child reads paper printed in the Braille alphabet


The UN family - through its funds, programmes and specialized agencies - carries out activities to improve the lives of people around the world.

Read some of these inspirational stories.


Julius Onisente

Success through braille in South Sudan

Sitting around a conference room table in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, Julius Onisente uses a stylus to emboss dots that form patterns to make a sentence. Julius is one of 20 people who attended a three-week Grade II Braille training organized by IOM to help participants build on existing braille reading and writing skills.


Nwanneakolam Vwede-Obahor

Leave no one behind during COVID-19

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in East Africa, UN Human Rights’ regional office, based in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, has taken the lead in ensuring that disadvantaged groups have access to information on COVID-19 through various platforms.

UNRIC Brussels

a woman reading to the visually impaired over the internet

COVID-19: stories told over the phone

The lockdown is a particularly challenging time for people with disabilities. Among the many initiatives emerging, Belgian association Ligue Braille is helping blind and partially sighted people cope with isolation by reading them stories over the phone and sending audio books in the post.


A UNHCR-funded braille writer is helping a visually-impaired Syrian refugee in Turkey. Photo UNHCR

Helping a blind boy focus on his dreams in Turkey

A UNHCR-funded braille writer is helping visually-impaired Syrian refugees in Turkey, like Ashraf, to express themselves and follow their dreams.

UNDP Sierra Leone

James Abraham George takes his oath of office as an Assistant Voter Education and Training Officer.

Protecting every ballot

In 2018, a few weeks before elections in Sierra Leone, 19 Training Officers working with the National Electoral Commission ensured, with UNDP support, that persons with disabilities knew how to vote on Election Day.


A Ghana Education Service employee produces HIV and AIDS Alert materials for visually impaired students.

Supporting Ghana to produce HIV Alert materials in Braille

UNESCO, in partnership with Ghanean authorities, has produced and distributed HIV and AIDS alert materials for visually impaired students.


Professor Carlos Bartolomé interacts with vision-impaired students in a classroom.

Giving children in Cuba room to grow through inclusive education

Nearly 10,000 children with disabilities study in mainstream schools in Cuba. The lack of specialized schools prompted UNICEF to provide inclusive training and teaching tools to educators.