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Sheltered workshops


The Friends of the Blind first opened its sheltered workshop (ETA) in 1965. It is mainly reserved for blind and visually impaired people available for work, recognised by AWIPH and approved to work at ETA.

About forty people are employed in the ETA workshops. Almost 70% of ETA staff are visually impaired people. Eight employees have another disability. Activities are supervised by three fully sighted persons.

Remit en activities

ETA has two goals, one social (labour market integration) and one financial (viability).
Employment is an ambitious goal for visually impaired people. Job hunting has some very particular challenges for them. ETA’s aim is to give them back their dignity and enable them to live with a degree of independence.
Quality, reliability, meeting deadlines, various work at competitive prices are the keywords that guide the action of the ETA sheltered workshop of The Friends of the Blind and Visually Impaired Federal Charity. 

The workshop employs around forty disabled people, most of whom are blind or visually-impaired, with the aim of combining a social objective of integration into the world of work with economic viability.
ETA works at customers’ premises under subcontracting arrangements.  The services provided by ETA are aimed both at businesses and individuals.

Wickerwork workshop

custom and model production plus repair of wickerwork.

Reseating and caning workshop

Small-scale repair of all types of cane seating and tables, repair of wooden chairs.

Packaging and handling

Various activities in the workshop or at customers’ premises under subcontracts (cardboard, high-end lighting, medical equipment): assembling and packing parts; admin document sorting and digitisation services; placing in envelopes.

Call centre

Follow-up of mailings, making appointments, customer surveys, debt collection, posting.

Transport of persons and home delivery under the service voucher system

Work on upkeep of green open spaces

Braille transcription centre

This turns information into a form that visually impaired people can read. For primary or secondary school pupils, this forms a valuable tool in their education and academic development.  Adaptations are produced on paper or on screen. All manner of documents are processed for students, businesses, private individuals, public and private bodies (school books, reviews, regulations, newspapers, menus, instructions for use, fiction and more) in many different languages.


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