Fin­nish Fe­de­ra­tion of the Vi­sual­ly Im­pai­red (FFVI)

The Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired is a special service provider with a social element as well as an advocacy organization for the blind and the partially sighted.

The aim of the Federation is to secure the blind and visually impaired an equal status with other Finnish citizens. To achieve this the Federation seeks to improve the capabilities and skills of the visually impaired, while also trying to influence the society at large.

The Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired

  • looks after the interests of the blind and partially sighted
  • is a specialist of rehabilitation from children to seniors
  • provides consulting regarding employment
  • provides IT training and guidance, import, sales and lending of technical aids and production of braille, large-print and audio materials as well as the transmission of newspapers, magazines and other publications by means of information technology
  • provides guide dog training
  • maintains a strong network of international contacts by projects and development cooperation.

The visually impaired have established a number of associations (14 regional and 10 activity related).The associations look after the interests of the visually impaired within their own areas and provide information services and arrange leisure activities. The regional associations are divided into 100 local branches.

The services of the Federation are available for all who need information and/or counselling about seeing and sight, regardless of an official diagnosis of visual impairment or association membership.

Visual impairment in Finland - general information

The most common reason for visual impairment is age-related macular degeneration. Other common reasons among the elderly are glaucoma and diabetes.

Among children visual impairment is mostly caused by congenital anomalies of the eye and disorders of the visual pathway. Within the working-age the most common reasons are diabetes, glaucoma, neurological diseases and hereditary eye diseases that often appears in young adulthood.

Accidents concerning eyes have diminished significantly since the use of diverse protection. Also blindness related to premature birth is becoming less frequent even though it is still the fourth most common reason for visual impairment among children. The developement of medication has also decreased infections as a cause for visual impairment.

More information can be found in the Finnish Register of Visual Impairment's Annual Statistics 2017. The attachment is in pdf-format with pictures and tables.

Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired
Marjaniementie 74
FIN-00030 IIRIS Finland
Tel. +358-9-396 041
Fax: +358-9-3960 4625
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