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Opportunity for International Cooperation to Advance Disability Rights

Human rights, poverty reduction, and humanitarian organizations are invited to join a global effort to collect and disseminate digital information to advance the global disability rights movement.  Organizations that do not specialize in disability are encouraged to respond to this opportunity, as are disability-focused groups and individual advocates. 

The Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) project is strengthening its resource collection and identifying a total of 60 locations in developing countries with limited web access to receive a free, off-line copy of the digital library. The GDRL is a joint initiative of the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) and the WiderNet Project at University of Iowa with funding support from USAID. 

The GDRL project is meant to bring disability rights knowledge to grassroots advocates and policy makers beyond the reach of the internet.  The project uses an innovative, off-line digital storage technology called eGranary units to deliver the library to locations in developing countries with limited internet access.  It is like having a slice of the internet inside a box.  In addition to the off-line version of the library, an on-line version will also be available.

Briefly, here are three ways that organizations or individuals can contribute:

  1. Suggest or contribute digital content!  The GDRL needs all languages and digital formats, especially accessible formats.  This includes both disability-focused and mainstream content on human rights, poverty, and humanitarian issues, capacity building for grassroots organizations, and accessibility software.
  2. Help identify potential deployment sites in developing countries! Share information about the GDRL with contacts and assist them with the application process as needed.  The application deadline is September 1, 2011.
  3. Consider offering, coordinating, or hosting volunteer support in building the digital library!  A network of volunteers and interns around the world are helping to identify important content for the library daily.

For more information about this project, please visit the GDRL website at:

http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/global-disability-rights-library

Learn more about the kind of content we want, the application process, and more ways to help the GDRL project at our “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) page: http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/gdrl-faq

The on-line application form is at http://www.widernet.org/digitallibrary/GDRLSiteSelection/

Contact the GDRL team via gdrl@usicd.org

Or contact them via postal mail at:                          

Global Disability Rights Library
  United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD)
 1012 14th Street, NW, Suite 105
  Washington DC 20005 USA


فرصة للتعاون الدولي من أجل النهوض بحقوق المعاقين

 

إلى المنظمات العاملة في المجالات الإنسانية بصفة عامة ، والمنظمات العاملة في مجالات حقوق الإنسان ومكافحة الفقر، أنتم مدعوون للإنضمام إلى الجهود الدولية الخاصة بتجميع ونشر المعلومات في صيغتها الرقمية  وذلك دعما وتطويرا للحركة العالمية لحقوق المعاقين. ونود أن نحيطكم علما بأنه يمكن حتى لتلك المنظمات  غير المتخصصة في مجالات الإعاقة إغتنام هذه الفرصة والإشتراك في تلك الجهود جنبا إلى جنب مع المنظمات التي يتركز نشاطها في الدفاع عن حقوق الجماعات والأفراد المعاقين.

يقوم مشروع المكتبة الدولية لحقوق المعاقين (GDRL) الآن بتعزيز جمع مصادره وتقويتها حيث تمكن حتى الآن من تحديد  60 موقعا في بعض البلدان النامية التي تعاني من محدودية الوصول إلى شبكة الإنترنت لتتلقى نسخا مجانية من المكتبة الرقمية ، تلك التي يمكن إستخدامها دون الحاجة للوصول لشبكة الإنترنت. و تعد المكتبة الدولية لحقوق المعاقين (GDRL) نتاج مبادرة مشتركة  بين المجلس الأمريكي الدولي للمعوقين (USICD) ومشروع (WiderNet) بجامعة أيوا،  وبدعم مالي من الوكالة الأمريكية للتنمية الدولية.          

 لقد إبتكر مشروع المكتبة الدولية لحقوق المعاقين (GDRL) تكنولوجيا لتخزين المعلومات في صورتها الرقمية داخل أقراص صلبة أسماها وحدات إي قراناري                                  

حتى يتمكن من إرسال نسخ من المكتبة الرقمية إلى مناطق من البلدان النامية التي تعوزها خدمات الإنترنت. الإي قراناري  تشبه إلى حد بعيد  فكرة خدمات الإنترنت مع فارق وحيد هو أن خدمة الإنترنت موجودة في الفضاء السايبري بينما الإي قراناري هو عبارة عن إنترنت داخل صندوق. ومن مميزات هذه المكتبة الرقمية أنها إضافة إلى توفرها للمشتركين خارج شبكة الإنترنت ، يمكن أن تتوفر لهم  أيضا عبر شبكة الإنترنت. 

وبإختصار نعرض هنا طريقتين يمكن للمنظمات والأفراد أن يقدموا من خلالهما مساهماتهم:

1- إقترح أو ساهم بمواد وموضوعات رقمية. تحتاج المكتبة الدولية لحقوق المعاقين (GDRL) إلى كل اللغات وكل الأشكال والصيغ الرقمية ،

)Digital Formatsخاصة تلك الأشكال والصيغ الرقمية التي يسهل التعامل بها (

وفي ذلك الباب مفتوح لكل المنظمات التي تركز في عملها على المعاقين أو تلك التي تعمل في الحقل الإنساني العريض والذي يتضمن حقوق الإنسان ، مكافحة الفقر، المساعدات الإنسانية ، المنظمات التي تعمل على بناء القدرات في المستويات القاعدية ويمكن الإستعانة بأي برامج سهلة التصفح.

2-  إمكانية توفير أعمال التنسيق الإداري أو إستضافة مساهمات المتطوعين الإلكترونية في صدد بناء المكتبة الرقمية. إن وجود شبكة من المتطوعين والمتدربين حول العالم يساعد وبشكل يومي في تحديد وإختيار مواد هامة وضرورية للمكتبة.                          

لمزيد من المعلومات حول هذا المشروع يرجى زيارة موقع المكتبة الدولية لحقوق المعاقين (GDRL) على العنوان التالي:

http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/global-disability-rights-library

 

يمكنكم معرفة المزيد عن المعلومات والمواد المطلوبة وعن سبل الإنخراط في معية العاملين بمشروع  المكتبة الدولية لحقوق المعاقين (GDRL) ، وذلك عن طريق صفحة الأسئلة والأجوبة على الرابط التالي:

  http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/gdrl-faq

 

الغالبية العظمى من محتويات موقعنا الإلكتروني ، في الوقت الراهن متوفرة  باللغة الإنجليزية ، وهناك ترجمات محدودة إلى لغات أخرى ستكون متاحة فور حصولنا عليها ، وسنمدكم بهذه الترجمات على الرابط :

http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/downloads

 

أو يمكنكم الإتصال بفريق عمل  مشروع  المكتبة الدولية لحقوق المعاقين (GDRL) على عنوان البريد الإلكتروني:

gdrl@usicd.org

 

أو الإتصال عبر البريد العادي على العتوان التالي:

 

 

Global Disability Rights Library
                     United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD)
                    1012 14th Street, NW, Suite 105
                     Washington DC 20005 USA

 


Oportunidad para la Cooperación Internacional para Promover de Derechos

de los Personas con Discapacidades

Los organizaciones de los derechos humanos, de la reducción de la pobreza, y las organizaciones humanitarias están invitados a unirse a un esfuerzo mundial para colectar y compartir información digital para promover los derechos de los personas con discapacidades.  Las organizaciones que no se especializan en la discapacidades se les anima a responder a esta oportunidad, junto con grupos enfocados con la discapacidades y defendores.

El proyecto, La Biblioteca Mundial de Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidades (GDRL iniciales en ingles), está esforzando su colección de recursos y está identificando 60 sitios en los países en desarrollo con acceso limitado a Internet a recibir una copia gratuita de la biblioteca digital sin la necesidad del internet. El GDRL es una iniciativa conjunta a el Consejo Internacional de las Personsas con Discapacidades de los Estados Unidos (USICD iniciales en ingles) y El Proyecto WiderNet en la Universidad de Iowa con el apoyo financiero de USAID.

El proyecto GDRL utiliza una tecnología innovadora de archivos digitales sin la necesidad del internet se llama eGranary para entregar la biblioteca a sitios en los países en desarrollo con acceso limitado al Internet. Es como tener un pedazo del Internet dentro de una caja. Además de la versión sin necesidad del internet de la biblioteca, hay una versión en el web que también estará disponible.
Aquí hay dos maneras que las organizaciones o las personas pueden contribuir:

  1. ¡Sugerir o contribuir contenidos digitales! El GDRL necesita de todos los idiomas y formatos fácilmente digitales, especialmente en formato accesible. Esto incluye el contenido centrado en los derechos humanas, la pobreza y humanitarias tanto acerca de las personas con discapacidades y acerca de las personas sin discapacidades. Este además incluye software de accesibilidad y contenido acerca de la creación de capacidad para las organizaciones.
  2. Considere la posibilidad de ofrecer, de coordinar, o que puedan hospedar a voluntarios en el desarrollo de la biblioteca digital. Cada día una red de voluntarios de todo el mundo están ayudando a identificar el contenido importante para la biblioteca.

Para obtener más información sobre este proyecto, por favor visite el sitio web GDRL en:
http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/global-disability-rights-library 

Obtenga más información sobre el tipo de contenido que queremos y más formas de involucrarse con el proyecto GDRL nuestra “Preguntas Frecuentes” (FAQ): http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/gdrl-faq

Actualmente, la mayoría de nuestro contenido en el web es en Inglés. La traducción limitada se prestará en otros idiomas cuando sea factible. Estas traducciones se proporcionan en http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/downloads

O contactar al equipo de GDRL: gdrl@usicd.org 

O contactar por correo posta:

Global Disability Rights Library
United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) 
1012 14th Street, NW, Suite 105               
Washington DC 20005 USA


Opportunité Pour La Collaboration Internationale D’ améliorer les droits des personnes handicapées

Des droits de l’homme, la réduction de pauvreté, et les organisations humanitaires sont invitées pour joindre un effort global de collecter et diffuser des informations digital pour avancer le mouvement global de droites d’handicapées. Des organisations qui ne se spécialisent pas dans l’incapacité sont encouragés à répondre à cette opportunité, ainsi que les groupes incapacité focalises et les avocats d’individu.

Le projet global de la bibliothèque de droites d’incapacité (GDRL) renforce maintenant sa collection de ressource et en identifiant un total de 60 endroits dans les pays en voie de développement avec le Web limité accédez pour recevoir une copie libre et en différé de la bibliothèque digital. Le GDRL est une initiative commune du Conseil international des Etats-Unis sur les incapacités (USICD) et le projet de WiderNet à l’université de l’Iowa avec l’appui de placement de l’USAID.

Le projet  GDRL emploie une technologie innovatrice, en différé de mémoire digital appelée les unités eGranary pour offrir la bibliothèque aux endroits dans les pays en voie de développement avec l’accès d’Internet limité. Il est comme avoir une tranche de l’Internet à l’intérieur d’une boîte. En plus de la version hors ligne, une version en ligne sera également disponible.

Brièvement, voici deux manières que les organisations ou les individus peuvent contribuer

  1. Suggérez ou contribuez le contenu digital ! Le GDRL a besoin de tous les langues et formats digitaux, particulièrement formats accessibles. Ceci inclut contenu incapacité focalise et traditionnel sur des droits de l’homme, pauvreté, et des issues humanitaires, bâtiment de capacité pour des organismes de bases, et logiciel d’accessibilité. 
  2.  Considérer d’offrir, coordonner, ou accueillir l’appui volontaire en construisant la bibliothèque digitale. Un réseau des volontaires et les internes autour du monde aident à identifier le contenu important pour la bibliothèque quotidienne.

Pour plus d’informations sur ce projet, visitez le site de GDRL à:

http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/global-disability-rights-library

Apprenez plus sur le type de contenu que nous voulons et plus de façons de s’impliquer dans le projet GDRL à notre “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) page: http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/gdrl-faq

En ce moment, la majeure partie de notre contenu  est en Anglais.  Traduction limitée sera disponible dans d’autres langues quand faisable. Ces traductions seront fournies à http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/downloads

Ou contactez l’équipe de GDRL par gdrl@usicd.org

Ou  contacter eux par courrier postal à  

Global Disability Rights Library
United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD)
1012 14th Street, NW, Suite 105
Washington DC 20005 USA


Dama sukuni na hadin kan kasarmu da na ketare domin cigaban rashin iya gaskiya

Ana gayyatar kungiyar yancikasa (human rights) da kun giyyar rage talauci ta kasa (poverty reduction) da kuma kungiyyar taimakon jamaa (humanitarian organisation) da su hadu gabadaya suyi kokarin su karbo kuma su yadar da nahurar sanarwa domin agabar da tafiye-tafiyen gabadayan rashin iya gaskiya. Kungiyyar da ba su saba a rashin iya gaskiya ba, ambada goyan bayan su amsa kira zuwa wanan damar tare da taron hangen rashin iya gaskiya da kuma waddanda suka goyi bayan jamaa kasa.

Maajin littafan na rasahin iya gaskiya na duniya gaba daya (the global disability rights library) (GDRL). yanzu yayi shirin karfafawa hanyar samun mashing da kuma warware wajen sittin (60) domin gyaran kasashe da dan mashiga sakar gijo a nahura mai kwakwalwa (access web) domin amshi abubuwar da ake yi batare da biya ba, mara layi (off-line) suna juyawa da nahura lamba na maajin littatafai (digital library). Kungiyyar (GDRL) wato maajin littatafai na rashin iya gaskiya na duniya gaba daya, sun hada baki da majalisar shawara kasrmu da na ketare ta amarika (United States International Council on Disability (USICD) ) da kuma raga mai fadi na shiri a jamia Iowa da gwoyan bayan kungiyyar ammarika mai ta ken (USICD) da wasu makuden kudi.

Kungiyyar (GDRL) sun yi shirin amfani da wata nahurar ajujar lamba mai sun (eGranary unit) domin isar da tsakon ma aji littatafai zuwa wurare domin gyaran kasashe da dan hange da nahura mai kwakwalwa. yana kamar samun yanki na nahura mai kwakwalwa a cikin akwati. Bugu da kari game da nahurar (off-line version) na maajin littatafai da kuma nahurar (on-line version) zasu zama samama masu amfani.
Takkaitacce, hanyoyi biyu ne anan da kungiyoyi ko kowa zai iya bada gudunmawarsa.

  1. Shawara kokuma bada nahurar lamba arubuce kungiyar (GDRL) ta son dukan harsuna da kuma nahurar lamba ta yanayin shigarwar wato (accessible format) wanan yana daga cikin dukan biyu rashin iya gaskiya da kuma zancen mafi bayani rubuce akan matsalolin kungiyar yancin kasa (human Rights) da na talauci (poverty) da kuma na taimakon jamaa (humanitarian) karfin ginawa. wakilan taron da kuma mashigar nahura mai kwakwalwa.
  2. Lura da kyauta, tsari,ko kuma a sa goyon bayan mataimakia gina nauran lamba tama’ajin littatafai ( digital Library). Naurar sannarwa na masu taimako da kuma yan makaranta da suka karanci magani na kewaye a duniya domin nuna muhimmancin rubutu na ma’jin littatafai na yau da kullum.

Dominnemankarin bayani da sanarwa game da wannan shirin,donAllah a ziyarci (GDRL website) tsakar jijiyoyi ta nahura mai kwakwalwa kamar haka: http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/global-disability-rights-library

Kara koyi irin rubutun da muke so da yanda zaka zama tare da kungiyar (GDRL) shiri a layin tambayan tambayoyi (FAQ) page: http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/gdrl.faq

A yanzu yawancin webda muke da shin a rubutu na turanci ne. Za a iya bayar da wasu fassara harshuna in a yiwu.Za a iya bayar da fassarar ta http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/downloads annan,ko kuma ka neme mu a (GDRL) jama’a tahanyar  gdrl@usicd.org 

Kokuma to wasika a takarda ta hanyar:

Global Disability Rights library

United States international Council on Disabilities (USICD)

1012 14th Street, NW, Suite 105

Washington DC



Возможность для международного сотрудничества в целях продвижения прав инвалидов

Организациям по правам человека, по борьбе с нищетой и гуманитарным организациям предлагается присоединиться к глобальным усилиям по сбору и распространению цифровой информации для продвижения глобального движения за права инвалидов. Организациям, которые не специализируются в вопросах инвалидов, предлагается также присоединиться, наряду с группами, специализирующие в вопросах инвалидов и другими адвокатами.

Проект- Глобальная библиотека по правам инвалидов (GDRL) в настоящее время укрепляет свой потенциал по сбору ресурсов и выявляет в общей сложности 60 мест в развивающихся странах с ограниченным доступом к сети интернета для получения бесплатной, автономной копии цифровой библиотеки. Проект GDRL является совместной инициативой Международного совета США по вопросам инвалидов (USICD) и проекта WiderNet Университета Айовы при финансовой поддержке Агентства США по международному развитию (USAID).

Проект GDRL использует инновационную, автономную цифровую технологию хранения материалов, называемой eGranary для предоставления библиотеки в местах с ограниченным доступом к сети Интернета развивающихся странах. Это как кусочек интернета внутри коробки. В дополнении к офф-лайн версии библиотеки, он-лайн версия также будет доступна.

Организации или отдельные лица могут способствовать следующим образом:

  1. Предложить или способствовать цифровыми материалами! GDRL нуждается материалами во всех языках в цифровом формате, особенно в доступных форматах. Это включает в себя как материалы по вопросам инвалидов так и основного содержания по правам человека, по вопросам нищеты, и гуманитарным вопросам, по укреплению потенциала менее активных организаций, и доступности программного обеспечения.
  2. Предложить, координировать, или принимать волонтёрскую помощь в создании цифровой библиотеки. Сеть волонтёров и стажёров по всему миру помогают определить важные материалы и ресурсы для библиотеки ежедневно.

