TRABAJO: Coordinador de Proyecto Inclusión Social y Laboral México, Ecuador, Perú, El Salvador

Posted on 6 February 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Employment, Jobs & Internships, Latin America & Caribbean, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

This job announcement is in Spanish; I did not receive an English equivalent. It is provided here for We Can Do readers who know Spanish.

ANUNCIO DE VACANTE REGIONAL (Fecha de cierre: 23 Febrero de 2009)

Fortaleciendo Oportunidades de Empleo para Personas con Discapacidad

(ATN/ME-10888-RG)

DESCRIPCIÓN DE LA POSICIÓN

TITULO:
Coordinador de Proyecto Inclusión Social y Laboral México, Ecuador, Perú, El Salvador.

ORGANIZACIÓN:

La Fundación para las Américas (Trust for the Americas, en adelante “la Fundación”) es una organización sin fines de lucro (501 c) cooperante de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA), con sede en Washington D.C. La Fundación se focaliza primariamente en la construcción de capacidades sociales, expandiendo los mandatos de la Carta Democrática Interamericana y las diferentes Convenciones Interamericanas. Específicamente, la Fundación implementa proyectos en dos líneas de acción: (i) Gobernabilidad y Transparencia, y (ii) Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicación para el Desarrollo.

Dentro de esta última, se ejecuta la iniciativa POETA, programa cuyo objetivo principal es maximizar el uso de los recursos tecnológicos, a fin de incrementar el talento humano y convertirse no sólo en una base para la capacitación, sino también para la orientación y el acompañamiento en la generación de oportunidades laborales para personas con discapacidad. Este programa es uno de los pilares de la iniciativa de la Fundación en Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicación para el Desarrollo y tiene operaciones en 18 países de América Latina y el Caribe.

La Fundación ha firmado un acuerdo con el Fondo Multilateral de Inversión del Banco Interamericano del Desarrollo (“MIF/IDB”), según el cual MIF/IDB provee apoyo para que la Fundación implemente el proyecto “Fortalecimiento de las Oportunidades de Empleo para Personas con Discapacidad” (“el proyecto”) en cuatro países de América latina. El apoyo del MIF-IDB ayudará a incrementar el compromiso del sector privado y aumentar los niveles de inserción laboral de las personas con discapacidad en los países de México, El Salvador, Ecuador y Perú por tres años. Finalmente, el proyecto busca promover la concientización de la situación de las personas con discapacidad en el país y su promoción como miembros activos de la sociedad. Para finales del ano 2011 se espera un incremento del actual índice de inserción laboral en México, El Salvador, Ecuador y Perú a través de la adición de personas con discapacidad entrenadas y listas para ingresar a la fuerza laboral, así como más empresas e instituciones públicas y privadas y medios de comunicación ligados al programa, bajo un nuevo concepto de promoción y responsabilidad social.

Las personas que cumplan funciones como Coordinadores de Proyecto de Inclusión Social y Laboral para esta nueva iniciativa con apoyo del MIF/IDB estarán ubicados en cada uno de los cuatro países en que se ejecuta el proyecto: México, Perú, El Salvador y Ecuador y tendrán la responsabilidad principal de administrar las actividades del Proyecto a nivel nacional, en trabajo conjunto con los coordinadores de Centro América y la región Andina de POETA, cuando corresponda, y con la sede en Washington.

SUPERVISOR: Gerente de Proyecto (GP) MIF/IDB en Washington, D.C. y Director de Programas ICT4D

OBJETIVO DE LA POSICION:

Como Coordinador de Inclusión Social y Laboral, el candidato supervisará la implementación del Proyecto a nivel nacional en el país destino (México, El Salvador, Ecuador o Perú). El proyecto está orientado a expandir y mantener la red de centros comunitarios de tecnología y sus servicios en los cuatro países mencionados anteriormente, a través de la alianza entre la Fundación y sus socios locales, quienes proveerán capacitación en tecnología para comunidades vulnerables. El proyecto tendrá un enfoque específico en Personas con Discapacidad, incrementando la participación y el compromiso del sector privado en la inclusión económica y social de esta comunidad. La descripción exacta del proyecto está incluida en el marco lógico y los documentos del proyecto. El objetivo principal del proyecto MIF/IDB-TRUST-MICROSOFT-POETA es el aumentar los actuales niveles de inclusión laboral de personas con discapacidad y la concientización de empleadores y de la comunidad en general sobre los diferentes beneficios de incluir a las personas con discapacidad en el ámbito laboral.

