BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT: Partnership between the Regional Committee for Handsports and UNADEV

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UNADEV, the National Union of the Blind and Visually Impaired, through its Île-de-France Regional Center and CRIFH are working together to optimize their action in favor of sports and the visually impaired, especially among the youngest.

Through this partnership, CRIFH and UNADEV are committed to supporting visually impaired athletes and clubs step by step to ensure access for all in as many sports structures and disciplines as possible. This collaboration will also enable the joint organization of sports events for the blind and visually impaired, as well as better public awareness.

UNADEV will share its experience in teaching educational groups about specific approaches to blindness and low vision, as well as on adapted pedagogy, based in particular on the use of other senses and the development of other qualities of perception.

Through the mapping work proposed by CRIFH and donated by UNADEV, it will be easier for people with visual impairments to find a club where practices are adapted (trained trainers, special experiences, proximity to home, privileged reception, etc.).The association and the committee will pool their common knowledge within the framework of the visual impairment commission.

Through this partnership, the Île-de-France Regional Handsport Committee and the National Union of the Blind and Visually Impaired are developing new synergies to promote the inclusion of blind and visually impaired people in and through sport.

Partnership will be signed Wednesday, March 16, 9:00 am in the regional center of Ile-de-France Unadev in Boulogne(41 avenue Edouard Vaillant, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt) Olivier Elan-Chapelle, President of CRIFH, and Valerie Hotier, President of UNADEV.


The National Union of the Blind and Visually Impaired (UNADEV), founded in 1929 in Bordeaux, is a recognized relief and charity association. For 90 years, the association has developed throughout the country thanks to its eight regional centers and numerous local partner associations. Its activities focus on three missions: welcome, educate, support to achieve autonomy, discover talents, and promote peer bonding and mutual help; communicate, protect and disseminate the voice of the blind and visually impaired and contribute to building a fully inclusive society by promoting accessibility, research and innovation to improve the daily lives of the blind and visually impaired and combat discrimination. And this is thanks to the support of public and private partners, donors and our human resources.


In December 1965, the Île-de-France regional committee for handisport was created, which then united 8 associations.Today, the same committee has 175 sports clubs or sections for the disabled, grouped into 8 departmental committees for sports for the disabled, with a total of 3,100 members.OUR MISSIONSTo organize, develop, coordinate and control the practice of physical and sports activities in the interests of disabled people with motor, auditory or visual impairments.Train and develop technical leaders and its practitioners in various sports disciplines.Train and develop volunteer leaders to lead and inspire associations.Encourage the creation of new sports groups and ensure links and contacts between the clubs and associations of Île-de-France.Encourage young residents of Île-de-France to discover and learn about sports.To ensure the popularization of sports for the disabled in various medical institutions, local governments and the professional world.Organize an annual seminar for the clubs and committees of the Île-de-France department.