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This section contains a variety of docum​ents from a number of sources that can be downloaded by members or the general public.

Accessibility of Video Conferencing Apps and Services

The purpose of this document is for United Nations staff and partners to make their video conferences as inclusive as possible for all persons with disabilities. The Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities gathered the following information from representative organizations of persons with disabilities, in particular from the International Disability Alliance and its members, and from additional research. This list is by no means exhaustive, but rather attempts to provide an accessibility overview. This document is a living document and will be periodically updated as relevant. Download full Document (word)​

Advocating for continued inclusion of the Washington Group of Questions in Uganda National Censuses, Surveys and other Data Collection Engagements

The World Blind Union jointly with Uganda National Association of the blind (UNAB), and with the financial support of CBM International​ implemented a national project in Uganda to advocate for continued inclusion of Washington Group of Questions in national censuses, surveys and other data collection.

The goal of the project was to build capacity of persons with disabilities, government officials, Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPO’s) and other stakeholders to advocate for the inclusion of the Washington Group of Questions​.

Download project reports below:

Mainstreaming Accessibility and Disability Inclusion in Disaster Risk Reduction Policies in Kenya

Kenya Union of the Blind (KUB) in partnership with the World Blind Union and with financial support from CBM International, implemented a national advocacy project in Kenya  on “Mainstreaming Accessibility and Disability Inclusion in Disaster Risk Reduction Policies in Kenya.” The aim of the project is to advocate for implementation of disability inclusive frameworks in relation to humanitarian emergencies. The project is in response to the recommendations made in 2015 by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the government of Kenya to implement various obligations set out to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. The two recommendations were: (a) adopt a national plan to ensure the protection of persons with disabilities in situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies and to further ensure universal accessibility and disability inclusion at all stages and levels of all disaster risk reduction policies and their implementation; and (b) provide information in accessible modes, means and formats of communication for all persons with disabilities, in all of the State party’s official languages, and indigenous languages about early warning mechanisms in case of risk and humanitarian emergency. 

Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 

The following reports examines the extent to which the countries' implementation of the SDGs complies with obligations under the UNCRPD

FINAL REPORT: Survey of Worldwide Audio Description Activity, World Blind Union / American Council of the Blind-Audio Description Project   

The survey reveals that audio description (AD) is an important assistive technology worldwide providing access to people who are blind or have low vision to the arts and many other visually-rich events. 67% of respondents said that AD is available in the respondent’s country.:

New Human Rights reports: WBU Human Rights Report and WBU Report on Disability-Inclusive Disaster Management are available here: 

Committee Reports/Updates and Resource Documents

Publications from other groups: