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  • Rabu, 15 Juni 2011

    June 15th, 2011 WBU e-Notice

    Here is our brief two-page notice of current breaking news and events. Members who have brief notices that we can share can send them to: Marianne.mcquillan@wbuoffice.org

     Don’t forget, WBU members from French or Spanish speaking developing nations who find it challenging to cover their annual dues can arrange to pay in kind by offering translations services to WBU. Please contact Penny Hartin at penny.hartin@wbuoffice.org to discuss this option.

     Members of WBU’s Right 2 Read Working group will be attending the World Intellectual Property Organization Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights in Geneva over the next two weeks as we continue to advocate for our Treaty for the Visually Impaired.

     The 2010 World Blind Union’s Annual Report is available on the website by following this link: English: http://www.worldblindunion.org/en/our-work/stratplan/Documents/Annual%20Report%202010%20with%20pics%20-Eng.doc Financial documents are also on the WBU website under “About WBU”.

     The Audio Description Toolkit is now available in English on the WBU website at: http://www.worldblindunion.org/en/our-work/campaigns/Pages/AccessToTechnology.aspx The French and Spanish versions will soon follow. Note, the links on page 20 of the document are not all functional; this will be fixed at a later time.

     Visually impaired Canadian student likes creating new apps for others: http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/123037878.html

     The WBU’s World Braille Council is compiling a list of Braille libraries around the world. In order to do this we need your help. Please respond the to survey that will be sent to all members, or go to the WBU website to complete the survey by following this link: http://www.worldblindunion.org/en/our-work/stratplan/Pages/default.aspx

     Remember to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. The following article warns of the dangers of eye damage due to sun exposure: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/health/Seeing+light/4882423/story.html

     June 9th the World Disability Report was launched at UN Headquarters in New York. The report is now available at: http://www.who.int/ /world_report/en/index.html. Link to YouTube videos “What’s disabilities Disability to Me?”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_2ZEwhh9WQ

     World Sight Day is Thursday October 13th and White Cane Safety Day is October 15th. Start to think of activities your organization can do to celebrate these days. We will share member ideas as they come in.

     Aging and Visual impairment – the report done by the Elderly working group is now available (in English only) on the WBU website at: http://www.worldblindunion.org/en/resources/general-documents/Documents/Ageing%20and%20visual%20impairment%20Report%20-May%202011.doc The French and Spanish versions will soon follow.

    Conference notices:

    July 3 to 8: 5th Institutional Development Program’s Africa Forum: Access Africa, in Accra, Ghana. To register:

    Sept. 28 to 30: Braille21 Conference, in Leipzig, Germany. For information and registration: www.braille21.net

    Oct. 4 to 8: European Blind Union’s 9th General Assembly 2011, in Fredericia, Denmark. To learn more: