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WBUAP 14th Regional Massage Seminar

The World Blind Union – Asia Pacific (WBUAP) Regional Massage Commission is pleased to host the 14th Regional Massage Seminar, to promote employment opportunities of visually impaired masseurs, strengthen inter-regional exchange and cooperation in blind massage and to enhance the development of blind massage in the Region. The seminar will be held in Fuzhou, Fujian … Read more

Call for greater inclusion and access to information for people with print disabilities in Asia-Pacific

Marrakesh Treaty and UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities PRESS RELEASE New Issue Brief calls for greater inclusion and access to information for people with print disabilities in Asia-Pacific 1 December 2017, Wellington Ending the lack of equitable access to information and knowledge among persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled … Read more

21st ASEF Summer University 27 January – 10 February 2018, Australia & New Zealand, applications close 10 December

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) has recently published an Open Call for Application to the 21st ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU21) on “Youth with Disabilities: Shaping Inclusive ASEM Societies”. The project will take place between 27 January and 10 February 2018 in Melbourne (Australia) and Christchurch (New Zealand). Participants need to be youth, 18-30 years old who … Read more

Closing date 31 August for grants for Organizations Working to Increase Electoral Participation of Marginalized Communities

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

Blind Comedian Breaks Down Barriers

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