JOB POST: Chief Executive, Action on Disability and Development, South West England

Posted on 23 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , |

Action on Disability and Development (ADD) is an international development agency working with organisations of disabled people in their struggle for the rightful inclusion of disabled adults and children in society. Established in 1985, ADD operates internationally with partner organisations of disabled people to create a world where all disabled people are enabled to enjoy their rights, fulfil their responsibilities and participate as fully as they can and choose at every level of society.

Chief Executive Circa: £70,000

Currently based in South West England. Extensive international travel.

ADD is committed to championing the human rights of disabled people. We are equally committed to recruiting a disabled person for this key role. Only disabled applicants should, therefore, apply.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of disabled people. We want to appoint a disabled person to lead ADD into the next phase of its development. Responsible for circa 200 staff and working across 12 countries, you will lead ADD to help develop the capacity of disabled people and their organisations, and work with them to influence policies at local, regional and national level. You will cultivate key stakeholder relationships (particularly with the disability movement and donors), promote ADD in international
arenas, and develop income through existing and new funding streams.

You will need:
• A commitment to the social model of disability, with a deep understanding of the discrimination and human rights deprivation that many disabled people face
• Strategic leadership experience and management skills gained in disability rights/international development/non-profit/public sector arena
• Understanding and experience of capacity-building approaches to develop and implement programmes that improve disabled people’s quality of life
• Demonstrable financial acumen to oversee ADD’s financial strategy
• Strong communication and relational skills in cross-cultural contexts

For more information about ADD and this unique opportunity please visit www.add.org.uk

For an application pack please visit www.crsearchandselection.com/add
or e-mail Alex Ouezzani at alex@crsearchandselection.com

If you would like to discuss this role please call Olga Johnson on + 44 (0)20 7520 2210
or Geraldine Norris on + 44 (0)20 7520 2206.

Closing date for applications is Friday 3rd October 2008.

Please request an application in your preferred format. Please inquire directly with Alex Ouezzani at alex@crsearchandselection.com, NOT We Can Do.



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Dhaka University in Bangladesh Creating Disability-Friendly Environment

Posted on 25 August 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Education, Inclusion, News, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Dear Friends

Action on Disability and Development (ADD) and Disabled Students Rights Forum in cooperation with Dhaka University organized a roundtable discussion titled ‘Right to education for students with disabilities: Barriers and moving forward to inclusion into mainstream’ held at Senate Bhaban, University of Dhaka on Aug, 2008. Professor S.M.A. Faiz, Vice-Chancellor, University of Dhaka attended the roundtable as Chief Guest while Mr. Mosharraf Hossain, Country Director, ADD moderated the event.

Disabled friendly environment should be ensured in university for disabled students in acquiring higher education. This is why; the authority of the university should be sensitized in building a sustainable infrastructure paving the advancement to the disabled students in getting higher education smoothly. The speakers demanded at the roundtable discussion.

Prof Faiz said, Dhaka University is committed to ensure the disabled friendly environment paving the disabled students in acquiring higher education. We will try our level best to do for the betterment of the disabled students studying in DU. We will bring this issue to the policy making authority in a view to find the better way out mitigating the existing barriers faced by the disabled students. He also assured to award the scholarships to the disabled students more and ease the admission process so far.

The distinguished speakers said that a tiny group of students got chance in getting admission at higher education by their arduous efforts as they always face the grueling barriers from everywhere. So, the authority of Dhaka University should take initiatives to move forward for inception of inclusive education where disabled students will enjoy full facilities having higher education. The issue should be taken as a serious agenda in the policy making level of the university for easing the problems of the disabled students, which could be replicated to other universities.

Among others Prof Dr. AFM Yusuf Haider, Pro-VC, DU, Prof. Md. Muinuddin Khan, VC, ASA University and former adviser to caretaker government, Prof Sirajul Islam Chowdhury, Educationalist, Prof. M. Anower Hossain, General Secretary, Dhaka University Teachers Association, DU, Mr. Anisul Haque, Deputy Editor, Prothom Alo, Sultana Zaman, education expert, Mr. Syed Rezaur Rahman, Registrar, Dhaka University, Mr. Sadek Khan, Syndicate Member, DU, Prof. Farida Rahman, Registrar, Jagannath University, Prof. Syed Anower Hossain, Naimul Islam Khan, Editor, Amader Shamoy Abul Kalam Azad, President, Disabled Students Rights Forum, DU and Mozammel Haque, Advocacy Coordinator, Md. Aktar Uddin, Communication and Fundraising Officer, Fazlul Azim, Human Rights Officer, ADD spoke at the roundtable discussion.

Key findings of the roundtable
• 5% quota should be reserved for the students with disabilities in the university admission process.
• Formulation a policy to ensure higher education uninterruptedly for the students with disabilities
• Set up ramps and disabled friendly spacious and talking lifts in all buildings of the university and introducing Braille readers and writers at the halls of residence.
• Allocation of seats of residential halls should be reserved for student with disabilities
• Seats should be reserved for disabled students at university bus which should also be disabled friendly
• The process of getting scribes (interpreter) for visually impaired persons in delivering examination should be easy and allowed necessary extra time for examination
• Scholarship should be reserved for the students with disabilities
• Every department of university should appoint a disability sensitive teacher to minimize the barriers of the disabled students
• Attitudes of teachers, administrative officers, students should be sensitive to the disabled students, so, the authority should organize training on disability for those groups in a view to deal the disability issue from rights based approach
• UGC should constitute a specific guideline on disability for the universities to deal the students with disabilities and take actions for implementation properly
• Inclusive education should be materialized managing all facilities for the students with disabilities
• Disability issue should be included at policy making body of university as a serious agenda to ensure congenial atmosphere for students with disabilities to obtaining higher education
• Authorities should appoint officials at the university dormitories who would read newspapers for the visually impaired students.

I hereby attach a brief report on the roundtable discussion for your convenience.

Thanking you

Md. Aktar Uddin
Communication and Fundraising Officer
ADD
Cell: 01726-832567



Ensure disabled friendly environment at university for students with disabilities obtaining higher education

Disabled friendly environment should be ensured in university for disabled students in acquiring higher education. This is why; the authority of the university should be sensitized in building a sustainable infrastructure paving the advancement to the disabled students in getting higher education smoothly. The speakers demanded at the roundtable discussion titled `‘Right to education for students with disabilities: Barriers and moving forward to inclusion into mainstream’ held at Senate Bhaban, University of Dhaka yesterday organized by Action on Disability and Development (ADD) and Disabled Students Rights Forum in cooperation with Dhaka University.

Professor S.M.A. Faiz, Vice-Chancellor, University of Dhaka attended the roundtable as Chief Guest while Mr. Mosharraf Hossain, Country Director, ADD moderated the event.

Prof Faiz said, Dhaka University is committed to ensure the disabled friendly environment paving the disabled students in acquiring higher education. We will try our level best to do for the betterment of the disabled students studying in DU. We will bring this issue to the policy making authority in a view to find the better way out mitigating the existing barriers faced by the disabled students. He also assured to award the scholarships to the disabled students more and ease the admission process so far.

He also opined that Physical impairment can not be a bar to get admission in educational institutions. The students with disabilities deserve equal education facilities everywhere. Of course, potentialities lying in disabled students if flourished can play a vital role in advancing social development.

Prof Faiz heard patiently the problems of the disabled students of DU and gave some instant solution to do. He also opined that states should take the disability issue as a serious concern as it covers 10% population of the country, so they must be noticed priority concern from everyone for bringing into mainstream. He also called upon the corporate sectors to come forward standing beside the students with disabilities to bring them into mainstream.

Among others Prof Dr. AFM Yusuf Haider, Pro-VC, DU, Prof. Md. Muinuddin Khan, VC, ASA University and former adviser to caretaker government, Prof Sirajul Islam Chowdhury, Educationalist, Prof. M. Anower Hossain, General Secretary, Dhaka University Teachers Association, DU, Mr. Anisul Haque, Deputy Editor, Prothom Alo, Sultana Zaman, education expert, Mr. Syed Rezaur Rahman, Registrar, Dhaka University, Mr. Sadek Khan, Syndicate Member, DU, Prof. Farida Rahman, Registrar, Jagannath University, Prof. Syed Anower Hossain, Naimul Islam Khan, Editor, Amader Shamoy Abul Kalam Azad, President, Disabled Students Rights Forum, DU and Mozammel Haque, Advocacy Coordinator, Md. Aktar Uddin, Communication and Fundraising Officer, Fazlul Azim, Human Rights Officer, ADD spoke at the roundtable discussion.

Serajul Islam Chowdhury, Professor Emeritus said we have to change our attitudes towards the persons with disabilities. Obviously, we should not think the disability issue as charity, rather an issue of rights. We should respect their capability and dignity. The demand of 5% quota for disabled students is very rational.

Naimul Islam Khan, Editor, the daily Amader Shomoy urged the authority of Dhaka University making disabled friendly environment at DU to give the opportunity the students with disabilities having higher education smoothly through taking all out initiatives.

