RESOURCE: Listening to Poor People with Intellectual Disabilities

Posted on 5 January 2008. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Cognitive Impairments, Families, Inclusion, Poverty, Reports, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In Their Own Words
A report from Inclusion International can help people better understand poverty among people with intellectual disabilities in developing countries.

Nobody knows more than a poor person what it means to live with poverty or what the biggest barriers are to escaping it. And nobody knows more than a person who is excluded how devastating it can be to be constantly pushed to the margins of society. And it is poor, excluded people who see most clearly exactly what needs to change to bring them out of poverty and into the mainstream.

It is the obligation of anyone who wants to improve the living conditions of the poor and the excluded to listen to their stories–and their proposed solutions–in their own words. If we fail to listen, we will inevitably fail to help.

Documented Information = A Tool for Advocates
For some We Can Do readers, listening to the poor and marginalized in developing countries can be as easy as stepping out their front door and talking to the people in their local communities. But even the most knowledgeable advocates may struggle to communicate what they know to non-disabled people in their country in a way that others will both understand and believe. In particular, they may need a way to strengthen their voices when educating funding agencies that have the power to support or turn away their organization. Advocates can use published research or reports to help others understand that poverty and exclusion among people with disabilities are not just “isolated cases” or “too few in number” to be worth targeted efforts.

A report entitled “Hear Our Voices: A Global Report: People with an Intellectual Disabilities and their Families Speak Out on Poverty and Exclusion,” published by Inclusion International in November 2006, helps share insights into how intellectual disability can lead to poverty and exclusion. “Hear Our Voices” also makes recommendations for action. The report was made possible with the partnership and financial support of the Norwegian Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, NFU, and the Atlas Alliance of Norway.

How “Hear Our Voices” Was Made
Inclusion International (II) is a global federation of family-based organizations advocating for the human rights of people with intellectual disabilities worldwide. It spoke with people with intellectual disabilities, their families, and supporters in more than 80 countries about the experience of intellectual disability and poverty. “Hear Our Voices” combines personal with secondary research sources to analyze how well each of the eight Millennium Development Goals for fighting poverty are being met for people with intellectual disabilities. The report makes recommendations for how civil society organizations, governments and donor and international agencies can each play a role in ending poverty and exclusion among people with intellectual disabilities.

In the acknowledgments page of their report, Inclusion International points out that people with intellectual disabilities “are too often invisible,” which means that “their stories are not influencing decisions that affect their lives.” Inclusion International explains, “We wanted to bring about change on a global scale – by convincing governments, multi-lateral institutions, and communities of the current injustice of exclusion. Where before our members’ voices were not being heard because they were isolated, we wanted to bring them together into a loud chorus. We wanted to link those local voices to bring about global change.” (p. viii)

What Next?
Here, Inclusion International’s focus is on people with intellectual disabilities. But people who are deaf, blind, have mobility impairments, autism, psycho-social disabilities, or other disabilities are also “invisible” in society—whether or not they are poor. And all poor people also are invisible–whether or not they have disabilities. Disabled poor people, their stories, and their ideas for how to solve their own problems, are too rarely heard when people with power make choices that affect their lives.

Perhaps Inclusion International’s report could inspire other global organizations to do the research for more reports like it. Advocates could then use these reports to help amplify the voices (and signs) of disabled (and deaf/Deaf) people living in poverty around the world.

Read the Report, Watch the Video
The full 79 page report can be downloaded for free in English in PDF format (500 Kb) at

http://www.inclusion-international.org/report/Hear_Our_Voices_English.pdf

The report is also available in a 10-minute DVD (video). This video is not captioned. There are many pictures and only an occasional line of text on the screen that is used to highlight key statistics or other information. I’m guessing there is also some kind of narration–but this is not accessible to deaf viewers. I’m not in a position to evaluate whether this DVD would be accessible or usable to hearing people with vision impairments. If you are, please do comment below.

The DVD can be viewed at:

http://s80.photobucket.com/albums/j194/raqueldejuan/?action=view&current=PhotoStory8.flv

The report and DVD are also available in Spanish at:

http://www.inclusion-international.org/sp/report/index.html



We Can Do learned about the “Hear Our Voices” report by browsing Inclusion International’s web site. The information for this blog post was gathered from their web site and particularly from the report itself.

Find more information about disabled poor people around the world by click on “reports” or “resources” under “categories” in the right-hand navigation bar on this page. Or consult the recent Retrospective post under “Finding sources of information.”



Learn how to receive an email alert when new material is posted at We Can Do.

Advertisements

Make a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

6 Responses to “RESOURCE: Listening to Poor People with Intellectual Disabilities”

RSS Feed for We Can Do Comments RSS Feed

You links are broken. Hard to trace the source material.

Stephen Pate:

Thanks for the alert — I’ve now fixed them. It seems the computer decided to add extra quotation marks to all my html tags :-( but the links should work now.

My name is Shadi Omar from Aida Camp for Refugees- Bethlehem-Palestine.

