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About Us

The Non-governmental Organization „Es redzu” (Latvian for „I see”)

The organization’s work is mostly related to integration of visually impaired children and young people into community and society: the organization is looking for better ways and methods to demonstrate to society and to the visually impaired people themselves their opportunities and great potential for contribution. The process of educational and social integration of visually impaired young people makes use of the experience of Western and Eastern countries, as well as that of Latvia. The opportunities for everyone to fulfill their dreams and use their individual talents to the utmost are equally important.

Presently our Internet webpage is being developed to make information available to everyone. So far we have succeeded in helping blind young people join and participate in various projects. We have started cooperating with assistants to try and help young people attend general education schools (instead of specialized education schools).

Another objective of the organization is advocating the right of visually impaired people to fully participate in public life, including such areas as education, employment, right to an accessible environment, as well as their rights to participate in various cultural activities. We also advocate the improvement of living and work conditions and employment opportunities. Our goal is to provide information and to implement practical activities, and also to support the development of individual independence by making appropriate technologies accessible.

In a short time span the organization has managed to establish successful cooperation with the Latvian Society of the Blind, the Liepaja Society of the Blind, Kuldiga City council, Ventspils City council, Jurmala City council, the International Architects’ Association, a primary school in Vaivari and the Riga Catholic Secondary School. We are looking for cooperation opportunities with other organizations and local governments, as well as with related organizations abroad.

The main mission of „ Es redzu” is to advocate and advance the integration of visually impaired young people into society. Previous experience shows that the main cause of integration difficulties is the society’s lack of trust in blind people and thus also unwillingness to give them opportunities and fully use their capabilities. Those who would like to provide opportunities, in turn, do not really know how it could be done. It’s important for everyone to understand that a young person with visual impairments is not a burden; instead, there are many ways for them to contribute and to help make our society better.

News

From June 25 till July 1, 2017 NGO for the integration of visually impaired and other people with disability, “I See” (“Es redzu”) organizes an international inclusive summer camp for [...]

Fourteen years old Kirils is an ambitious young man from Liepaja who considers playing guitar his calling. Just a few weeks ago, he won the esteemed 2nd prize in the contest [...]

The Latvian NGO for the Integration of the people with sight imparement “I See” (Es redzu), is actively involved in the project “Effective implementation of the right to inclusive education [...]

Projects

Baltic Architecture Centre (Latvia) is initiating a project “Heritage and environmental availability promoting democracy and civil society”, that received the support of the Nordic Council of Ministers. The project is [...]

“Other Latvia”

16.10.2014.  

“Projektu finansiāli atbalsta Islande, Lihtenšteina un Norvēģija”. The “Other Latvia” has successfully started its operations, leaving the project EEZ financial instrument 2009-2014 “NGO Fund” under the “NGO projects program” the [...]