Our Work

Here you can browse through information relating to the work of the WBUAP. The focus is mainly on activities in our region but you will also find information on significant world-wide WBU activities. Information articles are sorted with the most recent items first.
If you prefer, you can use the following links to select information relevant to specific activities, or just browse through all the information below:

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

Uber Teams Up with National Council for the Blind Malaysia to Help the Visually-Impaired

KUALA LUMPUR: In a bid to expand e-hailing services to the visually-impaired, Uber Malaysia has partnered with the National Council for the Blind Malaysia (NCBM) to empower the blind with the independence to gain more mobility using the mobile application. Through the partnership, NCBM will not only organise special training sessions for driver-partners on how … Read more

Ballot Paper for the Blind – Myanmar

Myanmar may be struggling to organize systematic elections but the country has certainly done well when it comes to providing a method for the blind to vote. U Aung Lwin Oo, a computer trainer at the School for the Blind in Kyeemyindaing township, Yangon Region, has designed a special template ballot paper to help visually … Read more

Call for Nominations: United Nations Study on Women’s Transformative Leadership and the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific has told us about an opportunity for women leaders which closes on 31 March 2017. The UNESCAP writes: We seek nominations of projects, activities or initiatives which can provide the basis of case studies of women’s transformative leadership and its impact on implementation … Read more

International Study Program for Youth in South Korea in July

The Korean Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities has launched the 2017 International Study Program Global Challenges of Youth with Disabilities. Young professionals with disabilities, between the ages of 18 and 34, who are working in the disability field are invited to apply to join this International Study Program. The study program will be … Read more

International Women’s Day 2017

Toronto, Canada, March 8th, 2017: Today we mark International Women’s Day, a day that encourages all of us to stand up for the empowerment of all women and girls worldwide and to work towards a more gender inclusive world. The theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is Be Bold for Change, a theme which urges … Read more

International Women’s Day 2017

Toronto, Canada, March 8th, 2017: Today we mark International Women’s Day, a day that encourages all of us to stand up for the empowerment of all women and girls worldwide and to work towards a more gender inclusive world. The theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is Be Bold for Change, a theme which urges … Read more

Major Changes to the Website

We have made major changes to the WBUAP website. The main purpose of this website is to provide a variety of news and information relating to the work of the World Blind Union in our region. The content is still much the same, but we think the website is now a lot easier to use. … Read more

Funding to attend conferences for organisations in the Pacific

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) invites applications from organisations in the Pacific to the Pacific Island Countries Participation Fund (PIC Fund) to attend conferences. The aim is to increase attendance by Pacific Island citizens at regional and international conferences or events relevant to their countries’ development. The PIC Fund is … Read more

Feminist Review Trust Fund invites applications

Deadline: 31 January 2017 December 16, 2016 – The Feminist Review Trust is currently accepting applications from eligible entities for its grants program, representing the diversity of women’s lives globally and supporting the creativity with which women fight the inequalities they face. www2.fundsforngos.org/tag/grants www2.fundsforngos.org/tag/women Set up in 2001, the Trust was funded by Feminist Review. … Read more

Braille literacy more important than ever

4 January 1809 is the date Louis Braille was born. He invented the braille alphabet which we use to this day. Here’s the World Blind Union press release about Louis’s legacy and the importance of literacy through braille. The Importance of Braille Literacy WBU Press Release: World Braille Day January 4th, 2017 Toronto, Canada: On … Read more

The Importance of Inclusive Education

Message for Universal Children’s Day – November 20th, 2016   Toronto, Canada: Celebrated every year on November 20th, Universal Children’s Day promotes the well-being and human rights of every child in the world. In honour of the day, the World Blind Union (WBU) is taking the opportunity to highlight the importance of the right to … Read more

Dr. Schroeder Elected as WBU President

At the World Blind Union General Assembly, Dr. Fredric Schroeder from the United States has been elected as the next WBU President. Here follows the full press release. World Blind Union Union Mondiale Des Aveugles Unión Mundial de Ciegos DR. FREDRIC K. SCHROEDER OF THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND, USA, ELECTED AS PRESIDENT OF … Read more

Congratulations Martine

Martine Abel-Williamson has been elected Treasurer of the World Blind Union at the General Assembly in Orlando, Florida. Her four year term concludes in 2020. Martine, who is from New Zealand, is currently on the WBUAP Board and Policy Council. We’ll put the full list of WBU officers on this website shortly.

ASEAN Disability Forum

The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) held a disability forum in October 2015. WBUAP members were strong participants in this forum. You can download the recommendations from the forum here: ASEAN Disability Forum Conference 2015.

