What are your favorite memories from the seminar

Dear members * and interested parties of the forum Usher Taubblind,

we still have some information for you before the summer starts. First, memories of our forum seminar and the general assembly. Because you can still register for the forum seminar until July 19, 2019! And then we have two interesting tips for you from Germany and Switzerland. We hope you enjoy reading and have a great summer!

1. Reminder about the forum seminar

2. Reminder for the General Assembly on Sept. 29, 2019

3. Note: white cane / long cane painting

4. Note: Dealing with people with hearing impairments

5. Please change your email address


1. Reminder for the forum seminar 2019

We remind you again of the current registration phase for our first forum seminar. There are still some free seats!

The following are the key data once again:

The seminar is held by September 27-29 in Vienna, in the hotel At the mirror, dialog.hotel.wien, occur. It's about a barrier-free seminar; because ÖGS, tactile ÖGS and written interpreting are offered. Deaf-blind assistants will also be available. You can find more information about the offered content and the exact process on our website:


The Registration phase for the forum seminar runs through July 19, 2019. You can find the registration form at:


We look forward to your applications!


2. Reminder for the General Assembly on Sept. 29, 2019

We would like to point out again to the General Assembly: Because the board team will be newly elected there. Only all ordinary members * (membership fee 35 euros) can vote for them or have themselves appointed as board members *.

We are still looking for new people! People who want to help in our team or who want to be set up as a team. There can be a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 people. If possible, every form of hearing impairment and form of communication should be represented, e.g. sign language, spoken language, Lormen, tactile sign language, etc.

If you want to volunteer, get in touch with us as soon as possible! So that we have enough time to get to know each other.

The most important dates for the General Assembly:

When: September 29, 2019, 12 noon-1 p.m.

Where: dialog.hotel.wien "Am Spiegeln", Johann-Hörbiger-Gasse 30, 1230 Vienna

If you have any questions, you can contact us at [email protected] Interpreting is required by September 1, 2019 register by email.


3. Note: white cane / long cane painting

Since we also have friends in Germany, we have the following news for you. For all those who have a white cane or long cane, watch out! There is a hearing impaired artist in Germany who paints blind canes. Make your long pole unique! Erich Stadler paints the stick as you wish. It can be your first letter or your favorite symbols or just colors. You are welcome to contact him directly. This is his email address:

[email protected]

Regarding the legal situation, we asked: According to ÖNORM, the long stick must be at least 75% white! With that some painting is quite possible :-) If it is not 75% white, then there is no longer any legal protection in traffic. This means that in the event of an accident, the person affected is no longer exempt from the principle of trust!
BUT if the person concerned also wears an armband, the color of the stick does not matter. Because the armband offers legal protection in traffic.

PS .: A painting or a noticeable pattern can help to distinguish several sticks from one another.


4. Note: Dealing with people with hearing impairments

We have found interesting information for you from Switzerland. The Swiss Central Association for the Blind (SZ BLIND for short) provides information about hearing impairment / deaf blindness for those affected, relatives and specialists. There you will find a video and a text description on how to deal with visually impaired people. These are very valuable tips on how to deal with each other!

For more information see SZ BLIND - Homepage:



5. Please change your email address

And one more brief request to you: If your email address changes or you have a new address, please inform the board of directors. Or just write an email to us: [email protected]


We wish you a nice relaxing summer!

And we look forward to seeing you at the forum seminar or at the general assembly in autumn!

Best regards,

the Team from Forum Usher Taubblind Austria