Papers From the 5th Africa Forum
This Forum provides an opportunity for us to come together to learn of the type and quality of services that are provided to persons who are blind and partially sighted on our continent. We believe that these services must be appropriate. They must also be meaningful for each person as he or she grapples with the challenges of the loss of sight and strives to fit into the life of family and/or community.
The 2011 Africa Forum, with the theme Access Africa, had several objectives focused at the inclusion of persons who are blind and partially sighted within the life of the continent and its people.
We are pleased to offer you the following downloadable English and French versions of keynote addresses and papers presented during the Forum.
Opening Remarks by Kudakwashe Dube on UNCRPD
Dube, Secretariat of the Africa Decade of Persons with Disabilities, discussed applying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Giving Meaning to the Convention in creating equality and opportunity for those who are blind and visually disabled.
Keynote by Kevin Carey: Forget the PC and keep on taking the tablets!
Carey, Chair of Royal National Institute of Blind People UK (RNIB), addressed the implications of the advent of smartphone and tablet technologies with built-in text-to-speech.
Keynote by Jeffrey Michael Avina: Technology as a Tool for Social and Economic Empowerment - Microsoft’s Role
Avina is Regional Director of Citzenship and Community Affairs for Microsoft Middle East and Africa. Avina presented on how Microsoft has focused on making computers easier to use for individuals with a wide array of difficulties and impairments.
5th Africa Forum Sessions
Resolution on the Right to Read
World Report on Disabilities Talking Points
The 5th Africa Forum coincided with the African release of the World Health Organization (WHO) and The World Bank international report on disabilities. Click here to read talking points from the report presented at the Forum.