Для получения дополнительной информации об этом проекте, пожалуйста, посетите веб-сайт проекта GDRL по адресу: http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/global-disability-rights-library

Узнайте о том, какого типа содержания материалов мы ожидаем, и как принять участие в проекте GDRL в “Часто задаваемых вопросах” (FAQ) страницы: http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/gdrl-faq

В настоящее время, большинство наших электронных материалов являются на английском языке. Ограниченный перевод материалов будет обеспечен на других языках очень скоро. Эти переводы материалов будут представлены в этой страничке:  http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/downloads

Также свяжитесь с членами команды проекта GDRL с помощью электронной почты:  gdrl@usicd.org

или свяжитесь с ними по обычной почте:                         

                                Global Disability Rights Library
                                United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD)
                                1012 14th Street, NW, Suite 105
                                Washington DC 20005 USA

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Competition for Best Masters Thesis on Sub-Saharan Africa, 1000 Euros (English and Français)

Posted on 28 May 2009. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Announcements, Awards & Honors, Call for Nominations or Applications, Call for Papers, Fellowships & Scholarships, Opportunities, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

en français

Africa Thesis Award 2009

[Editor’s Note: Although this award is not specific to disability issues, it does say that topics should be “socially relevant.” We Can Do readers in Africa or the Netherlands may wish to consider using this competition as an opportunity to submit Masters’ theses on disability issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. I also hope that students with disabilities will compete for the 1000 Euro prize, regardless of the topic of your thesis. Please do NOT inquire with We Can Do. Instead, please consult the official award web site directly for instructions on how to participate in this competition.. The submission deadline is June 16, 2009. Missed the deadline? This is an annual opportunity—consult the official award web site for future details.]

The African Studies Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands, has an annual award for the best Masters thesis on Sub-Saharan Africa by a student at a university in the Netherlands or in Africa. Any final-year student who has completed his/her Masters thesis with distinction (80% or higher or a Dutch rating of at least 8) can apply. The ASC specifically encourage students from Sub-Saharan Africa to submit their theses for this annual competition.

Any thesis thematically related to socio-geographical, economic, political, juridical or anthropological issues or focusing on the humanities such as history, religion and literature (but with the exception of language and/or semiotic studies) can be submitted. The thesis must be socially relevant and can be be written in English, French or Dutch.

The award consists of a price of 1000 euros. The winning thesis will also be published in the ASC African Studies Collection. Submitted theses may be (partially) published on The Broker’s website: www.thebrokeronline.eu.

More detail is available on ASC’s website, including instructions for contacting the people responsible for organizing this opportunity: http://www.ascleiden.nl/Research/Award/

Date limite: le 16 juin 2009!

Vous vous intéressez à l’Afrique et vous avez écrit votre thèse de Master sur un sujet ayant un rapport avec l’Afrique ? Le Centre d’Études africaines (Afrika-Studiecentrum, ASC) vous offre la chance de gagner le Prix de la thèse d’études africaines d’une valeur de 1000€.

Ce prix vise à encourager les étudiants à faire des recherches et à écrire sur l’Afrique sub-saharienne, et à promouvoir les études sur les cultures et les sociétés africaines. Il est décerné une fois par an à un étudiant qui aura achevé sa thèse de Master sur la base d’un travail de recherche sur l’Afrique.

In French/en français: http://www.ascleiden.nl/Research/Award/MastersThesisAward-FR.aspx



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9th Intl Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific 9-13 August 2009, Bali, Indonesia

Posted on 24 February 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, East Asia Pacific Region, Events and Conferences, Health, HIV/AIDS, Opportunities, Women | Tags: , , , , , , |

9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP 9): “Empowering People, Strengthening Networks”

August 09-13, 2009
Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

The 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific in Bali in August 2009 aims to address, among others, issues of mobility, migration, as well as gender and people with disabilities in order to empower the people and strengthen networks to effectively respond to AIDS.

Read more at the official conference web site at http://www.icaap9.org/

Those who wish to present may submit up to two abstracts; the deadline is March 15, 2009. (Under strictly limited circumstances, some abstracts may be accepted as late as June; please consult the official web site for details, NOT We Can Do.)

A limited number of scholarships are available for a few participants to attend the conference.

All people with questions, or who wish to apply to participate in the conference, should please consult the official conference web site at http://www.icaap9.org/ for instructions on how to communicate with the people organizing the conference (NOT We Can Do!), thank you.



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Call for Papers: World Religions and Disability: Cross-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Posted on 24 February 2009. Filed under: Call for Papers, Disability Studies, indigenous people, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , |

Call for papers
Title: World Religions and Disability: Cross-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Edited by: Darla Schumm and Michael Stoltzfus
Deadline for abstract submissions: May 1, 2009
Email: dschumm@hollins.edu and mjstoltz@valdosta.edu

The editors of World Religions and Disability: Cross-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives invite contributions for an inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural collection of essays that critically examine how the religions of the world represent, understand, theologize, theorize and respond to disability and/or chronic illness. Religious teachings and practices help to establish cultural standards for what is deemed “normal” human physical and mental behavior and in establishing a moral order for the fit and healthy body and mind. Religion plays an important role in determining how disability is understood and how persons with disabilities are treated or mistreated in a given historical-cultural context.

The existent literature exploring intersections between religion and disability typically focuses on a single religious tradition or cultural context, often prioritizing a Judeo-Christian approach. In response to the challenges and opportunities posed by a post-modern, pluralistic, global world, our goal in this volume is to promote interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and inter-religious conversations regarding world religions and disability. We welcome a wide variety of methodological and theoretical approaches including ethnography, historical, cultural, or textual analysis, personal narrative, and theological/philosophical investigation. Contributors are especially encouraged to incorporate into their analysis literature and theoretical perspectives from the growing field of disability studies. Our aim is to produce a comparative text discussing religion and disability which gives voice to scholars and practitioners of many of the world’s rich and varied religious traditions, a

Abstracts not to exceed 600 words are due by May 1, 2009 and should be sent to: dschumm@hollins.edu and mjstoltz@valdosta.edu. The abstracts will be reviewed and decisions will be made regarding inclusion in the volume by June 15, 2009. Please note that acceptance of an abstract does not guarantee inclusion in the collection; editors will review and make final decisions upon receipt of the completed essays.

Any questions may also be directed to Darla Schumm and Michael Stoltzfus at the addresses listed above.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
Asian religions and disability
Indigenous and/or native religions and disability
Disability and inter-religious comparison, contrast, and dialogue
Celtic, Druid, and/or Wiccan religions and disability
Religious and/or sacred texts and disability
Religion, prejudice, ethics and disability
Religious conceptions of creation, evil, sin, healing, suffering and disability
Religious/philosophical conceptions of the body or self and disability
Founders of religions (i.e. Mohammad, Buddha, Jesus, etc.) and their encounters with disability
The shaping of identity, religion, and disability
Religious rituals and the inclusion or exclusion of persons with disabilities
Critical perspectives on religion and disability
Theologies of disability

[Note from We Can Do editor: It is my hope that some readers might consider submitting abstracts/papers focusing on religion and disability in the context of developing countries, particularly in relation to topics such as poverty, human rights, or international development.]



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Call for Papers: Poverty and Intellectual Disabilities

Posted on 10 February 2009. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Announcements, Call for Papers, Children, Cognitive Impairments, Families, Inclusion, Opportunities, Poverty | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability is seeking submissions for a special issue of their publication that will examine poverty, deprivation, social exclusion and disadvantage. The particular focus of this issue will be on understanding the role that poverty and social deprivation play in shaping the life chances of children and adults with intellectual disabilities, and the role of policy in reducing inequalities and inequity for this population. The aim of this special issue is to explore issues of poverty and social disadvantage in the broadest terms. Papers that express the points of view of people with disabilities and/or their families are particularly welcome. This includes having those with disabilities and their families serve as researchers and/or co-authors as well as participants in the research. We would also particularly welcome papers addressing issues of poverty and deprivation from low and middle income countries. This topic is appropriate for both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

The closing date for submission is 31st December 2009, although later submission dates may be possible with the agreement of the editors. The anticipated date for publication is 2011. If the special issue is oversubscribed papers will be selected by date of submission.

The Guest Editors, Eric Emerson and Susan Parish, will manage the editorial process. Enquiries and papers for consideration should be directed to Dr Eric Emerson (eric.emerson@lancaster.ac.uk) or Dr Susan Parish (parish@unc.edu) with a copy to JIDD’s Editorial Assistant, Penny Crino (pcrino@med.usyd.edu.au), clearly identified as a Special Issue submission. Electronic submission is preferred.



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CALL FOR PAPERS: Life-Long Learning

Posted on 28 January 2009. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Announcements, Call for Papers, Children, Education, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Enabling Education Network (EENET) is looking for articles for the 2009 issue of its newsletter “Enabling Education”. (First draft and article ideas should be submitted by January 30, 2009.) The theme of the newsletter is life-long learning. If you could write an article about your experiences of inclusive education in relation to informal, non-formal, alternative, pre-school, vocational or higher education, EENET would love to hear from you.

EENET’s goal with the 2009 newsletter is to publish an entire newsletter that contains no articles that look purely at formal primary and secondary education. They hope you can help them achieve this! If you are not an experienced writer, don’t worry. Send EENET your ideas and they will try to help you to develop these ideas into an article. You may also find it helpful to look at some previous newsletter articles when you are developing ideas for your own article. If you don’t already have copies of “Enabling Education”, please look at the EENET newsletters on their website (click on the highlighted text in this sentence to follow the link).

EENET really encourages you to send them articles that have been researched/written by, or in collaboration with, children and young people. EENET also always welcome articles that make use of drawings, photos, etc.

Number of words: articles should be about 600 words long.

Deadline: first drafts or article ideas should be sent to us by
30th January 2009.

More details are available at: http://www.eenet.org.uk/events/call_for_articles_eenet_newsletter_2009.shtml

Or email: info@eenet.org.uk



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World Bank International Essay Competition 2009: Climate Change (with Photo and Video Competitions)

Posted on 19 January 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Audio & Visual Materials, Call for Nominations or Applications, Call for Papers, Disaster Planning & Mitigation, Events and Conferences, Fellowships & Scholarships, Funding, Opportunities, youth | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The World Bank International Essay Competition 2009: Climate Change
[Also video competition and photo competition, with smaller prizes.]

[Note to We Can do readers: although this competition is not targeted specifically at disability issues per se, it could be an opportunity for talented young people with disabilities to consider competing. It also could be an opportunity for any young person with an interest in disability issues to consider how people with disabilities might be impacted differently from other people by climate change and how these challenges can be addressed.]

Open to youth ages of 18 and 25, from all countries of the world. Prizes range from US$200-US$3,000 for winning entries. Deadline to enter: February 22, 2009.

WANTED: The Next Generation of ‘Green’ Entrepreneurs

Climate change has been identified as one of the biggest global threats of our time. Scientists agree that global warming and extreme climate phenomena can be increasingly attributed to human activity – in particular, heavy emission of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, resulting from industrial processes.

Solutions to those pressing problems could lie in the rapidly growing ‘green economy’: environmentally sustainable enterprises, technological innovations (new sources of clean, renewable energy), energy efficiency measures, economic incentives for low-carbon choices, etc. How can youth contribute?

The Essay Competition 2009 invites youth to share ideas on:

How does climate change affect you?
How can you tackle climate change through youth-led solutions?

Please answer both questions:

1. How does climate change affect you, your country, town or local community? How do you think it will affect you in the future? Think about the consequences for employment, health, security and other areas of your life.

2. What can you do, working together with your peers, to address the problem of climate change in your country, town or local community? Think specifically about the role of youth-led initiatives in the ‘green economy’.

The International Essay Competition is open to all young people, students and non-students alike, between the ages of 18 and 25, from all countries of the world.

If you are older than 18 and younger than 25 on June 15, 2009, you are eligible to participate.

This year for the first time the Essay Competition also invites the submission of short videos and photos!

SUBMIT your entry.

February 22 – Deadline for submissions

Awards:

1. Essay
Eight finalists will participate in the Final Jury in Seoul, South Korea, in June 2009, and attend the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE).
Money awards:
1st prize: 3,000 USD
2nd prize: 2,000 USD
3rd prize: 1,000 USD

2. Video
Author of the winning video will be invited for a screening at the occasion of the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE), held in Seoul, South Korea, in June 2009.
Money awards:
1st prize: 2,000 USD
2nd prize: 1,000 USD
3rd prize: 500 USD

3. Photo

Money awards:
1st prize: 500 USD
2nd prize: 300 USD
3rd prize: 200 USD
Winners of the photo competition do not travel to the ABCDE Conference in South Korea, but will have their photos featured in the Essay Competition Summary Report, on the website of the Essay Competition and partner organizations’.

More details, including how to submit essays, at the official web site for the World Bank 2009 Essay Competition at http://www.essaycompetition.org/



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Disability Conferences in 2009

Posted on 18 January 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Cross-Disability, Events and Conferences, Opportunities, Rehabilitation, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

One common reason why many We Can Do readers come to this blog is because they want to learn about upcoming conferences related to disability issues in developing countries. The single most popular page at this blog carries the quite inelegant but pragmatic title of Conferences, Events, Call for Papers, Training Opportunities (which also includes the very few job listings posted here and other things that didn’t fit in the title).

But, there is another page that We Can Do readers can consult to learn about upcoming disability and rehabilitation related conferences for the year 2009:

http://cirrie.buffalo.edu/conference.php

This page, maintained by the Center for International Rehabilitation, Research, Information, and Exchange (CIRRIE), has listings that go as far out as December 2009. People who monitor We Can Do regularly will find a few of these announcements are familiar. But many have never been announced at We Can Do.

In some cases, this may be because they don’t quite fit my parameters. Before I publish a conference announcement, I try to determine whether it would be of genuine interest or use to people living or working in developing countries. This is not to say that I do this perfectly. But I strive to do this. Some conferences may carry the word “international” in their title, but on closer examination, “international” may often mean “North America and Europe.” I often skip over such conference announcements.

But in other cases, I simply had not heard of these conferences. For example, there is Neurorehabilitation 2009, held by the Southern African Rehabilitation Association in Johannesburg, South Africa, August 26-28, 2009. Or a conference being held by World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, One World: Quest for Integration, November 12-15, 2009, in Bangalore, India. And some others.

It is worth exploring the list of conferences on your own at
http://cirrie.buffalo.edu/conference.php
Those who know how to use RSS Feeds can also subscribe to the CIRRIE listing to learn of new conference announcements as they are posted.



I discovered this listing of conferences by browsing the CIRRIE web site.

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4th Annual International Shafallah Forum, April 20-22, 2009, in Doha, Qatar

Posted on 18 January 2009. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Announcements, Call for Papers, Children, Education, Employment, Events and Conferences, Inclusion, Middle East and North Africa, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Note that the deadline to submit abstracts is January 23, 2009, at 5 pm EST.

On behalf of the Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs, I would like to extend a warm invitation for you to submit abstracts for the 4th Annual International Shafallah Forum in Doha, Qatar from April 20th – April 22nd , 2009. For the past three years our Center has been delighted to welcome more than 250 experts in the field and Wives of Heads of State from all over the world to our Forum and we anticipate that this year’s Forum will be no exception.

The 4th Annual International Forum will bring together advocates, family members, scholars, members of government, and professionals from a variety of perspectives to explore the theme of /Achieving Independence/. Together we will explore how to overcome factors that perpetuate disability marginalization, including widespread poverty due to lack of access to education, opportunity, and unfair labor practices. We look to our work, cutting-edge research and programs, to promote independence through universal access to education, inclusive societies, innovative technologies, and poverty-reduction strategies – including micro-enterprise and encouragement of the corporate sector to value and include the disabled in the workforce.

The Forum will feature keynote addresses by global leaders, roundtable discussions, symposia, paper presentations, and exhibits. We welcome the submission of such presentations and have included more detailed information on the following pages.

An accepted presentation to the Shafallah Forum includes complimentary airfare, meals, and accommodation. We hope that you will join us this April in Doha and participate in international dialogue among your peers. Please visit our website at www.shafallah.org.qa or http://www.shafallahforum2009.org

Abstracts are *due by 5pm EST January 23rd, 2009. *

Sincerely,

*I. Modes of Presentation*

Delegates can present their programs and research in several different formats:

*Symposia *(1 hour – 3 x 15 minute presentations, plus 15 minutes discussion)

A collection of 3 papers presenting the results of different programs/studies/experiences relating to a common research theme. Each should be presented by a different person. The symposium coordinator should provide details for the three papers following the instructions below.

*Individual Papers *(15 minute presentation, plus 5 minutes discussion)

A paper presenting the results of a program/study/experience on a particular topic. Papers will be grouped into symposia according to an identified theme. Individuals should submit title and abstract details for each paper offered following the instructions below.

* *

*Posters*

Individuals may present their research on the form of a poster. Posters allow for more extended discussion with delegates interested in the content area of the poster. Posters should be attended by at least one author/director who can address questions related to the poster’s content. Individuals should submit title and abstract details for each poster presentation offered following the instructions below. Submission of poster collectives (related research) is encouraged.

* *

*Roundtable Discussions or Debates *

(1 hour)

Discussion about the interpretation of existing research, the state of knowledge in a particular area or the need for more or different kinds of research/programming/policies, can be as important as presenting the results of new studies. Individuals wishing to organize such roundtable discussions or debates should identify three or four speakers, who can each present a point of view. Where discussion and audience participation is the purpose, speakers’ presentations might be limited to 5 minutes. Where debate between the speakers is the purpose, presentations may be longer (10 minutes). Organizers should submit the details of the discussion or debate following the instructions below.

*Exhibit *

Individuals or groups that have a demonstration, specialized equipment, and/or materials that they would like to exhibit are invited to submit a proposal. Exhibits will be given a table with specific presentation time, where they will be asked to be present and are encouraged to leave materials/equipment out for attendees to peruse throughout the Forum.

*II. Abstracts*

Abstracts must be in English. Abstracts longer than permissible will be abridged at the discretion of the program planning committee.

*Theme & Topic:* The conference is to be organized into themes and include general and break-out sessions. Please specify which theme that best fits your session. All abstracts should be prepared using the following headings:

*Instructions for Submitting Paper/Poster Abstracts*

*Title: *Brief (no more than 100 characters)

*Author(s):* Give the name and affiliation of authors. Give the email address of person(s) presenting the paper

*Contact details:* Type an asterisk after the presenter’s name and give the affiliation address of the presenting author only

*Abstract:* This should be no more than 200 words and describe the /Aim, Method, Outcomes, and Conclusions/ of the study using these headings.

*Preferred mode: *State whether: (a) individual paper or (b) poster

*Type of presentation: *State whether (a) research-based paper with data or (b) review paper or (c) service description or (d) personal experience.

*Instructions for Submitting Symposia Abstracts*

*Title: *Brief (no more than 100 characters)

*List:* Authors, affiliations, e-mail addresses and titles of papers to be included in the symposium.

