Home

The World Blind Union – Asia Pacific (WBUAP) is part of the World Blind Union (WBU). Through this website you can keep up to date with the work we are doing to promote the interests of blind and vision impaired people in this region. You can:

  • browse through our latest news and website updates right here on this page;
  • read about our work in more detail;
  • find out more about who we are and the countries that make up our region;
  • read issues of our East Wind newsletter; and
  • subscribe to receive updates from this website direct to your inbox or use our RSS feed.

We have tried hard to make this website work well for you whether you are blind, have low vision or are fully sighted, and whether you are using a computer, smart phone or other device. You can read more about this website, its accessibility features and how you can get the most from it.

WBU statement on White Cane Day October 15, 2018

In October every year, blind and partially sighted persons across the world celebrate White Cane Day. The mission of White Cane Day is to educate the world about blindness and how the blind and visually sighted persons can live and work independently while giving back to their communities. It is also aimed at celebrating the … Read more

UlaanBaatar Statement

We, the participants at the World Blind Union – Asia Pacific (WBUAP) Mid-Term Regional General Assembly in UlaanBaatar, 12 September, 2018 adopt the following statement and refer it to relevant stakeholders for their consideration and action where appropriate: 1. We request governments to review or enact legislation which ensures that the United Nations Convention on … Read more

Read about the countries in our region

Each of the 22 countries in the Asia Pacific Region of WBU has its own page. The page for Malaysia has been updated with information about the country as well as descriptions of services available for blind people. Read about Malaysia here. The country reports from previous regional general assemblies are also available. When they … Read more

Blind woman takes Commonwealth Bank to court over ‘inaccessible’ EFTPOS machines

Would you trust a stranger with your bank PIN? It’s a question Nadia Mattiazzo is forced to ask herself daily. Key Points Commonwealth Bank facing lawsuit alleging discrimination over touchscreen EFTPOS machines Blind and vision-impaired people say terminals are virtually impossible for them to use because they don’t have tactile keypad Lawsuit follows 18 months … Read more