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

Dr Kevin Murfitt awarded a Member of the Order of Australia

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

New Zealand’s audio description wins award from American blindness Disabled Persons Organisation

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

WHO Report on Vision: Survey (deadline 21 July)

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

Uber Launches UberASSIST to Help Persons with Disabilities in Macau

Mar 27, 2017 Worldwide ride-hailing company Uber is launching “Uber-Assist” in Macau today, a new function of its well-known mobile app. Designed to provide additional assistance to seniors and people with disabilities, Uber-Assist pairs passengers with “specialized” driver-partners. According to Uber Macau general manager Trasy Lou Walsh, these drivers have received special intensive training in … Read more