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WBU Priorities and Goals

There are key issues that we focus on in order to make advancements in the mobility, education and independence of blind and partially sighted persons. We work to make the world easier to navigate by advocating for greater accessibly through Universal Design for both liveable cities and indoor household products. 

We also want improved public transportation options and access; sidewalks that are safe to walk, and roads safe to cross. We need access to affordable technology that makes communicating and receiving information as easy as it is for sighted people. We actively promote Braille so blind students can learn alongside their peers.

We support the worldwide implementation of the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in every country in order to protect the basic human rights of those who due to their physical or sensory disability face greater challenges than the average person in trying to live their​ lives with dignity and respect. These and others issues, are the objectives we seek in order to advance the rights and abilities of blind and partially sighted people around the world. Below are descriptions of some of our priorities for the 2017 - 2020 strategic planning cycle.​ 

Strategic Priority 1: Human Rights and Representation

“Promoting full participation, equal opportunities, and protecting the human rights of blind and partially sighted persons in all aspects of social, economic, political and cultural life and ensuring that our voice is heard at the global, regional and national levels in all matters affecting our lives.”

Strategic Objectives:
  1. Representing Blind and Partially Sighted Persons at the United Nations and relevant UN Agencies and Treaty bodies at the global and regional levels  
  2. Ensuring that the WBU and its members are actively engaged in the implementation and monitoring of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at both the international and national levels.
  3. Ensuring that the WBU and its members understand the implications and opportunities provided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and proactively engage in their implementation and monitoring process at all levels
  4. Advocating for and promoting the human rights of blind and partially sighted persons 
  5. Engaging with members, other stakeholders and international development organizations to protect the rights of blind and partially sighted persons in situations of disaster, humanitarian emergency or conflict and to ensure that all services and programs are accessible to them. 

Strategic Priority 2: Capacity Building

“Strengthening the capabilities and capacity of the WBU regional structures and member organisations”
Strategic Objectives:
  1. Improving employment opportunities for blind and partially sighted persons  (Ref to our Project Aspiro​)
  2. Work to ensure the sustainability of the WBU Regions
  3. Improving the capacity of our member organizations, including our International members, to engage with each other to facilitate interactions, resource sharing, and working collaboratively 
  4. Supporting our target populations for full inclusion 
  5. Improving access to rehabilitation services by blind and partially sighted persons.

Strategic Priority 3: Accessibility

“Working towards a world that is increasingly accessible to blind and partially sighted persons”

Strategic Objectives:
  1. Improving Access to Information for blind and partially sighted persons 
  2. Promoting access to low and high technology solutions for blind and partially sighted persons  
  3. Promoting full access to consumer and household goods
  4. Promoting full access to the environment for blind and partially sighted persons including safe and independent travel and access to transportation. 
Strategic Priority 4: Information Sharing and Collaboration

“Supporting and enhancing our advocacy, representation and capacity strengthening efforts through raising awareness and support for our campaigns and initiatives, providing information and resources on matters important to blind and partially sighted persons and collaborating effectively with others.”

Strategic Objectives:
  1. Developing and making available a variety of resources to our members and the public through a variety of communications channels.  
  2. Developing and strengthening international partnerships and collaboration 
  3. Promoting and advancing the use of braille through the work of the World Braille Council