[Excerpt] This handbook is designed for people in developing countries who work with organizations of and for the blind and visually impaired.
It is a guide for organizational development initiatives with an emphasis on the inclusion of blind people in all aspects of their organizations. It is also a guide and reference for those who work on behalf of blind people.
Rather than being a “how-to” book, this handbook is a set of guidelines. Individuals and organizations must meet the challenges imposed by their own unique set of circumstances. Therefore, these guidelines are to be used and modified according to the specific needs of each individual and each organization.
These guidelines have evolved gradually based on the experiences of the Institutional Development Project (IDP) over a five-year period in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands.