Tuesday, 26 January 2010


I received today a special stamp and a FDC from Norway to my thematic collection: blind and blindness. The Kr 8.00 red stamp issued on October 8th, 2009 celebrates the centenary of the Norwegian Association for the Blind and Partially Sighted. Norway´s first school for the blind, Kristiania Blindeinstitut, was established in 1861. The plans for the school were drawn up by the Society of the Blind (founded in 1858). In 1909, three local organisations merged to form the Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted. One of its primary goals was to give the blind and partially sighted a chance to support themselves. The Association also set up a Braille printing works and Braille libraries were opened in Kristiania (Oslo), Bergen and Trondheim. The Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted currently has 6,500 members. Its most important activities include projects for children and young people, rehabilitation courses and a work centre for the visually impaired. The Association also runs a guide dog training school.

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