Disability Data Toolkit
On 21 October, CBM Global Disability Inclusion along with the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities and the International Disability Alliance officially launched the very first comprehensive Disability Data advocacy toolkit at a session during the UN virtual World Data Forum. The aim of this toolkit is to contribute to the growing global dialogue on the importance of data on persons with disabilities, specifically to provide some basic knowledge on data collection, analysis, and use of data for evidenced based advocacy to influence policy and decision makers. Read more
Documenting Kenya’s Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities(CRPD)
This national report, commissioned by the World Blind Union (WBU) in collaboration with the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the Kenya Union of the Blind (KUB), documents Kenya’s implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Compliance with the CRPD. It examines the extent to which Kenya’s activities aimed at achieving the goals and targets set out in the SDGs include and consider people with disabilities and that they comply with its commitments under the CRPD. This is in line with WBU’s priority of engaging with members, Disabled People’s Organisations, international development organizations and other stakeholders to protect and promote the human rights of blind and partially sighted persons to ensure they are fully included in the national development agenda.
- Download Report – PDF (English)
- Download Report in Word (English)
- Download Report – PDF (Swahili)
- Download Report – Word (Swahili)
- Recording of Webinar held to disseminate the Report
- Webinar recording on YouTube
- Webinar Transcript
- Welcome remarks by Mr. Ishumael Zhou, President AFUB
Accessibility of Video Conferencing Apps and Services
The purpose of this document is for United Nations staff and partners to make their video conferences as inclusive as possible for all persons with disabilities. The Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities gathered the following information from representative organizations of persons with disabilities, in particular from the International Disability Alliance and its members, and from additional research. This list is by no means exhaustive, but rather attempts to provide an accessibility overview. This document is a living document and will be periodically updated as relevant. Accessibility of Video Conferencing Apps and Services-Updated 23 Oct 2020
WBU-ICEVI Webinar – Promoting Inclusive Education in time of COVID-19
The World Blind Union (WBU) and the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) conducted a webinar on 29 July 2020 on “Promoting Inclusive Education in the time of COVID-19″. It was an opportunity to share inclusive education advocacy tools and best practices based on the International Disability Alliance (IDA) Inclusive Education Global Report and the linkage with UNESCO’s 2020 Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report). Discussions focused on COVID-19 challenges in education and the Reports’ Relevance and Perspectives for the Education of Learners with Visual Impairments.
Panelists included the WBU President Dr. Fred Schroeder, ICEVI President Dr. Frances Gentle, the ICEVI Chief Executive Officer Dr. M.N.G. Mani, ICEVI First-Vice President, Dr Praveena Sukhraj-Ely, President of ICEVI West Asia Dr Bushan Punani, President of ICEVI Latin America Cristina Sanz and Ms Dorodi Sharma, the Inclusive Development Officer, IDA.
- Download the Webinar Recording (Audio):
- Transcript – WBU ICEVI WEBINAR
- Opening Remarks by Frances Gentle, President, ICEVI
- COVID-19 Challenges on Education for VI Learners, presentation by Cristina Sanz, Regional President, ICEVI Latin America
Advocating for continued inclusion of the Washington Group of Questions in Uganda National Censuses, Surveys and other Data Collection Engagements
The World Blind Union jointly with Uganda National Association of the blind (UNAB), and with the financial support of CBM International implemented a national project in Uganda to advocate for continued inclusion of Washington Group of Questions in national censuses, surveys and other data collection.
The goal of the project was to build capacity of persons with disabilities, government officials, Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPO’s) and other stakeholders to advocate for the inclusion of the Washington Group of Questions.
Download project reports below:
Mainstreaming Accessibility and Disability Inclusion in Disaster Risk Reduction Policies in Kenya
Kenya Union of the Blind (KUB) in partnership with the World Blind Union and with financial support from CBM International, implemented a national advocacy project in Kenya on “Mainstreaming Accessibility and Disability Inclusion in Disaster Risk Reduction Policies in Kenya.” The aim of the project is to advocate for implementation of disability inclusive frameworks in relation to humanitarian emergencies. The project is in response to the recommendations made in 2015 by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the government of Kenya to implement various obligations set out to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. The two recommendations were: (a) adopt a national plan to ensure the protection of persons with disabilities in situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies and to further ensure universal accessibility and disability inclusion at all stages and levels of all disaster risk reduction policies and their implementation; and (b) provide information in accessible modes, means and formats of communication for all persons with disabilities, in all of the State party’s official languages, and indigenous languages about early warning mechanisms in case of risk and humanitarian emergency.
Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The following reports examines the extent to which the countries’ implementation of the SDGs complies with obligations under the UNCRPD
FINAL REPORT: Survey of Worldwide Audio Description Activity, World Blind Union / American Council of the Blind-Audio Description Project
The survey reveals that audio description (AD) is an important assistive technology worldwide providing access to people who are blind or have low vision to the arts and many other visually-rich events. 67% of respondents said that AD is available in the respondent’s country:
IASC Guidelines on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action
The International Disability Alliance, in cooperation with UNICEF and Humanity & Inclusion launched the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. The Guidelines aim to ensure that all phases of humanitarian action are disability-inclusive. The Guidelines also emphasize that persons with disabilities should not only be recipients of humanitarian assistance, but they are also be empowered actors in humanitarian response. Read more