WORLD BLINDNESS SUMMIT POSTPONED TO MAY 2021

The organising committee (WBU, ICEVI and ONCE Social Group) has taken the decision after analysing the situation generated by the coronavirus worldwide and following the indications set by the state of alarm declared by the authorities.

The World Blindness Summit is postponed to May 2021, still to be held in Madrid, and organised by the ONCE Social Group

Madrid, 25 March 2020 - The organising committee of the World Blindness Summit Madrid 2020 has taken the decision to postpone its date, scheduled for June, after analysing the situation generated by the coronavirus worldwide and following the indications set by the state of alarm declared by the authorities.

Driven by the World Blind Union (WBU), ICEVI (an organisation that brings together the world's leading experts on the education of blind people) and organised in Spain by the ONCE Social Group, this historic summit will still be held in Madrid on 21-26 May 2021, to discuss and chart the way forward for the more than 285 million blind people in the world.

This is the largest international assembly on visual disability, which will be attended by more than 1,500 blind people from 190 countries and over than 200 organisations related to visual disability sharing spaces, workshops, lectures, knowledge and experiences in favour of the debate towards a better future and on which to work together, globally.

At the same time, it has also been decided to postpone TifloInnova 2020, a global reference technology trade fair adapted to people with disabilities. The organising committee believes that it should be held on the same dates as the World Blindness Summit so that blind people all over the world can see the most advanced technical aids for improving their quality of life.

Once the state of alarm in Spain is over and the situation generated by coronavirus is normalised worldwide, the organising committee will notify the new date, which will be in May 2021. Along these lines, work will continue on the organisation of this summit, which will move towards a new vision of blindness with more than 17 events, 45 conferences and 29 activities that will make Madrid the world capital of blindness.