Next Regional General Assembly

The next Quadrennial Regional General Assembly will be held on 21 August this year in Orlando. Here we have the following materials: Agenda Regional General Assembly 2016. Minutes of the Mid-Term Regional General Assembly held in Hong Kong SAR in November 2014. Covering letter from Secretary General, WBUAP to all Heads of Organisations of Member-Countries, … Read more

14th WBUAP Onkyo World Braille Essay contest now open

The management and staff of the Onkyo Corporation, The Braille Mainichi Newspapers and the members of the Board/Policy Council of WBUAP have much pleasure in announcing the 14th WBUAP Onkyo World Braille Essay Contest for blind and vision-impaired persons in the Asia-Pacific Region. We are inviting entries from all WBUAP member countries. We strongly urge … Read more

Inclusive Tourism For All In Malaysia

Inclusive Tourism for All in Malaysia   The national Council for the Blind Malaysia (NCBM) is promoting an inclusive tourism in Malaysia and South East Asia; and is therefore partnering with interested organisations to make sites and events accessible to the BVI’s (Blind and Visually Impaired). NCBM is looking for more partners throughout Malaysia to … Read more

WBUAP 13th Regional Massage Seminar

July 16, 2015 The Philippine Blind Union Inc and the National Council on Disability Affairs (Philippines) are hosting the WBUAP 13th Regional Massage Seminar to be held in Manila, Philippines on May 4-6, 2016. Theme of the seminar is “Maximizing Skills, Technologies and Opportunities for Economic Empowerment “. The seminar aims to push for the … Read more

Thailand Country Report 2014

Thailand Association of the Blind (TAB) now has almost 10,000 members  from all over Thailand. Under the current constitution, TAB is run under the principle of representative democracy.  It consists of 9 executive committee ,and no more than 200 delegates from eleven regional branches at the TAB national convention.  TAB has its national headquarters located … Read more

Proposed Amendments To The Constitution 2014

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE WBUAP CONSTITUTION   (For presentation at the WBUAP Mid-Term Regional General Assembly in Hong Kong from 21 – 24 November 2014).   INTRODUCTION: 1.1. Following the announcements sent out by me as the Secretary General of WBUAP in 2013, and again in May 2014 inviting Delegates to submit amendments to the … Read more

Plan Of Action 2012-2016

World Blind Union-Asia Pacific (WBUAP)Quadrennium Plan of Action (QPA) 2012-2016 Update to the 2014 WBUAP Mid-Term General Assembly, Hong Kong. This QPA is drafted under the five new goals of the WBU developed April 2013. 1.    Human rights and representation Representation at UN agencies and other global (regional) bodies at international, regional and national level … Read more

Vietnam Country Report 2014

  Country report of Vietnam Blind Association (2013-2014)   After the 8th General Assembly of WBU and WBU AP in 2012 in Thailand, Vietnam Blind Association (VBA) also organized our 8th Congress for the term 2012-2017 in the end of December 2012. The theme for this term is: Solidarity – Democracy – Innovation – Integration, … Read more

South East Asia Regional Committee Report 2014

  REPORT FROM SOUTH EAST ASIA REGIONAL COMMITTEE   Greetings to all.   Since assuming the post of Chairperson in November 2012, I have not been very successful in bringing this regional subcommittee together. Communications with all the 10 countries have not been encouraging after 2 years. The representatives who responded to my email  are … Read more

Myanmar Country Report 2014

Country Report of Myanmar Submit to Midterm General Assembly WBUAP 21st -24th Nov 2014, Hong Kong   In the period of midterm 2013-14, transaction of political situation in the country shift to positive change in the area of social responsibility. Laws for civil society organizations including registration Law have enacted. Law for disability is still … Read more

Macao Country Report 2014

 Macau People with Visually Impaired Right Promotion Association   World Blind Union Asia-Pacific Mid-Term Regional Assembly Reporting Country/Territory:         China Macau Name of Person Reporting:  (Albert) Cheong Chi Pong                                                 President                  Macau People with Visually Impaired Right Promotion Association       ABOUT THE Macau People with Visually Impaired Right Promotion Association Macau People … Read more

Mongolia Country Report 2014

Country Report, Mongolia     Hereby the following two things are described as the recent highlights (over the past 2 years). As the result of an advocacy activity, organized by the MNFB towards the development of blind medical massage, which has taken place during the white cane day of 2013, the Health Minister accepted our … Read more

Malaysia Country Report 2014

MALAYSIA COUNTRY Report 2014 (For presentation to the WBUAP Mid-Term Regional General Assembly, Hong Kong, November 2014).   Describe one or two recent highlights over the past two years.   1.1. The Traditional and Complementary Medicine Act 2013: To regulate and upgrade the provision of traditional medicines and complementary forms of health-care, which includes all … Read more

Japan Country Report 2014

Country Report–Japan     Describe one or two recent highlights (over the past 2 years)   After years of efforts on disability legislations prior to the ratification of CRPD (amendments to the Basic Act for Persons with Disabilities, enactment of the Law for the Welfare of Persons with Disabilities and the Act to Advance the … Read more

