3 December 2019 International Day of Persons with Disabilities

In Auckland, New Zealand, the city’s public transport provider is launching the Auckland Transport Accessibility Action Plan on 3 December 2019. Auckland Transport serves about 1.6 million people and its plan lists the several projects underway or planned over the next three years to improve public transport for Aucklanders with disabilities. Among other documents, the … Read more

WBU Scholarships Available

Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply for scholarships offered by the World Blind Union. Preference is given to blind and partially sighted applicants from low income countries. The scholarships include: 1. The Pedro Zurita Youth Fund established by Mr. Pedro Zurita, former Secretary General of the WBU, to assist young blind and partially sighted people … Read more

WBU General Assembly Important Dates

Here is a list of Important dates and deadlines regarding the 2020 General Assemblies of the World Blind Union (WBU) and the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) in June 2020. December 15, 2019: Deadline for delegate support applications First week of February 2020: delegate support decisions confirmed February 28, 2020: … Read more

WBU statement on World Cities Day 31 October 2019

The World Blind Union (WBU) is observing World Cities Day on Thursday 31 October 2019 as designated by the UN. The Day is expected to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world. … Read more

Introducing a network of partners to end the book famine

Dipendra Manocha from the Daisy Consortium writes: Access to information and publication is one of the toughest challenges in the lives of persons with blindness, low vision or other print disabilities. The issue is extremely important as it has direct impact on education, livelihood and independent living activities. The DAISY Consortium is an international network … Read more

Fellowships with Accessible Books Consortium in Geneva, Switzerland closes 25 March

Please find attached the terms of reference and application form for three fellowship positions with the Accessible Books Consortium Secretariat at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Interested candidates should send the following documents to mailto:ABC.Fellows@wipo.int by Monday, March 25, 2019, before 6:00 p.m. Geneva time: a. the attached fellowship application form with … Read more

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