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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

WBU statement on White Cane Safety Day on Thursday 15 October 2020

Thursday October 15th, 2020
The World Blind Union (WBU) joins the rest of the world in observing White Cane Safety Day on Thursday 15th October 2020. White Cane Safety Day reminds the world of the importance of the White Cane as a tool for independent living for persons who are blind and partially sighted. As the world grapples with... View Article

Messages of condolence for WBU Secretary General, Mr Ajai Kumar Mittal

Thursday October 1st, 2020
We at the World Blind Union (WBU) were shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of our Secretary General, Mr Ajai Kumar Mittal,  on 22 September 2020. Mr. Mittal passed away at Yatharth hospital, Noida Extension, in India. He left behind his wife Meera, daughter Nitika and son in law, Dushyant. Mr. Mittal was the Secretary... View Article

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Global Events

World Braille Day 4 January 2021

Friday October 2nd, 2020
The World Blind Union will join the rest of the world in celebrating World Braille Day on 4 January 2021, the third year since it was officially designated by the UN General Assembly as a day to raise awareness of the importance of braille as a means of communication in the full realization of the... View Article

General Assembly 21 – 26 May 2021

Monday March 30th, 2020
The World Blind Union (WBU) and the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) will be holding their third Joint General Assemblies in Madrid, Spain on 21-26 May 2021. The host organisation of the 2021 General Assemblies is ONCE, the National Organisation of the Blind in Spain. ONCE is a well-respected partner... View Article

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