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WBU/ICEVI General Assemblies: Achieving Our Vision through Empowerment and Partnerships
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Welcoming Message

Senator Monthian Buntan

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is my great pleasure to extend a warm invitation to you, your colleagues, and your family to join The World Blind Union 8th General Assembly: WBU GA, International Council for Education of people with Visual Impairment General Assembly: ICEVI GA to be held here in Bangkok, Thailand on November 8-18, 2012.

The World Blind Union (WBU) 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). Since the WBU conference was held in Saudi Arabia in August 1984, WBU has provided a forum through which blind and partially sighted their can establish the right to speak for themselves. The World Blind Union (WBU) has been combating prejudice and promoting belief in the proven abilities of visually impaired people, as well as their full participation and equality in society. Moreover, this Assembly is being organized in conjunction with the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI), a professional non-government organization which exists to promote equal access to education for all visually impaired children and young people.

WBU-ICEVI 2012 will include the General Assemblies of both organizations as well as a joint program of plenary sessions and workshops which will enable the members of both organizations to work even more closely together and build on opportunities for information sharing and cooperation. Participants will also be able to experience Thai culture and hospitality such as traditional Thai performances and Thai cuisine. Last but not least, the organizing committee will provide a range of tours to enable you, your colleagues and family to fully experience the happiness of the Land of Smiles.

We look forward to welcoming you in Bangkok, Thailand. Sawasdeekrab.

Senator Monthian Buntan
Chairman, Local organizing committee for the WBU-ICEVI General Assembly 2012

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Dear Friends and Colleagues:

As you are aware from previous messages as well as articles in the WBU E-Bulletin and the ICEVI Educator, the ICEVI and WBU have agreed to hold a joint General Assembly event in Bangkok Thailand in November 2012. Details of the program outline are included in this newsletter, but include the Regional Assembly of the African Union of the Blind, a WBU Diversity Forum, WBU General Assembly and ICEVI General Assembly as well as joint program days, a joint Gala dinner and joint Technology Exhibition.

We hope that the members of our two organizations are as excited as we are about this collaborative event. We believe that it will provide an excellent opportunity for organizations of blind persons, for service providers and educators to come together for mutual sharing and learning. We believe that we will be able to attract some excellent speakers of international caliber for our joint sessions and that technology exhibitors will be eager to participate. We also recognize that many of our members traditionally attend both WBU and ICEVI events and will therefore be able to take advantage of these joint activities.

Program and organizing committees have already begun their work and over the coming months you will hear much more from us about the programs, and the local arrangements. Our local hosts, led by the Thailand Association of the Blind have formed a number of committees to take care of local arrangements and with the funding assistance of the Thai government have been able to hire some professional support to help them with the organization and local logistics of what we know will be a first class event.

The next year will pass very quickly until we meet in Thailand. There is much to be done, but with the effort and commitment of WBU, ICEVI and TAB, this will be an event not to be missed.

We very much look forward to seeing you in Bangkok Thailand in November 2012.

With warm regards,


Lord Colin Low
President ICEVI


Mrs. Maryanne Diamond
President WBU

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