The Tampere Association for the Visually Impaired

The Tampere Association for the Visually Impaired operates as joint action and service organization in the Pirkanmaa and Kanta-Häme regions. The aim of the Association is to act on behalf of visually impaired people in such a way that in spite of visual impairment their lives are lived on their own terms and enjoying equality. The Association was founded in 1909 and is the oldest regional organization for the visually impaired in Finland. It is a member of the Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired. A person may become a member proper if his/her visual impairment is a cause of problems. Private individuals and organizations are welcomed as supporter members.

The regional association includes several local associations which arrange a wide range of activities in their respective localities. Many hobbies are actively pursued. Members and their families can participate in supervised holidays, courses, excursions, exercise, cultural and club activities. The Association supports the opportunities for visually impaired people to have jobs and earn money, produces services related to housing and arranges teaching in Braille and information technology.


At the Association’s premises in Kuninkaankatu, Tampere there are assistants for the visually impaired, likewise guidance and sale of aids.

Physiotherapy and massage

Visually impaired professionals are at your service in Tampere in Aleksis Kiven katu and Kaleva public swimming baths and in the town of Hämeenlinna.

Koivupuisto – a centre for holidays and courses

The Koivupuisto holiday and course centre is located in Ylöjärvi and serves members all the year round. The services are available at a reasonable price to members. Up-to-date training, meeting and accommodation facilities also serve other organizations, enterprises and private individuals. Further information will be found on the Koivupuisto Web pages at

Further information in the Association will be found at