RESPONSABILIDADES:

El Coordinador de Inclusión social y Laboral será el contacto principal para el proyecto a nivel nacional, en cada uno de los cuatro países en que el proyecto se implementa, dentro del marco de POETA. Bajo la Supervisión de la Gerente de Proyecto de Inclusión social y laboral y en acuerdo con la Gerente de POETA LATAM, los coordinadores nacionales del Proyecto, facilitarán la ejecución del Proyecto. Los coordinadores nacionales serán el portavoz nacional en una variedad de actividades relativas a la inclusión social y laboral de las personas con discapacidad, que incluyen reuniones internas y externas con las partes interesadas, tanto de gobierno, sector privado, medios y sociedad civil. Proveerá recomendaciones para conversaciones con los donantes. Este cargo contempla el contacto cotidiano con la red de centros de capacitación comunitaria, incluyendo los centros POETA, en el país objetivo. El Coordinador de Inclusión social y laboral supervisará actividades claves relacionadas con el diseño, control, evaluación, y comunicación de este Proyecto en el país destino. El cargo requiere la coordinación de alianzas estratégicas con socios dentro del país (tales como gobiernos locales, universidades, socios del sector privado, y organizaciones internacionales) y los donantes.

Responsabilidades del Coordinador de Inclusión social y laboral incluyen, entre otras:

• Coordinar las actividades diarias de los centros POETA vinculados al proyecto MIF/IDB, bajo directrices consensuadas con la Gerencia del Proyecto y la Gerente de POETA LATAM.
• Facilitar y ayudar a coordinar eventos que reúnen ONGs, el Sector Privado, Medios de Comunicación y el Gobierno para expandir oportunidades de empleo para PcD en el país destino (México, Ecuador, El Salvador o Perú).
• Apoyar y reportar a la Gerente de Proyecto y al coordinador regional respectivo en todas las situaciones que conciernen a POETA MIF/IDB en el país destino.
• Servir de apoyo al coordinador regional cuando corresponda, y mantener un enlace fuerte entre la Fundación y los socios locales para brindar capacitaciones en el uso de los currículos POETA y Microsoft, el sistema de reportes y cumplimiento de los objetivos del proyecto
• Recibir reportes trimestrales enviados por los socios locales y asegurarse de que incluyan la información requerida por la Fundación y los donantes. Compilar y entregar reportes trimestrales de las operaciones del proyecto a la Gerente de Proyecto y al coordinador regional, cuando corresponda, incluyendo avances y dificultades encontradas durante la ejecución.
• Apoyar a la oficina en Washington D.C. con la planificación y evaluación de actividades relacionadas con el Proyecto.
• Participar en las reuniones de la Fundación por toda la región y así facilitar la comunicación y cooperación entre las distintas iniciativas de la Fundación.
• Mantener un buen canal de comunicación con los socios locales y potenciales donantes, entre otros actores relevantes para la iniciativa, de acuerdo a la población objetivo.
• Manejar información estadística y de resultados mensual sobre los participantes del proyecto en el país y su evolución.
• Buscar y mantener contacto mensual con los representantes del sector privado y los ministerios del gobierno nacional del país destino (Ecuador, México, El Salvador o Perú)
• Preparar un estudio inicial, en coordinación con los socios locales, del mercado laboral y la oferta empresarial para personas con discapacidad en el país, para documentar las necesidades, desafíos y sugerencias de los empleadores locales y de los beneficiarios potenciales y garantizar un diseño de módulos de capacitación acorde a la oferta laboral existente; así como también destacar maneras de compartir mejores prácticas para aumentar la inclusión laboral de personas con discapacidad.
• Responder a solicitudes de información del programa, reuniendo y comunicándose con el personal de la Fundación en Washington y con los socios locales.
• Brindar apoyo logístico a actividades relacionadas a la ejecución, control, evaluación y comunicación de POETA en el país destino.

