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I.Ri.Fo.R. (Istituto per la Ricerca, la Formazione e la Riabilitazione (Institute for Research, training and rehabilitation)
is a non-profit organisation, registered as an organisation of social utility.
IRIFOR was founded in 1991 by “Unione Italiana Ciechi e Ipovedenti” (UICI) [Italian Union of the Visually Impaired].

EKMS - Edwin Kowalik Music Society
The Edwin Kowalik Music Society is a non-governmental organization consisting of 40 members, both blind and sighted. It was set up in 1998, by a group of blind and sighted music lovers, dedicated to continuing Edwin Kowalik’s effort to promote the activity of blind musicians – those still in education and those performing music either as amateurs or professionals.

Conservatorio Statale di Musica di Padova “Cesare Pollini”
The tradition of teaching music in Padua dates back to the Renaissance. In 1577 the "Accademia degli Elevati" was founded with the purpose of  "training instrumentalists and singers". In the years that followed the teaching of Music took place in the university, until, in 1878, the Conservatory was founded. The Conservatory has a strong tradition of teaching Music Braille.

Arca progetti SRL
ARCA Progetti s.r.l. is a private company based in Verona, Italy, whose primary activity is the design and development of music software solutions for blind students (BME2 editors, music interfaces). Collaboration with Europe's chief associations and libraries for the blind, particularly with the Italian Union of the Blind, European Blind Union, has led to an unrivalled expertise in accessibility, in conjunction with the professional use of innovative technologies.

New College Worcester (
New College Worcester (NCW) is a national residential school and college for young people aged 11 to 19 who are blind or partially sighted.
Every student receives an individual programme of education, mobility and Independent Living Skills to support them in reaching their full potential both in and outside the classroom. Music is a very important part of the curriculum and many of the students study one or more instruments.

IUFM Midi Pyrénées is a school integrated in the university of  Toulouse le Mirail. (
IUFM is responsible for three main teaching activities:

  1. training students preparing for the different national teaching concourse,
  2. the initial training of teachers, both for elementary and secondary schools and
  3. the continuous training of teachers already employed in schools.

An area of activity at IUFM is research into Didactics and Teacher Training. IUFM organise preparation course for qualification for the teaching of music, and a Master in Music Education and Training in collaboration with the music department of the university of Toulouse le Mirail.

IRIT Research institut of computer science in Toulouse
Concerning disabled, principally visually handicapped, IRIT has a high experience: a team is working on the access of electronic documents specialy
musical and mathematical documents. A new structure called Lacii ( work on assitive technologies to help visual impaired people. It is a commun laboratory between the IJA (Special Education Centre for Visually Impaired) and IRIT.

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