"The determination Rima has shown in persuading the government of Palestine to honour its obligations to children and young people with a visual impairment and in holding them to their commitments in very difficult political circumstances,' as described by ICEVI President, Colin Low.
According to ICEVI, 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision.In addition, about 90% of the world's visually impaired live in low-income settings, and the girl child with visual impairment receives less attention and is doubly discriminated against.However, despite total vision loss, being a Palestinian woman, and living under occupation, Canawati has achieved so much for the people with vision impairment, whether it was to insure that they get an appropriate education or integrate in the job market.
She is a member of the Palestinian Higher Council of the Affairs of People with Disabilities, Deputy Chair of the West Asia Regional Committee of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI), Vice Chair of CBM-EMR Regional Advisory Committee, member of CBM "Community of Practice" on Inclusive Education, and country representative of the Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network of the World Council of Churches -- Middle East.
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.
The International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) is a global association of individuals and organizations that promotes equal access to appropriate education for all visually impaired children and youths so that they may achieve their full potential.
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.icevi.org/publications/ICEVI-WBU_ joint_policy_paper on inclusive_education.
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.