Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (ONCE) (, National Organization of Spanish blind people) is a Spanish foundation founded on December 13, 1938 to raise funds to provide services for the blind and people with serious visual impairment.
Although it is overseen by a board of patrons made up of representatives from various Spanish ministries, it does enjoy a certain amount of freedom of movement in the day-to-day running of its activities, and its general council is democratically elected from among its members.
In June 2006, membership of the organization was 66,851 people, of whom 40% were over the age of 65.
Between them, the three pillars of the ONCE — the Directorate-General, the Foundation and CEOSA, ONCE's business corporation — employ over 40,000 blind, visually impaired or sighted staff, as well as people with other disabilities.
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... From 1989 until the end of the 2003 season, ONCE sponsored one of the leading Spanish cycling teams ... it was a costly project that was increasingly difficult to justify in terms of the ONCE's commitment to social integration of its members ...
... The team traces its lineage to the Spanish team, ONCE, sponsored by a lottery for the blind ... ONCE team was known for its association with Laurent Jalabert and Alex Zülle in the 1990s, dominating spring races such as Paris–Nice, La Flèche Wallonne and ... ONCE team in the Tour de France had stage wins from Jalabert and domination in the team time trial ...
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