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Photo: Participants at White Cane Day walk in Yangon, the capital of Myanmar, 2017 (Photo Credit: Victoria Milko/ NPR)

Photo: Participants at White Cane Day walk in Yangon, the capital of Myanmar, 2017. (Photo Credit: Victoria Milko/ NPR)

The World Blind Union (WBU) is the global organization representing the estimated 253 million persons who are blind or partially sighted worldwide. Members are organizations of and for the blind in 190 countries, as well as international organizations working in the field of vision impairment. We bring together  national and international organizations of  and for blind persons and those organizations providing services to people with low vision to work on the issues affecting the quality of their life. WBU is a founding member of the International Disability Alliance (IDA), sharing their values and principles of promoting the rights of persons with disabilities. 


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Our Vision: A world in which we, as persons who are blind or partially sighted, can participate fully in any aspect of life we choose.


People with sight loss in the UK can now access thousands of audio books through Alexa

Thursday September 9th, 2021
Customers of the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s (RNIB) Talking Books library are now able to access their audio books by asking Alexa, as well as through RNIB’s usual library services.

Universally Accessible Public Spaces for All: Call for abstracts by 15 October

Monday September 6th, 2021
Do you like to contribute towards raising awareness and learning around universal design, accessibility, and inclusion in public spaces?

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Global Events

WBU Statement 13th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

Thursday December 3rd, 2020
Mr. Jose Viera, Chief Executive Officer, WBU item 5 (b) (iii) Round Table 3: Promoting Inclusive environments for the full implementation of the CRPD With 10 years left to realise the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and uphold its promise of leaving no-one behind, accessibility is the foundation to building a more inclusive, equitable world... View Article

Announcement: WBU-ICEVI General Assemblies, 28 – 30 June 2021

Thursday November 5th, 2020
Dear Members, The World Blind Union (WBU), the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI), and the Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (ONCE) are pleased to announce the new dates of the joint WBU and ICEVI general assemblies. The WBU-ICEVI General Assembly (GA) will be fully conducted online from 28 to 30 June 2021. The... View Article

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