Centre IRIS

Centre IRIS – Centre for Education, Rehabilitation, Inclusion and Counselling for the Blind and Partially Sighted

The Centre IRIS (ex Institute for Blind and Partially Sighted Children Ljubljana) is an institution of national importance as it is the only public institution in Slovenia working in the field of education of children and young people with visual impairment, including those with multiple disabilities, from pre-school to the end of secondary education level.

It also provides consulting, training and support of the target group and its immediate and wide surroundings. Its founder is the Government of the Republic of Slovenia.

Education programmes

The Centre for Education, Rehabilitation, Inclusion and Counselling for the Blind and Partially Sighted offers the following adapted education programmes for pupils and students with visual impairment:

  • pre-school education
  • compulsory basic education (6 – 15):
    • equal educational standard
    • lower educational standard
    • special programmes
  • secondary education (15 +):
    • short vocational programmes (care assistant, assistant in administration)
    • vocational school (administration services)
    • vocational technical upper-secondary school (economics)
  • boarding school for pupils/students with special needs

Centre of Expertise

Areas of work and services offered by the centre of expertise:

  • Early intervention
  • Training of special education activities for blind and partially sighted pupils and students, namely O&M (orientation and mobility), communication skills, ADLs (Activities of daily living), sport and leisure time activities, social skills and socialization.
  • Supporting the inclusive forms of education and providing training for professionals in mainstream schools who teach visually impaired pupils and students.
  • Helping and supporting parents of visually impaired children and young people.
  • Providing adapted materials and other teaching/education resources.
  • Raising awareness and informing the public about special needs of people with visual impairment.
  • Development of the field and cooperation with similar institutions at home and abroad.

Contacts

Centre IRIS – Centre for Education, Rehabilitation, Inclusion and Counselling for the Blind and Partially Sighted
Address: Langusova 8, 1000 Ljubljana
URL: www.center-iris.si
e-mail: info (at) center-iris.si
Registration number: 5051134000
Tax number: 94559899
Taxpayer: YES
IBAN: SI56 0110 0603 0689 853 (Bank of Slovenia)
Phone: (01) 2442-750
Fax: (01) 2442-777

Principal of the Centre

Katjuša Koprivnikar
e-mail: katjusa.koprivnikar (at) guest.arnes.si
Phone: (01) 2442-752

Main office

Marinka Jager
e-mail: info (at) center-iris.si
Phone: (01) 2442-750

Social Worker

Lena Pavli Fister
e-mail: lena.pavli (at) guest.arnes.si
Phone: (01) 2442 764

Psychologist

Sabina Šilc
e-mail: sabina.silc (at) guest.arnes.si
Phone: (01) 2442 763

Library

Nina Schmidt
e-mail: knjiznica (at) center-iris.si
Phone: (01) 2442 767

Assistive technology and teaching resources

Marija Repe Kocman
Phone: (01) 2442 773
e-mail: pripomocki (at) center-iris.si

Sensory garden

Marija Repe Kocman
Phone: (01) 2442 773
e-mail: vrt.cutil (at) center-iris.si

Location

We are located at the edge of the city centre on Langusova street 8, next to the Ministry of Public Administration.

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