Organizations in Afghanistan, Asia, Kenya, Uganda
In an earlier blog post, I pointed to the web sites for a few, major, international cross-disability organizations that are involved in developing countries (and often developed countries as well). If you’re looking for far smaller organizations that work with more specialized disability communities, or within a specific country or state or province, the mega-sized organizations are often the best starting point. In many cases, the big organizations know how to find the smaller ones that share an interest with them.
I don’t ever expect to replace any of the big organizations in helping people find the smaller, more specialized organizations relevant to your interests. People will still need to turn to the more centralized organizations particularly for finding organizations that do not yet have Internet access. Given that 1.6 billion people around the world still do not have electricity, much less an Internet connection, it is probably safe to assume that most smaller, local disability organizations in developing countries don’t have even an email account, and certainly not a web page.
But I do, from time to time, learn about a web site established by a “DPO” (organization run by disabled people) in a developing country. Here are a few examples listed below. Please do let me know of more (including your own); I’d be happy to link to them in a future post.
The Afghan Disabled Union (ADU) works to ensure the participation of
disabled people in development. They are working on plans to offer
vocational training and small loans to disabled people. Look under
“publications” for their curriculums for advocacy training and capacity
building workshops, and also for a survey conducted among disabled Afghans
on accessibility issues. Cultural restrictions in Afghanistan prohibit
mixed-gender gatherings; accordingly, ADU plans to encourage female
trainers to join them and provide training to female participants.
The Asian Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD)Project is
coordinated between the governments of Japan and Thailand to promote the
empowerment of people with disabilities and a barrier-free society in the
Asia Pacific region. They have offered workshops in Information and
Communication Technologies for people with print disabilities (vision
impairments, dyslexia etc)and training in Community Based Rehabilitation
(CBR). Although some of their training is provided regionally, many of
their programs seem to be targeted at people in Thailand.
Disability Kenya, this cross-disability web site has what appears to be a growing collection of news and information about blind people, people with mobility impairments, and Deaf people in Kenya. (If they also include other disabilities then I didn’t see them in my quick glance at their web site.) Do see their links on health (which emphasizes HIV/AIDS prevention, particularly among Deaf people), education, and policy.
The Uganda National Association of the Deaf is devoted to educating and
empowering Deaf people in Uganda. They have launched a sign language
training program for teachers of deaf children in Gulu, as well as a
training program for sign language interpreters and other activities.
If you know of more web sites of interest to poor people with disabilities in developing countries, or to people who work with them, please leave a comment here with the full URL link. Or, if you prefer, you may email me at ashettle[at]patriot.net (Where it says [at] substitute the @ at sign, no brackets; I’m presenting my email address in this cumbersome way to fool automated spam harvesters.)
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