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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.


The Time is Now: Taking Louis’s Lead by Martine Abel-Williamson, World Blind Union President

Tuesday January 4th, 2022
January 4 every year is internationally observed as World Braille Day to commemorate the birthday of French educator Louis Braille.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream audio described broadcast ballet

Monday December 6th, 2021
Following the success and feedback from the previous digital audio described broadcast events, this December you’ll be able to experience this ballet in the comfort of your own living room

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Global Events

Online Meta Event – Life in Virtual: Hacking Accessibility – December 2 – RSVP

Friday November 26th, 2021
A virtual event will be hosted in two halves by colleagues at Meta (Formerly Facebook). This event is aimed primarily at people with disabilities as well as allies of the community who are passionate about the topics we are covering & keen to be part of the discussion.

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

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