*Moderator: *Give the name and affiliation of the person who has agreed to moderate the symposium. Give the contact details for moderator (email, phone & address).

*Abstract:* Each paper should submit an abstract. This should be no more than 200 words and describe the /Aim, Method, Outcomes, and Conclusions/ of the study using these headings.

*Type of presentation: *State whether (a) research-based paper with data or (b) review paper or (c) service description or (d) personal experience.

* *

*Instructions for Submitting Roundtable Abstracts*

*Title: *Brief (no more than 100 characters)

*Author(s):* Give the name and affiliation of each participant noting the moderator with an asterisk.

*Contact details:* Give the full contact information (email, phone, & address) of all participants

*Abstract:* This should be no more than 400 words and describe the background behind the issue to be discussed or debated and the views to be put forth by each speaker.

* *

*Instructions for Submitting Exhibits*

*Title: *Brief (no more than 100 characters)

*Host: *Give the name, affiliation, e-mail, and phone of the person hosting the exhibit.

*Abstract:* Submit a description of the demonstration/exhibit, its intent, and space requirements

*III. Submission Deadline: 5pm EST, January 23, 2009*

Kindly submit abstracts to: Valerie Karr @ valeriek@brownlloydjames.com

Please label the subject line: _Shafallah Forum Abstract_. Failure to do so may result in abstract not being viewed.

Information about the Shafallah Center and Previous International Forums please visit:

http://www.shafallah.org.qa or http://www.shafallahforum2009.org



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SCHOLARSHIP: For Students Using Wheelchairs in US Colleges

Posted on 18 December 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Awards & Honors, Call for Nominations or Applications, Call for Papers, Fellowships & Scholarships, Human Rights, Mobility Impariments, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

AmeriGlide is holding a competition for a $500 scholarship for students who ride a manual or electric wheelchair. The deadline for entering this competition is January 2, 2009. Students must be enrolled in two-year or four-year accredited undergraduate university programs in the United States. Students may be from countries outside the US, but must hold a valid student visa. Applicants should also have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.

In order to compete for the scholarship, interested students must submit an essay with a minimum of 500 words that answers the following question: “The American with Disabilities Act was established in July of 1990. Does this law do enough to help prevent discrimination and improve the lives of those who are mobility challenged? How has the American with Disabilities Act affected you?”

Foreign students in the United States will note that the Americans with Disability Act does protect their rights while they are in the United States and interacting with US-based institutions. The ADA requires US universities to provide reasonable accommodations to all students with disabilities, regardless of their country of origin. For example, if a class is initially scheduled in a classroom that is not accessible to a wheelchair rider, then the university must arrange to move the class to a more accessible location as needed.

Learn more about the scholarship program at

http://www.ameriglide.com/scholarship/

As with any competition, please read the instructions at the above website carefully before you enter. In many funding competitions, a common reason why many applicants fail is because they did not follow each of the instructions closely.

If you have missed the January 2, 2009 deadline, then please note that AmeriGlide plans to offer this scholarship again in the future, possibly twice a year. Please do continue to monitor their website.



Thank you to John Keeter at AmeriGlide for alerting me to this competition.

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Call for Papers, Women with Disabilities

Posted on 17 December 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Opportunities, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Journal for Disability and International Development – Call for Contributions
Issue 01-2009
Deadline: 31.01.2009 (January 31, 2009)
Topic: Women with Disabilities: Identification and Participation in the Women’s and Disability Movement
Since the early 1990s, women with disabilities have increasingly been calling for the recognition and inclusion of the gender dimension to disability, both in disability politics and in the women’s movement.

The women’s movement as such has been emphasising on the multiple dimensions that make up the diverse situations of women around the world. While it therefore could have been key to addressing the specific concerns of women with disabilities, it has fallen short of acknowledging disability as an added liability in the past. As such, disability has long been ignored by the mainstream women’s movement both in theory and practice.

At the same time, the disability movement has, in its beginnings, conveyed disability as a homogeneous aspect: In its efforts to bring disability to the public’s attention, individual diversities in impairments and other dimensions to disability such as the gender dimension, were largely neglected which finally led to limited agendas, excluding women with disabilities over long periods.

Where do we stand now and how has the situation for women with disabilities changed?

Since recent years the international legal framework for women with disabilities has changed positively. Global and regional networks of disabled women have been formed and are now actively promoting their agenda in both the women’s as well as the disability movement. Stakeholders of both movements are increasingly engaging in dialogue or are openly recognising and even including the perspective of women with disabilities.

This issue 01-2009 of the Journal of Disability and International Development intends to look at how these changes have been translated into practice and how these developments have impacted on the identification and participation of women with disabilities in both movements.

Suggestions for contributions:

We welcome contributions especially with a regional or country-specific perspective on:

 What are lessons learned/success stories in bringing/including women with disabilities onto the agenda of both movements?
 How does culture influence the promotion and perception of the rights of women with disabilities in these movements?
 What are barriers for women with disabilities in becoming active participants/actors in the disability and/or women’s movement? Which developments have the disability and/or women’s rights movement undergone with regards to women with disabilities?
 What are ways and means for ensuring the integration of the rights of disabled women and participation of disabled women in these movements?
 What is the impact of these developments on identity and self-perception of women with disabilities as individuals as well as in organisations?
 What are the developments with regard to women with disabilities in these movements in the academic field/research and teaching?
 What has been the influence of including a gender dimension in disability and development on the policy and programming work of international development organisations, especially those working in the field of disability in development of women in development?

Contact: Dr. Christiane Noe: Noe.Christiane@web.de , Susanne Wilm: Susanne_Wilm@yahoo.de

About us
The Journal for Disability and International Development is published by the forum ‘Disability and International Development’. Since 1990, it is published three times a year. The target group of the journal are scientists, activists, professionals and interested people from all over the world.
It aims to be a forum for international exchange about the disability. Beside this, it promotes professional discussions on educational, social, developmental and intercultural issues in the context of disability and development. Each issue of the journal has a leading topic that brings together different articles and views.

The journal team and the advisory board try to win experts from all continents to contribute to the journal. The journal is published in German and English and available online at: http://www.zbdw.de.



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International Seminar on CBR for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, 27-28 April 2009, Hyderabad, India: Call for Papers

Posted on 6 December 2008. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Announcements, Call for Papers, Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), Events and Conferences, Opportunities, Rehabilitation, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Jan 24 Addendum: I have just now learned that this seminar, originally scheduled for April 27-28, 2009, is now being postponed. Thank you to one of the conference organizers who left this information in the comments area further below. People interested in the seminar will wish to communicate directly with the seminar organizers (NOT We Can Do). The organizers will issue further information on rescheduled dates when available.

Abstracts for original, unpublished papers need to be submitted by February 7, 2009. Authors will be notified by March 15, 2009. Papers selected for the conference will need to be submitted by April 4, 2009. For participants, early bird registrations (with the cheapest rates) are accepted until February 5, 2009; standard registration is accepted until March 10, 2009; and late registrations are accepted through April 10, 2009.

Sub: Call for nominations and papers for International Seminar on CBR (Community Based Rehabilitation)

Dear Sir / Madam,

Byrraju Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing about a tangible improvement in the quality of lives of the rural underprivileged, with a mission to create a world-class platform for holistic sustainable rural transformation. BF is currently working in 199 villages across six districts of Andhra Pradesh impacting a million people. Its programmes include Healthcare, Disability Rehabilitation and Mental Health, Education and Adult Literacy, Water, Environment and Sanitation, Agri advisory services and Livelihood Skills.

Byrraju Foundation in partnership with National Institute for the Orthopaedically Handicapped (NIOH) Kolkata is organizing International Seminar on CBR for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities from 27th- 28th April 2009 at Hyderabad. The co-sponsors are National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped (NIMH) Secunderabad, National Institute for empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD) Chennai and Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA), Indira Kranti Padam (IKP), Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) and Codraid, The Netherlands.

The objectives of the seminar are to create a platform for confluence of best practices and share the knowledge, to provide a forum to discuss issues involved in CBR, to discover new strategies in CBR, to give direction to capacity building in CBR and to come out with recommendations for adaptation in public policy.

The takeaways of the seminar are publication of abstracts of all research articles on CBR during the past 5 years, publication on best practices containing select readings, publication of abstracts and full papers of seminar, publication of Seminar proceedings.

We are aware of the interesting work you are doing in the field of disability and community based rehabilitation. It gives us great pleasure to invite you to participate and even present a paper/poster in the above international seminar. Authors are invited to submit original unpublished manuscripts. Please send your abstracts by 7th February, 2009. The review process will be completed by 15th March 2009. Papers selected for the conference must be submitted no later than 4th April 2009.
Nominations will be accepted until April 10th 2009 by 5:00 p.m. Please fill in the enclosed application form for registration.
Enclosed is the first announcement of seminar and the registration form. We hope to receive a positive response from you.

Detailed instructions for writing and submitting abstracts are in the full-length call for papers (PDF format, 128 Kb). People who wish to register for the conference will wish to download the registration form (PDF format, 16 Kb).

Email correspondence in relation to this seminar can be directed to cbr.seminar09@byrrajufoundation.org

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely,

Dr. L. Govinda Rao,
(Former Director, NIMH, GOI),
Lead Partner, Empowerment of PWDS and Mental Health,
Byrraju Foundation,
Satyam Enclave, N.H 7,
2-74, Jeedimetla Village,
Secunderabad 500 055 AP, India,
Ph 91-40-23191725, 23193881,82,
Fax 91-40-23191726
www.byrrajufoundation.org
Mobile: +996 301 9993

Call for Papers and Nominations
The major change in strategy in rehabilitation and empowerment for the persons with disabilities over the past 25 years has been the expansion of services into the community. This has slowly gathered momentum and has developed into a differentiated programme called Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR). To improve the quality of community services and to upgrade professional skills, there is a need of sharing knowledge at the level of professionals, grass root level workers and various NGOs and implementing agencies of CBR. There is also a need to disseminate best practices for public policy modulation, Therefore, an International on CBR has been planned which will be organized jointly by Byrraju Foundation and National Institute for the Orthopaedically Handicapped at Hyderabad on 27th and 28th April, 2009.

Objectives:

  • To create a platform for confluence of best practices and share the knowledge.
  • To provide a forum to discover new issues involved in CBR.
  • To discover new strategies in CBR.
  • To give direction to capacity building in CBR.
  • To come out with recommendations for adaptation in public policy.

The seminar committee invites you to contribute to the 2009 seminar to be held at Byrraju Foundation, Hyderabad. You are invited to submit abstracts outlining oral and/or poster presentations for peer review by the scientific committee.

Themes:
The theme of the seminar will be on comprehensive access, rehabilitation and empowerment of persons with disabilities through CBR approach. Policies and best practices are vital for promotion of CBR. Similarly access to environment (A2E), empowerment in practice is critical to the inclusion and independent living of the PWDs. These are prerequisites to effectiveness of services based on full life-cycle needs (FLCN) and holistic development (HD) that are centered around individuals. Papers and proceedings are, therefore, designed to cover topics, issues and concerns under the broad categories of public policy (PP), access to environment (A2E), full life-cycle needs (FLCN) and holistic development (HD).

There will be one plenary session in each broad theme. There will also be concurrent sessions (two or more) depending upon the number of papers considered for presentation.

Poster Session:
Poster Session is an alternative approach for the presentation of projects/new work which will be available for seminar participants. Posters are strongly invited as they allow extended informal discussions, active participation of co-authors, and are displayed throughout the seminar. All the works submitted to the poster session should be based on the seminar themes.

Abstract specifications:

  • The abstract should be written in English, typed in Arial font and single spaced.
  • The title of paper should be concise in bold capital letters, size 12 and centered.
  • The author(s) name should begin with full first name and family name (the name of the presenting author should be bolded), size 12, normal and centered. Ensure that the author(s) have an affiliated organization listed (aligned left)
  • Presenters contact information – name, address, phone number, email.
  • Text of the abstract should be in font size 12, normal and justified.
  • The body of the text should cover the purpose of introduction, method, results and conclusions (200-250 words).
  • An indication if the abstract is submitted for poster or podium presentation
  • Please indicate the theme you would like to have the abstract included in Key Words – Capitalize the KEY WORDS and include no more than five.
  • Presentations should be 20 minutes long, with 5 minutes allotted for questions afterward.
  • PowerPoint visual support is preferred

Delegates:
All rehabilitation professionals, member of DPOs, CBR workers, CBR managers and administrators, persons with disability, parents, leaders/ social workers working for the empowerment of the PWDs are most welcome to participate in the seminar.

Downloading forms; contacting conference organizers
Detailed instructions for writing and submitting abstracts are in the full-length call for papers (PDF format, 128 Kb). People who wish to register for the conference will wish to download the registration form (PDF format, 16 Kb). If PDF format is not accessible for you, then please contact the conference organizers directly to request alternate format. I have tried to copy/paste the most critical information into this blog post in cases where the file formatting permitted copy/pasting.

Email correspondence in relation to this seminar can be directed to cbr.seminar09@byrrajufoundation.org



Thank you to Lakshmi Narayana with the Byrraju Foundation for submitting this conference announcement for publication at We Can Do.

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Call for Papers, World Bank Conference on Employment and Development, Bonn, Germany, May 4-5, 2009

Posted on 18 November 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Employment, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This conference is not specifically focused on disability issues, but it could be an opportunity for presenters to submit proposals that introduce a disability dimension to the issue of Employment and Development. People interested in attending may wish to monitor the conference website to see how many sessions focus on disability issues. People who would need disability-related accommodations should contact the conference organizers directly to inquire.

Call for Papers – Fourth IZA/World Bank Conference on ‘Employment and Development’
Bonn, Germany
— May 4-5, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

In many developing countries, the number of workers facing unemployment, low pay and poor working conditions is high and often growing. Policy makers everywhere are searching for answers, yet significant knowledge gaps persist in our understanding of the functioning of labor markets in low and middle income countries.

The World Bank has put forward a strategy that aims at assisting the international research community to address priority areas in the field of labor markets and development. In 2006, the World Bank and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) have launched a new IZA research area on “Employment and Development.” At the core of this partnership are the series of international annual conferences to provide a platform to bring together researchers and policy makers from around the world to discuss and present their work in these priority areas.

IZA and the World Bank will organize a two-day conference in Bonn, Germany on 4-5 May 2009. Parallel sessions will be organized. Conference organizers invite you to submit your contribution by December 15, 2008. Decisions will be made by the end of January 2009.

We invite submission of papers on labor markets, job creation and labor market policies in developing countries. We will consider detailed abstracts, but will favor full papers – particularly empirical ones – that focus on one of the 7 topics of research listed at: http://www.iza.org/en/webcontent/research/ra7/index#topics
Papers dealing with developed countries and transitions economies are welcome if they prove to be relevant for the purpose of the conference and our understanding of labor market mechanism for the developing world.

The keynote speakers and panel sessions will focus on the topic of “Causes and Consequences of Formality and Informality”.

Keynote Speakers:
Gary Fields, Professor of Labor Economics, Cornell University
Santiago Levy, Vice President for Sector and Knowledge at the Inter-American Development Bank

For more information on this event, please refer to the conference website at:
http://www.iza.org/conference_files/worldb2009

The online application form is available at:
http://www.iza.org/conference_files/formApplication?conf_id=1642

Previous IZA/World Bank conferences have attracted prestigious researchers and policymakers from a wide variety of developed and developing countries (see the above link for details).

Organizers: Markus Frölich (University of Mannheim and IZA), Randall Akee (IZA), Jean Fares (World Bank) and Stefano Scarpetta (OECD and IZA)

Please do not hesitate to contact the organizers at development@iza.org for any questions regarding this event



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CALL FOR PAPERS on Water and Sanitation Deadline Extended

Posted on 11 November 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Events and Conferences, Opportunities, Water and Sanitation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Thanks to the many of you who have submitted papers for the 34th WEDC International Conference on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: Sustainable Development and Multisectoral Approaches which is to be held 18th – 22nd May 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. These are currently being reviewed.

We have received numerous requests to extend the deadline, and we have considered our review and production processes accordingly. As a result, we have extended the deadlines as follows:

– Refereed papers (to be refereed by the International Scientific Committee): 5 Dec 2008

– Reviewed papers (to be reviewed by WEDC): 5 Jan 2009

– Poster presentations and alternative formats (to be reviewed by WEDC): 5 Jan 2009

Please note that the later papers are submitted, the tighter the timescale that authors will have for making revisions to meet the reviewers’ comments as we will not be able to alter the final deadline for this. You are therefore advised to submit your paper as soon as possible.

Please see http://www.wedcconference.co.uk/index.php for further details.

With best regards

The WEDC International Conference Team



Thank you to the WEDC team for passing along this announcement. Note that this deadline extension refers to a Call for Papers previously posted at We Can Do at https://wecando.wordpress.com/2008/09/11/call-for-papers-water-sanitation-and-hygiene-conference-may-18-22-2009-addis-ababa-ethiopia/. However, as always, any queries, applications, or submissions should be directed to the conference organizers, NOT We Can Do. See their web site at http://www.wedcconference.co.uk/index.php

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25th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities, Honolulu, Hawaii, 4-5 May 2009

Posted on 2 November 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Cross-Disability, East Asia Pacific Region, Events and Conferences, Opportunities, Poverty | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Call for Proposals
25th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities

May 4-5, 2009
Honolulu, Hawai‘i
Hawai‘i Convention Center
Note that proposals for workshops need to be submitted by December 12, 2008.

Working toward a brighter future

The Center on Disability Studies (http://www.cds.hawaii.edu) at the University of Hawai‘i cordially invites you to the 25th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities on May 4-5, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Celebrate the collective achievements of the past and look forward to create an inclusive vision for the 21st century. As we face economic uncertainty and global challenges, it is even more important to honor tradition, and use this foundation to navigate our futures.

In the tradition of PacRim, the 2009 conference will revisit familiar themes and explore new directions through scholarship, best practice, and international networking. Join us, and continue this extraordinary journey. We will have several pre and post conference sessions,
including an accessible sports Sunday at the beach; an international film festival; and the 2nd Annual International Forum: Securing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Eradicating Poverty.

Envisioning the Future

· To achieve human and social progress we will address poverty.

· To maximize human potential we will highlight indigenous/native peoples; girls and women; and veterans with disabilities.

· To realize our dreams for inclusion and self-determination, we will ensure all people have access to services and opportunities: transition to adulthood, employment, family support, independent living.

