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The "Austrian Blind Association" ÖBV with regional groups is founded. Erwin Horacek is elected as the first president.

In the first assembly of delegates on December 13th, 1947 - exactly 50 years after the establishment of the "First Support for the Blind for Lower Austria" - Leopold Bick was elected President. Numerous specialist groups and interest groups were subsequently founded:

Concert Association of Blind Artists, Association of Blind Spiritual Workers, Blind Workers, Blind Church Musicians, "Vienna Chess Round", "Specialist Group Aids", disabled sports ...
Over the years groups have separated from the "Austrian Blind Association" or have formed independently.

In the mat weaving, soap production and weaving divisions, new, life-securing professions for blind people could also be opened up.

First Austrian welfare day for the blind. Despite the expressed interest of some members of the government, the targeted blind allowance for the civilly blind (this has been paid out in Bavaria since 1949) has not been achieved.

Blind people from all federal states demonstrate on the Ring and in front of the parliament, while a delegation in the Federal Chancellery holds talks. The result was not - as hoped - a state allowance for the blind, but the blind allowance at the state level in the amount of two thirds of the blind allowance granted by the state for the blind. Due to a lack of valorisation, allowance for the blind fell over time to a third of state benefits.

Establishment of an aid center in the Austrian Association of the Blind.

Hans Hirsch, Chairman of the Association of War Blind Austria, dedicates the Dr. Karl Renner Prize worth 10,000 Schillings for the establishment of Austria's first hearing library for the blind, which can be used by all blind people.

Second Austrian Federal Welfare Day under the patronage of Federal President Adolf Schärf. The main lecture was given by the then President of the Austrian Association of the Blind and Director of the Federal Institute for Education for the Blind, Dr. Leopold Mayer (ÖBV presidency from 1956-1966) on the subject of "The social position of the blind in Austria". The event did not result in any serious social changes.

Hofrat Matthias Bleier becomes President of the Austrian Association of the Blind.

The blind associations renovate their houses and recreational facilities and buy new buildings thanks to the larger funds saved by the prosperous economy. Blind people are increasingly finding work in industrial companies (punching, working in darkrooms in photo laboratories, ...).

Metalworking training was offered to the visually impaired.

One focus of the tasks in the self-help organizations for the blind lies in increased offers in the cultural sector and in rehabilitation, e.g. in training for orientation and mobility and practical life skills.

The "Year for People with Disabilities" brings about the founding of the "Working Group for Rehabilitation". The spirit of optimism of this time is also reflected in the increased schooling of blind people at regular schools ("integration"). Some blind people manage to take up new professions such as social workers or programmers.

The 1st presidency of Klaus Martini, which ended in 1999 for health reasons.

Social services are being expanded in self-help organizations for the blind. New clubs emerge. The separation between self-help and voluntary engagement by sighted people ("people friends") for blind people is no longer as clear as it used to be. Joint efforts towards standardization - especially in the transport sector - are increasing ) extended indefinitely.

Association of the libraries of the audio library of the Association of War Blind Austria with the audio library of the ÖBV.

The Federal Care Allowance Act comes into force and replaces the blind allowance rates that differ from state to state. At that time, the rates of allowance for the blind were only increased at long intervals. The long-term care allowance has also not been adjusted to inflation for a long time, although the costs for required social benefits have increased. A valorization only took place in 2005.

The National Council enshrines the principle of equal treatment for disabled people in the constitution. Only at the beginning of 2006 did it become the Disability Equality Act.

The Austrian Association of the Blind (ÖBV) has changed its name to the "Austrian Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired ÖBSV".

In addition, an independent regional group Salzburg of the ÖBSV is founded: its 7 regional groups now include the regional group Carinthia, the regional group Upper Austria, the regional group Salzburg, the regional group Styria, the regional group Tyrol, the regional group Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland as well as the provincial group Vorarlberg '

The guide dog is legally anchored in the Federal Disabled Persons Act.

Prof. Klaus Guggenberger becomes President of the ÖBSV.

The self-help organizations for the blind are increasingly offering courses for low vision and for using the PC. The federal social welfare offices work closely with self-help organizations, e.g. in the vocational training and research center for the blind and visually impaired (BBFZ).

In the "European Year for People with Disabilities" numerous activities are set up to bring the problems, needs and achievements of blind people to the public.

Klaus Martini is re-elected President of the ÖBSV.

While in Germany reductions in the blind allowance are threatened or partially implemented, in Austria there is an indirect reduction through impairment. With Telekom Austria, the ÖBSV can win a sponsor for benefits in kind and has a free hotline for its members throughout Austria on 0800 2277 00.