REQUISITOS

• Título universitario con mínimo 3 años de experiencia después de graduado. Especialización o maestría de preferencia (enfocada en temáticas de desarrollo y/o áreas afines).
• Amplio conocimiento en coordinación de proyectos, diseño de programas, sistemas de indicadores y/o asistencia técnica en el área de inserción laboral y en tecnologías de la información y comunicación en América Latina.
• Amplio conocimiento en temáticas de inclusión y discapacidad, situación de las personas con discapacidad en los países de México, Ecuador, El Salvador y/o Perú, del nuevo marco normativo internacional en derechos de las personas con discapacidad, del sistema legislativo relativo a discapacidad en los países objetivo y con vínculos y conocimiento de la red social organizada en el tema en dichos países.
• Conocimiento en el área de desarrollo de habilidades para la vida y emprendimiento independiente de personas con discapacidad y en elaboración de perfiles de competencia y promoción laboral, así como en tecnologías de la información y comunicación en América Latina.
• Experiencia de trabajo en América Latina y de preferencia en los países de Ecuador, Perú, México y/o El Salvador y conocimiento amplio de estos países; fluidez verbal y escrita en español. Manejo del idioma inglés es preferible aunque no indispensable.
• De preferencia, experiencia de trabajo en relaciones entre los sectores público y privado y/o programas fundados por corporaciones.
• Capacidad de analizar, tomar decisiones, aceptar responsabilidad, buena coordinación, habilidad de trabajo en equipo, trabajar de manera independiente y establecer prioridades.
• Excelente capacidad de comunicación interpersonal, en forma oral y escrita, es esencial; experiencia en relaciones públicas y manejo de medios de comunicación es importante.
• Capacidad de comunicarse claramente y con respeto en un clima de diversidad. Empatía para relacionarse con colectivos multiculturales y multilingüísticos.
• Pro actividad, confiabilidad, flexibilidad y precisión requeridas.
• Capacidades organizacionales, de manejo de tiempo y manejo del computador y aplicaciones que incluyan Microsoft Word, Excel y PowerPoint. Conocimiento general de la tecnología.
• Disponibilidad para trabajar tiempo completo.

FORMA DE VINCULACIÓN LABORAL

Salario a ser determinado según la experiencia y habilidades del candidato. El cargo está basado en los países de Ecuador, El Salvador, Perú y México. La Fundación incentiva a postular a los candidatos de América Latina o personas cuya lengua materna es el español, según sus habilidades. Se promueve altamente también la postulación de personas con discapacidad a este cargo, conforme al perfil buscado. Contrato de consultoría por 12 meses, sujeto a un periodo de prueba inicial de tres meses.

PARA APLICAR

Favor enviar currículum vitae (no más de dos hojas) con carta de presentación (una hoja), a David Rojas, Director de Programas TICs4D-POETA a: drojas@oas.org, con copia a Pamela Molina, Gerente de Proyecto Inclusión Social y Laboral a pmolina@oas.org. Debido al volumen de aplicaciones que se anticipa, sólo los candidatos que se seleccionen para entrevista serán contactados.

