Leadership Training, for Asia-Pacific Region, November 2-7, 2008, Seoul, Korea

Posted on 15 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Capacity Building and Leadership, Cross-Disability, East Asia Pacific Region, Education and Training Opportunities, Human Rights, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , |

The following text is taken from a recent issue of the Disabled People International newsletter.\

Leadership Training in Korea
DPI Korea will be holding its 4th Leadership Training Program 2-7 November 2008 in Seoul, Korea. The intent is to train future generations of leaders. This program will set the stage on disability issues in the Asia-pacific region, including Korea. Cost of attendance and registration are provided. For information, phone +82-2-457-0427 / Fax +82-2-458-0429 or email dpikorea@dpikorea.org.



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NEWS: Philippine Initiative Promotes CRPD Ratification

Posted on 4 March 2008. Filed under: East Asia Pacific Region, Human Rights, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

A disability organization, Katipunan ng Maykapansanan sa Pilipinas, Inc.(KAMPI), launched a new initiative in late January that promotes ratifying and implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the Philippines. The initiative has been dubbed “Ang Maykapansanan: Karapatan at Kinabukasan” (Our Rights, Our Future).

Once the CRPD enters full legal force, it will become the first legally-binding, international treaty to protect the human rights of disabled people. Other international human rights instruments either do not address disabled people, or are not legally binding, or both.

(Side note: I was reminded recently that to some people, “convention” means “meeting.” But not in this context! Here, a “convention” is an agreement! So basically, the CRPD is a legally binding agreement among the ratifying countries to pass and implement laws that protect a wide range of human rights for people with disabilities. Ratifying countries also agree to abolish laws that violate the rights of disabled people. Signing a treaty is not the same as ratifying it: signing a treaty is not legally binding, but is a first step toward ratification.)

KAMPI is a member of Disabled People International (DPI), a global federation of national organizations of people with disabilities in 142 countries and territories. DPI, a cross-disability organization, has been heavily involved in promoting the CRPD. Among other things, DPI has created a ratification toolkit and also an implementation toolkit, both targeted at grassroots disability advocates who want to persuade their governments to sign, ratify, and implement the CRPD.

Read more about the KAMPI initiative in the Philippines at

http://v1.dpi.org/lang-en/resources/details?page=901

Also learn more about the CRPD and global efforts to ratify it at www.RatifyNow.org.



We Can Do learned about the KAMPI initiative through the DPI email newsletter.

This article is cross-posted, with minor modifications, at both We Can Do and RatifyNow.org with permission of author.

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We Can Do Retrospective: The First 100 Posts (and Then Some)

Posted on 22 December 2007. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Announcements, Arts, autism, Blind, Call for Papers, Case Studies, Children, Cognitive Impairments, Commonwealth Nations, Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), Cross-Disability, Deaf, Democratic Participation, Disability Studies, Disaster Planning & Mitigation, East Asia and Central Asia, East Asia Pacific Region, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Education, Education and Training Opportunities, Employment, Events and Conferences, Families, Fellowships & Scholarships, Funding, Guest Blogger, Health, HIV/AIDS, Housing, Human Rights, Immigration, Inclusion, Interpreting, Introduction to "We Can Do", Jobs & Internships, Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, Mobility Impariments, Multiple Disabilities, News, Opinion, Opportunities, Policy & Legislation, Poverty, Psychiatric Disabilities, Rehabilitation, Remittances, Reports, Resources, South Asian Region, Sub-Saharan Africa Region, technology, Violence, Volunteer Opportunities, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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If you’re new to We Can Do, what interesting information, news, or resources might you have overlooked from the past few months? Although some older items may no longer be interesting, others may still be relevant and helpful a year or three from now. This post can help guide you through the first 100-plus posts at this blog. You can click from the table of contents below to any section of this page that interests you–and then another click on “table of contents” can take you back to the contents, or “top of this page” takes you back to this introduction.

