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

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

WBU statement for International Women’s Day 8 March 2018

WBU is working hard to support blind and vision impaired women especially in developing countries. Read about the challenges women face and WBU’s work to help. WBU Statement for International Women’s Day 2018 The World Blind Union has voiced concern over slow progress towards full inclusion of women with visual disabilities in global development agendas. … Read more

Disability group seeks better disaster planning

The head of the Pacific Disability Forum in Fiji says recent natural disasters have highlighted the need for aid agencies to consider how they help people with disabilities during emergencies. Setareki Macanawai says stories of how some disabled people have struggled during cyclones, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis were shared at a recent regional conference … Read more