Hong Kong Country Report 2014

Country Report   Country : Hong Kong, China Organization : Hong Kong Blind Union & Hong Kong Society for the Blind     Key Development in Government Policies and Initiatives   1.1       The Hong Kong Government has undertaken to carry out a major retrofitting programme to upgrade the barrier-free facilities in existing government premises and … Read more

China Country Report 2014

Country Report on World Blind Union Asia Pacific Mid-Term Regional General Assembly 2014 (China)   Chinese mainland has a population of 17.31 million eyesight impaired people. With high attention attached by Chinese government and support from communities, China Association of the Blind(CAB) unites closely with local blind person’s associations, works hard towards a common goal, … Read more

Australia Country Report 2014

AUSTRALIAN BLINDNESS FORUM   World Blind Union Asia-Pacific Mid-Term Regional Assembly Reporting Country/Territory: Australia Name of Person Reporting: Tony Starkey Interim Chair Australian Blindness Forum   1          ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN BLINDNESS FORUM The Australian Blindness Forum (ABF) is a not-for-profit organisation, whose purpose is to operate as the peak body representing the blindness sector for … Read more

Circular November 2014

    4 November 2014.   To all Delegates, Honorary vife Members, Representatives and Friends of WBUAP:   Dear all:   RE: CIRCULAR NOVEMBER 2014   How time flies! It is almost two more weeks before we meet in Hong Kong for the WBUAP Mid-Term Regional General Assembly (MRGA), and I hope you have got … Read more

Minutes of the WBU-Asia Pacific Quadrennial Regional General Assembly november 2012

Minutes of the WBU-Asia Pacific Quadrennial Regional General Assembly   Date: 13 November, 2012; Venue: Hotel Imperial Queen’s Park, Bangkok, Thailand.   PRESENT: In attendance were 69 voting Delegates/Honorary Life Members and 15 participants from 17 countries/Territories – Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, … Read more

Deadline Extended: Call For Proposal For The Youth Forum

Deadline Extended: Call for Proposals – Presentation at Youth Forum of the World Blind Union – Asia Pacific (WBUAP) Mid-Term Regional General Assembly 2014 To encourage more innovative ideas from young people in the region, the deadline for submitting the proposals for presentation at Youth Forum has been extended to 31 July 2014.   The … Read more

WBUAP Country Report Template 2014

Country Report Template for WBUAP Mid-Term General Assembly   Note to all, each country will have 5 minutes in which to present the highlights of your report. This is to allow for all to have an equal opportunity to address the Assembly, so please prepare your presentation well instead of simply reading it out on … Read more

Call For Applications: The 17th Duskin Leadership Programme 2015-16

The 17th Duskin leadership training program in Japan (2015-16) is now open for applications! The deadline for application is August 8, 2014. This is a programme for persons with disabilities in the Asia-Pacific Region. Please carefully read the application guidance before filling in the application form Application guidelines and the application form are available for … Read more

Call for Proposals – Presentation at Youth Forum of the WBUAP Mid-Term Regional General Assembly 2014

The Organizing Committee of the WBUAP Mid-Term Regional General Assembly 2014 is inviting young people with visual impairment in the Asia Pacific region to attend and submit innovative proposals for presentation at the Youth Forum. The Forum will be held on 21 November 2014 to mark the beginning of the General Assembly. We are pleased … Read more

Empowering Through Shared Experiences

The United Blind Persons of Fiji (UBP) launched a booklet entitled “A Stepping Stone” sponsored by the Australia Pacific Islands Disability Support (APIDS). This booklet is aimed at raising the awareness of the general public on the abilities and potential of persons with visual impairment in Fiji.   Please click here to read.

IDPP Fellowship Announcement 2014

I write to you from the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) for the ASEAN Region. Born as an initiative of The Nippon Foundation, the IDPP is a network of universities and outreach organizations across ASEAN and the US focused on building a cadre of disability policy leaders in the ASEAN region. We are … Read more

Disability Rights Fund Releases First 2014 Request for Proposals,

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) – a grantmaking collaborative between donors and the global disability community which supports the human rights of persons with disabilities – today announced its first 2014 grants round, “Our Voices, Our Rights, Our Future.” Grantmaking in this round will be targeted to disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) in Haiti, India, Indonesia, … Read more

THE 12TH WBUAP ONKYO WORLD BRAILLE ESSAY CONTEST 2014

This is a project being sponsored by the Onkyo Corporation Ltd. and The Braille Mainichi in Japan, and implemented by the World Blind Union-Asia Pacific (WBUAP).   Greetings from the staff of Onkyo Corporation, The Braille Mainichi and the Board/Policy Council Members of WBUAP. We have much pleasure in announcing the start of the WBUAP … Read more

