The GBU is the coming together of two bodies, namely; the Ghana society for the Blind(GSB) and the Ghana Association of the Blind (GAB).The GSB for its part was formed in 1951, as an off-shoot of the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind (later Sight Savers). fake omega
The main emphasis of this organization was to provide services geared at allowing blind and partially sighted persons to lead lives of dignity productivity and independence.In 1963, participants of a sheltered workshop, set up by the GSB decided that it was a time that blind persons took their own destiny into their own hands.
The participants of the workshop organized themselves into an Association and GAB was born.The main emphasis of GAB was to advocate the rights and recognition of Blind and partially sighted persons in the Country.
Thus both Organisations sought through their own activities, to improve the lives of blind persons.
It was in this respect that, in April of 2010, both Organisations, GSB and GAB decided to merge into one unified and strong body that would ensure through the provision of services and effective advocacy, the total inclusion of blind and partially sighted persons into every facet of society. This led to the creation of the Ghana Blind Union (GBU).
GBU has steadily increased in membership and now has a total membership of over 10500 persons spread throughout the ten regions of Ghana. GBU has 143 branches and is still growing.
Operating under the laws of Ghana, GBU has been duly registered by the Department of Social Welfare and the Register General’s Department