The distinguished speakers said that a tiny group of students got chance in getting admission at higher education by their arduous efforts as they always face the grueling barriers from
everywhere. So, the authority of Dhaka University should take initiatives to move forward for inception of inclusive education where disabled students will enjoy full facilities having higher education. The issue should be taken as a serious agenda in the policy making level of the university for easing the problems of the disabled students, which could be replicated to other universities.

Key findings of the roundtable
• 5% quota should be reserved for the students with disabilities in the university admission process.
• Formulation a policy to ensure higher education uninterruptedly for the students with disabilities
• Set up ramps and disabled friendly spacious and talking lifts in all buildings of the university and introducing Braille readers and writers at the halls of residence.
• Allocation of seats of residential halls should be reserved for student with disabilities
• Seats should be reserved for disabled students at university bus which should also be disabled friendly
• The process of getting scribes (interpreter) for visually impaired persons in delivering examination should be easy and allowed necessary extra time for examination
• Scholarship should be reserved for the students with disabilities
• Every department of university should appoint a disability sensitive teacher to minimize the barriers of the disabled students
• Attitudes of teachers, administrative officers, students should be sensitive to the disabled students, so, the authority should organize training on disability for those groups in a view to deal the disability issue from rights based approach
• UGC should constitute a specific guideline on disability for the universities to deal the students with disabilities and take actions for implementation properly
• Inclusive education should be materialized managing all facilities for the students with disabilities
• Disability issue should be included at policy making body of university as a serious agenda to ensure congenial atmosphere for students with disabilities to obtaining higher education
• Authorities should appoint officials at the university dormitories who would read newspapers for the visually impaired students.

Achievement
The issue of creating congenial atmosphere for the students with disabilities at universities to obtaining higher education has grabbed the attention of the public and private university authorities, educationalists, researchers, students political leasers, civil society, general students, mass media and other concerns resulting the sensitization will be turned into active support materializing the rights of disabled students in acquiring higher education. All the speakers agreed upon the demands of the roundtable so far. They strongly uttered their commitment to provide their full support and cooperation ensuring rights to education for students with disabilities.

The Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University gave some instant solutions after hearing the problems faced the disabled students and he also assured doing best to minimize the barriers in getting education smoothly. He also declared that Dhaka University will provide all out cooperation to ADD in organizing any programme at Senate Hall of DU regarding the development of disabled people. The roundtable also experienced the prolific confidence, mental strength, active team force and unity among the students with disability in moving forward to materialize their rights to education through strengthening disability movement.



Thank you to Md. Aktar Uddin, Communication and Fundraising Officer at ADD, for circulating this notice and the accompanying report on the DU roundtable.

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TRAINING for Program Coordinators in Bangalore

Posted on 3 January 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Children, Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), Cross-Disability, Education and Training Opportunities, HIV/AIDS, Opportunities, South Asian Region, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Action on Disability and Development (ADD) India
Training for Project Coordinators

Action on Disability and Development (ADD) India is a development organization working with persons with disability in rural areas in South India.

ADD India is conducting a Training in Bangalore for Programme Coordinators. This is aimed at developing the skills of Coordinators working in the development sector to incorporate and manage teamwork and their role as leaders and to strengthen their field based functions.

Training CBR Workers and Project Coordinators has been an integral part of ADD India for almost two decades. ADD’s training focuses on increasing the knowledge, building skills and developing a positive attitude to working in the field. There is also an emphasis on practical exposure with information and knowledge. The main resource persons is Mr. Ramakrishna from Anweshana in Bhubaneshwar, who has 20 years experience in training in the development sector.

The main resource persons is Mr. Ramakrishna from Anweshana in Bhubaneshwar, who has 20 years experience in training in the development sector.

Training Components will Include

  • Facilitating the Community Worker to implement the project.
  • Clarifying the role and responsibilities of the Project Coordinator.
  • Setting goal and task accomplishment
  • Understanding Group Processes
  • Sanghas and their management
  • Federation Vision, Values and leadership Development
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Resource mobilization from the community
  • Exposure visit to a Sangha and / or Federation.

It is anticipated that candidates selected for this training would have some knowledge of disability work. Therefore, this training, while examining the fundamental principles behind work of this kind, aims primarily to develop skills in the areas of programme development, monitoring and capacity building of people.

