Registration reopens for 6th Africa Forum

Continent’s largest gathering of blindness advocates, leaders and educators takes place in Uganda in October 2015

Africa Forum logo. 6th Africa Forum - Uganda 2015

The theme of the 6th Africa Forum is, “Beyond 2015: Delivering on the Agenda for Persons with Visual Impairment in Africa.”

June 5, 2015

Online registration for Africa’s premiere conference for blindness activists and leaders is now open at AfricaForum2015.org – the new official website of the 6th Africa Forum.

Scheduled for Oct. 4-8, 2015, in Kampala, Uganda, the 6th Africa Forum is expected to be the largest-ever gathering of Africa’s blindness community. The five-day conference is co-sponsored by Perkins International and will offer unparalleled opportunities for participants to learn, network and guide the future of disability advocacy in Africa.

“We are shaping the conversation about what it means to be blind or visually impaired in Africa,” said Martin Kieti, program coordinator for the Institutional Development Program (IDP), which hosts Africa Forum. “By coming together under one roof, we can explore the opportunities and challenges facing our community and define our collective goals for the future.”

The 6th Africa Forum is open to any individual or agency with an interest in blindness in Africa, including disability advocates, scholars, consumers, policymakers and service providers from around the globe. The conference is also home to the 2nd TechShare Africa Exhibition, a popular showcase of high-tech solutions for people who are blind and visually impaired.

Participants can now register for both Africa Forum and the TechShare Africa Exhibition at AfricaForum2015.org. The new website also includes program details, a call for abstracts and information about the conference venue, the five-star Speke Resort Munyonyo.

The 6th Africa Forum was originally scheduled for October 2014, but was postponed because of the Ebola outbreak that prompted travel restrictions in several African countries.

All participants who previously signed up for the conference will have their registrations honored this fall. Accommodations must be booked directly with Speke Resort Munyonyo.

The theme of the 6th Africa Forum is, “Beyond 2015: Delivering on the Agenda for Persons with Visual Impairment in Africa.” Lectures, seminars, and other events will explore policies and practices that are in line with the United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals, which are expected to frame the global development agenda over the next 15 years.

Africa Forum is the signature event of the IDP. Perkins International co-founded the IDP in 1990 with the dual purpose of supporting Africa’s blindness organizations and empowering the more than 20 million people on the continent who are blind or visually impaired.

IDP global partners include The World Blind Union, SightSavers International, CNIB and The Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted.