The Independence Days Project

Educating and empowering children and adolescents with visual impairments.
Lucilla Boschi

The Independence Days Project was born at the Educational Counseling Service of the Institute for the Blind Francesco Cavazza, with the fundamental educational objective of strengthening various skills in children and adolescents living with vision loss. In a complex period like the current one, in which the sense of loneliness and isolation has increased, it becomes even more important to offer new opportunities to meet, socialize and grow. The project has been divided into different modules based on age and specific educational needs and is being implemented thanks to funding received from the Re-use with Love Association. 

Children during the Independence Days Project – Istituto Cavazza, Bologna


Between November and December 2021, the first module of the Independence Days Project took place, dedicated to girls and boys with visual disabilities between 9 and 13 years old. Over the three days, participants–who were accompanied in each activity by specialized educators–were able to alternate between moments of fun and moments that required a greater commitment on their part to achieve the objectives. 

Children during the Independence Days Project preparing cold dishes

They dedicated themselves to daily living skills, such as the preparation of cold dishes that required the ability to peel and cut fruit; personal autonomy, where they learned methods to properly fold clothes and tie shoelaces; autonomy in playing, using board and group games. 


Children during the Independence Days Project feeling and recognizing fabrics

The lunches, which took place at the Paolo Emilio Cavazza Residence, were also opportunities to learn the best strategies for using cutlery, cutting food, pouring liquids and everything that leads to greater autonomy during meals. There was also plenty of fun, with a scavenger hunt in which the goals involved the application of the skills developed during the day, as well as body movement, with guided music listening activities in the gym. Registration is currently open for the module dedicated to adolescents between 14 and 19 years old (registration deadline March 3rd) and the one dedicated to children between 6 and 8 years old (registration deadline April 7th).


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