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About We Can Do

To learn more about the purpose of We Can Do, see About We Can Do. For more on its guiding philosophy, go to Why We Can Do.

Thinking about submitting your own written materials, job posts, conference announcements, or resources to We Can Do? Check the Wish list for written materials and resources.

Want to receive an alert in email when a new post goes up at We Can Do? You can Subscribe to We Can Do for free.

I changed the organization and appearance of We Can Do in early October to its present format.

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The Five Most Popular We Can Do posts

The five listed here are the ones that have attracted the most “page views” since We Can Do began in late July. You may notice that not all of these are featured in the 10 “most popular posts” listed in the right-hand navigation bar. That’s because the navigation bar only lists posts that have received a lot of traffic very recently (I think within the past few days; its done automatically by wordpress so I’m not sure how it works). But here I’m listing the five that have the highest TOTAL page views.

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The Five Most Under-Rated We Can Do posts

Are these posts really under-rated? You’ll have to read them and decide for yourself. But in choosing these five, I used two criteria: 1. These are posts that have received fewer than 100 visitors–sometimes far fewer. 2. These are posts that I think could be helpful or interesting to readers and maybe deserve more attention than they have gotten. These are in no particular order:

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Finding Practical Resources and Case Studies or Helpful Organizations

Finding organizations; Resources for inclusive development; Human rights resources; Case studies; Other helpful resources

Finding organizations
Mainstream international development agencies sometimes say that they don’t know how to find people with disabilities, or their representative organizations, in the developing countries where they work. Reviewing the July post entitled Finding Local Disability Organizations may help point you in the right direction. Also see Disability Organizations in Afghanistan, Asia, Kenya, Uganda.

Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) sometimes aren’t sure where to find mainstream development organizations and resources that might be willing to collaborate with them.

There is an international network of organizations for families of people with Rubinstein Taybi Syndrome.

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Resources for Inclusive Development
Both disability advocates and mainstream development organizations want to ensure that people with disabilities are not left behind when countries and organizations fight poverty or improve public health, education, water, and other services. But it can be a challenge to figure out how to make projects and government policies more inclusive. The following resources can help:

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Resources on the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
By now, you may be aware that a global movement is taking place to ratify the international disability rights treaty, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Many relevant resources are now being produced in relation to the CRPD, some of which have been posted or featured here at We Can Do:

  • Read the CRPD “translated” into plain English.
  • UNICEF has developed a child-friendly version of the CRPD to help children understand disability rights
  • Disabled People International offers two toolkits on ratifying and implementing the CRPD for disability advocates who want to help ensure that all disabled people have their human rights recognized.
  • A handbook on disability rights targeted at parliamentarians can help parliamentarians, people who work in close contact with government agencies, and disability advocates in general, better understand the CRPD.
  • The United Nations’ new web site, UN Enable, is one of the best, and most official, places to find information on the CRPD.
  • Handicap International has produced its own Teaching Kit on the CRPD.
  • The International Disability Equality Agency (IDEA) has issued Equalize It! A Manifesto for Disability Equality in Development Cooperation that expresses their position on how to ensure disability equality in the international development field.
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    Case Studies
    Reviewing case studies of projects implemented elsewhere can be a valuable source of ideas that could help you figure out how to run or implement your own projects. I would love to post many more best-practice and failed-practice case studies than I have available right now. If you think you have something worth sharing, please check my Wish List of Written Materials and Resource and contact me at ashettle [at] patriot.net.

    But for now, here are two case studies:

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    Other Helpful Resources

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    Finding Useful Sources of Information and Research

    Finding academic research, papers, resources, or statistics
    Looking for academic research and academic papers; resources that can be used by people working in the field; or sources of statistics? Some of the following posts may be helpful:

    Information on people with disabilities
    Interested in learning about the living conditions of people with disabilities in specific nations, or in specific thematic areas? Some of the following may be of interest:

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    Funding Sources

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    Academic Papers

    We Can Do has published, or re-published, academic papers, or linked to same, on a range of subjects, including:

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    News

    September 2007; October 2007; November 2007; Early December 2007

    September 2007
    At one point in September, the international disability community prematurely thought we might be On the Verge of Making History by ratifying the disability rights community.

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    October 2007

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    November 2007

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    Early December 2007

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    Opinion Pieces

    So far, the opinion pieces here are all by me. But I would like for We Can Do to be host to an active exchange of ideas and differing perspectives. If you have a strong opinion about something, please consider submitting it. Yes, that includes opinions that disagree with mine! Consult the Wish list for written materials and resources for ideas of the kinds of topics I’m trying to cover at We Can Do.

    Meanwhile, here are a few of my own opinion pieces:

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    Call for Papers (for Conferences, Journals, Other)

    You might be just now starting your academic career as an undergraduate or graduate student. Or perhaps you have been doing quantitative or qualitative research, or writing policy analysis, or case studies, or social analysis, for years. Either way, if you’re looking for opportunities to present, publish, or otherwise disseminate your papers or run a workshop, then check out these upcoming or ongoing opportunities:

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    International Conferences and Events

    Looking for a conference to attend? Here are a few upcoming events:
    January 2008; February 2008; March 2008; April 2008; May 2008; August 2008; September 2008; November 2008

    January 2008
    The South Asian Conference on Autism is being held in New Delhi, India in January 2008.

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    February 2008

  • The Disabilities Initiatives in Development Seminar, also in Bangladesh also in February 2008.
  • One for all: Persons with Disabilities Initiative in Development, again in Bangladesh in February 2008.
  • The International Centre for Sign Languages and Deaf Studies at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, UK is holding a conference on sign language research in the UK in February 2008.
  • A conference on the deaf community, sign languages, social issues, civil rights, and creativity will be held on the campus of Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • The Techshare India 2008 Conference on accessibility will be held in New Delhi, India, in February 2008.
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    March 2008
    The 8th annual meeting of the Gulf Disability Society will meet in United Arab Emirates in March 2008.

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    April 2008

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    May 2008

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    August 2008

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    September 2008

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    November 2008
    The Association on Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)’s International Forum on Women’s Rights and Development will be held in Cape Town, South Africa in November 2008. A call for proposals is open until January 28, 2008.

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    Jobs, Internships, Volunteer Opportunities

    We Can Do will probably never be a comprehensive job-board. Serious job, internship, or volunteer placement hunters will want to explore other means of finding opportunities. For example, jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities in the international field generally, or in the disability field generally, can sometimes be found at www.idealist.org. But I do occasionally happen to come across a job announcement. Here are a few that may still be open to applications:

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    Education and Training Opportunities

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    Missed Opportunities

    Missed call for papers; Missed training opportunities; Missed job, internship, and volunteer opportunities; Missed events and conferences

    Some of the material I post at We Can Do is time-sensitive material. That means the conferences announced here have come and gone; job posts have been filled; and deadlines are over. So, if it’s too late for you to do anything about any of the following announcements, then why bother listing them? First, some conference organizers issue compilations of papers and presentations or other interesting materials after their event is over. If a topic interests you, it may be worth communicating with event organizers to see if any follow-up publications are available. Second, organizations that offer one conference, job opportunity, call for papers, etc., may offer something similar in the future. Many conferences, for example, meet every one, two, three, or four years. Monitoring, joining, or communicating with organizations of interest to you could help ensure that you learn about the next opportunity in time to plan for it.

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    Missed Call for Papers
    The German Journal for Disability and Development called for papers on art and disabilities to be submitted by the end of November 2007.

    Also browse through the listing of upcoming conferences and missed conferences.

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    Missed Training Opportunities

    In October 2007, the International Labour Organisation had a training course for professionals from developing countries.

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    Missed Jobs, Internships, and Volunteer Opportunities
    Remember that it is too late to apply for these specific opportunities. These are listed here in case you want to check out the sponsoring organizations for future opportunities like these:

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    Missed Event and Conference Opportunities

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    What’s Next for We Can Do?