Disability Rights Fund seeks Grant Consultant For Indonesia

This consultancy position offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with a groundbreaking grantmaking initiative supporting the rights of persons with disabilities. The Grants Consultant will help the Disability Rights Fund (DRF) and its sister organization, the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund (DRAF), build relationships with current and prospective grantees in Indonesia. The main objectives of the … Read more

International Workshop On CSOs Monitoring CRPD

Korean Disability Forum International Workshop On CSOs Monitoring CRPD Date: November 21(Thu), 2013, 10:00-18:00 ? Venue: Iroom Hall http://www.koddi.or.kr/eng/location.jhtml http://www.koddi.or.kr/eng/location.jhtml, Seoul, South Korea ? Workshop fee: Free Objectives 1. To raise awareness on the CRPD to persons with disabilities and professionals working in the disability field 2. To build capacity of DPOs for an on-going … Read more

Accessible air travel conference prepares for take off

Thursday, 24 October 2013 5:26pm Washington DC is set to host the inaugural Air Travel Accessibility Conference for passengers with disability requiring access to airline and airport ground services as well as in flight services. The Association for Airline Passenger Rights (AAPR) is seeking registrants for the conference, commencing 10 December, where aviation, business, disability, … Read more

The Viscardi Center Calls For Nominations

leaders in the disability community who have had a profound impact on shaping attitudes, raising awareness and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities. The Award recipients will be announced on Monday, May 5, 2014. The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards were developed to honor the legacy and vision of the New York-based Center’s … Read more

THE TOKYO WBUAP FELLOWSHIP FUND

1. This Fund of JPY 150,000 (approximately US $1,500.00) is made available to WBUAP with donations from volunteers of the Global Planning Division of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. 2. The purpose of the Fund is to improve the ability of blind and vision-impaired (BVI) people in the Asia-Pacific Region to participate in WBUAP … Read more

The Treaty of Marrakesh explained by WBU

This short document is written to explain the contents of The Treaty of Marrakesh (formal name: “The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities”). It covers the meaning and use of the main treaty contents. This is deliberately a layman’s explanation of the Treaty- not … Read more

The Marrakesh Treaty

The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled was developed through the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). It was adopted in June 2013. With strong leadership from the World Blind Union and its member-countries, the treaty aims to improve movement of braille and … Read more

Human Rights Essay Award

This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The 2014 topic is Persons with Disabilities and International Human Rights Law. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to … Read more

Korea Blind Union International Cooperation Project

The Information about International cooperation project on distribution of white canes & braille equipments The Korea Blind Union (KBU) is working to protect and promote human rights of visually impaired people. We are planning to expand those “endless effort” for blind and visually impaired persons living in developing countries in the Asia and Pacific region … Read more

2nd International Blind Music Festival

Thailand Association of the Blind (TAB) is going to organize The 2nd Thailand International Blind Music Festival, please be informed the details as follows:   Event date: 14-15 and 21-22 December 2013 Event theme: “Breathing in the dark” Place: Bangkok and Chiang Mai Show Time: 6.00-9.00 p.m. Open for audition: now until 31 July 2013 … Read more

World Braille Usage 3rd Edition

As a result of your support and encouragement over the last eighteen months, the new edition of World Braille Usage is with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress (NLS) and 3,000 copies of the print text are now available.   By the time of the book’s … Read more

Capacity Development of Uvurhangai Chapter

The Uvurhangai chapter of the Mongolia National Federation of the Blind organised the capacity development training of their members by taking opportunity of the Small Scale Fund Project framework. Training sessions were targeted at 10 blind individuals in the beginning. 6 lecturers of Marketing Department, University of Technology in Uvurhangai province were invited as facilitators. … Read more

O&M Training for Laos Association of the Blind HQ and Branches

During the year 2012, the capacity building project is introducing training of Orientation And Mobility (O&M) and Daily Living Skill (DLS) trainers in the two target organizations. LAB has started the program in the first quarter, and in the second quarter, the trainers, who received training on O&M programs in the first quarter, further received … Read more

Activities of the Laos Association of the Blind

The Laos Association of the Blind (LAB) is a very new organization but their committees are getting more and more active. Their Advocacy Committee is new but seems very, very enthusiastic about their efforts to change the status of blind people. Their Women’s Committee has organized several women’s forums in the past, the latest being … Read more

Activities of the Laos Association of the Blind

The Laos Association of the Blind (LAB) is a very new organization but their committees are getting more and more active. Their Advocacy Committee is new but seems very, very enthusiastic about their efforts to change the status of blind people. Their Women’s Committee has organized several women’s forums in the past, the latest being … Read more

Activities of the Laos Association of the Blind

The Laos Association of the Blind (LAB) is a very new organization but their committees are getting more and more active. Their Advocacy Committee is new but seems very, very enthusiastic about their efforts to change the status of blind people. Their Women’s Committee has organized several women’s forums in the past, the latest being … Read more

