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Members of the visually-impaired community, volunteers, local organizations and the Myanmar Red Cross Society participate in the 2017 White Cane Day walk in downtown Yangon. Yangon, Myanmar. Photo by Victoria Milko

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.


WBU and ICEVI release joint position statements to mark International Day of Education

Tuesday January 23rd, 2024
The International Day of Education is an annual international observance day held on January 24 dedicated to education. This year, WBU, in collaboration with ICEVI, is excited to release two jointly developed position statements on the topic of education to mark this important occasion. The goal of these statements is to support local advocacy for... View Article

Join the World Blind Union as a Communications Specialist!

Thursday January 11th, 2024
The World Blind Union (WBU) is seeking a dynamic Communications Specialist to join our team and drive our global communication efforts. This contract position, reporting directly to Marc Workman, CEO, offers a flexible location and an initial one-year term, with the prospect of renewal based on funding availability. Applications are open until January 26, 2024.... View Article

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Global Events

For Immediate Release: World Blind Union and City Space Architecture launch a special issue of the Journal of Public Space

Thursday June 30th, 2022
Katowice, Poland At the 11th World Urban Forum – taking place in Katowice, Poland – the World Blind Union (WBU) and City Space Architecture have launched “Universally Accessible Public Spaces for All”, a special issue of the Journal of Public Space. The launch of this issue is the realization of a commitment WBU and City... View Article

Marc Workman, World Blind Union CEO kicks off our participation at World Forum 11 on Urban Development

Monday June 27th, 2022
Marc Workman, the CEO of the World Blind Union and the team are currently attending the World Urban Forum 11 in Katowice Poland. World Urban Forum 11 is the global Premier conference on Urban Development. WBU is part of a delegation of people with disabilities and we’re there to participate in high-level conversations, to advocate,... View Article

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