According to ICEVI, 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision.
ICEVI is a global association of individuals and organizations that promotes equal access to appropriate education for all children and youth with visual impairment so that they may achieve their full potential.
ICEVI which was formerly known as ICEVH, is a professional non-governmental organization that welcomes any group or person who wishes to support its aims.
ICEVI held its 12th World Conference and General Assembly July 16-21,2006, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
reflects the rationale supporting ICEVI and the World Blind Union (WBU) Position Paper on Inclusive Education of Children with Visual Impairment (available online at: <www.
The ICEVI World Conference and General Assembly became a quadrennial event in 2002; whereas in the past it had been a quinquennial event.
Dignitaries did not just come to say a few words and then leave, they stayed and participated demonstrating their interest and support of the efforts of the Malaysian Association for the Blind and ICEVI.
This was my fourth ICEVI conference, and I saw many acquaintances who have participated in past conferences and made many new ones.
The world is changing, and the effects of technologies, governments, and policy changes are apparent as I compare the ICEVI conference of the early 1990s in Bangkok, Thailand, with the 2006 conference.
At the 10th ICEVI World Conference, held in Brazil in 1999, the first international forum of parents of children who are blind and visually impaired was held.
Some of the formal goals of the 12th World ICEVI Conference and General Assembly were to:
I would encourage all those interested in the topic of "Education for All" to go to the ICEVI web site, <www.