THE National Association of the Deafblind in Uganda (NADBU) will host the ninth Helen Keller World conference starting October 22, at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
It will be held in commemoration of the late Kellerâ€™s works as the first deaf and blind American author, activist, lecturer and poet.
NADBU co-ordinator Anthony Lusaggi said the conference would provide opportunities for persons with deafblindness, governments and stakeholders to deliberate on how they can use the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with disabilities to improve the lives of the deafblind.
Uganda will be the first country to host this event on the African continent. NADBU is a member of the World Federation of the Deafblind. NADBU in conjunction with two other NGOs, Mental Health Uganda (MHU) and Uganda National Action on Physical Disability (UNAPD) are also implementing an awareness project on the rights of disabled persons.
NADBU was started in 2005 and currently has 500 members (deafblind). It operates in seven district of Gulu, Arua, Bundibugyo, Masaka, Lira, Mukono and Tororo.
Deaf, blind to hold world conference