· To create an accessible world, we will showcase Universal Design for Learning and Living and feature products and design elements for home, school, play and office.

· To ensure our future we will prepare our youth to take responsibility for the future by bringing them together to dialogue about experiences, visions, insights, and futures.

· To support your attendance PacRim 2009 will provide an early acceptance notice within 2-3 weeks of your submission. Conference rates are very reasonable and we have secured room blocks for under $160 per night. We will also help facilitate room-shares if you are trying to
keep your costs low. We all need to be together!

If you are only able to attend one conference this year, choose PacRim 2009 in Waikiki, Hawaii at the beautiful Hawaii Convention Center.

Traditionally this conference is one of the most exciting for attendees and presenters – providing a unique balance of cultures, and issues of local, national and international importance. This year’s conference will seek to better these efforts and provide you with a most unique and exceptional experience – we hope to be seeing you in Honolulu in
May.

Robert Stodden
Director, the Center on Disability Studies

Charmaine Crockett
Co-Chair, PacRim 2009

Valerie Shearer
Co-Chair, PacRim 2009

People interested in learning more about the conference should please follow the web links listed below. Any inquiries regarding the conference should please be directed to the people organizing PacRim 2009, NOT to We Can Do.

Web Site Links
Text Only version of the Call for Papers:http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/ad/callforpapers2009/text.html
About PacRim: http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/
PacRim Themes: http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/pacriminfo/pacrim2009/topics/
Submission: http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/submissions/
Registration: http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/registration/
About the Convention Center: http://www.hawaiiconvention.com/



I received this conference announcement via the AsiaPacificDisability email discussion group. Again, all official information on the conference is on their web site, including information on how to contact the organizers as needed.

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Asia Pacific CONFERENCE on Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities, Singapore, June 24-27, 2009

Posted on 31 October 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Cognitive Impairments, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

IASSID 2nd Asia Pacific Conference Singapore
June 24 to 27, 2009
Furama Riverfront Hotel

The International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) would like to invite you to the 2nd IASSID Asia Pacific Conference.

The conference will be held at Singapore, 24 to 27 June 2009, at the Furama Riverfront Hotel.

The conference theme is: “Creating possibilities for an inclusive society”

The conference details and the abstract submission system are now on-line: www.iassid.org

Abstracts need to be submitted by the end of November 2008. Individual papers, symposia, workshops and posters are all welcome. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and those accepted for the conference will be published in the Journal of Policy & Practice in Intellectual Disabilities.

The on-line registration system is now on line. Please proceed to the IASSID website for details (http://www.iassid.org/)

There are a number of organisations partnering with IASSID to make this a significant event on the international scientific calender. These include the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), the Asia Pacific Down Syndrome Federation and the Australian Association of Doctors in Developmental Disability Medicine. There are also many regional and local service providers working together, as part of our efforts to ensure that the conference provides a mechanism to promote ‘research to practice’ and that practice issues inform and influence the research agenda of the scientific community.

As part of our efforts to promote dialogue between researchers, practitioners and people with disability, the conference will include the inaugural meeting of the Asian Research to Practice Roundtable. This event will take place across the 4 days of the conference; bringing together scientists, practitioners and people with disability to establish and implement a research to practice agenda for the region.

The IASSID Academy on Education, Teaching & Research will host accredited workshops prior to and following the conference. The workshops will take place at Singapore and in neighbouring countries. If you are interested in hosting such a workshop, you can contact the Academy Chair, Professor Roy Brown for details and to discuss your proposal: roybrown@telus.net

Theme: “Creating Possibilities for an Inclusive Society”.

Confirmed key note speakers are:
Prof. Rune J. Simeonsson, University of North Carolina, USA
Assoc Prof Levan Lim, National Institute of Education, Singapore
Prof. Shigeru Suemitsu, Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare, Japan
Prof. Glynis Murphy, University of Kent, UK
Prof Matthew Janicki, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Dr Monica Cuskelly, University of Queensland, Australia
Dr Henny van Schrojenstein Lantman-de Valk, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Dr Kenneth Poon will host the ‘Asian Research to Practice Roundtable’
Prof. Roy Brown & the IASSID Academy will facilitate accredited workshops prior to and following the conference.

See the IASSID website for more details of the conference. Please feel free to circulate this information among your colleagues and networks and to include details in your various organisational newsletters, etc.

We hope to see you at Singapore.

Kind regards,

Dr Keith McVilly & Professor Lisa Wang, IASSID Conference Co-ordination Committee
Dr Balbir Singh, Chair of the Local Organising Committee
Professor Libby Cohen and Dr Kenneth Poon, Co-Chairs of the Scientific Programme Committee

Dr Keith R. McVilly
B.A., Grad. Dip. Psych., M. Psych. (Clinical), PhD
MAPS & Member of the College of Clinical Psychologists
Senior Lecturer in Disability Studies & Clinical Psychologists

Division of Disability Studies
School of Health Sciences
RMIT University
P.O. Box 71
Bundoora, 3083.

Tel.: +61 (0)3 9925 7362
Fac.: +61 (0)3 9925 7303
E-Mail: keith.mcvilly@rmit.edu.au
Web: www.rmit.edu.au/disability-studies

IASSID World Congress, Cape Town: 25 to 30 August 2008 – www.iassid.org

ASSID Australasian Conference, Melbourne: 24 to 26 November 2008 – www.assid.org.au

ASSID DSW Conference, Melbourne: 27 to 28 November 2008 – www.assid.org.au

IASSID Asia Pacific Conference, Singapore: 24 to 27 June 2009 – www.iassid.org



Thank you to Keith McVilly at MIT for circulating this announcement. Most of the text of this blog post is taken from that announcement, with slight modifications.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Impact of Nanoscale Science on Disability

Posted on 29 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Cross-Disability, Disability Studies, Health, Inclusion, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Opportunities, Poverty, technology, Water and Sanitation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Call for papers On the impact of nanoscale science and technology on disability, community and rehabilitation.
[NOTE from We Can Do editor: The deadline for abstracts is October 30, 2008; full articles can be submitted later, for authors whose abstracts are selected. We Can Do readers will note that the areas of suggested possible focus may include the impact of nanotechnology on people with disabilities in low-income countries; on international development; and on relevant topics such as water and sanitation, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, and others. Inquiries and abstracts should be directed to the journal, NOT We Can Do.]

For a special issue of the International Journal on Disability, Community & Rehabilitation (IJDCR) (http://www.ijdcr.ca/copyright.shtml)

Guest Editor: Gregor Wolbring, Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies Program, Dept of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary. <gwolbrin@ucalgary.ca>

Invitation
Nanoscale science and technology, while still in its infancy, describes a rapidly growing sphere of enquiry, with many and varied implications for the disability field. To establish a ‘benchmark’ of the current state of knowledge and conceptual understanding, the Editors of IJDCR decided a special issue should be devoted to the topic. Background information and potential topics are presented below.

We invite potential contributors, regardless of fields of study (discipline), to submit 250-word Abstracts that articulate the conceptual arguments and knowledge base to be covered in a critical analysis on some aspect of the impact of nanoscale science and technology on disability, community and/or rehabilitation. Please submit abstracts to the Guest Editor via e-mail by 30 October, 2008.

From selected abstracts, we will request full articles of 3000-5000 words (excluding figures and tables) of original research and scholarship on a range of topics. Note that an invitation to submit an article does not guarantee its publication. Every submitted article will be subject to blind peer review and recommendations arising.

Background
Nanotechnology in all its meanings allows for, among other things, the manipulation of materials on an atomic or molecular scale and enables a new paradigm of science and technology that sees different technologies converging at the nanoscale namely:

  • nanoscience and nanotechnology,
  • biotechnology and biomedicine, including genetic engineering,
  • information technology, including advanced computing and communications,
  • cognitive science (neuro-engineering),
  • synthetic biology;

hence, the designation “NBICS” (nano-bio-info-cogno-synbio).

Many lists of anticipated nanoproducts exist (Institute of Nanotechnology 2005;Kostoff et al. 2006). Applications for NBICS products are envisioned in areas such as the environment, energy, water, weapons and other military applications, globalization, agriculture, and health (e.g., more efficient diagnostics and genetic testing, cognitive enhancement; life extension and enhancing human performance in general) (M.Roco 2003). Many believe that advances in NBICS hold the key for extreme life extension to the level of immortality and the achievement of morphological (Anders Sandberg 2001) and genomic freedom(Wolbring 2003). NBICS-medicine is envisioned by some to have the answer to global problems of disease and ill medical and social health. Others argue for the pursuit of ‘morphological freedom’ (Anders Sandberg 2001)–allowing the human body to move beyond typical functioning of the species. Disabled people are often highlighted as the beneficiaries of NBICS-medicine products. NBICS applications and the selling of NBICS health products focuses mostly on offering disabled people medical solutions (prevention or cure/normative adaptation) and might move towards transhumanist solutions (augmentation, enhancement of the human body) but rarely offers social solutions (adaptation of the environment, acceptance, societal cures of equal rights and respect). Many NBICS applications/products for disabled people are envisioned and are under development(Wolbring 2005).

We chose this topic for an issue of IJDCR because of how the discourses around these new and emerging nanoscale science and technologies are emerging and their potential impact on people with disabilities, the communities linked to them and/or practitioners as well as others. Consumers and researchers linked to the disability discourse are involved will shape the positive or negative consequences for everyone involved.

Nanotechnology and NBICS have an impact on disabled people in at least four main ways.

Impact of NBICS on disabled people (Wolbring 2006)

NBICS may develop tools to adapt the environment in which disabled people live and to give disabled people tools that would allow them to deal with environmental challenges. This side of S&T would make the life of disabled people more liveable without changing the identity and biological reality of the disabled person

NBICS may develop tools that would diagnose the part of disabled people’s biological reality seen by others as deficient, defect, impaired and ‘disabled’ thus allowing for preventative measures

NBICS may develop tools that would eliminate that portion of disabled people’s biological reality seen by others as deficient, defect, impaired and ‘disabled’.

NBICS may be a target for – and an influence upon – the discourses, concepts, trends and areas of action that impact disabled persons.

Discourses:

  • The discourse around the term human security
  • The religious discourse
  • The politics of biodiversity
  • The politics of inequity
  • The politics of the ethics discourse.
  • The politics of law:
  • The politics of raising the acceptance level for a given technology
  • The politics of setting goals and priorities
  • The politics of language
  • The politics of self perception and identity (Body politics)
  • The politics of red herrings
  • The politics of interpreting International treaties
  • The politics of governance
  • The Politics of evaluation, measuring, analysis, and outcome tools

Concepts:

  • Self identity security
  • Ability security
  • Cultural identity/diversity
  • Morphological freedom and morphological judgement(Anders Sandberg 2001)
  • Freedom of choice and tyranny of choice
  • Duty to fix oneself
  • Duty to know
  • Parental responsibility
  • Societal responsibility

Trends:

  • Change in the concepts of health, disease and ‘disability’/’impairment’
  • The appearance of enhancement medicine and the acceptance of beyond species-typical functioning
  • Moving from curative to enhancement medicine; decrease in curative medicine and the appearance of the transhumanist/enhancement burden of disease
  • Moving from human rights to sentient rights
  • Moving from morphological freedom to morphological judgement
  • The appearance of the techno poor disabled and impaired
  • Moving from freedom of choice to tyranny of choice judgement

Areas of Action:

  • Nanotechnology/NBIC for development
  • Nanotechnology/NBIC and the UN Millennium Development Goals
  • Nanotechnology/NBIC and global medical and social health
  • Nanotechnology/NBIC and accessibility
  • Nanotechnology/NBIC and law
  • Nanotechnology/NBIC and water and sanitation
  • Nanotechnology/NBIC and disaster management
  • Nanotechnology/NBIC and weapons/war
  • Nanotechnology/NBIC and ethics/philosophy
  • Nanotechnology/NBIC and social science/anthropology
  • Nanotechnology/NBIC and community
  • Nanotechnology/NBIC and networking

All of the above discourses, concepts, trends and areas of actions impact on disabled people[1] and others.

Potential contributors to this Special Issue might consider areas from the above table or one of the following topics:

1. What are the potential positive and negative impacts of envisioned nanoscale science and technology products and research and development on:

  • disabled people,
  • the community around them
  • practitioners, consumers and researchers linked to the disability discourse
  • community rehabilitation and the rehabilitation field in general
  • inclusive education and the education of disabled people in general
  • employability of disabled people
  • citizenship of disabled people
  • body image of disabled people
  • medical and social health policies and their impact on disabled people
  • health care for disabled people
  • the elderly
  • disabled people in low income countries
  • laws related to disabled people such as the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities
  • the concept of personhood
  • concept of health and health care
  • the measure of disability adjusted life years and other measurements used to guide health care dollar allocation
  • quality of life assessment

2. What are the potential positive and negative impacts of the new social philosophy of transhumanism that is seen as being enabled by nanoscale science and technology products and research and development?
3. What impacts of potential nanoscale science and technology products and research and development onto disabled people will impact other marginalized groups?

For more information about the International Journal of Disability, Community & Rehabilitation (IJDCR) please go to http://www.ijdcr.ca.

References
Anders Sandberg. Morphological Freedom — Why We not just Want it, but Need it. 2001. <http://www.nada.kth.se/~asa/Texts/MorphologicalFreedom.htm>

Institute of Nanotechnology (2005). Research Applications And Markets In Nanotechnology In Europe 2005 <http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reportinfo.asp?report_id=302091&t=t&cat_id=4>

Kostoff, Ronald et al. “The seminal literature of nanotechnology research.” Journal of Nanoparticle Research (2006): 1-21. <http://www.springerlink.com/openurl.asp?genre=article&id=doi:10.1007/s11051-005-9034-9>

M.Roco, W. Bainbridge eds. Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance: Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information Technology and Cognitive Science. 2003. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht Hardbound. <http://www.wtec.org/ConvergingTechnologies/Report/NBIC_report.pdf> [PDF format]

Wolbring, G. “SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AND THE TRIPLE D (DISEASE, DISABILITY, DEFECT).” Ed. William Sims Bainbridge Mihail C.Roco National. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic, 2003. 232-43<http://www.wtec.org/ConvergingTechnologies/> <http://www.bioethicsanddisability.org/nbic.html>

Wolbring, G (2005). HTA Initiative #23 The triangle of enhancement medicine, disabled people, and the concept of health: a new challenge for HTA, health research, and health policy Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, Health Technology Assessment Unit, Edmonton, Alberta Canada <http://www.ihe.ca/documents/hta/HTA-FR23.pdf> [PDF format]

Wolbring, G (2006). Scoping paper on Nanotechnology and disabled people. Center for Nanotechnology in Society Arizona State University [On-line]. <http://cns.asu.edu/cns-library/documents/wolbring-scoping%20CD%20final%20edit.doc> [Word format]

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[1] The term ‘disabled people’, as used here, reflects the way in which environmental factors impact on the ability of individuals with sensory, motor, cognitive or other variations to participate in society, consistent with its usage by Disabled Peoples’ International.



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10th Asia Pacific Congress on Deafness, August 4-7, 2009, Bangkok, Thailand

Posted on 15 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Deaf, East Asia Pacific Region, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , |

Invitation to APCD2009

Deadline for submitting abstracts: January 31, 2009.

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the organizing committee, we would like to inform you regarding an upcoming Congress “10th Asia Pacific Congress on Deafness – APCD2009 will be held in connection with 10th Hearing International Annual Meeting-HI and 2nd ASEAN Academy of Neuro-Oto-Audiology-AANOA” at The Landmark Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand during 4-7th August, 2009. This will be another great event. It is my great privilege and pleasure to warmly invite you to be a part of these three combined conferences.

Organizing Committee of APCD2009 will ensure you of the innovative programming, latest technology and opportunity in Medical, Surgical, Rehabilitation and Education for the Hearing Impaired and the Deaf. Conference offers professional development for deaf education, teachers, interpreters, support staffs, professionals in the field of deafness and parents, audiologists and hearing specialists. You will have the opportunities to site visit of professional interest such as diagnostic and rehabilitation technology and school for the deaf in Bangkok .

We promise you that APCD2009 will be memorable from scientific, education and social aspects. We are looking forward to welcoming you to APCD2009.

Please note that the deadline for abstract submission is 31st January 2009.

Additionally, for more information please visit our website at http://www.apcd2009.org/. Any inquiries please do not hesitate to contact us at congress@apcd2009.org.

We will be appreciated if you could kindly forward this email to your members and friends.

Sincerely yours,
Suchitra Prasansuk M.D.
Congress President



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Events and Competitions for Sri Lanka Children with Disabilities

Posted on 12 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Arts, Call for Audio & Visual Materials, Call for Nominations or Applications, Call for Papers, Children, Cross-Disability, News, Opportunities, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Saviya Development Foundation (SDF) will implement various programmes aiming at disabled children in Galle, Matara and Hambantota districts.

Saviya Athvela Vocational Training Center in Kamburugamuva facilitates male and female students with physical impairment and has made arrangements to obtain the accreditation of tertiary and vocational education commission for the one year courses of repairing domestic
electrical equipments and motor rewinding.

A training centre with residential facilities for female children with autism in Nalavana, Kananke, Weligama and a boys’ home for the mentally handicapped in Akmeemana, Galle are also managed by the SDF.

SDF has also organised a series of painting, poster and writing competitions to be implemented at national level.

Children, between 10 to 15 years can participate in the junior competitions while those over 15 years can participate in the senior competitions. Children who are not disabled can also participate in the competitions.

Contributions should be sent before November 20, 2008. Rs. 5,000 will be awarded to the first prize winner while Rs. 3,000 will be awarded to the second and Rs. 2,000 to the third prize winners. Singing and dancing competitions for boys and girls are also planned under senior and junior levels.

Essays can be presented on ‘Community participation towards making the persons with disabilities partners in the society, ‘Facilitate the fulfillment of aspirations of the persons with disabilities through providing easy access.

Safeguard equality and equity of the persons with disabilities and the necessity to launch community interventions to combat social stigma. Essays of seniors should not be less than 400 words while it should not be less than 300 words for juniors.

The topics of paintings and posters are – “We will came to this world with dignity’, “Persons with disability” and “Humanity Rights and A productive alternative through skills development”.

