We are proud to announce that the 18th International Mobility Conference (IMC18) will be held in Warsaw, Poland from 22 through 26 may 2023. The prestigious IMC18 is being organized by the Chance for the Blind Foundation together with Polish universities and other organizations working on behalf of blind and visually impaired people. In preparation, the Chance for the Blind Foundation has established an Organizing Committee and a Scientific Program Committee. The Organizing Committee will manage conference logistics and accompanying attractions and events, and the Scientific Program Committee will work to ensure that all conference proceedings are of the highest professional quality and practical relevance.

The first International Mobility Conference was held in 1979 in Frankfurt, Germany. Since then, it has gained a reputation as the premiere conference for professionals working for the benefit of blind and partially sighted people. The International Mobility Conference takes place approximately every two to three years and is held in different countries around the world. It is attended by both academic professionals and practitioners in the broadly defined field of rehabilitation of the blind.

The theme of IMC18 is “information, resulting in mobility and ability”. The Chance for the Blind Foundation believes that access to information is crucial to the advancement of blind persons. After all, access to information enables blind and visually impaired people to travel independently to work, go shopping, or watch a play in the theater or a film in the cinema. We realize that the conference theme is very broad; however, we believe that IMC18’s innovative presentations and interdisciplinary character offer a unique opportunity to discuss crosscutting advances in rehabilitation and orientation and mobility for blind and partially sighted children and adults.

We cordially invite you to participate in IMC18 and help break down barriers facing blind and visually impaired people around the world.