A Step Forward In Advocacy by the Laos Association of the Blind

One of the main initiatives at any disabled peoples’ organizations is advocacy. The ongoing DANIDA project also focuses on advocacy. However, you can also imagine that political and social structures of individual countries may make advocacy work more difficult than elsewhere. Advocacy was a challenge for LAB, but during the third quarter of 2012, LAB … Read more

Workshop for branch leaders and committee chairs

The Mongolia National Federation of the Blind organized a training-workshop called “Knowledge bringing development” targeted at chairs of 23 branches, leaders of committees, members of advocacy committee and senior managers. The curriculum was designed based on the needs of the participants. The programs included: • presentations by various government oficials, • a training on financial … Read more

Strategic plan development workshop for Mongolia National Federation of the Blind Women’s Committee

In March 2013, MNFB organized a workshop for the development of strategic plans for its Women’s Committee, which was attended by 5 council members and 10 other blind women who are active in the organizational operations. The workshop invited the leader of the Mongolian Women’s Foundation as facilitator, and was organized in various forms including … Read more

Strategic plan development workshop for Mongolia National Federation of the Blind Women’s Committee

In March 2013, MNFB organized a workshop for the development of strategic plans for its Women’s Committee, which was attended by 5 council members and 10 other blind women who are active in the organizational operations. The workshop invited the leader of the Mongolian Women’s Foundation as facilitator, and was organized in various forms including … Read more

ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for Disability-Inclusive Business in Asia and Pacific 2013

We are pleased to announce the call for nominations and applications for the ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for Disability-inclusive Business in Asia and the Pacific, which was launched in November 2012 by ESCAP in partnership with the Nippon Foundation and the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD). The objectives of the Award are to: . Publicly recognize … Read more

Seeing Is Believing Innovation Fund

Seeing is Believing, a collaborative effort of the Standard Chartered Bank and International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) has announced a new funding opportunity for NGOs working in low and middle-income countries. Under this grant opportunity, Seeing is Believing Innovation Fund aims to fund grants between $10,000 to $200,000 to projects that develop and … Read more

UNICEF Launches State of the World’s Children

In May, UNICEF will launch this year’s edition of its flagship publication, State of the World’s Children. The focus is Children with Disabilities. With this report, UNICEF hopes to add a strong voice and increased visibility to the global, necessary and increasingly urgent debate about disability rights, especially those of children. State of the World’s … Read more

TACKLING AVOIDABLE BLINDNESS IN THE ASIA PACIFIC

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced that the Australian Government will provide funding to two Australian organisations to help tackle avoidable blindness in developing countries in the Asia Pacific. Senator Carr said the Australian Government was committed to helping our closest neighbours respond to the issue of avoidable blindness, announcing funding for the Brien Holden … Read more

DAISY Consortium Releases Obi 2.6

The DAISY Consortium is pleased to announce the latest release of Obi, an easy to learn, yet powerful open source software tool for creating DAISY compliant audio books with rich navigable structure.   The latest release, Version 2.6, makes Obi more advanced, backward compatible and even easier to learn. It introduces the capability to import … Read more

ICTs open new avenues for the empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

UNESCO releases its Global Report on “Opening New Avenues for Empowerment: ICTs to Access Information and Knowledge for Persons with Disabilities”, calling for a better understanding of the benefits to society by empowering persons with disabilities to use ICTs. The new UNESCO Global Report highlights 18 recommendations to all stakeholders – from decision-makers to educators, … Read more

IDA Human Rights Publication Series – The Right to Vote and to Stand for Election

26 March 2013   We are delighted to announce the launch of the inaugural edition of IDA’s Human Rights Publication Series. See the webpage at www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/en/idas-human-rights-publication-series.   IDA’s Human Rights Publication Series is a new annual journal dedicated to sharing and gathering information, practices and experiences related to implementation of the UN Convention on the … Read more

Roundtable on Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Revisiting Hyogo Framework of Action

Roundtable on Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Revisiting Hyogo Framework of Action 20, November 2012, Bangkok Co-hosted by: Assistive Technology Development Organization (ATDO) DAISY CONSORTIUM DAISY Thailand in collaboration with Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD)   During my participation in the WBU General Assembly in Bangkok, I was invited by ATDO to participate in this … Read more

IDA Disability Rights Bulletin

The Disability Rights Bulletin is a regular bulletin produced by IDA and intended for experts advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities, in particular within the Geneva-based global human rights machinery. If you want to receive the Disability Rights Bulletin, please send an email to: ccampos@ida-secretariat.org detailing in the subject “Subscription to the Disability … Read more