FECHA DE PUBLICACION: Febrero 9 de 2009

FECHA DE CIERRE: Febrero 23 de 2009

PROCESO DE SELECCIÓN:

• Luego de la publicación de la posición laboral vacante, se dará un lapso de 10 días calendario para la aplicación de postulantes. En caso de no tener un mínimo de 5 candidatos que cumplan con cierto nivel de requisitos planteados, se abrirá una nueva convocatoria por un período similar.
• La publicación se hace a través de las oficinas de la OEA en los países referentes, portal de la Fundación Trust for the Americas, bases de datos de postulantes a posiciones similares, listas de correos del Trust en sus distintas áreas y listas de correos manejadas con socios locales y aliados y organizaciones de personas con discapacidad.
• El primer proceso de pre-selección se basa en un análisis del CV, donde se evalúan los datos incluidos en relación al perfil del candidato esperado, tales como: nivel y áreas de estudios, experiencia profesional y revisión de experiencia específica en áreas de interés particular para el cargo.
• Una vez seleccionados los mejores puntajes (aquellos que están por encima del promedio, teniendo en cuenta los percentiles en niveles de aceptación media/media-alta (70)), se envía un correo donde se da el detalle del tiempo de contratación y de los recursos salariales, para determinar quiénes desean continuar en el proceso.
• Una vez que se obtiene la lista de pre-seleccionados, se procede a realizar una entrevista telefónica, donde se valida lo expuesto en el CV, manejo de idiomas, nivel de seguridad y confianza en el manejo de temas concretos (en los procesos de selección anteriores, en esta etapa se cuenta con al menos diez candidatos).
• De estos, luego de la entrevista telefónica, se seleccionan nuevamente los mejores candidatos para proceder a la segunda etapa, que incluye:
1. Entrevista Individual: con uno de los directivos del Trust
2. Entrevista en grupo: realizada por un grupo de cuatro personas: un gerente de programa, un coordinador de programa, un oficial de programa, un representante del área administrativa del Trust o de OEA.
3. Una segunda entrevista individual: con el supervisor directo
4. Pruebas de competencias técnicas

• Cuantificando los resultados, se identifican los tres mejores candidatos, se procede a validar las recomendaciones y, si es requerido, se realiza una prueba más, una entrevista y/o una reunión extraordinaria para determinar las cualificaciones y percepción de los involucrados en el proceso y adoptar la decisión final.



He recibido este anuncio de vacante de IDA_CRPD_Forum; este grupo electronico es en ingles.

Favor enviar aplicaciones a David Rojas, Director de Programas TICs4D-POETA a: drojas@oas.org, con copia a Pamela Molina, Gerente de Proyecto Inclusión Social y Laboral a pmolina@oas.org. Favor NO enviar aplicaciones a “We Can Do”!

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Disability Awareness Action newsletter, Our Rights, Issue 2, August 2008

Posted on 3 September 2008. Filed under: Children, Cognitive Impairments, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Rights, Latin America & Caribbean, News, South Asian Region, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Our Rights – issue 2, August 2008

DAA’s newsletter for Disability Lib.

In the interest of solidarity, this newsletter is sent around by email to disabled people and their organisations across the world, and we invite you to forward it freely. We have provided links to internet sites, web pages and video clips, but understand that not all links are technically accessible to all users. From October Our Rights will be available in electronic format and on our website. For our contact details follow this link http://www.daa.org.uk/

Contents
Welcome Hello from DAA
Disability LIB partners
• Central Office
ALLFIE Tara Flood recognised for Inclusion Now campaign work
Disabled by Society … Our Stories: Body Politics
Excluded because of crooked teeth
Disabled by Society …. Our stories: Mind Politics
Stigma
Disabled by Society … Our Stories: Your Say
Being an Un-Person
Sceptical about The UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People
60 years of UN Convention on Human Rights
Inclusion means … being given a £50 token?
International News
Canada says ‘go home’ to disabled child
Sex in the City, and world wide
From Mexico to India: Disability and HIV
A short recent history of the Disability Rights Movement in El Salvador
Sit-in at Nursing Home
And Finally …

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Welcome Hello from DAA
Thank you to all of you who took the time to respond to our first issue. We are delighted to be back! We have had replies from around the world.

