This issue has been a long time in the making. ACB’s International Relations Committee, while small, was looking for ways of increasing its visibility. I can’t tell even begin to tell you how many people have asked me, “Is that the same as the Multicultural Affairs Committee?”
The International Relations Committee seeks to promote the understanding and empowerment of people who are blind or have low vision around the world. This is accomplished through such things as the Voices from Around the World luncheon, where international guests come together and talk about their experiences, along with other projects like promoting braille literacy in Tanzania. We also do what we can to assist when natural disasters, such as Hurricane Maria, occur. Most of our activities take place during convention. So, in an effort to expand our notoriety, we bring to you an entire issue of the E-Forum, dedicated to the international stage. So join me on our magic carpet as we explore the lives, cultures, and experiences of blind people around the world.
— Sandra Sermons, Chair, International Relations Committee