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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.

News

World Blind Union mourns the passing of blind children in a school fire in Uganda – calls for investigation

Friday October 28th, 2022
It has saddened us greatly at the WBU to hear the tragic news of the dormitory fire that killed children at a school for the blind in Uganda. We wish to send our heartfelt condolences during this very difficult time to the school, parents, and everyone affected. We call upon authorities to thoroughly investigate what... View Article

The WBU celebrates International White Cane Safety Day with Canes for Ukraine

Saturday October 15th, 2022
On Saturday, October 15, 2022, the World Blind Union will celebrate White Cane Safety Day. Each year, the WBU, along with millions of blind and partially sighted individuals across the world, commemorates this important day. On this day, we celebrate not only the white cane as a mobility tool, but all that it represents –... 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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