Recommended Programme participants

  • Coordinators and managers of Community Based programmes in the development sector.
  • Professionals working with vulnerable groups like People with Disabilities, Women’s Development, Community Work and Education and Disabled peoples organizations, HIV/AIDS, Children’s programmes.
  • Individuals who wish to develop the skills to become involved in community development programmes.
  • Training Methodology
    This training is residential and would be conducted with simple facilities. The method of training will include lectures, discussions, group work, practical sessions and field visit.

    Language
    The language of training will be English. Participants must understand English but could express themselves in other languages ie. Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Oriya, Hindi etc. All reading materials will be in English.

    Fee, Duration and Venue of training
    The fee is Rs.7000/- per person, which includes the training fee, meals, tea/coffee, accommodation for 6 days, training materials and exposure visit.

    Participants will have to make their own travel arrangements to reach Bangalore.

    Duration: March 3-7, 2008
    Venue: In Bangalore. Exact venue will be informed to the selected participants.

    Please send the completed application form to ADD India by 20th January 2008 either by email or by post.

    Action on Disability and Development India
    4005, 19th Cross, Banashankari 2nd Stage
    Bangalore – 560 070 India
    Phone: 080 – 2676 5881, 2676 2097
    Email: addindia@vsnl.net

    Selection will be confirmed by January 30th. The selected participants should pay the full fee by way of bank draft favouring ‘Action on Disability and Development India’, payable at Bangalore.

    For further details please contact Mrs. Nisha Printer at addindia@vsnl.net



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    Commonwealth Disabled People’s Conference (Uganda, November 2007)

    Posted on 19 August 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Commonwealth Nations, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , |

    Edited Nov 22 ’07 to add this paragraph: This conference is now over. The conference participants issued a memorandum which has been posted at https://wecando.wordpress.com/2007/11/22/memorandum-commonwealth-disabled-peoples-conference-2007/.

    This conference announcement was recently brought to my attention; for people interested in disability rights and the political, economic, and human development of disabled people in the commonwealth countries:

    From: NKWANGU ROBERT
    Date: August 14, 2007 9:09:52 AM EDT
    Subject: COMMONWEALTH DISABLED PEOPLE’S CONFERENCE (NOVEMBER 2007)

    Dear all,
    Greetings from the deaf community in Uganda.
     
    This is to bring to your attention the impending Commonwealth Disabled People’s Conference (DPC), 2007.
     
    The conference will take place from 14th to 17th November in Kampala, Uganda – East Africa at Hotel Africana.
     
    Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) in Uganda, in conjunction with Action on Disability and Development (ADD), an International non-government organization, have realized the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that is going to take place in Uganda from 23rd to 25th November, 2007, under the theme: “Transforming Commonwealth Societies to achieve political, economic and human development” is a great opportunity for the disability fraternity in common wealth countries as it comes in the wake of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities. The CHOGM offers the opportunity to influence heads of governments and to initiate collective action for its ratification and implementation.
     
    Uganda is currently one of the leading countries in legislations and policies that cater for the rights of PWDs. Its pertinent that Kampala CHOGM will initiate the inclusion of disability on the commonwealth agenda making it a part of the commonwealth member states programs.
     
    The commonwealth has 52 member states. The commonwealth has two components – the official and unofficial components. The official component consists of a series of official inter-governmental meetings. The unofficial component is made up of programs by Civil Society Organizations.
     
    The Disabled People’s Conference (DPC). The first ever of its kind in liaison with CHOGM will be held just before the Commonwealth People’s Forum and the CHOGM with a view of making disability a part of the commonwealth agenda.
     
    The theme of the conference is: “Promoting Disability Rights: the inclusive way of transforming commonwealth countries to achieve political, economic and human development”.
     
    The conference is aimed at bringing leaders of the disabled in the commonwealth with a view to:
    1 Influence heads of states and commonwealth governments to incorporate disability issues in their national programs.
    2 Raising CHOGM awareness about the Convention on the Rights of the Disabled persons and the need for its ratification and implementation.
    3 Creating an understanding that poverty cannot be eradicated in the commonwealth countries unless disabled people are explicitly included in country development strategies.
    4 Establishing a forum foe disabled people in the commonwealth as a continuing feature of the commonwealth family.
     
    The purpose of this communication therefore is to request you to participate in this conference as a one sure way of uplifting the status of the disabled people in the commonwealth and the rest of the world.
     
    Alternatively, your support to this event will be highly appreciated.
     
    Waiting for your positive response.
     
    Thank you.
     
    Yours
    ROBERT NKWANGU,
    Conference Organizing Committee
    Representative for the Deaf persons.
    Uganda National Association of the Deaf (UNAD)
    P.O.Box 7339,
    Kampala, Uganda
    East Africa.


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