Bridging the Indigenous Peoples and Disability Rights Movements

Myrna Cunningham, immediate former Chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), has agreed to join the Disability Rights Fund’s (DRF’s) Global Advisory Panel as a “Bridge Builder” advisor<!–[if !supportFootnotes]–>[1]<!–[endif]–>.   Ms. Myrna Cunningham is an Indigenous Miskita woman from the community of Waspam, Nicaragua. She has extensive experience on the rights … Read more

Disability Rights Fund Releases First 2013 Request for Proposals

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) – a grantmaking collaborative between donors and the global disability community which supports the human rights of persons with disabilities – today announced its first 2013 grants round, “Advancing Rights for All.” Grantmaking in this round will be targeted to disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) in Haiti (a new target country), … Read more

New Zealand Partnerships for International Development Fund

The New Zealand Partnerships for International Development Fund (Partnerships Fund) is a multi-sector contestable fund open to applications from non-government, state and private sector organisations to deliver development activities overseas. The Fund seeks to use specialist skills from across New Zealand and encourages innovative partnerships that will achieve sustainable development outcomes. More about the Partnerships … Read more

Pacific Island Countries Participation Fund

The PIC Fund guidelines provide a transparent and consistent basis for preparing, submitting and appraising competing requests. The countries within the scope of the programme are: the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, the Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, … Read more

New OHCR Practical Guide For Civil Society

Civil Society Section is pleased to introduce a new Practical Guide for Civil Society: Human Rights Funds, Grants and Fellowships.   This Practical Guide – the fourth in the series of practical guides for civil society – provides a brief description of funding sources, grants and fellowships administered by or with the participation of the … Read more

Extension Of WBU Advocacy Project

I am very pleased to inform you that our Advocacy Project, funded by CBM, has been extended for 2013. CBM has been very pleased with the work that Victor Cordeiro has been able to achieve on our behalf and our overall progress in advancing our advocacy work.   My sincere thanks to AICB for their … Read more

Financial Support For Global Health Programme

The Stars in Global Health program enables innovators to develop Bold Ideas with Big Impact to improve global health conditions. The program was developed to tap into innovative ideas from leaders in global health and consists of proof-of-concept awards of $100,000 CAD as Phase I grants, and Phase II Transition to Scale funding to successful … Read more

Kindly Share Your Experience

WBU is in the process of collecting stories, anecdotes and case studies of changes which have taken place either at the national or at the regional/local level administration or in the policies of corporate/civil society agencies with regard to increased access for enjoyment of rights and fundamental freedoms by Blind/Partially sighted persons as a result … Read more

Disability At A Glance 2012

The publication titled “Disability at a Glance 2012: Strengthening the evidence base in Asia and the Pacific” is available at <http://www.unescap.org/sdd/publications/DG2012/SDD-Disability-Glance-2012.p df >. This fourth edition stresses the urgent need to work towards a greater common understanding of disability, related data and data collection practices.

Report from Malaysia for the WBUAP Quadrennial General Assembly 2012

Moving forward from the Mid-Term General Assembly in October 2010, the National Council for the Blind Malaysia (NCBM) together with its member-organisations continue to organise programmes and activities highlighting the achievements and challenges faced by the blind and vision impaired in Malaysia and the Region. I will attempt to report some of the programmes and … Read more

New Zealand Country Report to WBUAP Quadrennial General Assembly 2012

This reported is submitted by the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind. Our respective organizations are members of World Blind Union and hold the consumer and service-provider representative positions.   About the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand (Blind Citizens NZ) Blind Citizens NZ’s … Read more

Empower Partnerships for Inclusive Communities Fellowship – APPLY NOW!

Empower Partnerships is a prestigious, two-way international exchange program for organizations working on or interested in working on disability-related issues and inclusion as articulated in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Two international (non-U.S.) organizations from one of the 73 participating countries must apply together as a partner team. Each international … Read more

7th International Women’s Institute on Leadership & Disability

Thirty disabled women activists from around the world will be selected to participate in MIUSA’s 7th International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), a three-week exchange program to be held in Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A. Through a series of interactive workshops and site visits, delegates will focus on using the media, implementing policy and legislation, … Read more

Australian Country Report to WBUAP Quadrennial Assembly 2012

Australian Blindness Forum World Blind Union Asia-Pacific Mid-Term Regional Assembly Reporting Country/Territory: Australia Name of Person Reporting: Tony Starkey Chair Australian Blindness Forum About the Australian Blindness Forum The Australian Blindness Forum (ABF) is a not-for-profit organisation, whose purpose is to operate as the peak body representing the blindness sector for the benefit of people … Read more

Japan Country Report to the WBUAP Quadrennial Assembly 2012

1. Country: Japan 2. Organization: Japan Federation of the Blind (JFB) 3. Members, branches: ca. 50,000 members, 61 affiliated organizations 4. Board members: 19 5. Blind or visually impaired board members: 18 Highlights Since the Mid-Term Assembly The devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 affected many blind and partially sighted persons who experienced … Read more

