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Champion Bonita

Navigator Bonita

All Interested people – especially if you are blind or Partially Sighted   : Bonita Blankenberg started off blind navigating when she was 19 – and just for fun. Today at 30, she is the reigning Regularity Rallying Blind Navigator Champion. As a youngster, she did not have a particular interest in motorsport, and being blind, […]

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


By Dr. Penny Hartin — Read full transcript In this webcast Dr. Penny Hartin, CEO of the World Blind Union (WBU), talks about United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. At the WBU, Dr. Hartin has been working on behalf of blind and visually impaired persons in over 180 countries around the […]

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The International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) assessment of our training centre


A representative from the International Guide Dog Federation visited the Gladys Evans training centre during October. Kathy Zubryckifrom Guiding Eyes for the Blind (United States) assessed our centreover a number of days according to the strict standards put forth by the IGDF that determine whether Guide Dog Associations are eligible to become members, or in […]

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A Tribute to Charles Kenneth Lord


The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind (GDA) has lost one of its finest, most loyal and dedicated members of staff, colleague and mentor to many.  Ken passed away following a relatively short illness, on the morning of Thursday 25 July 2013. In 2004, Ken was awarded the R.W. Bowen Medal for Lifelong Meritorious […]

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International Assistance Dog Week: August 4th – 10th


International Assistance Dog Week: August 4th – 10th International Assistance Dog Week was created to recognize the devoted, hardworking service dogs that help individuals achieve their goals in life. Behind Guiding Eyes guide and service dogs are thousands of people who make our life-changing work possible. “International Assistance Dog Week is a time to recognize […]

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Israeli Startup’s Seeing Aid for the Blind Sees Big Demand


Courtesy OrCam/Liat Negrin Amnon Shashua had a vision of using technology to help the visually impaired. His startup OrCam is quickly making a global impact. OrCam makes a small gizmo that hooks onto a pair of glasses and tells the wearer what’s in front of him. It can read the text of a book aloud, […]

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Group finalizes treaty to expand book access for world’s blind community


Negotiators at the World Intellectual Property Organization have finalized terms on a copyright treaty that would provide more book access to the world’s blind and visually impaired. Blind singer Stevie Wonder, right, promised to perform for negotiators when they finalize the treaty. (Michael Loccisano – GETTY IMAGES) The treaty makes it legal to make copies […]

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