ALL4WELL - Accessible Language Learning for the Wellness Sector

code: 2013-1-IT1-LEO05-04040


Duration: 01/10/2013 - 30/09/2015


The profession of a masseur has been one of the most prestigious jobs for blind and partially sighted. In some countries, protective laws oblige public and private employers to employ blind masseurs.

Due to the demographic development in Europe, the field of wellness-oriented applications offers more and more possibilities for masseurs and wellness professionals. This is even more true for wellness or reha offers within the tourism sector. In Italy, for example, a significant part of the economy is based on tourism, and there are plenty of thermal structures, beaches, gymnastic structures where blind masseurs could find appropriate and productive occupation. Furthermore, Italy has about 10% of its population consisting of immigrants. Oral communication in different languages turns to be a crucial factor for social integration and for occupation.

Indeed, for the blind masseur verbal interaction plays a significant role in the whole healing process, based on positive personal relationship. Being able to make oneself understood in the patients' language - or in a common language - increases job opportunities and success on work. Therefore, for those desiring to work in wellness sector there is an obvious demand for broader communicative skills, knowledge of foreign languages and intercultural skills if they want to raise their employment prospects.

However, in the field of training the language skills of blind and visually handicapped students there is a perceptible shortage of suitable training material. Up to now foreign language has been very marginal in a masseur's curriculum.

Based on the results of the projects ELLVIS ( and VET4VIP (, the new project ALL4WELL will provide a job-oriented English course that will meet the needs for a training masseurs and wellness professionals. The attractive hardware solution of the course provides an easy access to the new contents, thus broadening the possibilities of language teaching to the blind and visually impaired. The job-oriented content that can be put into practice on the spot will not only bring new motivational input to the students, but will also provide those students with tools to improve their versatility and mobility as far as language is concerned - and thus their employment outlooks.

The project partners are well connected in their professional networks. Therefore, the consortium expects a wide distribution of the project's results. For those institutions that train blind and visually impaired people as masseurs or wellness professionals, we expect the ALL4WELL course to become part of the regular curriculum, thus establishing itself as part of the VET system for blind and visually impaired learners in the long run.



The Partnership

UICI, Italian Union of the Blind and Visually Impaired Florence (IT)

The Italian Union of the Blind and Visually Impaired, founded 1920 in Florence, has more than 100 local branches in all Italian provinces. The UICI is member of the European Union of the Blind as well as of the World Blind Union. Our mission is to facilitate social integration of the visually impaired (VI) persons and to promote a more realistic aptitude of Public Authorities.

Centro Machiavelli Tandem Florence (IT)

The Machiavelli School was founded in 1978. Among the many teaching methods available, the Machiavelli Centre chose the “communicative approach”. One of our principal objectives is to promote the interaction between students and real daily life in Florence and in Italy, by providing linguistic and cultural tools and creating opportunity for exchanges.

Berufsförderungswerk Würzburg gGmbH (DE)

The BFW Würzburg gGmbH is a nationwide social service provider for vocational rehabilitation and training of adult people who are blind or visually impaired. The primary aim of the BFW is the reintegration of blind and visually impaired people for for their professional and social life.

TANDEM Hamburg horizont dialogo e.V. (DE)

TANDEM Hamburg is a well-established adult training institute in Hamburg. Tandem is known for modern language training, for a high-quality, efficient and personalised training in (vocational) education.

Asociatia Nevazatorilor Brásov (RO)

Established on April 1st, 1961 as a branch of the Romanian Association of the Blind, the Brásov Association of the Blind is a non-governmental organisation of public utility, with socio-cultural, educational, sportive and humanitarian profiles, based mainly on volunteering. The Brasov Association of the Blind acts for the integration of visually impaired people in the economic, social-professional, cultural-artistic and sportive life of the county.

Centrul Cultural German Brásov (RO)

Our mission is to impart the German language and culture and to sustain dialogue and European values. The German Cultural Centre aims at encouraging Romanian – German partnerships and providing a current picture of the German culture. The language department offers language courses for German as a foreign language, for adults or for children.

Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverband Österreich - Dachorganisation, Selbsthilfeorganisation blinder und sehbehinderter Menschen (AT)

We are working for an inclusive and accessible society in our home country as well as on the European level. We have seven regional chapters throughout the country and we form part of the European Blind Union as well as of the World Blind Union. Further, we are a member of the Austrian National Council of Disabled Persons and regularly produce regional and national magazines and newsletters in a wide range of accessible media. Our on-site services include the vocational education and training centre SEBUS. SEBUS offers specialised and needs-oriented professional courses for blind and visually impaired persons, e.g. language and massage courses, and converts professional relevant printed texts into Braille or acoustic media.

Agens Arbeitsmarktservice gGmbH

Agens, founded in 1998, is a non-profit organisation offering social services for employment, training and job placement. Currently, agens has 50 permanent employees, 316 employees in job creation measures, and offers its services to approximately 500 further participants. Within this context, agens provides services for and with people with special needs. Accessibility issues are a major focus of agens’ work and approach.



New: Teacher Training All4Well - Methods of Multimedia German Teaching for Blind and Virtually Impaired Students


1 week, 20 class hours
Monday-Friday 2:00 to 5:15 p.m.

28 Sep 2015 - 02 Oct 2015
25 Jan 2016 - 29 Jan 2016

Based on the didactic concept described above material will be tested, methods discussed  and analysed and possibilities of further training will be explored.


Target group: Educators from schools and adult training


Price: € 490.00

Booking Deadline: 14 days prior to the course start


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