Information can be obtained by writing to Saviya Development Foundation, 24A, Wewelwala Road, Bataganvila, Galle or calling 091-2245781 and 091-2234281. sdfsri@sltnet.lk or sdf@sri.lanka.net
http://www.saviya.org/



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Call for Papers: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene CONFERENCE, May 18-22, 2009, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Posted on 11 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Events and Conferences, Opportunities, Water and Sanitation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

[Note to We Can Do readers: you will note that this conference is not specifically disability focused. But it could be an opportunity to submit papers that could help enlighten colleagues who might otherwise forget to account for the needs of people with disabilities in accessing clean water and sanitation. If your disability-oriented paper is accepted at the WEDC International conference, I hope you will consider also submitting it for publication at We Can Do.]

34th WEDC International Conference : CALL FOR PAPERS

The Call for Papers for the 34th WEDC International Conference is now available. For further information, please see http://www.wedcconference.co.uk/call_for_papers.php or email wedc.conf@Lboro.ac.uk

The Conference will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre, Addis Ababa from 18 to 22 May 2009, by invitation of the Ministry of Water Resources, Ethiopia and WEDC, UK.

The title of the Conference will be
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: Sustainable Development and Multisectoral Approaches.

The WEDC International Conference is a week long, practitioner and research focused conference, exchanging knowledge and experiences in the water and sanitation sector. Papers are invited for review or for refereeing by the International Scientific Committee, and there will also be poster presentations, discussion sessions and side events.

Sponsorship Opportunity:
The 34th WEDC International Conference would also like to offer the opportunity for international organisations to sponsor the conference. For further details, please contact S.Sargent@lboro.ac.uk or see
http://www.wedcconference.co.uk/sponsorship.php

With kind regards
Ian Smout (Chair of Conference Advisory Committee)
Julie Fisher (Conference Manager)



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World Federation of the DeafBlind 9th Helen Keller World Conference, Kampala, Uganda, Oct 22-27, 2009

Posted on 25 August 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Blind, Call for Papers, Deaf, Events and Conferences, Human Rights, Multiple Disabilities, Opportunities, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Note that this includes a call for abstracts for proposed presentations and workshops, the deadline for which is February 1, 2009.

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

World Federation of the DeafBlind, WFDB 9th Helen Keller World Conference and WFDB 3rd General Assembly

Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala, Uganda, October 22 – 27, 2009.

Hosting organisation: The National Association of DeafBlind people Uganda, NADBU

Dates and programme:

Arrival Thursday October 22 ,2009 with a welcome reception in the evening

Friday, October 23: HKWC conference plenary sessions

Saturday, October 24: HKWC a day full of workshops 16 different topics

Sunday October 25: HKWC plenary morning session collecting results from workshops and in the afternoon a cultural event/ excursion

October 26 and 27 General Assembly of WFDB until late afternoon

Venue: Imperial Royale hotel in Kampala Uganda, a totally new five star hotel with excellent facilities for our conference.

The hotel has 270 rooms and the Imperial Group has two other hotels nearby from where they will provide free transport to the Conference hotel.

Hotel prices

A single room at Imperial Royale will cost 120 USD per night and a double room 177 USD including breakfast, taxes and free wireless internet access.

www.imperialhotels.co.ug/improyale_overview.htm

Grand Imperial hotel Single room 109 USD double/ twin room 144 USD including breakfast and taxes

www.imperialhotels.co.ug/grand_imperial_overview.htm

Hotel Equatoria single room 86 USD double / twin room 132 USD including breakfast and taxes

www.imperialhotels.co.ug/equatoria_overview.htm

Conference fee
The conference fee will be 200 euros per person for deafblind participants, 200 euros per person for interpreters/ assistants and 250 Euros per person for all others which will include welcome reception, conference material, 5 days lunches, 5 days coffee/ tea breaks, mineral water during the conference, but not excursions, conference dinner or any other dinner ,airport transfer and transport to conference, visa, vaccination and other personal expenses.

Day guests 50 USD including lunch, coffee/tea breaks and water

Sponsored participants

WFDB will sponsor a limited number of participants from developing countries.

Maximum one deafblind participant with interpreter/ assistant per country.

If you need sponsorship, please advice WFDB as soon as possible indicating travel cost from your country to Kampala, Uganda.

Conference theme:

CRPD, changing the lives of persons with deafblindness

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD is a human rights instrument. How can we use this instrument to ensure that the rights of persons with deafblindness are respected and enforced.

Plenary sessions and workshops will cover the following themes:

What is CRPD and what does it mean for persons with deafblindness?

How can organisations work towards ratification of CRPD in their country ?

When a country has ratified CRPD, what changes will happen?

How can deafblind organisations and individuals use CRPD and its provisions, covering the specific areas:

A. Recognition of deafblindness as a unique disability

B. Recognition of the needs of persons with deafblindness

C. Recognition of modes and means of communication including sign languages

D. Recognition as a Person before the law, legal capacity, dignity and integrity of the person

E. The right to job and livelihood, income generation

F. Support systems, how can we use CRPD to get services of interpreters, personal assistants and other support persons

G. Access to information and communication technology, including hearing aids, vision aids and communication devices

H. Peer support, forming support groups, self help groups and own organisations of persons with deafblindness

I. Women with deafblindness, their special situation and needs

J. International cooperation , North- south partnerships, south – south partnerships,

K. Rehabilitation. Community based rehabilitation and other models of rehabilitation

L. How can persons with deafblindness be included in the educational system? What does inclusive education mean for persons with deafblindness?

M. Access to health care. Prevention and treatment of HIV-Aids.

N. Partnerships with other DPOs , NGOs, government,local government, private enterprise, service providers, other partners.

O. Raising Awareness of the needs and skills of persons with deafblindness

P. Participation of persons with deafblindness in cultural life.

Call for abstracts:

Abstracts of plenary presentations or workshops covering one of these areas, can be sent to the WFDB office before February 1, 2009 see address below.

WFDB contact address:

Lex Grandia, Snehvidevej 13, DK 9400 Noerresundby , Denmark
phone: +45 98 19 20 99
fax: +45 98 19 20 57
e-mail: lex.grandia@mail.dk
wfdb@wfdb.org
website: www.wfdb.org



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Call for Papers: Human Rights Law and International Development

Posted on 25 August 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Call for Papers, Human Rights, Opportunities, Poverty | Tags: , , , , , , |

We Can Do readers will note that the following announcement is not specifically soliciting articles on disability-related issues. But people who are involved with human rights law and international development in relation to people with disabilities may wish to use this opportunity to introduce a disability angle into this mainstream publication.

Call for Notes from Practitioners
Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal

Are you working on a developing issue within human rights law or using an innovative approach to the practice of international development? Are you practicing law in a particularly interesting area of human rights and/or development?

If so, you may be a good candidate to submit a Note from the Field to the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal. We are interested in reading well-written, well-sourced notes (about 20,000-25,000 words) that address a new development or fresh perspective on some aspect of human rights law and are written by an attorney practicing in that field. Writing a Note from the Field is a great opportunity for practitioners to publish their writing and shed light on little-known aspects of their practice.

Please send all submissions for Notes from the Field to lindsay.nash@yale.edu. Submissions will be accepted through September and evaluated on a rolling basis.



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CALL for Views, Information on Ratifying, Implementing, Monitoring Disability Rights Treaty

Posted on 18 August 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Comments or Information, Call for Papers, Human Rights, News, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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The following announcement from the United Nations should be of interest to anyone who has been watching developments with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities CRPD. It is also important for anyone who wishes to be involved with implementing or monitoring the CRPD. Individuals or organizations who wish to be involved with sharing feedback might also wish to join the AdHoc_IDC email discussion group and also the IDA_CRPD_Forum email discussion group. Please note that any related feedback or queries should please be directed to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, NOT to We Can Do. The deadline for feedback is September 15, 2008.

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In English
On 4 June 2008, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights sent a letter to non-governmental organizations in relation to Human Rights Council resolution 7/9 entitled “human rights of persons with disabilities,” requesting views and information on:

a) Legal measures for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Optional Protocol;
b) Legal measures for implementation of the Convention and Optional Protocol;
c) Legal measures on national monitoring, particularly in relation to Article 33 of the Convention;
d) Any other information relating to paragraph 16 of the resolution.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has the pleasure to extend the deadline for submissions and consequently would be grateful if any response could be forwarded to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, (United Nations Office at Geneva, Ch-1211 Geneva 10; Fax. + 41 22 917 90 08; email: registry@ohchr.org by September 15, 2008.)

7/9. Human rights of persons with disabilities

The Human Rights Council

Recalling the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly, the most recent of which are resolution 62/170 of 18 December 2007 on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol thereto, and resolution 62/127 of 18 December 2007 on the implementation of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons,

Recalling also the relevant resolutions of the Commission on Human Rights, the most recent of which is resolution 2005/65 of 25 April 2005, as well as those of the commission for Social Development of the Economic and Social Council,

Reaffirming the universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelatedness of all human rights nad fundamental freedoms and the need for persons with disabilities to be guaranteed their full enjoyment without discrimination,

Recognizing that disability is an evolving concept and that disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others,

Recognizing also the importance of accessibility to the phyiscal, social, economic and cultural environment, to health, education, information and communication, in enabling persons with disabilities to enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms fully,

Recognizing further the importance of international cooperation for improving the living conditions of persons with disabilities in every country, particularly in developing countries,

Recognizing that women and girls with disabilities are often subject to multiple discrimination, and emphasizing the need to incorporate a gender perspective in all efforts to promote the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms by persons with disabilities,

1. Reaffirms the need to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity, and in this regard, calls upon Governments to take active measures:

(a) To prevent and prohibit all forms of discrimination against persons with disabilities;
(b) To ensure, for persons with disabilities, full and effective participation and inclusion, respect for their individual autonomy, including the freedom to make one’s own choices; independence; and equality of opportunity;

2. Welcomes the adoption by the General Assembly on 13 December 2006 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol, and expresses the hope that they will enter into force at an early date;

3. Also welcomes the fact that, since the opening for signature of the Convention and Optional Protocol on 30 March 2007, 126 States have signed and 17 have ratified the Convention, and that 71 States have signed and 11 have ratified the Optional Protocol, and calls upon those States and regional integration organizations that have not yet done so to consider signing and ratifying the Convention and the Optional Protocol as a matter of priority;

4. Further welcomes the attention that several special rapporteurs ahve paid to the rights of persons with disabilities in carrying out their mandates, and requests special procedures, in carrying out their mandates, to take into account the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by persons with disabilities;

5. Encourages the Human Rights council Advisory committee, and other mechanisms of the Council, to integrate the perspective of persons with disabilities, as appropriate, in carrying out their work and in their recommendations so as to facilitate the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the work of the council;

6. Urges all stake holders to give consideration to the rights of persons with disabilities at all stages of the universal periodic review, including during the consultations carried out by States at the national level for the preparation of information to be submitted for the review, so as to include national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations representing persons with disabilities in such consultations;

7. Welcomes the attention pad to the rights of persons with disabilities in the work of several human rights treaty monitoring bodies and encourages all such bodies to further integrate the perspective of persons with disabilities in their work, including in their monitoring activities and through the issuing of general comments;

8. UrgesGovernments to address fully, in consultation with, inter alia, national human rights institutions and organizations of persons with disabilities, the rights of persons with disabilities when fulfilling their reporting obligations under the relevant United Nations human rights instruments, and welcomes the efforts of those Governments that have begun to do so;

9. Welcomes the report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on progress in the implementation of the recommendations contained in the study on the human rights of persons with disabilities (A/HRC/7/61) and invites the High Commissioner to continue to provide adequate support for the integration of the perspective of persons with disabilities in the work of the Council and to continue the activities of her Office that contribute to raising awareness and understanding of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, including in cooperation with the Department for Economic and Social Affairs of the Secretariat;

10. Encourages States to raise awareness regarding the rights of persons with disabilities, including through public awareness campaigns and training programmes, to combat stereotypes, prejudices, harmful practices and attitudinal barriers relating to persons with disabilities and to promote positive perceptions and greater social awareness of persons with disabilities;
11. Encourages the High Commissioner for Human Rights to take fully into account the progressive implementation of standards and guidelines for the accessibility of facilities and services of the United nations system, also taking into account relevant provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and underlines the need for the Council, including its Internet resources, to be fully accessible to persons with disabilities;

12. Encourages States to take appropriate measures to identify and eliminate obstacles and barriers to accessibility for persons with disabilities, in particular to ensure that persons with disabilities have access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment, transportation, information and communications, and to other facilities open or provided to the public, both in urban and rural areas;

13. Welcomes the important role played by national human rights institutions and civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities, in the negotiation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and encourages relevant institutions and organizaitons to continue their efforts to promote understanding of the Convention and, where appropriate, its implementation;

14. Encourages the Office of the United Nations High commissioner to continue to strengthen its partnerships with and its outreach activities toward civil society organizations, with a particular emphasis on organizations representing persons with disabilities, so as to raise awareness among them about the work of the human rights system;

15. Decides to hold an annual interactive debate in one of its regular sessions on the rights of persons with disabilities and that the first such debate should be held at its tenth session, focusing on key legal measures for ratification and effective implementation of the convention, including with regard to equality and non-discrimination;

16. Requests the Office of the High Commissioner to prepare a thematic study to enhance awareness and understanding of the convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities, focusing on legal measures key for the ratification and effective implementation of the Convention, such as those relating to equality and non-discrimination, in consultation with States, civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities, and national human rights institutions, and requests that the study be available on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner, in an accessible format, prior to the tenth session of the Council;

17. Notes that the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit to the Assembly at its next session a report on the status of the Convention and the Optional Protocol and on the implementation of resolution 62/170, and that it also requested the Secretary-General to submit that report to the Council as a contribution to its discussion of the rights of persons with disabilities;

18. Invites the Special Rapporteur on disabiltiy of the Commission for Social Development to continue cooperating with the Council and to address it on activities undertaken pursuant to his/her mandate, in accordance with its programme of work.

40th meeting, 27 March 2008 [Adopted without a vote. See chap. III.]

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Estimado Señor, estimada Señora,

El 4 de junio de 2008, la Oficina del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos envió una carta a las organizaciones no gubernamentales, en relación con la resolución 7/9 del Consejo de Derechos Humanos titulada “Los derechos humanos de las personas con discapacidad,” pidiendo información referente a:

a) Medidas jurídicas esenciales para la ratificación de la Convención y el Protocolo Facultativo;
b) Medidads jurídicas esenciales para la aplicación efectiva de la Convención y el Protocolo Facultativo;
c) Medidads jurídicas esenciales para la aplicación y el seguimiento nacionales en relación con el articulo 33 de la Convención;
d) Cualquier otra información relacionada con le parrafo 16 de la resolución.

La Oficina del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos tiene el honor de prolongar el periodo para someter la correspondiente información. En consecuencia, la Oficina agradeceria que toda información en respuesta a la nota verbal se enviara a la Oficina del Alto comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechose Humanos, (Oficina de las Naciones Unidas en Ginebra, CH-1211 Ginebra 10; Fax. + 41 22 917 90 08; email: registry@ohchr.org, antes del 15 de septiembre de 2008.

7/9. Los derechos humanos de las personas con discapacidad

El Consejo de Derechos Humanos,

Recordando las resoluciones pertinentes de la Asamblea General, las más recientes de las cuales son la resolución 62/170, de 18 de diciembre de 2007, relativa a la Convención sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad y su Protocolo Faculativo, y la resolución 62/127, de 18 de diciembre de 2007, relativa a la aplicación del Programa de Acción Mundial para las Personas con Discapacidad,

Recordando asimismo las resoluciones pertinentes de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos, la más reciente de las cuales es la resolución 2005/65, de 25 de abril de 2005, y las de la Comisión de Desarrollo Social del Consejo Económico y Social,

Reafirmando la universalidad, indivisibilidad, interdependencia e interrelación de todos los derechos humanos y liberatdes fundamentales, asi como la necesidad de garantizar que las personas con discapacidad los ejerzan plenamente y sin discriminación,

Reconociendo que la discapacidad es un concepto que evoluciona y que resulta de la interacción de las personas condeficiencias y las barreras debidas a la actitud y el entorno que evitan su particiación plena y efectiva en la sociedad en igualdad de condiciones con las demás,

Reconociendo asimismo la importancia de la accessibilidad al entorno fisico, social, económico y cultural, a la salud, la educación, la información y las comunicaciones para que las personas con discapacidad puedan gozar plenamente de todos los derechos humanos y las libertades fundamentales,

Reconociendo además la importancia de la cooperación internacional para mejorar las condiciones de vida de las personas con discapacidad en todos los paises, particularmente en los paises en desarrollo,

Consciente de que las mujures y las niñas con discapacidad están sujetas a multiples formas de discriminación, y surayando la necsidad de incorporar una perspectiva de género en todas las actividades destinadas a promover el pleno goce de los derechos humanos y las libertades fundamentales por las personas con discapacidad,

1. Reafirma la necesidad de promover, proteger y asegurar el goce pleno y en condiciones de igualdad de todos los derechos humanos y liberatdes fundamentales por todas las personas condiscapacidad y de promover el respeto de su dignidad inherente y, a este respecto, pide a los Gobiernos que adopten medidas activas para:

(a) Prevenir y prohibir todas las formas de discriminación contra las personas con discapacidad; y
(b) Garantizar a las personas con discapacidad la participación e inclusión plenas y efectivas en la sociedad; el respeto a su autonomia individual, incluida la libertad de tomar sus propias decisiones; la independencia, y la igualdad de oportunidades;

2. Acoge con satisfacción la aprobación por la Asamblea General, el 13 de diciembre de 2006, de la Convencion sobre los Derechos de las personas con discapacidad y su Protocolo Facultativo, y expresa el deseo de que entren en vigor en breve;

3. Acoge con satisfacción asimismo que desde la apertura a la firma de la Convención y el Protocolo Facultativo, el 30 de marzo de 2007, hayan firmado la Convención 126 Estados y la hayan ratificado 17, y que hayan firmado el Protocolo 71 Estados y lo hayan ratificado 11, y pide a los Estados y las organizaciones de integración regional que todavia no lo hayan hecho que consideren como cuestion prioritaria la firma y la ratificación de la Convención y el Protocolo Facultativo;

