2014 Youth and Family Consensus Conference

Today’s Children & Youth, Tomorrow’s Families 2014 Youth and Family Consensus Conference

May 2 – 3, 2014

The Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites

Vancouver, BC

Conference Description:

The purpose of this conference is to bring together youth and families with researchers, policymakers, service providers and educators to share knowledge and experiences about practices that best meet the needs of people living with mental health and/or substance use challenges. The conference will focus on what youth and families need from each other, their communities and service systems to flourish today and in future generations.



The African Union of the Blind - AFUB (a continent-wide conglomeration of national associations of/for blind and partially sighted persons in Africa), has for the last three years piloted a regional human rights project for the visually impaired in Africa, using Uganda as the satellite project country. This project is implemented in partnership with the Swedish Association of the Visually Impaired (SRF), funded through MyRight/SIDA.

Brief on the Inclusive Education Project

CIDA (now Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development – DFATD) approved the WBF new inclusive education proposal to a total of $500,000 matched contribution in August 2011.  The project officially commenced on August 1, 2011 for 2 years with activities planned to end on July 31, 2013; in late January 2013, following a request from WBF a six month no-cost extension was approved by CIDA (now DFATD) on February 6, 2013.  All project activities are now to be completed by January 30, 2014 with a final report due on or before April 1, 2014.

Sad news

African Union of the Blind (AFUB) has learnt, with great sorrow, of the death of Mr. Erik Staaf, an icon in the struggle for realisation of the human rights of persons with visual impairment.

It is so sad to lose a very hardworking person like Erik, an advocate of human rights for persons with visual impairment in the world and in Africa in particular.

Rights Development Survey Report

This is the report from our Rights Development survey which was conducted to determine whether mainstream Human Rights and advocacy programmes include the needs of blind and partially sighted persons. This project was commissioned by the World Blind Union (WBU).

The findings can be used in your advocacy work and/or stimulate further research.

Click  to download the:

Rights Development Survey (MS Word version)

The Regional Human Rights Project for the Visually Impaired in Africa

The Regional Human Rights Project for the Visually Impaired in Africa

Funded by the Swedish Association of the Visually Impaired (SRF)


This project focuses on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities [UNCRPD] with specific emphasis on articles 24 (on Education), 27 (on Adequate Standards of Living ) and 28 (on Work and Employment).