[Nfbnet-members-list] National Federation of the Blind Launches Registration for Worldwide Blindness Conferences

Kuhnke, Kristian KKuhnke at nfb.org
Tue Jan 12 15:43:41 UTC 2016


Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind Launches 
Registration for Worldwide Blindness Conferences

WBU/ICEVI Joint Assembly to Take Place in Orlando, August 2016

Baltimore, Maryland (January 12, 2016): The 
National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is pleased 
to announce that registration is now open for the 
World Blind Union (WBU) and the International 
Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) Joint Assembly.

The WBU/ICEVI Joint Assembly, hosted by NFB of 
the USA, will take place in Orlando, Florida, USA 
from 18 - 25 August 2016 at the beautiful Rosen 
Centre Hotel. The WBU/ICEVI Joint Assembly will 
give the WBU, ICEVI, and all of their members the 
opportunity to share important information, 
knowledge, and best practices while promoting 
even greater collaboration among blind 
individuals, organizations of the blind, service 
providers, and other stakeholders at the global level.

To register, click on the following link: 
Please note that registration for the WBU/ICEVI 
General Assembly is only available online. 
Registration will close on 1 June 2016.

Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National 
Federation of the Blind, said: “We are excited 
and proud to host the first World Blind Union 
General Assembly to be held in the United States. 
Hosting this important meeting of the world’s 
blind is a natural step for us, as our founder, 
Dr. Jacobus tenBroek, also helped found the 
International Federation of the Blind, and we 
have sought to improve the lives of the blind 
throughout the world by participating in 
international efforts ever since. We look forward 
to meeting our fellow advocates from many nations 
and to finding opportunities to collaborate on 
various projects and initiatives, so that all 
members of the global blind community can live the lives they want.”

The registration website features information on 
a number of important topics, including:
·         Joint Assembly information
·         Registration details
·         Accommodation
·         Airport transportation
·         Exhibitor information
·         Destination information – such as 
information on Orlando and the surrounding area, 
typical local weather in August, and tourist information

·         Travel information – such as 
information on visa requirements, medical 
insurance, guide dogs, vaccinations (Yellow 
Fever), and traveling with medications

The registration website does not feature General 
Assembly documents. Please visit the WBU and/or 
ICEVI websites for specific General Assembly 
documents. Follow this link to the WBU General 
Assembly page: 

Follow this link to the ICEVI General Assembly 
page: <http://icevi.org/wbu.htm>http://icevi.org/wbu.htm.


About the National Federation of the Blind:

The National Federation of the Blind knows that 
blindness is not the characteristic that defines 
you or your future. Every day we raise the 
expectations of blind people, because low 
expectations create obstacles between blind 
people and our dreams. You can live the life you 
want; blindness is not what holds you back.

About the World Blind Union:

The World Blind Union (WBU) is the 
internationally recognized organization, 
representing the 285 million blind and partially 
sighted persons in 190 member countries. We are 
the Voice of the Blind, speaking to governments 
and international bodies on issues concerning 
blindness and visual impairments in conjunction 
with our members. The World Blind Union was 
formed in 1984 through the Union of the 
International Federation of the Blind (IFB) and 
the World Council for the Welfare of the Blind 
(WCWB). WBU brings together all the major 
national and international organizations of blind 
persons and those organizations providing 
services to the visually impaired to work on the 
issues affecting the quality of life for blind 
people. Globally, we are divided into 6 regions, 
with each region having its own President and 
volunteer executive team to assist the needs of the local members.

About ICEVI:

International Council for Education of People 
with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) is a global 
association of individuals and organizations that 
promotes equal access to appropriate education 
for all children and youth with visual impairment 
so that they may achieve their full potential.


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