    I am not yet satisfied with We Can Do. I still see many gaps that I want to repair. I want to find, and post, more materials of a pragmatic nature. By which I mean, material that people in the field can put to immediate use in improving the lives of disabled people in developing countries. If you think you can help me locate helpful materials, please review my Wish list for written materials and resources and contact me.

    I also want to reach more development professionals at mainstream development organizations and more employees and volunteers at international disability organizations. And I want to reach more small DPOs and individual advocates in more developing countries. The knowledge shared at We Can Do cannot help until it is brought to people with disabilities living in poverty in developing countries. That “final mile” can only be bridged by readers like YOU.

    If you want to help, I hope you will consider telling your colleagues and contacts about We Can Do. If you run a web site or a blog, please consider linking to We Can Do at https://wecando.wordpress.com. If you have the skills, the time, and the commitment to launch a We Can Do mirror site translation into some other language, please talk to me (leave a comment or email me at ashettle [at] patriot.net). And please do feel free to print out the more helpful We Can Do posts to share with people you know in developing countries who do not have easy access to the Internet.

    For those of you who like numbers: We Can Do had 285 page views in July; 851 in August; 1305 in September; 2936 in October; 4862 in November; and more than 5100 in the first three weeks of December. And who is responsible for making these numbers happen? Why—you, of course! So, thank you for visiting We Can Do.

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    Accessibility CONFERENCE: Techshare India 2008

    Posted on 18 December 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Events and Conferences, Inclusion, South Asian Region, technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    The Techshare India 2008 Conference titled “Breaking the Barriers” is a conference and exhibition on accessibility targeted at people with disabilities, the corporate and government sectors, non-government organizations (NGOs), educators, and product producers. The conference will be held February 4 and 5, 2008, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

    The conference is meant to allow participants to share insights and knowledge; network with professionals in the field from around the world; and meet people with disabilities working with assistive technology at the first known Experiential Lab at Techshare India. This is a pan-disability (i.e., all disabilities) conference and exhibition aimed at addressing barriers present in the mindset of people; infrastructure; education; and technology. The goal is to break down barriers and include people with disabilities into mainstream society.

    To learn more, please go to http://www.barrierbreak.com/conferenceregistration.php

    Need funding to attend conferences like this one? Be aware that available funding will be limited and cannot help everyone. Each funding source has its own criteria for determining who is or isn’t eligible for possible funding and for what purposes, so read carefully. Information at https://wecando.wordpress.com/2007/11/29/funding-for-conference-participation-from-developing-nations/



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    EVENT: Photo Competition: Decent Work and People with Disabilities

    Posted on 25 October 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Employment, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    This announcement from Debra A. Perry, Senior Specialist in Vocational Rehabilitation, International Labour Office, has been circulating within the international disability community. It has been slightly modified by We Can Do.

    Dear Colleagues,

    As organizations and agencies interested in decent work and persons with disabilities, I am asking you to publicize or get actively involved in an ILO/DPI/Irish Aid regional Asia-Pacific awareness campaign to promote the UN International Day of Disabled Persons. The theme of the campaign this year is Decent Work and People with Disabilities. The campaign centers
    around a photo contest that will be launched in Bangkok on 25 October at 10:30 AM and will close at noon on 21 November. The timeframe is short but the opportunity to promote decent work and disabled persons is great. However, we need your help!

    Would you please help in promoting this event by sending out the press release, invitation to participate and other materials? We encourage you to contact the local ILO office in your country, which may be already translating the documents (ask for the media focal point) or, if translation is not necessary, to send it to interested stakeholders. These might include media contacts, photo clubs (just try www.google.com in your country and search for photography clubs to get a list), your organisation’s network, universities with media or photography programmes, or through other networks or organizations that you think will be interested.

    Please also consider getting directly involved by submitting a photo! You, your family members or friends are most welcome to submit a photo according to the Terms and Conditions of the competition. All your questions–including the Terms and Conditions–should be answered on the web site for the competition, www.jigsaw-communications.com/ILO.