WIPO Negotiations Treaty For Blind People

WORLD BLIND UNION (WBU) press release 18 December 2012 Press Release – WIPO Negotiations Treaty for Blind people   WIPO member states call for treaty for blind people to be finished in 2013 Geneva, 18.12.2012 – UN negotiation on groundbreaking World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) treaty for blind people looks set to end in 2013 … Read more

Project Aspiro Officially Launched

Please be informed that the Project Aspiro Website – WBU employment resource website was officially launched on Friday 30 November, with an event in Toronto, cohosted by the CNIB and WBU.   The event was very successful and had over 80 persons present. Karen Wolffe, a member of the Employment Working Group and the lead … Read more

Message From The Secretary-General of The United Nations On the International Day Of Persons With Disabilities

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL, UNITED NATIONS — MESSAGE ON The International Day of Persons with Disabilities “Together for a better world for all Including persons with disabilities in development” 3 December 2011 It is thirty years since the United Nations first observed the International Year of Disabled Persons under the theme “Full Participation and Equality”. During that … Read more

World’s First Virtual Master’s Program in Disability Policy: Now Accepting Applications for fall 2013 Admission – Fellowships Available

The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) for the ASEAN Region is currently accepting applications for the world’s first virtual Master’s degree in disability policy. The Master’s in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP), offered by the School of International Service (SIS) at American University, is the center piece program of the IDPP.   … Read more

USAID FY12 Disability Fund Is Now Available

Dear Friends and Colleagues; I am pleased to inform you that funds to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities have been made available to USAID missions and USAID Washington Operating Units (WOUs). There is currently a total of $4 million available in funding. The approximate breakdown of funding includes: · $2.8 million for 10-15 … Read more

Application For Kanthari Course 2013

Do you dream of social change? Applications are now welcome for the next kanthari course which starts in May 2013. As you know, kanthari is not a regular training centre, it is a springboard for pro-active thinkers and driven do-ers, for those who want to bring ethical social change to society! We are searching for … Read more

the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies

G3ict – the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies – is an Advocacy Initiative of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, launched in December 2006 in cooperation with the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at UN DESA. Its mission is to facilitate and support … Read more

WBUAP 2nd Employment Symposium

Dear Friends   With the approval of WBUAP Board and Policy Council and the China Disabled Persons Federation, it has been decided to hold the WBUAP 2nd Employment Symposium during the 8th China Information Accessibility Forum to be held on 20 and 21 September, 2012 at the China National Library, Beijing, China. For details, please … Read more

WBU Annual Report 2011

The WBU Annual report for 2011 is now ready for download. This Annual Report summarises the work of WBU over the past year in the achievement of its Strategic Plan. As you will read, WBU continue to make progress in a number of areas, although there is still much to be done. The Annual Report … Read more

Call for Success Stories

“Blind People at Work in the world: Some often incredible but true success stories”. CALL FOR SUCCESS STORIES. Thirteen years ago, the book “Blind People at Work” got published in France under my direction to give blind people, organizations trusted with their professional guidance, public and private employers and the general public a better knowledge … Read more

Disability Rights Fund Releases 2nd 2012 Request for Proposals

The Disability Rights Fund has just released the 2nd 2012 Request for Proposals. Please click file://C:\Users\user\Dropbox\Working\DRF_Press Release_2012 Second RFP_FINAL.doc to read the English Press Release (in Word format), announcing the publication of the open Request for Proposals (RFP) process for DPOs in Nicaragua, Ghana and the Pacific Island countries (PICs) and by invitation only to … Read more

WBUAP June Updates 2012

11th WBUAP Massage Seminar, 3 – 5 May 2012   The National Council for the Blind Malaysia (NCBM) hosted this seminar from 3-5 May 2012. 160 overseas and 110 local participants participated. These massage seminars are organised once every two years. The 12th WBUAP Massage Seminar will be held in Thailand in 2014. It is … Read more

Sightsavers Innovation Fund is open for submissions

Sightsavers Innovation Fund is available to NGOs, academic institutions, the private sector and disabled people’s organisations, to help overcome challenges faced by the eye health and social inclusion sectors in developing countries.   The ‘Sightsavers Innovation Fund’ is calling for innovative approaches which illustrate a way to overcome barriers in the promotion of eye health, … Read more

Proclaiming A New Asia-Pacific Decade 2013-2022.

United Nation’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia-Pacific (UNESCAP) comprising member States of the Asia-Pacific region, decided on 23 May 2012 to proclaim a new Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities for the period 2013 to 2022 through the adoption of a historic resolution. This resolution is available at the website <http://www.unescapsdd.org/disability/meeting-document/resolution-asian-and-pacific-decade-persons-disabilities-2013-2022> . … Read more

Create Your Own London 2012 Book Of Sports

Create Your Own London 2012 Book of Sports Do you know any young braille readers who might enjoy a book about the Olympic and Paralympic Games? Mandeville’s Book of Sports is a specially designed book to introduce young braille readers to the nine Paralympic sports open to blind athletes: Athletics, Cycling, Equestrian, Football Five-a-Side, Goalball, … Read more

WBUAP March 2012 Updates

Incheon Strategy “Making The Right Real” 15 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) were invited by Rehabilitation International (RI) Korea to go to Seoul on 5 – 6 March to review the draft of the Incheon Strategy which the High-Level Intergovernmental Group would discuss from 14 – 16 March before sending the document for its final reading … Read more

CRPD Toolkit

As you know, one of the objectives outlined within the WBU Strategic Plan was the development of a CRPD toolkit to provide members with information and resources that could help with your work regarding the CRPD. This has taken two years to develop, but I am very pleased to inform you that it is now … Read more

Application For The Kanthari Course

The world needs great leaders, and social change projects need the best leaders possible. We at Kanthari in Kerala India, deeply believe that overcoming adversity in life is what plants the seeds for great leadership. So, we have developed a very practical, 7 month leadership program with a difference, one that is geared specially for … Read more

How To Write A Human Rights Project Proposal

Many NGOs working on human rights have often found proposal writing a challenging task. Although conceptualizing a project can be fairly easy by examining the ground situation in the target community, but writing down the same on paper can be difficult. Funding agencies also demand complicated information in their proposal formats which further discourage NGOs. … Read more

Asia-Pacific Disability Champions Award

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) welcomes nomination for the Asia-Pacific Disability Champions Award. The Award is give to those who have worked in the field of disability rights and earned respect in countries in the region. The Champions will be recognized at the special ceremony to be held … Read more

Rising Voices – Micro-Grants For Citizen Media Outreach.

A major part of Rising Voices’ mission to support and nurture underrepresented communities so that they can begin to take full advantage of participatory digital media tools has been our micro-grants for citizen media outreach projects. Since 2007, these small grants provide an opportunity for individuals, grassroots groups, networks, and other organizations without significant access … Read more

Summer School on Disability and Development

Subject: Disability and Development Dates: 18 June – 13 July 2012 (teaching up to 6 July) Venue: Faculty of Public Health, University of Indonesia (UI), Depok, West Java Format and purpose The Summer School on Disability and Development (D&D) is both a standalone course and the 2nd module in a series on Disability and Development. … Read more

Talking TV Technology For The Blind

We would like to introduce our Talking TV technology, an advanced digital TV set top box assistive living solution that has been developed by Ocean Blue Software and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Talking TV has been designed to allow blind and partially sighted people to access their television programme guide and … Read more

Fund-raising Resources Available For Free Download.

A list of major fundraising guides available for free on the internet has been compiled. These guides offer interesting and useful tips and advice on how to raise funds for your organisation. Whether you are working on livelyhood development or human rights or for youths or just promoting the cause of animals, these various guides … Read more

The third round of the Pacific Disabled Persons Organisation Fund (Pacific DPO Fund)

The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) is pleased to announce on October 2011 the opening of the third round of the Pacific Disabled Persons Organisation Fund (Pacific DPO Fund). The Pacific DPO Fund has been established by the Pacific Disability Forum with funding from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). The purpose of the Pacific … Read more

Announcement For Funding Request From USAID

Please be informed that funds to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities have been made available to USAID Missions and USAID Washington Operating Units (WOUs). There is currently a total of $4 million available in funding. The approximate breakdown of funding includes: $2.8 million for small fund programs ranging from $20,000 – $300,000; and … Read more

The WBUAP Chiba Statement

We the participants at the WBUAP Mid-Term General Assembly in Chiba, Japan, October 31st, 2010, A: Call upon all countries within the Asia Pacific Region to take timely steps towards signing, ratifying, implementing and monitoring the CRPD (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities), B: Recognising that unemployment and economic inactivity is a major … Read more

Application Opens for World’s First Virtual Master’s in Disability Policy

Washington, DC, 7 October 2011 Students from around the world can now apply to become part of a global cohort pursuing the world’s first virtual Master’s degree in disability studies and public policy. The Master’s of International Affairs in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP), offered by the School of International Service at American University, … Read more

Capacity building of organisations of the blind under the framework of the World Blind Union Asia Pacific Region (WBUAP)

This is a three year project running from January 2011 to December 2013. It is funded by the Danish Development Agency (DANIDA) and is implemented and managed in partnership by the World Blind Union Asia Pacific Region (WBUAP), Mongolian National Federation of the Blind (MNFB), the Lao Association of the Blind (LAB) and the Danish … Read more