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Washington, D.C. – The Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) has announced a new grants program designed to increase the political participation of historically marginalized populations in electoral processes. Qualified applicants include non-U.S.-based regional and local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or private, non-profit organizations, professional associations, and relevant special interest associations or coalitions. These … Read more
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OSAKA — “If you can’t make up your mind whether to laugh, please just laugh!” Yutaro Hamada, a 27-year-old comedian who is blind, said this as he talked nonstop to the audience on a small stage while holding a white cane at an event held at a multi-tenant building in Kita Ward, Osaka. The event … Read more
Dr Kevin Murfitt AM has been recognised for his services to the blindness and low vision community in the June Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Vision Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ron Hooton said the award acknowledges Dr Murfitt’s achievements and contribution to the blindness and low vision community. “We congratulate Dr Murfitt on this well-deserved recognition. … Read more
Like Beethoven, who wrote some of his best compositions after becoming deaf, a young blind man has become a top programmer in China after learning how to code by ear. Cai Yongbin, who lost his sight at the age of six due to an accident, had to memorise tens of thousands of coding combinations after … Read more
Able, who provides audio description for film and television in New Zealand, is absolutely delighted to have been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Audio Description Achievement Award-International, awarded by the American Council of the Blind and its Audio Description Project. Able has received the award for our work providing audio description for New … Read more
The World Health Organization is developing a World Report on Vision to be released late next year. The WBU, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and the eye health sector are supporting this work. The WHO is inviting us to give our input into the Report. New Zealander Megan McCoy is the Technical … Read more
Rotting vegetables were lying across the kitchen floor at the Home of Light for visually impaired children in Laos last year. The sight hit home for Wang Chiew Hui as she realised there was a surplus of material donations such as food and clothing, but hardly any activities to boost the children’s holistic development. The … Read more
Blind Foundation clients, who are on the 2degrees mobile network, can now download their favourite magazines and books on the BookLink app without worrying about the cost of data. BookLink, available from the Apple app store, gives New Zealanders who are blind or have low vision access to more than 11,000 audio books in the … Read more
Congratulations to Fiji for ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Fiji signed this United Nations human rights convention on 2 June 2010 and ratified it on 7 June 2017. This great news comes to us from Setareki S. Macanawai, Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Disability Forum.