    We hope the contest will be a success but more importantly we want to get the messages about decent work and disability out to as many people as possible and to get people involved in promoting positive images about disabled persons working or advocating for their rights to decent work.

    Please review the attached materials for your information and please distribute them as soon as possible.

    Many thanks for your help!

    Best Regards,

    Debra

    Debra A. Perry
    Senior Specialist in Vocational Rehabilitation
    International Labour Office
    10th Floor, UN Building
    Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
    P.O. Box 2-349, Rajdamnern
    Bangkok 10200, Thailand
    Tel: 662.288.1792
    Fax: 662.288.3060
    Email address: perry@ilo.org
    Web: http://www.ilo.org/abilityasia


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    Finding Local Disability Organizations

    Posted on 28 July 2007. Filed under: Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , |

    Many mainstream development organizations would like to include more disabled people in their programs. They may agree, wholeheartedly, with disability advocates who say that entrepreneurs with disabilities, too, deserve access to microfinance services. Or that young disabled adults deserve access to information they can use to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS. Or that disabled children have the right to go to school.

    Unfortunately, this inclusion does not happen nearly as often as it should. There are a great many different reasons why–too many for me to address them all in one blog post. But one common reason that program directors give is simply this: “We want to include disabled people, but we don’t know how to find them.”

    This challenge may be easier to tackle than you think. You can often find disability-oriented organizations even in some of the poorest countries. In many cases, these may even include organizations run by people with disabilities themselves. These can be invaluable resources for mainstream development organizations that wish to be more inclusive. First, they can help you answer the question, “How do we find them?” by helping you with recruitment efforts. Second, they can help advise you on how to make your project activities more accessible to participants with disabilities.

    I will probably post some links to a great many smaller, or more specialized, or more local disability-oriented organizations in the months to come. But for now, here are a few international, cross-disability organizations that have many contacts with local disability communities in developing countries around the world:

    http://www.miusa.org
    Mobility International USA: This is the organization I frequently turn to when I am looking for contacts with disabled people in developing countries. They have extensive listings of local resources helpful to disabled people in developing countries and to organizations seeking to help them. They also can offer consultation and training to international development organizations that are striving to be more inclusive of people with disabilities in their programs.

    In particular, see their International Development page. Also consult their extensive database of international, national, and local disability-oriented and disability run organizations at http://www.miusa.org/orgsearch.

    MIUSA is also a good place to start in finding general advice and checklists on how to make your organization more inclusive of people with disabilities. Some of the people who work at MIUSA are fluent in Spanish.

    http://www.dpi.org
    Disabled People International: DPI’s web site is available in English, French, or Spanish. DPI is a network of national organizations or assemblies of disabled people committed to human rights and the social and economic integration of disabled people. In the left-hand navigation bar, check links to “locations” including headquarters, regional offices, and national assemblies. Many of these organizations, in turn, may be able to help you in finding more local or specialized organizations.

    http://www.handicap-international.org
    Handicap International: Handicap International, which has headquarters in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA, has programs in more than 60 countries around the world. It works with people with disabilities to support them in their efforts to become more self-reliant.

    http://www.riglobal.org
    Rehabilitation International: This global organization brings together people with disabilities, NGOs (non-government organizations), government agencies, service providers, and advocates to advance the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities around the world. Their membership directory is available in Word Document format at http://riglobal.org/membership/documents/RI_Directory2007_Feb07_003.doc (the 2007 version is 576 KB. It took only a few seconds for me to download it with my high-speed connection. But if you have a slow modem, it will take longer. Estimate about 5 minutes on a 28k modem.)


    NOTE: This entry has been revised since it was first posted. On November 16, 2007, I edited the MIUSA listing to add a direct link to their database of DPOs. On Dec 17 ’07, I updated Rehabilitation International’s web site address. On June 19 ’08, I updated the link to MIUSA’s international development page.


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