“I am very happy indeed to get the DAA Newsletter – this is one newsletter that I eagerly look forward to. The articles provided me with new insights and sharpen my understanding.”
“Great newsletter!”
“I access DAA website regularly and will disseminate DAA newsletter to all my contacts.”
“Have just read your first bulletin and I am impressed with its coverage.”
“thanks a lot for your nice news letter. Hope it can help my people in bangladesh.”

Thank you for all your comments. We have improved our technical set-up, so fewer newsletters should land in Junk or Spam email boxes. From October you can access the newsletter on our website. You can request picture supported and word versions. We continue to strive to make our articles interesting, relevant and accessible. Please let us know how we are doing. This edition has two main themes: the body politics of bio-ethics and inclusion. We will also tell you again who we are and what we hope to achieve. Enjoy!
Email: mysay4daa@live.co.uk

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Disability LIB partners
The project has its own website and central office. www.disabilitylib.org.uk
Disability LIB
6 Market Road
London
N7 9PW
England UK
Telephone: 0844 800 4331
Email: contact@disabilitylib.org.uk

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ALLFIE Tara Flood recognised for Inclusion Now campaign work
The Social Inclusion Campaign Award from the Sheila McKechnie Foundation was given to the director of ALLFIE, Tara Flood. Tara is also chair of DAA. Tara and the Alliance run a campaign ‘We know inclusion works’. This is in response to the negative reporting in the media. You are invited to send your stories about how inclusion works to info@allfie.org.uk

“Inclusion for me is about society, which respects the humanity of its people.” says a disabled young person in Nottinghamshire. “Inclusion happens when everyone feels appreciated and welcome to participate.”
Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education.

Inclusion is going to school with your friends. “I kept asking myself what words a mother would use to explain to her daughter why they did not want her at her school. Except that she was disabled. If my daughter had only been black, and not disabled too, would the school have been able to do the same?”
Preethi Manuel mother of Zahrah.

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Disabled by Society …. Our stories: Body Politics
Excluded because of crooked teeth

The media reported that a nine-year-old girl called Lin was moving her lips, but did not actually sing at the opening of the Olympic Games in China. The beautiful voice we all heard was from a different girl, the seven year-old Yang Peiyi. Apparently Yang was not shown on stage nor on television, because she has crooked teeth. Her face and her smile were regarded as not photogenic enough, so she was hidden to avoid damaging China’s international image.

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Often we find disabled people are hidden, out-of-sight and at the margins of society. Society’s underlying cultural preferences in terms of the body and mind is for a particular image of beauty and health: a superficial one.

Our impairment difference is treated like a ‘stigma’, a characteristic that is deeply discredited within one’s society and for which we are rejected. Our difference, it seems, is challenging.

“I experienced a nervous breakdown 20 years ago. Despite recovering from that, then going on to achieve academically and build a good marriage, my family remain wary of me. My sister is bringing up her child to refer to me as “crazy”. She even considers it funny to do so. I have tried to express how hurtful I find this, but my feelings have been overlooked.”
7th August 2008, Guardian ‘Stigmatised by my own family’

In a unique research called ‘Shout’ almost 4,000 mental health service users were involved. The charity Rethink found that 87% of people said they had direct personal experience of stigma and discrimination and reported the negative impact of stigma on their lives.

The damage caused was wide-ranging; the areas affected include employment, family, friendships, neighbours, accessing education, reporting crime, relationships with health professionals, and feeling confident enough to visit the shops, go to the pub or take part in activities in the community, it says.
The Stigma Shout report can be found at http://www.rethink.org/how_we_can_help/campaigning_for_change/moving_people/stigma_shout.html

But this problem goes deeper. If a girl can be excluded for crooked teeth, where does it end? Our society allows science and law to de-select disabled lives.
For impairment reasons they tamper with genetics in an attempt to screen out difference. We have laws that allow late abortion because of so called ‘defects’.We allow bio-ethics to de-select impairment.