4. Acoge con satisfacción además la atención prestada por varios rlatores especiales en el cumplimiento de sus mandatos a los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, y pide que todos los responsables de los procedimientos especiales, en el cumplimiento de sus mandatos, tengan en cuenta el disfrute pleo y en condiciones de igualdad de todos los derechos humanoes por las personas con discapacidad;

5. Alienta al comite Asesor del Consejo de Derechos Humanos y a los demas mecanismos del Consejo a que integren la perspectiva de las personas con discapacidad, segun proceda, en sus actividades, y en sus recomendaciones para facilitar la inclusión de esas personas en la labor del Consejo;

6. Insta a todos los intersados a que tengan en consideración los derechos de las personas condiscapacidad en todas las etapas del examen periódico universal, por ejemplo en las consultas cleebradas por los Estados a nivel nacional para preparar la información que se ha de presentar para el examen, de modo que incluyan en esas consultas a las instituciones nacionales de derechos humanos y a las organizaciones no gubernamentales que representan a las personas con discapacidad;

7. Acoge con satisfacción la atención prestada a los derechos de las personas con dicapacidad en la labor de varios órganos de supervisión de tratados de derechos humanos y alienta a estos a que sigan integrando la perspectiva de las personas con discapacidad en su trabajo, especialmente en sus activades de supervisión y al formular las observaciones generales;

8. Insta a los gobiernos a que, en consulta con las instituciones nacionales de derechos humanos y las organizaciones de personas con discapacidad, entre otros, tengan plenamente en cuenta los derechos de las personas con discapacidad cuando presenten los informes previstos en los instrumentos pertinentes de las Naciones Unidas en materia de derechos humanos, y se contratula de los esfuerzos de los gobiernos que han empezado a hacerlo;

9. Acoge con satisfacción el informe de la Alta comisionada para los Derechos Humanos sobre los progresos alcanzados en la aplicación de las recomendadiones en el estudio sobre los derechos humanos y la discapacidad (A/HRC/7/61), e invita a la Alta comisionada a que siga prestando la ayuda oportuna con miras a integrar la perspectiva de las personas con discapacidad en el trabjo del Consejo y a proseguir las activi dades de su Oficina que contribuyan a dar a conocer y explicar la Convención sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, por ejemplo en cooperación con el Departamento de Asuntos Económicos y Sociales de la Secretaria;

11. Alienta asimismo a la Alta Comisionada para los Derechos Humanos a que tenga plenamenta en cuenta la aplicacion progresiva de normas y directrices sobre la accesibilidad de las instalaciones y los servicios del sistema de las Naciones Unidas, teniendo presentes ademas las disposiciones pertinentes de la Convencion sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, y subraya la necesidad de que el Consejo sea totalmente accesible a las personas con discapacidad, incluidos sus recursos de Internet;

12. Alienta ademas a los Estados a que adopten las medidas oportunas para identificar y eliminar los obstaculos e impedimentos a la accesibilidad de las personas con discapacidad, en particular para velar por que esas personas tengan acceso, en igualdad de condiciones con las demas, al entorno fisico, el transporte, la informacion y las comunicaciones y a otros servicios abiertos o suministrados al publico, tanto en las zonas urbanas como en las rurales;

13. Se congratula por el importante papel desempenado por las instituciones nacionales de derechos humanos y las organizaciones de la sociedad civil, en particular las organizaciones de personas con dicapacidad, en la negociacion de la Convencion sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, y alienta a las instituciones y organizaciones pertinentes a que prosigan sus actividades para fomentar la comprension de la Convencion y, cuando proceda, su aplicacion;

14. Alienta a la Oficina del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos a que siga fortaleciendo sus aliaznas con las organizaciones de la sociedad civil y sus actividades de comunicacion con ellas, centrandose especialmente en las organizaciones que representan a las personas con discapacidad, para hacerlas mas conscientes de la labor del sistema de derechos humanos;

15. Decide celebrar en uno de sus periodos ordinarios de sesiones un debate interactivo anual sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, y que el primero de esos debates se celebre en su decimo periodo de sesiones y trate de las medidads juridicas esenciales para la ratificacion y la aplicacion efectiva de la Convencion, y tambien en relacion con la igualdad y la no discriminacion;

16. Pide a la Oficina del Alto comisionado que prepare un estuido tematico para mejorar el conocimiento y la comprension de la Convencion sobre los derechos de las personas con discapacidad centrado en las medidas juridicas esenciales para la ratificacion y la aplicacion efectiva de la convencion, como las relativas a la igualdad y la no discriminacion, en consultat con los Estados, las organizaciones de la sociedad civil, incluidas las organizaciones de personas con discapacidad, y las instituciones nacionales de derechos humanos, y pide que el estuido este disponible en el sitio web de la Oficina del Alto Comisionado en un formato acceisble antes del decimo periodo de sesiones del Consejo;

17. Toma nota de que la Asamblea General pidió al Secretario General que le presentara en su próximo periodo de sesiones un informe sobre la situación de la Convención y el Protocolo Facultativo y sobre la aplicación de la resolución 62/170, y de que tambien pidió al Secretario General que presentara ese informe al Consejo para facilitar el examen de los derechos de las personas con discapacidad;

18. Invita al Relator Especial de la Comisión de Desarrollo Social encargado de la situación de la discapacidad a que siga cooperando con el Consejo y a que le informe, de conformidad con el programa de trabajo del Consejo, sobre las actividades que haya realizado en cumplimiento de su mandato.

40a sessión, 27 de marzo de 2008. [Aprobada si nvotación. Vease cap. III.]

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En français
Madame/Monsieur,

Le 4 juin 2008, le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies aux droit de l’homme a envoyé une lettre aux aorganisations non gouvernementales, en référence à la résolution 7/9 du Conseil des droit de l’homme intitulée <> en demandant des informations sur les points suivants:

a) des mesures juridiques nécessaires à la ratification de la Convention et Protocole Facultative;
b) des mesures juridiques nécessaires à la mise en œuvre de la Convention et Protocole Facultative;
c) des mesures juridiques nécessaires à l’application et su suivi au niveau national (article 33 de la Convention);
d) ainsi que toute autre information se rattachant au paragraphe 16 de la résolution.

Le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies aux droit de l’homme a l’honneur de prlonger le délai pour soumettre les réponses. en conséquence, il serait utile que toute information en réponse à la note verbale soit communiquée au Haut-Commissariat aux droit de l’homme, Office des Nations Unies à Genéve, CH-1211 Genéve 10, Fax + 41 22 917 90 08; Courrier électronique: registry@ohchr.org, vant le 15 septembre 2008.

Je vous prie d’agréer, Madame/Monsieur, l’expression de mes salutations distinguées.

Ibrahim Wani, Chef, Service du développement et des questions économiques et sociales.

7/9. Droits fondamentaux des peronnes handicapées

Le Conseil des droits de l’homme,

Rappelant les résolutions pertinentes de l’Assemblée générale, dont les plus récentes sont la résolution 62/170 du 18 décembre 2007 sur la Conventoin relative aux droits des personnes handicapées et le Protocole facultatif s’y rapportant et la résolution 62/127 du 18 décembre 2007 sur la mise en œuvre du Programme d’action mondial concernant les personnes handicapées,

Rappelant également les résolutions pertineentes de la Commission des droits de l’homme, dont la plus récente est la résolution 2005/65 du 25 avril 2005, ainsi que celles de la Commission du déeleoppement social du Conseil économique et social,

Réaffirmant que tous les droits de l’homme et toutes les libertés fondamentales sont universels, indivisibles, interdépendants et intimement liés, et qu’il est indispensable de garantir aux peronnes handicapées la pleine joussance de ces droits et libertés sans discrimination aucune,

Reconnaissant que la notion de handicap évolue et que le handicap résulte de l’interaction entre des personnes présentant des incapacités et les barriéres comportementales et environnementales qui font obstacle à leur pleine et effective participation à la société à égalité avec les autres,

Reconnaissant également qu’il importe que les personnes handicapées aient accés aux équipements physiques, sociaux, économiques et culturels, à la santé, à l’éducation, à l’information et à la communication pour jouir pleinement de tous les droits de l’homme et de toutes les libertés fondamentales,

Reconnaissant en outre l’importance de la coopération internationale pour améliorer les conditions de vie des personnes handicapées dans tous les pays, en particulier dans les pays en développement,

Reconnaissant que les feemes et les filles handicapées sont souvent exposées à de multiples discriminations et soulignant la nécessité d’intégrer le principe de l’égalité des sexes dans tous les efforts visant à promouvoir la pleine joussance par les peronnes handicapées des droits de l’homme et des libertvs fondamentales,

1. Réaffirme qu’il est nvcessaire de promouvoir, de protéger et d’assurer la pleine et égale joussance de tous les droits de l’homme et de toutes les libertés fondamentales par les personnes handicapées et de promouvoir le respect de leur dignité intrinséque et, à cet égard, demande aux gouvernements de prendre des mesures énergiques pour:

a) Empêcher et interdire toutes les formes de discrimination envers les personnes handicapées; et
b) Garantir la participation et l’intégration pleines et effectives des personnes handicapées dans la société, le respect de leur autonomie individuelle, y compris leur liberté de faire leurs propres choix, le respect de leur indépendance et l’égalité des chances;

2. Note avec satisfaction l’adoption par l’Assemblée générale, le 13 décembre 2006, de la Convention relative aux dorits des personnes handicapées et de son Protocole facultatif, et exprime l’espoir que ces instruments entreront en vigueur à une date proche;

3. Note également avec satisfaction que, depuis l’ouverture à la signature de la Convention et du Protocole facultatif le 30 mars 2007, 126 États ont signé la Convention et 17 l’ont ratifiée, et que 71 États ont signé le Protocole et 11 l’ont ratifié, et demande aux États et aux organisations régionales d’intvgration qui ne l’ont pas encore fait d’envisager de signer et de ratifier la Convention et le Protocole facultatif à titre prioritaire;

4. Note en outre avec satisfaction l’attention que plusieurs rapporteurs spéciaux ont portée aux droits des personnes handicapées dans l’exercice de leur mandat et invite les titulaires de mandats relevant des procédures spéciales à tenir compte, dans l’exercice de leur mandat, de la pleine jouissance — dans des conditions d’égalité–de tous les droits fondamentaux par les personnes handicapées;

5. Encourage le Comité consultatif du Conseil des droits de l’homme et dautres mécanismes du Conseil à intégrer la question des personnes handicapées, selon qu’il convient, dans l’exécution de leur tâche et dans leurs recommandations afin de faciliter l’incorporation de cette question dans les travaux du Conseil;

6. Prie instamment toutes les parties prenantes de prendre en considération les droits des personnes handicapées à toutes les étapes de l’Examen périodique universel, notamment lors des consultations que les États ménent au niveau national pour réunir les informations à présenter à l’Examen, afin que les institutions nationales des droits de ‘lhomme et les organisations non gouvernementales représentant les personnes handicapées prennent part à ces consultations;

7. Se félicite de l’attention accordée aux droits des personnes handicapées dans les travaux de plusieurs organes conventionnels relatifs aux droits de l’homme et encourage tous ces organes à poursuivre l’intégration de la question des personnes handicapées dans leurs travaux, notamment dnas leurs activitvés de suivi et dans les observations générales qu’ils publient;

8. Prie instamment les gouvernements, en consultation avec, notamment, les institutions nationales des droits de l’homme et les organisations de personnes handicapées, de traiter en détail de la question des droits des personnes handicapées dans les rapports qu’ils sont tenus de présenter en vertu des instruments pertinents des Nations Unies relatifs aux droits de l’homme, et salue l’initiative des gouvernements qui ont commencé à le faire;

9. Accueille avec satisfaction le rapport de la Haut-Comissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme sur les progrés accomplis dans la mise en œuvre des recommandations formulées dans l’étude sur les droits de l’homme et l’invalidité (A/HRC/7/61) et invite la Haut-Commissaire à continuer à appuyer comme il convient l’intégration de la question des personnes handicapées, notamment en coopération avec le Département des affaires économiques et sociales du secrétariat;

10. Encourage les États à faire œuvre de sensibilisation au sujet des droits des personnes handicapées, y compris au moyen de campagnes de sensibilisation du public et de programmes de formation, afin de lutter contre les stéréotypes, les préjugés, les praticques dangereuses et les barriéres comportementales concernant les personnes handicapées, et à promouvoir les perceptions positives et une plus grande conscience sociale à l’égard des personnes handicapées;

11. Encourage la Haut-Commissaire aux droits de l’homme à tenir pleinement compte de l’application progressive des normes et des directives régissant l’accessibilité des lcaux et des services du systéme des Nations Unies, en tenant également compte des dispoitions pertinentes de la Convention relative au droits des personnes handicapées, et souligne que le Conseil, y compris ses rssources Internet, doit être pleinement accessible aux personnes handicapées;

12. Encourage les États à prendre des mesures appropriées pour recenser et éliminer les obstacles et les entraves à l’accesibilité pour les personnes handicapées, en particulier à veiller à ce qu’elles aient accés, à égalité avec les autres, aux équipements physiques, aux transports, à l’information et à la communication et à d’autres équipements ouverts ou destinés au public, tants dans les zones urbaines que dans les zones rurales;

13. Se félicite du rôle important joué par les institutions nationales des droits de l’homme et les organisations de la socétécivile, notamment les organisations de personnes handicapées, dans la négocation de la Convention relative aux droits des personnes handicapées, et encourage les institutions et les organisations intéressées à poursuivre leurs efforts pour faire comprendre la Convention et, le cas échéant, promouvoir sa mise en œuvre;

14. Encourage le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme à continuer de renforcer ses partenariats avec des organisations de le sociét civile, notamment les organisations et les activités de sensibilisation qu’il méne dans leur direction, en privilégiant en particulier les organisations représentant les personnes handicapées, afin de les sensibiliser aux travaux du systéme des droits de l’homme;

15. Décide de tenir tous les ans, au cours d’une de ses sessions ordinaires, un débat interactif sur les droits des personnes handicapées dont le premir devrait avoir lieu à sa dixiéme session, l’accent étant mis sur les principales mesures juridiques nécessaires à la ratification et à la mise en œuvre effective de la Convention, notamment en ce qui concerne l’égalité et la non-discrimnation;

16. Prie le Haut-Commissariat de réaliser une étude thématique visant à faire miux connaître et comprendre la Convention relative aux droits des personnes handicapées, en insistant sur les principales mesures juridiques nécessaires à la ratification et à la mise en œuvre effective de la Convention, telles que les mesures ayant trait à l’égalité et à la non-discrimination, en consultation avec les États, les organisations de la société civile, notamment les organisations de personnes handicapées, et les institutions nationales des droits de l’homme, et demande que cette étude soit disponible sur le site Web du Haut-Commissariat, dans un format accessible, avant la dixiéme session du Conseil;

17. Note que l’Assemblée générale a prié le Secrétaire général de lui présenter à sa prochaine session un rapport sur l’état de la Convention et du Protocole facultatif et sur la’application de la résolution 62/170 et l’a également prié de soumettre ce rapport au Conseil en tant que contribution à son débat sur les droits des personnes handicapées;

18. Invite le Rapporteur spécial de la Commission du développement social chargé d’étudier la situation des handicapés à continuer à coopérer avec le Conseil et à lui rendre compte des activités entreprises en application de son mandant, conformément au programme de travail du Conseil.

40e séance, 27 mars 2008 [Adoptée sans vote. Voir chap. III.]

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This letter, in all three languages, was recently circulated on the Global Partnership for Disability and Development email discussion group; the AdHoc_IDC email discussion group and also the IDA_CRPD_Forum email discussion group. Please note that any related feedback or queries should please be directed to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, NOT to We Can Do.

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Who Am I? And, Revised Guidelines for Writers

Posted on 24 July 2008. Filed under: Call for Papers, Introduction to "We Can Do" | Tags: , |

If you have ever been curious to learn more about the person behind the We Can Do blog, then I have posted a new permanent page entitled “Who Am I?” that is now available from the top navigation bar. In this page, I talk a bit about myself and what motivates me to keep up with this blog month after month. Follow the link to:

https://wecando.wordpress.com/who-am-i/

If you were thinking of submitting something to We Can Do for possible publication, then I have tweaked the Writing Guidelines. For one thing, I changed the title from “Wish List for Written Materials and Resources” to “Guidelines for Writers” (but the URL link is currently still the same as it was before). Also, I added a few more criteria regarding things such as preferred word-length; languages other than English; use of tables and graphics; etc. Follow the link to:

https://wecando.wordpress.com/wish-list-for-written-materials-and-resources/

I know I still owe some emails to people who have already submitted materials for consideration. I apologize. We Can Do is a volunteer project I do in what limited free time I have, so I am frequently behind with my email. Feel free to send me a follow-up reminder to ashettle (at) patriot.net if you fear I’ve forgotten you.

In a few minutes, a post will be going up about the one-year anniversary of this blog: as of this writing (7:40 pm Washington DC time) We Can Do will be exactly one year old in just 1.5 hours from now.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Crisis as an Opportunity: Organizational and Professional Responses to Disasters

Posted on 21 July 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Disaster Planning & Mitigation, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

We Can Do readers will note that this conference is not specifically focused on disability issues or even on developing countries. But both issues could easily be incorporated into proposed papers and presentations. This conference could be an opportunity to bring disability issues to the attention of people in the field who might not ordinarily think to integrate them into their work.

Crisis as an Opportunity:
Organizational and Professional Responses to Disasters

Thursday, January 8th – Friday, January, 9th, 2009
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
Co-Sponsors: Ben Gurion University Department of Social Work
and
Rutgers University School of Social Work

The conference addresses various aspects in the development of long-term interventions following natural and human-made disasters. These issues will be addressed in a multidisciplinary approach, across various fields and perspectives. The aim is to explore theoretical issues as well as best practices in post-disaster situations focusing on the role of local NGOS (LNGOS) and international NGOs (INGOS) and professionals. We hope to bring together academics and practitioners, engage local and international existing networks, and create an arena for forging partnerships.

The conference will include selected plenary sessions and parallel panel sessions and workshops. Presentation proposals are welcome with the following foci:

Practice focus
A presentation that describes innovative or exemplary practices or programs in the community, in workplaces, in education institutions and the like. This may take the form of case studies, narratives, demonstrations or technical reports. The outcomes of practice may be improved frameworks, concepts, understandings or structures, such as enhanced capacity through the development of skills, knowledge and operational effectiveness.