I WILL TELL YOU My story and explain my health:

I HAD AN ENJURY IN RIGHT EYE WHILE ISRAEL MILITARY AGGRESSION ON OUR CITY BETHLEHEM-WEST BANK-PALESTINE , EXAMINATION SHOWED THAT RIGHT EYE HAD CENTRAL CORNEAL LECERATION WITH HYPHAEMA, I HAVE TO MAKE MANY OPERATIONS TO REPAIR THE RETINA DETACHMENT BUT IT COSTS VERY EXPENSIVE AND I DON’T HAVE SUCH MONEY TO DO.
I am Needing your help and support , please advice me
looking forward to hear from you soon If you cant support me please advice to whom may I can contact .
Regards,
Shadi Abu Salem

My name is Shadi Omar from Aida Camp for Refugees- Bethlehem-Palestine.

I WILL TELL YOU My story and explain my health:

I HAD AN ENJURY IN RIGHT EYE WHILE ISRAEL MILITARY AGGRESSION ON OUR CITY BETHLEHEM-WEST BANK-PALESTINE , EXAMINATION SHOWED THAT RIGHT EYE HAD CENTRAL CORNEAL LECERATION WITH HYPHAEMA, I HAVE TO MAKE MANY OPERATIONS TO REPAIR THE RETINA DETACHMENT BUT IT COSTS VERY EXPENSIVE AND I DON’T HAVE SUCH MONEY TO DO.
I am Needing your help and support , please advice me
looking forward to hear from you soon If you cant support me please advice to whom may I can contact .
Regards,
Shadi Abu Salem

To,
TRANSPORT MINISTER, 1st July 2010

Sub: CITY BUS SERVICES

Dear Sir,

I want to draw your attention towards the bus services which is available from 5.00 A.M. to 12.00 in night which seems that your staff must be working in three shifts. Hence, I request you to think on bus services should be 24 hours or from 3.00 A.M. to 1.00 in the night as trains are there from 4.00 A.M. to 12.00 in the night. In the night buses may be less or with a gap of half an hour for public convenience or for needy people.

You may also think for free bus services or four / five poor people may be allowed free of cost in all bus.

I will be very kind of you, we remain

Yours truly,

From
Kishan Jalan
12/2, Shobharam Baisakh Street
Kolkata-700 007

I CONGRACHULATE & APPRICIATE TO
DR. DEVI SHETTY & THEIR TEAM
AT NARAYANA HRUDAYALAYA HOSPITALS, BANGALORE

THEY THINK EVERY MOMENTS FOR BETTERMENT AND BEST FOR HUMANS
CAN WE CREATE ALL HOUSES / WORLD LIKE THIS
STILL MORE IMPROVEMENT IS REQUIRED TO REACH AT THE BEST
LIKE PACKAGE MAY BE INCREASED BY TEN THOUSAND OR SO
AND POOR / NEEDY PEOPLE OR PATIENT MAY BE TAKEN MORE CARE

LIKE DIFFERENT TYPE OF FOOD / FRUITS MAY BE OFFERED AT EVERY ONE OR
TWO HOURS AS IT IS NECESSARY FOR PATIENT
AS YOU GIVE NEW PILLERS TO A HUMAN LIKE A NEW BUILDING & MEDICINES ARE
BASE OF IT & FOOD WILL COMPLETE OTHER NEEDS
PLEASE TAKE MORE CARE & REACH TO THE BEST

PATIENT ID 302463 DATE 21-4-2010
KISHAN JALAN, RANCHI—PHONE NOS.0651—2200166 / 3279 & 033—22597321 / 7429 MOBILE –098318 22701

A small booklet may printed at lowest price in all local languages for the knowledge & safety of peoples which can be affordable and who cannot afford they should be given free.

In this booklet show the picture & function of each part of body with full details of exercise & food. So, people should be careful from childhood and should have easy life till death. In case any diseases arises, doctors & hospitals are there but always think about poor / needy people. If any needy people are there, please take care and don’t leave him on god. After finishing the education don’t marry & become A SAINTS to avoid all diseases WHY MARRIAGE & WHY A MALE CHILD FOR SLAUGHTERED??????????

At present financial rich people don’t spend one or two rupee as they know the word GOD. Please think like Dr. Devi Shetty & everybody should think on better / best way for good work. KISHAN JALAN


Where's The Comment Form?

    About

    Ending poverty among and oppression toward disabled people in developing countries.

    RSS

    Subscribe Via RSS

    • Subscribe with Bloglines
    • Add your feed to Newsburst from CNET News.com
    • Subscribe in Google Reader
    • Add to My Yahoo!
    • Subscribe in NewsGator Online
    • The latest comments to all posts in RSS

    Meta

  • Help the U.S. Ratify the Disability Treaty!

    Image of an hour glass overlaid on image of the Capitol building in DC. Text says, "Time is running out! Now is the time for the Senate to Act! Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities! www.disabilitytreaty.org #CRPD

    Learn why the CRPD matters and how to take action at www.disabilitytreaty.org!

  • Subscribe!

  • Bookmark and Share
  • Translate!

  • Connect to Andrea Shettle via Linked In

  • Archives

  • Topic Categories

  • Make WeCanDo Your “Favorite”

  • Stumble Upon It!

    Stumble It! Share this blog with other readers via "Stumble Upon"!
  • Follow We Can Do in Facebook!

  • We Can Do is in the GDRL!

  • Blog Stats

    • 711,563 hits
  • Map of Visitors

    Map
  • Meta

  • Facebook Networked Blogs

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...

%d bloggers like this: