parents of children with disabilities or people with disabilities, who possess some creative talent and strong will for manifestation are welcomed to publish the beautiful works of art that are made by their hands and souls. Among these are Christmas toys and decorations, children’s toys, made by fabric, cotton, velour, ready materials, decoupage, greeting cards, hand-knitted items, souvenirs, jewelry, paintings and many, many others. People, who are willing to buy them are numerous, the orders are constant and this is a wonderful opportunity for the parents of children with disabilities and people with disabilities to find a realization and recognition of their talents, to come out of the social exclusion and give publicity to their uneasy destiny, and last, but not least – supplement their income.

Petya Koleva made and maintains a website, comprising and facilitating the choice and supply of the products, completely for free: https://kupipodarak.com/

We invite to join the Facebook group and the website, to look at the publications, to open your hearts and homes for their beauty and kindness.

Veronika Kertikova-Tapcheva

The General Assembly of the United Nations declares in 1992 3rd December as an International Day of persons with disabilities. It has been observed since then by the member-states and the international organizations. Its aim is to direct public attention towards the problems of people with disabilities, to motivate politicians and institutions to undertake actions that are more effective in order to guarantee their access to common architectural environment, to educative system, to the general labor market and to the process of relevant political decision-making processes.

The International Day of Persons with disabilities has been commemorated under a specific theme since 2002. The theme this year is “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World”.

Veronika Kertikova-Tapcheva

The leading career expo for qualified staff Career Show took place completely online on 24th and 25th November 2020. This year it included 50+ interactive sessions – lectures, discussions, activities – for a successful career and fulfilling life. Among the inspiring lectures were popular people like Anna Tzolova, Ivan and Andrey, representatives of state institutions, the bussiness and entrepreneurs. The second part of the expo, a very innovative one, was the new unique online format for quick video meetings. Within 10-minute meetings, the ones, looking for a job, and the ones, offering one, had the opportunity to meet, exchange basic information about themselves and exchange contacts for future, more profound relationship.

The NRCB Plovdiv was represented by its expert Job mediation and assistance, who held a lot of meetings with representatives of big companies, corporations and bank institutions, among which LIDL, EVN, Metro, Post Bank and TELUS International.

The general conclusion that one could make from the two-day event was that the business looks for staff, but highly qualified and motivated one.