Light Into Europe
Light into Europe Charity is a British-Romanian charity that has been changing lives in Romania for over 20 years. Since early 1990, our pioneering work provided essential services across the country from the re-opening and development of the Romanian Air-Ambulance service to the first support services for children and young people with sight or hearing disabilities in 2003.
Light into Europe is a non-profit organization with a mission to impact the lives of the sight and hearing disadvantaged children and young people of Romania, through educational support, equipment, information and life skills to achieve their true potential.
Why we are here:
• In response to the unique problems the sensory impaired children and their families are facing with in Romania and in recognition of the disparity between the number of such children and the availability of appropriate aid and support
• Hearing and sight impaired people count for 22% of the registered disabled people in Romania
• Sensory impaired people have the same fundamental human rights: access to appropriate education, information in adapted format, freedom of movement and travel, access to the labour market and independent living
• Around 90% of sight or hearing impaired people are unemployed in Romania, in spite of their potential and aspirations
• Our emphasis is on respecting and promoting fundamental human rights by focusing on our beneficiaries’ abilities, not disabilities.
• Led by their needs, we provide groundbreaking and much needed services with long-term benefits:
family training and information
adaptive equipment or materials and
Guide dogs for the Blind and life skills development
helping our beneficiaries to overcome the social and economic barriers and lead independent lives.
As we recognize the need to increase the quality of life of our beneficiaries, we constantly focus our efforts towards increasing their level of independence, providing them with opportunities to get involved in the social life and professional life and create a better understanding of the social potential of the Romanian people with disabilities.
The Accesible education programme is based on the fact that Blind and partially sighted children and young people in Romania are losing out on their education because they can’t always get the adapted textbooks and the equipment they need. Education is a fundamental right and the current system of providing accessible textbooks and equipment is simply non-existent. Light into Europe is the sole provider of individual vision evaluation and adapted textbook materials in order to end the present educational deficit. Each child is different, each has their own needs in terms of using different print sizes, Braille or magnifiers. One size does not fit all.
8 professionals of special needs education, creative education, occupational therapy, sign language, orientation and mobility, vocational rehabilitation and guide dog instructors
6 team junior members with sight or hearing impairments.