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Disability info South Africa

“Disability Info South Africa” would like to thank “Blind SA” for renewing their advertising and therefore supporting the free information service and website that we provide to assist persons with disabilities. Blind SA originally started on the 26th October 1946 as the South African Blind Worker’s Organisation to help the blind find meaningful careers. In…

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Submission on the Local Government Elections 2021

Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke – Constitutional Court Click to download here Dear Sir, Submission on the Local Government Elections 2021 proposed for 27 October 2021 and the possible impact on blind and partially sighted people due to the COVID-19 pandemic 1.  The submission is made by Blind SA, a National Disable People’s Organisation established…

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Championing the cause of blind and partially sighted persons 75th Anniversary

75th Anniversary Conference and Exhibition 10 – 12 November 2021 Protea Hotel, Mariot Hatfield, Tshwane   Championing the cause of blind and partially sighted persons Topics to be championed: Education – Leave no child behind Early childhood identification, intervention, stimulation, blindisms, ECD Resources and training Adult Second-chance Matric Programme and Tertiary Education The CRPD requires…

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World Blindness Summit 21

Dear WBU members Many of you have already registered to the upcoming WBU General Assembly 21. We want to make sure everyone knows why this event is very special this year: for the first time, as part of its General Assembly, the WBU organizes the World Blindness Summit 21. This is a cutting-edge and innovative event…

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World Blindness Summit

Do you want to know about the latest tech and digital trends that benefit to blind and partially sighted people? What our future looks like  for mobility, leisure and culture, home automation and ambient intelligence? Register to the World Blindness Summit, June 21 to 30, 2021 More than 100 speakers and 190 participating countries. Webinars …

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Book Famine for Blind Persons in SA

Since the introduction of the Marrakesh Treaty in 2013, Blind SA and other civil society organisations have been engaging government regarding the Copyright Amendment Bill and the importance and urgency of the Marrakesh Treaty, to no avail. It cannot be normal that eight years thereafter, we are still lobbying government to respect the rights of…

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Book Famine Copyright Amendment Bill SA

World Book Day, 23 April 2021 – Reading is important because it develops the mind. The mind is a muscle. It needs exercise. Understanding the written word is one way the mind grows in its ability. Blind SA endorses and encourages the right to read.  This is a basic human right. 

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Ratify Marrakesh Treaty

Not criminals, not copyright pirates, just blind.  The Marrakesh Treaty is ratified by over 90 countries and when South Africa ratifies the Marrakesh Treaty, blind people in this country may have access to over 700 000 books in braille, daisy and ePub formats.  Mr. President PLEASE, sign the CAB into law? #brailleisnocrime 

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Unlock the Chains and Ratify Marrakesh Treaty

Blind people in South Africa have access to less than 0.5% of published works in an accessible format and the majority of these works have been produced by NPO’s like Blind SA. The President’s inactiveness in not signing the CAB into law is further impacting on the “book famine” experienced by blind people. 

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