|Founded||October 26, 1920|
|Services||Promote social integration |
of people with
|Mario Barbuto, President|
The Italian Union of Blind and Partially Sighted People ONLUS, abbreviated UICI, is a non-profit organization with legal entity governed by private law. The Italian legislation bestows on the Italian Union of the Blind and Partially Sighted People the representation and protection of the moral and material interests of the visually impaired people towards public administrations and such responsibility is confirmed in its Constitution.
UICI is an association exclusively constituted by blind and Partially Sighted People. To join in the association indeed a visual acuity not exceeding 3/10 (considered with correction) is required. However, to achieve its goals, the Italian Union of the Blind and Partially Sighted People needs the support of sighted people who can work in it as employees or volunteers.
It was founded in Genoa on October 26, 1920 with the name Italian Union of Blind People by some militaries who lose their sight during World War I, amongst which Aurelio Nicolodi who became its first president.
By means of its representatives and many associated volunteers, UICI has led many political and social battles, by which blind and Partially Sighted People people's fundamental rights are recognized, such as the right to education in ordinary schools, the right to work, the right to receive an allowance that varies according to the visual acuity of the person with visual impairment.
Through the years, UICI developed a variety of services, in order to meet the needs of blind and partially sighted people in relation to a constantly evolving society.
In 2007 its original name is changed to the current one, though the association was dealing since some decades now with the problems of the Partially Sighted People.
The intent of UICI is supplying a local high quality support to its members, by a net constituted by the provincial sections. The set of the provincial sections in a region constitutes the regional council, as the set of the regional councils constitutes the national council. In turn, the National Council is headed by the national leadership which is based in Rome.
Internationally, UICI is a member of the European Blind Union (EBU) and of the World Blind Union (WBU).
For the achievement of its purposes UICI has created services to make up for the lack of adequate social services
from the Italian State and other public entities.
Specifically we should mention:
Local support to associated members consists in ordinary activities essentially concerning paperwork for the ascertainments of the disability and the subsequent grant of an allowance, informatic aids consulting, school integration in every phases and obligatory job placement.
Although every provincial section is part of a systema dictating strategies and methods of working, not all work the same way and obtain the same results. Success or failure of the work of a provincial section and of its closeness and availability towards its members depends essentially on: