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Invite for input to WBU/ICEVI Joint Assembly Program

As you know, the WBU/ICEVI Joint Assembly will take place in Orlando, Florida, USA from August 18-25, 2016. The Program Committee, Chaired by Dr. Fredric Schroeder, WBU 1st Vice President, is already hard at work designing a program that will be interesting and informative to all participants from both WBU and ICEVI.

For the WBU General Assembly days, there will be a combination of business sessions and themed program sessions. And during the two joint days with WBU and ICEVI, there will be both plenary and concurrent sessions dealing with the three important topics of: Human Rights, Technology & Innovation and Youth Engagement.

While most of the keynote and plenary panel presenters have already been identified, there are opportunities for WBU and ICEVI participants who have expertise and experience in the program areas to submit proposals for presentations. The themes and topics are listed below and if you are interested in offering a presentation for consideration by the Program Committee, then please send your expression of interest to us by August 15, 2015. You must include, in your presentation, your name, your title and organization, your email address, a description of your expertise in the given area, the topic you are interested in and a brief description of what you would present.  Presentations must be brief – no more than one page. They can be sent to either Penny Hartin at​ or Dr. M.N.G. Mani at

Here are the themes and topics for the joint WBU/ICEVI days:

Theme # 1: Human Rights for persons who are blind or have low vision

Concurrent session Topics​: Creating demand for education; Gender; Advocacy; Practices in Realizing the CRPD; CBR in rural and urban settings; The UN Post 2015 Development goals; Move to implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty; The Right to Literacy; Marrakesh, Post 2015 and the CRPD: Using the instruments for persons who are blind and have additional disabilities

Theme # 2: Technology

Concurrent Session Topics: Wayfinding; Web Accessibility; Technology for independent living and inclusive design; Access to the curriculum through mainstream and assistive technologies; Panel debate on mainstream versus assistive technologies; Technology for persons with visual impairment and deafblindness or other disabilities; Technology for people with low vision; Technology in developing countries; Social media

Theme # 3: Youth Leadership and Social Engagement

Current Session Topics: Higher education, including experience of students transitioning from school to higher education; Preparation for employment; Youth organizations; Social engagement, self-esteem, self-advocacy; Role of social media in youth leadership and social inclusion; Sport and recreation



The WBU GA program will consist of plenary sessions with a keynote presenter and 2-3 panelists.
These will not be concurrent sessions. Submissions are welcome from both WBU and ICEVI participants.


Here are the topics being considered:

  •         Universal Design
  •         Sport and Recreation
  •         Accessible travel, transportation and tourism
  •         Gender
  •         Emergency Preparedness and risk reduction
  •         Reaching the unreached
  •         Leadership
  •        Public perception campaigns

Reminders: Expressions of interest due by August 15th following the procedures indicated above.