Research focus
A presentation reporting upon original research, based on the systematic collection and analysis of data or facts.

Theory focus
A presentation, which is broad and generalizing in its emphasis, reflecting upon and systematically referenced against one or more bodies of literature or systems of thought.

Themes to be included in the conference are:

• Models for long-term interventions
• Community, organizational and institutional development,
• Mobilization and management of volunteers
• Social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs
• Practitioners’ burn-out
• Human-made and natural disasters – similarities and
differences
• Cooperation between INGOs and LNGOs
• Transfer of knowledge and best practices across settings
• Cross-cultural challenges in international cooperation
• The role of academics and researchers

Proposal Types
Individual 20-minute presentation
A 20 minute speaker presentation, which will be followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Proposals for individual presentations should include the 200-300 words abstract of the presentation, the author’s name, e-mail address, contact phone number, and organizational affiliation. Parallel sessions will include up to four individual presentations.

90-Minute Panels
Proposals are welcome for full panel sessions. Such proposals should include the theme of the panel, a 200 word abstract of the panel as a whole, the chair’s name, e-mail address, contact phone number, and organizational affiliation. The names and contact information of all proposed presenters should be specified, as well, and a 200 word long abstract for each presentation included.

Workshops
Proposals are welcome for 90 minute workshops. Such proposals should include the facilitators name, e-mail address, contact phone number, and organizational affiliation. A 200-300 word description of the workshop should specify the aim of the workshop and the practical skills it may teach, the techniques applied, the optimal number of participants, as well as equipment or teaching aids needed.

Submission of Proposals
The deadline for submission of proposals is September 15, 2008. Notification of acceptance will be made by October 12, 2008. Selected presenters will be asked to submit a draft of their paper by December 15th, 2008 and will be considered for inclusion in an edited book that is expected to be published following the conference.

The conference is sponsored by Department of Social Work at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the School of Social Work of Rutgers—The State University of New Jersey in cooperation with local and international NGOs

Contact person for submission of proposals: Dr. Roni Kaufman ronika@bgu.ac.il

We Can Do received this announcement via Gallaudet University’s Social Work Department email distribution list. Inquiries related to this conference, as well as submissions of proposals, should please be directed to Dr. Roni Kaufman, NOT to We Can Do.

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Siyanda Database: Publications on Gender and Disability

Posted on 16 July 2008. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Announcements, Call for Papers, Cross-Disability, Inclusion, Opportunities, Poverty, Resources, Women | Tags: , , , |

Researchers, international development professionals, and disability advocates who have an interest in gender issues may wish to explore the many gender-related publications at http://www.siyanda.org/.

The Siyanda database offers a wide range of articles and other publications related to gender and international development. Many are in English, but some materials are also available in other languages. Some of the materials available at Siyanda relate to people with disabilities in developing nations. Try a keyword search for words such as “disabilities” and “disabled” (note that each of these words brings up a slightly different set of results). Or try more specific key words such as “blind” or “mental illness.”

(Side note: the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry prefers the term “people with psychosocial disabilities.” However, many existing publications continue to use other terms such as “mental illness.”)

Siyanda also has a database of experts and consultants. Three names turned up when I tried plugging in the search term “disabilities.”

Authors will want to submit their own publications to the Siyanda database.

Start exploring at: http://www.siyanda.org/.



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CALL FOR PAPERS: Child Injuries, Violence, Disability

Posted on 16 July 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Children, Cross-Disability, Health, Opportunities, Violence | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Dear colleagues,

The World Health Organization Bulletin will publish a special issue on
Child Injuries, Violence and Disability in May 2009.

A call has gone out for related articles, see
http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/media/news/whobulletin/en/index.html

Authors are encouraged to submit papers by 1 September 2008.

Please forward this call to groups or individuals that you think may be interested.

Thanks
Alana

Alana OFFICER
Coordinator
Disability and Rehabilitation (DAR)
Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability
World Health Organization

Interested authors should please follow the link to the official webpage on the call the papers in order to obtain all details, including guidelines for authors and instructions on how to submit your papers. We Can Do is unable to answer your inquiries. Thank you.



This announcement was circulated by Alana Officer at the World Health Organization. I found this announcement via the AsiaPacificDisability email discussion group.

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Disability and Inclusive Economic Development

Posted on 16 July 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Cross-Disability, Education, Employment, Health, HIV/AIDS, Inclusion, Opportunities, Policy & Legislation, Poverty, Water and Sanitation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Note that, although abstracts are due by August 1, 2008, completed papers will not be due until 2009. This same announcement was posted at We Can Do in April, but the editors are circulating this notice again in an attempt to collect more abstracts for them to choose among.

Call for Papers for the Review of Disability Studies
Special Issue on Disability and Inclusive Economic Development.

The Review of Disability Studies is requesting papers for an upcoming special issue on Disability and Inclusive Development, to be edited by Rosangela Berman Bieler of the Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development and Daniel Mont of The World Bank.

This issue is intended to highlight recent research on the links between disability and socio-economic outcomes in developing countries, as well as evaluate attempts to move towards a more inclusive model of development

In particular, we are soliciting papers about the developing world that answer questions such as:

  • What is the relationship between disability and poverty?
  • How does the presence of a disability affect people’s access to education, training, and employment?
  • What is the relationship between health status, disability, and mortality?
  • What are the key barriers that prevent access to public services such as education, healthcare, transportation, water and sanitation, etc.?
  • What are some examples of programs or policy interventions aimed at including disabled people, and how effective have they been?

We particularly encourage submissions from authors from developing countries. We also encourage submissions across all disciplines, as long as they are aimed at helping to build more effective inclusive policies.

Please send electronic copies of a 1-2 page abstract to both Daniel Mont at dmont@worldbank.org and Rosangela Berman Bieler at RBBieler@aol.com by August 1st.

Completed articles should be approximately 3000-5000 words and should follow all RDS formatting guidelines found at http://www.rds.hawaii.edu/submissions/. Note that an invitation to (submit an abstract or) participate in the forum does not guarantee publication of that article in The Review of Disability Studies.

For more information about The Review of Disability Studies, please go to www.rds.hawaii.edu



This announcement was circulated by Daniel Mont via email. Any inquiries and abstracts should please be directed to Daniel Mont or to Rosangela Berman Bieler as instructed above, NOT to We Can Do.

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CALL FOR PAPERS on International Disability Convention

Posted on 10 July 2008. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Announcements, Call for Papers, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Opportunities, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , |

Dr. Kishor Bhanushali circulated the following call for papers on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in late June:

Dear All:

This is Dr. Kishor Bhanushali from India, working as a faculty member with ICFAI Business School. I am working on edited book on UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I am looking for authors to contribute articles related to various aspects of convention and its likely impact on persons with disabilities. For further information, pls contact me at kishorkisu@rediffmail.com,
kishor@ibsindia.org

Thanks for your overwhelming response to my book on U.N. Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Let me share with you some information about the proposed book and also
about ICFAI Books and ICFAI University Press.

Introduction:
United Nations estimated that there are about 650 million persons living with disabilities in the world. If we include the members of their families, there are approximately 2 billion persons who are directly affected by the disabilities, representing almost third of the world’s population. Persons with disabilities are generally overlooked in the development process as they do not enjoy rights at par with their non-disabled counterparts. Therefore ensuring equality of rights and access for these persons will have an enormous impact on the social and economic situation in countries around the world. In this scenario 2008 is a significant yeasr because of the entry of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol, which are legally binding documents obligating the state governments to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities. U.N. Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities ensures that all persons with all types of disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal basis with others. It clarifies and qualifies how all categories of rights apply to persons with disabilities and identifies areas where adaptations have to be made for persons with disabilities to effectively exercise their rights, where their rights have been violated, and where protection of rights must be reinforced.

The Convention marks a “paradigm shift” in attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities. It takes to a new height the movement from viewing persons with disabilities as “objects” of charity, medical treatment and social protection towards viewing persons with
disabilities as “subjects” with rights, who are capable of claiming those rights and making decisions for their lives based on their free, and informed consent as well as being active members of society (U.N.).

Theme:
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol was adopted on 13 December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and was opened for signature on 30 March 2007. It was the first comprehensive human rights treaty of the 21st century and is the first human rights convention to be open for signature by regional integration organizations. Countries that join in the Convention engage themselves to develop and carry out policies, laws and administrative measures for securing the rights recognized in the Convention and abolish laws, regulations, customs and practices that constitute discrimination. Countries are to guarantee that persons with disabilities enjoy their inherent right to life on an equal basis with others, ensure the equal rights and advancement of women and girls with disabilities and protect children with disabilities.

Objective(s):
1. To understand the need of convention to protect the rights of persons with disabilities
2. Understand various aspects of convention on rights of persons with disabilities
3. Understand various aspects of convention and its expected impact on the life of persons with disabilities in various countries of the world
4. To discuss the issues involved in implementation of convention in various countries of the world

About Icfai University Press
In order to survive and thrive in a rapidly transforming economic and business environment, executives and professionals need to continuously acquire emerging knowledge and skills. The Icfai University Press therefore brings out a portfolio of publications to make the much-needed knowledge available to its readers who include students, research scholars and working executives. Presently, the Icfai University Press brings out 18 magazines and 57 journals.

About Icfai Books
Icfai Books is the initiative of the Icfai University Press to publish a series of professional reference books in the areas of accounting, banking, insurance, finance, marketing, operations, HRM, IT, general management and allied areas with a special focus on emerging and frontier themes. These books seek to provide, at one place, a retrospective, current as well as prospective view of the contemporary developments in the environment, with emphasis on general and specialized branches of knowledge and applications.

These professional books are based on relevant, authoritative and thought-provoking articles written by experts and published in leading professional magazines and research journals. The articles are organized in a sequential and logical way that makes reading continuous and helps the reader acquire a holistic view of the subject. This helps in strengthening the understanding of the subject better and also enables the reader stretch their thoughts beyond the contents of the book. These books are designed to meet the requirements of working executives, research scholars, academicians, students of professional programs and Indian and foreign universities. Around 40 books are sent to print every month.

The books are meant for the purpose of dissemination of knowledge and information and are sold at highly discounted prices. The publishing unit is, therefore, heavily subsidized by the parent organization involved in higher education. If you need any more information about Icfai Journals and Magazines, please visit www.iupindia.org. At this juncture, we are pleased to inform you that we now have launched our own website www.books.iupindia.org and we wish to allow readers the facility of e-downloading the books from our website and also from some other websites we may work in future. We are sure, you will agree that this will result in larger distribution of books and also give better visibility to the source(s)/author(s) and the books. Therefore, we now seek your permission to reprint the above article in the electronic version. Kindly let us know that we have you permission for the same.

You are requested to forward the abstract of your paper at earliest. Final paper can be submitted in month time. If you have already published some paper which you think is suitable for the book can also be reprinted.

Awaiting Response
 

Dr Kishor Bhanushali
Faculty – Economics
ICFAI Business School
ICFAI House



We Can Do first saw this call for papers on the AsiaPacificDisability email discussion group, which is devoted to the discussion of disability issues in the Asian and Pacific regions. Dr. Kishor Bhanushali was kind enough to supply additional details.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Situation of Persons with Disabilities in Post-War and Post-Conflict Situations

Posted on 23 June 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Cross-Disability, Opportunities, Violence | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

ZEITSCHRIFT BEHINDERUNG UND DRITTE WELT
GERMAN JOURNAL FOR DISABILITY AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

[Note:As of September 2008, I have been notified that the deadline for this specific call for papers has already passed. Interested authors, however, may wish to monitor http://www.zbdw.dethe German Journal for Disability and International Development website to learn about their publication and in anticipation of future calls for papers on other topics.]

Topic:
Situation of Persons with Disabilities in Post-War and Post-Conflict Situations

This issue of the journal deals with living conditions and situations of people with disabilities after periods of war and/or conflict. As already stated by UN Special Rapporteur Leandro Despouy in 1993 wars and armed conflicts are causing long-term disabilities in large groups of the population and – at the same time – are situations of high vulnerability for PWD. Since strategies of war as well as weapons have changed over the last decades and differ from conflict to conflict, the situation of PWD afterwards might be disparate but disastrous in any way. The challenges that arise are manifold for PWD as well as aid organisations and governments. In most situations of conflict victims have no legal basis to claim their rights. At the same time they have to cope with insufficient rehabilitation services. With this issue, the German Journal for Disability and International Development wants to raise a topic that is not often heard but reality for many people. It will ask about:

  • traumatisation of large parts of population
  • legal rights of victims of wars/conflicts and compensation
  • availability of and access to rehabilitation services
  • specific challenges for PWD and war veterans concerning resettlement and generating income
  • the problem of unfair distribution of aids between war veterans and disabled civilians
  • changes in perceptions of disability through conflict and war

Suggestions for contributions:

  • Introductory article
  • Articles reflecting and analysing the situation in specific countries
  • Impact studies/Surveys/Case Studies/Reviews
  • Reports from best practice projects
  • Autobiographical reports
  • And others

Contact:
Gabriele Weigt – gabi.weigt@t-online.de
Doris Graeber – doris.graeber@arcor.de

About us:
The Journal for Disability and International Development is published by the Forum Disability and International Development. Since 1990 it is published three times a year. The target groups of the journal are scientists, professionals and interested people from all over the world.

It aims to be a forum for an international exchange about the topic. Beside this it creates professional discussions on educational, social, developmental and intercultural issues in the context of disability and development. Each issue of the journal has a leading topic consisting of diverse articles.

The editors and the advisory board try to win experts from all continents to contribute to the journal. The journal is published in German and English and available in a printed and online version http://www.zbdw.de

Information for authors can be downloaded in RTF format (26 Kb) at: http://zbdw.de/projekt01/media/zbdw_author_info_engl.rtf



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Publication Seeks Stories by and about Children, Youth with Disabilities

Posted on 19 June 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Audio & Visual Materials, Call for Papers, Children, Cross-Disability, Opportunities, youth | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI) is collecting articles related to children with disabilities for its next issue of Disability International. Disability International is an on-line magazine focused on the international disability community that publishes one or two issues each year, in English, Spanish, and French. The following kinds of submissions are welcome:

  • Written pieces and art work by children and youth
  • Stories about what it is like to be a young person with a disability, told in their own words
  • Stories from groups or organizations about a successful project they have done involving children or youth with disabilities. Please include pictures.

Stories should be about 450 words long. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2008.

Prior issues of Disability International, from 2002 through 2008, can be downloaded for free on-line at http://v1.dpi.org/lang-en/resources/details.php?page=116. Themes for past issues have included: independent living (PDF format, 554 Kb); human rights (PDF format, 463 Kb); invisible disabilities (PDF format, 506 Kb); HIV/AIDS in Africa (PDF format, 1.63 Mb); a special edition on the launch of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in December 2006 (PDF format, 2.5 Mb); another issue on implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 (PDF format, 2 Mb); and, most recently, disability and the arts (PDF format, 1.5 Mb).

For inquiries, or to submit stories and pictures for the next issue, please contact Cassandra at Disabled Peoples’ International at info@dpi.org.



We Can Do first learned about DPI’s search for stories by or about children and youth with disabilities through the DPI weekly electronic newsletter. Thank you to Cassandra for supplying additional details about the guidelines for Disability International.

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Symposium on African Sign Languages

Posted on 17 June 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Deaf, Events and Conferences, Middle East and North Africa, Opportunities, signed languages, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The first Symposium on African Sign Languages (SAfSL) will be held in Cologne, Germany from August 17 to 19, 2009.

The symposium, hosted by Dany Adone, Claudia Becker, and Thomas Kaul from the University of Cologne, is being held within a wider conference on African languages, the 6th World Congress of African Lingustics (WOCAL 6), held August 17-21, 2009.

Contributions to the symposium are invited on the following topics:

  • linguistic research on African Sign Languages
  • reports on undocumented or under-documented African Sign Languages
  • reports on endangered African Sign Languages
  • reports on emerging African Sign Languages
  • education and African Sign Languages
  • language policies and African Sign languages

The WOCAL congress language is English. The languages for the Symposium on African Sign Languages, however, are English and International Sign language.

If the Symposium is able to raise enough funds, then they may be able to provide some limited financial support to participants from outside Europe, particularly from Africa. Those who need support are urged to send in their detailed request together with an abstract of their presentation. Beneficiaries will be identified based on this information and will be notified.

People interested in submitting abstracts, attending the conference, applying for assistance, or otherwise learning more detail about the Symposium on African Sign Languages should please consult the conference web site at http://www.uni-koeln.de/phil-fak/afrikanistik/wocal/.

People who still have questions after consulting the WOCAL web site can direct their queries to the conference organizers (NOT We Can Do) at WOCAL6@uni-koeln.de. You may also wish to subscribe to the WOCAL conference newsletter for further updates at WOCAL6-newsletter@uni-koeln.de.



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Africa Campaign on Disability and HIV/AIDS Seeks Health Care Stories

Posted on 16 June 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Audio & Visual Materials, Call for Papers, Case Studies, Cross-Disability, Health, HIV/AIDS, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This email was recently circulated by Gouwah Samuels.

version française dessous

Dear friends, colleagues and supporters

The time has come! As promised during our last meeting in Kampala the Communications Working Group is working on compiling the inaugural newsletter for the Africa Campaign on Disability and HIV/AIDS. We are hoping to get all submissions this month in order to distribute it via email in July.

The first issues will focus on access to health care. We invite each of you to read through the following questions and send back answers to Myroslava Tataryn: myroslavat@gmail.com by Friday, 27th June at the latest.

Questions for this edition are as follows:

1. How have you involved health care workers in your disability and AIDS initiatives?

2. Have you and/or your organizations engaged in any activities or initiatives promoting Disability and AIDS at local health care centres or hospitals? Please explain.

3. Do you have an statistics regarding people with disabilities accessing HIV/AIDS and/or reproductive health care services? If you do, please share them with us.

Please share your stories and pictures with us! Even though we may not be able to use all of the stories/pictures collected for this first edition of the newsletter. We will be keeping them on our Africa Campaign Databank! Also, please make sure you have secured necessary permission of people in the photos you are sharing.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of us:
Gouwah Samuels: gouwah@africandecade.co.za
Grace Musoke: gracejusta@yahoo.co.uk
Myroslava Tataryn: myroslavat@gmail.com

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

With warm regards,
Myroslava Tataryn: and Gouwah Samuels
For the Africa Campaign Communications Working Group

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Cheres amis, collegues et patrons,

Finalement, comme etait promis a la derniere reunion a Kampala, la group de travail de communication est en train d’assembler le premier bulletin pour la Campagne Africaine du VIH/SIDA et les handicaps. Nous esperons d’obtenir tous vous contributions ce mois-ci enfin de nous permetre de distribuer le bulletin final par email au mois de juillet.

La premier numero de notre bulletin est consacre aux questions concernant l’access aux soins medicaux. Nous vous invitons de lire les questions qui suivent et de repondre a Myroslava Tataryn (myroslavat@gmail.com) avec vos reponses par vendredi, le 27 juin, au plus tard.

Questions pour ce numero:

1. Comment est ce que vous avez implique les travailleurs medicaux dans vous activites du SIDA et l’incapacite?

2. Est ce que vous ou vos organismes sont engages dans des activites ou initiatives qui font la promotion des questions du SIDA et l’incapacites dans des hopitaux ou des centres medicaux dans vos localites? Expliquez s’il vous plait.

3. st ce que vous avez des statistiques selons les persons avec incapacites qui accessent les services de VIH/SIDA ou la sante reproductif? Si oui, s’il vous plait, partagez-les avec nous.

S’il vous plait, partagez vos histoires et vos photos avec nous! Meme si nous ne serons pas capable de publier chacun dans cet premier numro du bulletin nous allons les garder dans la base de donnees de la campagne. Aussi, s’il vous plait, assurez-vous que vous avez les propres authorizations des personnes dans les photos que vous nous envoyez.

Si vous avez n’emporte quelles questions, n’hesitez pas a nous contacter:

Gouwah Samuels: gouwah@africandecade.co.za
Grace Musoke: gracejusta@yahoo.co.uk
Myroslava Tataryn: myroslavat@gmail.com

Nous esperons vous reponses bientot!

Avec sinceres salutations,
Myroslava Tataryn: and Gouwah Samuels
Pour la groupe de travialle de la communication pour la Campagne Africaine



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CALL FOR PAPERS: Disability and Inclusive Economic Development

Posted on 26 April 2008. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Announcements, Call for Papers, Education, Employment, Health, Opportunities, Poverty | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Call for Papers for the Review of Disability Studies

Special Issue on Disability and Inclusive Economic Development.

 
The Review of Disability Studies is requesting papers for an upcoming special issue on Disability and Inclusive Development, to be edited by Rosangela Berman Bieler of the Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development and Daniel Mont of The World Bank.

This issue is intended to highlight recent research on the links between disability and socio-economic outcomes in developing countries, as well as evaluate attempts to move towards a more inclusive model of development

In particular, we are soliciting papers about the developing world that answer questions such as:

What is the relationship between disability and poverty?

How does the presence of a disability affect people’s access to education, training, and employment?

What is the relationship between health status, disability, and mortality?

What are the key barriers that prevent access to public services such as education, healthcare, transportation, water and sanitation, etc.?

What are some examples of programs or policy interventions aimed at including disabled people, and how effective have they been?

We particularly encourage submissions from authors from developing countries. We also encourage submissions across all disciplines, as long as they are aimed at helping to build more effective inclusive policies.

Please send electronic copies of a 1-2 page abstract to both Daniel Mont at dmont@worldbank.org and Rosangela Berman Bieler at RBBieler@aol.com by August 1, 2008.

Completed articles should be approximately 3000-5000 words and should follow all RDS formatting guidelines found at http://www.rds.hawaii.edu/submissions/. Note that an invitation to (submit an abstract or) participate in the forum does not guarantee publication of that article in The Review of Disability Studies.

For more information about The Review of Disability Studies, please go to www.rds.hawaii.edu



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CALL FOR PAPERS: Community Based Rehabilitation, Concept and Cases

Posted on 14 April 2008. Filed under: Call for Papers, Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), Opportunities, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , |

[Edited 6 November 2008 to add this note: This book has now been published and can be purchased at http://www.books.iupindia.org/newarticle.asp?isbn=978-81-314-1479-8&bookid=IB1101859]

The following email was recently circulated on the Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD) email discussion group.

Dear All

This is Dr. Kishor Bhanushali from India. I have recently completed my doctorate in the area of vocational rehabilitation. I am looking for professionals who can contribute articles for my forthcoming edited book on Community Based Rehabilitation: Concept and Cases. Those interested can contact me at kishorkisu@rediffmail.com, Kishor@ibsindia.org

Thanks,
Dr. Kishor Bhanushali

Please note that people with inquiries should contact Dr. Kishor Banushali directly via the email addresses given above.



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Writing to Promote Disability Rights!

Posted on 21 March 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Calling all Writers for the RatifyNow CRPD Blog Swarm 2008!
Are you good with words? Do you care about protecting the human rights of people with disabilities? Are you looking for a way to celebrate the first anniversary of the international disability rights treaty, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), on March 30, 2008?

Please participate in the RatifyNow CRPD Blog Swarm 2008!

What’s a Blog Swarm?
A blog swarm is when many bloggers agree to write blog posts on the same theme at about the same time. Writers who don’t have a blog can ask someone who does to publish their post for them. A blog swarm can increase public awareness of an issue.

Why Celebrate the CRPD?
Does it make you angry when people with disabilities are denied equal access to educational opportunities or good quality healthcare? Does it horrify you when people with disabilities are left behind during times of natural disasters and war? Does reading about the abuse and torture of people with disabilities make you want to do something about it? These are all human rights violations.

When countries ratify the international disability rights treaty (CRPD), this obligates them to create laws to protect the human rights of people with disabilities. With these laws in place, the disability communities of ratifying countries will be in a stronger position to advocate for themselves—and be heard. That’s worth celebrating.

So, What’s the RatifyNow CRPD Blog Swarm 2008?
Writers are being asked to submit blog posts about the CRPD via email to RatifyNow@gmail.com at any time between now and March 27, 2008. If you don’t have a blog, we’ll try to find a home for your blog post.

For more details about the CRPD and the celebratory blog swarm, please follow the link to:

http://ratifynow.org/latest-news/blog-swarm/

Here, you will find links to the original announcement about the RatifyNow CRPD Blog Swarm 2008 and how you can participate; a page that can help you educate yourself about the CRPD before you start writing about it; suggested topic ideas for you to consider; and suggested guidelines for people who are not familiar with how to write blog posts.

Then What Happens?
On March 30, 2008, come to http://www.RatifyNow.org to start reading what all the participating writers and bloggers say about the CRPD!

What Else?
Please help make the RatifyNow CRPD Blog Swarm 2008 a success by making sure people know about it! You may post this notice at your blog or other web site, or pass it along to people you know.



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CALL FOR BLOG POSTS: Write About the International Disability Rights Treaty

Posted on 12 March 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This announcement is taken from the RatifyNow.org web site:

GET READY TO SWARM!
Join the RatifyNow CRPD Blog Swarm 2008!

Calling all bloggers, vloggers, and other writers!

  • Do you regularly blog (or vlog) about human rights? Or disability? Or both?
  • Are you someone who cares about the international disability rights treaty (called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD), its success, and its broad adoption?

If so, please participate in the RatifyNow CRPD Blog Swarm 2008, scheduled for March 30, 2008!

What’s a blog swarm?
A blog swarm is when many bloggers and vloggers agree to write blog posts, or make blog videos, on the same theme at about the same time. Writers who don’t have a blog can ask someone who does to publish their post for them. A blog swarm can increase public awareness of an issue and can sometimes stimulate media interest in the topic.

Why Does the CRPD Matter?
If you have a disability or know people who do, then you know that the human rights of people with disabilities around the world are violated every day. In many countries with no disability rights laws, 90% of disabled children receive no education. People with disabilities may encounter doctors who simply assume they’d rather be dead than disabled—and make medical choices accordingly. Disabled people are more vulnerable to abuse and violence. And some have been sterilized against their will, or institutionalized without their consent.

The international disability community has been working with the human rights community and the United Nations for more than 30 years to change that. Together, they have created the first comprehensive, international treaty to protect a broad range of human rights of people with disabilities: the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD).

Celebrate the CRPD Anniversary With a Blog Swarm!
At last, these efforts are about to bear fruit. The CRPD was first opened for countries to sign on March 30, 2007, last year. So far, 17 countries have ratified it.

After the 20th country ratifies the CRPD, it will enter full legal force. Odds are good this will happen sometime soon after March 30, 2008—the first anniversary of the CRPD.

In honor of that anniversary, the grassroots organization RatifyNow.org will be hosting a blog swarm on March 30, 2008, called the “RatifyNow CRPD Blog Swarm 2008”. Please help make the blog swarm a success!

As the “host” for UN CRPD Blog Swarm 2008, RatifyNow.org will collect all the links to all the blog posts submitted for the blog swarm and make them available in one location.

Great! How Can I Show Support?
Have a blog? At any time between now and March 27, 2008, write a short blog post to share your thoughts about the CRPD and its first anniversary. Post it. Then send the link (with your screen name and the name of your blog) to RatifyNow@gmail.com. Links to video clips are also welcome (spoken or signed). If you provide video, however, please make an effort to include a transcript.

Even if you don’t want to write or vlog about the CRPD, you can still help by recruiting other bloggers and writers. Copy and paste this announcement into your blog or web site and encourage people to participate. Consider offering to host other people’s blog posts.

Read more detail about the RatifyNow CRPD Blog Swarm 2008 at RatifyNow.org. This web site is also a great one-stop shop to learn more about the CRPD or about disability rights before you start writing.

Email us and let us know you’ll be participating. Then send your submissions by March 27, 2008 to RatifyNow@gmail.com. Please include the phrase BLOG SWARM at the start of your subject line.

Then, of course, come back to RatifyNow.org to read what other participants say about the CRPD—and encourage your readers to do the same! The Swarm officially opens March 30, 2008 in New Zealand time, meaning it will still be March 29 in most other parts of the world.



This announcement is taken from the RatifyNow web site at http://ratifynow.org/2008/03/11/join-crpd-swarm-2008/.

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ESSAY COMPETITION: Shape the City of Your Dreams

Posted on 20 February 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Awards & Honors, Call for Nominations or Applications, Call for Papers, Fellowships & Scholarships, Urban Development, youth | Tags: , , , , |

WANTED: YOUR practical ideas for improving the city you live in.

The International Essay Competition 2008 for young people aged 18 to 25 has been launched. The theme is “Shaping the City of Your Dreams.” Essays can be submitted in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, or Portuguese. The maximum allowed length for each essay is 10 pages (4,000 words). Cash prizes are available for $5000 or $1000.

Participating youth may be either students or non-students. Ph.D. (doctorate) students are NOT eligible.

Essays may be submitted until March 23, 2008.

Finalists will be announced April 30, 2008. Finalists will be invited to attend the ABCDE Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, in June 2008. All travel expenses for finalists will be paid by the World Bank. The final winners will be selected and awarded on June 11, 2008.

This competition could be an opportunity for a young adult with disabilities in a developing country to win recognition for their ideas.

This competition is not specific to disability issues. But perhaps participants could consider focusing their essay on how their city could be made more accessible to disabled people. If this interests you, then you might find it helpful to research the concept of “universal design.” Other We Can do blog posts relevant to universal design include one about New Delhi improving its accessibility and another about a free, on-line book on universal deisgn and visitability.

For ideas on how to find further informational resources on universal design or other topics related to people with disabilities, try consulting Tips and leads on finding academic research, paper, resources, or statistics. Of course, also try searching at http://www.google.com or your preferred search engine.

More information about the essay competition can be found at:

www.essaycompetition.org

Be sure to read the FAQ and rules carefully before submitting your essay. Participants should also carefully read more detail about the three questions that each essay is expected to answer.

It is critical that you write a good-quality abstract (short summary) for your essay. Abstracts will be used to help the judges pre-select essays for the competition. Read all the instructions at www.essaycompetition.org carefully.

Participants can submit your essays on-line at

http://www.essaycompetition.org/content08_38_1

One of the questions on their application form asks where you learned about their competition. When you answer this question, please be sure to click “other” and tell them that you learned about their competition at wecando.wordpress.com.



Thank you to Ghulam Nabi Nazimani for alerting me (and others) to this competition. I researched most of the detail for this blog post at the essay competition web site.

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CONFERENCE: International Congress on Education for the Deaf (ICED) July 2010

Posted on 18 February 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Deaf, Education, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , |

The 21st International Congress on Education for the Deaf (ICED) Congress will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from 18 – 22 July 2010.

For more information check their website at:

www.iced2010.com

As of this writing (mid-February, 2008), there is little information available. But more information should be added to their web site in the weeks and months to come.

Individuals who are interested in attending the conference as a participant; sponsoring the conference; offering an exhibit at the conference; presenting a paper at the conference; or presenting a poster at the conference are invited to send your full contact information to the conference organizers at:

iced2010@advance-group.com

Your contact information should include, at minimum, your first and last name and your email address. You may also wish to provide your position and organization; your full mailing address (including province or state, and your country); your day time telephone number and fax number.

If you provide ICED with your contact information then you will be contacted with more detail as they become available.



We Can Do learned about this conference through the Intl-Dev mailing list.



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CALL FOR PAPERS: Human Security, Social Cohesion and Disability

Posted on 29 January 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Cross-Disability, Disability Studies, Disaster Planning & Mitigation, Human Rights, Opportunities, Policy & Legislation, Poverty, technology, Violence | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Call for Papers – Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal (www.rds.hawaii.edu)

Human Security, Social Cohesion and Disability

Guest Editors: Gregor Wolbring, Program in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, Dept of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary;

Anita Ghai, Department of Psychology Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi;

Kirk Allison, Program in Human Rights and Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota;

Human security and social cohesion are two central requisites for the medical and social well being of disabled people. Science and technology (S&T) advances often seen as essential for disabled people also impact on human security and on social cohesion. Human security according to the Commission on Human Security is concerned with safeguarding and expanding people’s vital freedoms. It requires both shielding people from acute threats and empowering people to take charge of their own lives. The Commission identified economic security, food security, health security, environmental security, personal security, community security, political security, freedom from fear, and freedom from want as primary concerns.

Social cohesion in very general terms means: All that which brings people together (European New Towns Platform). In Canada the following description is in use: “Social cohesion is the ongoing process of developing a community of shared values, shared challenges and equal opportunity within Canada, based on a sense of trust, hope and reciprocity among all Canadians.” (Jeannotte and Sharon, 2001). This has also been articulated complementarily in terms of social capital which has been defined among others as “features of social organization such as networks, norms, and social trust that facilitate coordination and cooperation for mutual benefit” (Putnam 1995).

More about the concepts can be found in the below references:

  • Gregor Wolbring (2006). Human Security and NBICS http://www.innovationwatch.com/choiceisyours/choiceisyours.2006.12.30.htm
  • Gregor Wolbring (2007). NBICS and Social Cohesion http://www.innovationwatch.com/choiceisyours/choiceisyours-2007-01-15.htm
  • Caroline Beauvais and Jane Jenson.(2002) Social Cohesion: Updating the State of Research. Canadian Policy, Research Networks, Canadian Heritage, Ottawa. http://www.cprn.com/doc.cfm?doc=167&l=en
  • European New Towns Platform. (2005). “The Top 8 Specific Challenges for Social Cohesion in New Towns.” http://www.newtowns.net/themes
  • Definitions of Social Capital http://www.analytictech.com/networks/definitions_of_social_capital.htm
  • Social Captial Initiative, Working Paper 1, 1998, http://go.worldbank.org/W8FMEK6FR0
  • We are honored that the theme for an issue of The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal will be human security, social cohesion and disability. This topic is chosen because the discourse around human security and social cohesion is of central importance for disability studies and for the well-being of persons with disabilities. At the same time discourses in disability studies can crucially clarify and test the discourses of human security and social cohesion.

    Thus, we urge potential contributors, regardless of their fields of training, to articulate their ideas about human security, social cohesion and disability. We especially encourage contributors to envision:

    • Future threats to human security and social cohesion including threats linked to new and emerging sciences and technologies processes and products and their impact on disabled people.
    • How disability studies discourses have generated tools and will continue to generate tools which can be used to minimize future threats to social cohesion and human security.
    • Other possible prevention strategies and fixes to possible future threat to human security and social cohesion.

    We encourage the submission of empirical case studies and theoretical models and we especially encourage contributions which cover the topic from a low income country background.

    Potential contributors to this Special Issue might consider:

    1. What is the “disability,” the discrimination angle of human security and social cohesion?
    2. What is the body image angle of human security and social cohesion?
    3. What is the importance of the disability studies angle on human security and social cohesion for other marginalized groups, for the marginalized majority of the world?
    4. What are potential future threats to human security and social cohesion and what would the impact be on disabled people?
    5. What are the cultural angles of human security and social cohesion?
    6. What is the role and potential of law?
    7. What empirical evidence and theoretical models illuminate the processes and effects?
    8. What is the impact of emerging social concepts such as transhumanism, which is?
    9. What is the impact of new and emerging sciences and technologies?
    10. What role does or could disability studies be playing in the interaction between new and emerging sciences and technologies and human security and social cohesion?
    11. How do or do not the human security and social cohesion discourses serve the needs of disabled people?
    12. What are the connections between human security and violent conflict?
    13. What are the relationships between development and poverty reduction, human security, and the prevention of violent conflict?
    14. What is the impact of natural disasters on those with disabilities in terms of security and cohesion
    15. How can social capital be discussed in context of disabled people, human security and social cohesion?

    Send via email 250-word abstracts, by March 31st, 2008 to Guest Editors Gregor Wolbring gwolbrin@ucalgary.ca ; Anita Ghai anita.satyapal@gmail.com and Kirk Allison alli0001@umn.edu. Please be sure to send abstracts to all editors. For those abstracts that are selected, we will request completed articles of approximately 3000-5000 words two months after the note of invitation to submit a full article was sent. Note that an invitation to submit an article based on an abstract does not guarantee publication of that article in The Review of Disability Studies.

    For more information about The Review of Disability Studies, please go to www.rds.hawaii.edu



    We Can Do received this announcement via the Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD) email distribution list, which can be joined for free.

    The Review of Disability Studies journal has been featured before at We Can Do: see an earlier, more generic call for papers at RDS, or see a listing of previous RDS articles relevant to people with disabilities in developing countries, with abstracts.

    Check for other calls for papers.



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