In 2004, UKCPD (formerly the British Council of Disabled People) asked “Can human rights apply if we select children or value people’s quality of life on the basis of their genetic make-up or impairment?” http://www.bcodp.org.uk/library/genetics/3disabhr.pdf
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/aug/06/mentalhealth
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/aug/07/mentalhealth.familyandrelationships

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Disabled by Society … Our Stories: Your Say
on last month’s theme: Forced Interventions
Being an Un-Person… (8’47’’)
“This is from a handout I gave while speaking at training for staff who work with people who have developmental disabilities. It is about what it means to be dehumanized and it applies to a far greater group of people than the original audience. It is, to make it clear, something that is done to us by other people, not something intrinsic to who we are.

Being an Un-person means that people talk in front of you as if you aren’t there… It means that your existence seems to fill people with disgust and fear. … If you communicate with behaviour, you will be punished, restrained, drugged or put in a behaviour program.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c5_3wqZ3Lk

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Sceptical
A sceptical view was expressed about the usefulness of the Convention. How does it protect the rights of people with mental health issues?

“My organization are skeptical on the UN Convention re Legal Intervention for people with mental health issues and the sense of disabled people being able to join the armed forces.”

For a discussion of how different Articles in the Convention can work together, go to page 47 in this 2007 publication: http://www.riglobal.org/publications/RI_Review_2007_Dec_WORDversion.doc
The text of Article 12 can be accessed at http://www.mindfreedom.org/kb/mental-health-global/united-nations/article-12-un

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The UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People
This year (2008) we celebrate 60 years of the United Nations Convention on Human Rights, the first international commitment on human rights.

A web campaign http://www.everyhumanhasrights.org/ urges us to embrace the values and goals of the Declaration. To protect the rights of our fellow global villagers and to encourage others to do the same in our communities, workplaces and schools. We are asked to affirm these principles:

“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, lanaguage, relition, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.” Every Human has Rights

However, our rights as disabled people are not spelled out specifically. It makes no specific mention of the meaning of rights as disabled people. Our experience is that we are often invisible, excluded or forgotten. We are not always included into the general phrase of ‘human’ inhuman rights.

That is why we needed a specific convention and why we are campaigning for our countries to ratify the Convention of the Rights of Disabled Persons.

UN Convention text resources:
Details of the Convention on the Rights of Disabled People can be found at
http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?navid=12&pid=150
http://www.un.org/disabilities/convention/conventionfull.shtml
Easy Read version of the Convention
http://www.officefordisability.gov.uk/docs/international-agreement-rights-disabled-people.pdf
For Easy Read versions of the Convention’s extra agreements (Optional Protocols) go to
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/disability_rights/convention/nz.htm
A child-friendly text of the Convention can be accessed at
http://www.unicef.org/Child_friendly_CRPD.pdf

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Inclusion means … being given a £50 gift token?
A grammar school in Lincolnshire, England, did not listen to a boy with Autism when planning and arranging the 11-plus entrance exam. Under the Disability Discrimination Act any barriers to learning have to be removed, for example by making alternative arrangements or providing reasonable adjustments.

His mother said: “We knew he would struggle with the change in surroundings. Our primary school head teacher suggested we ask if he could sit the test there, or at least in a room on his own. But when I went to the school I was told, ‘No, we don’t make any allowances’.”

As the barriers of unfamiliar surroundings, a crowded room full with unfamiliar people were not removed, the boy was extremely distressed and failed the exam.

The ombudsman Anne Seex said the school had not considered its duties under the Disability Discrimination Act.

The boy was admitted to another grammar school on the basis of his exam results at the end of primary school (called SATs) and his junior school’s recommendation.

The school has apologised, has given the boy a £50 gift token and agreed to handle future cases differently.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lincolnshire/7542948.stm
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/education/article4460621.ece

International News

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Canada
Paul and Barbara-Anne Chapman had sold their home in Britain and bought a farmhouse in Nova Scotia, Canada. The local authorities supported and welcomed them.

However, when the family arrived at the airport a border guard refused them entry. Several questions were raised about their work permit, clearance for their black Labrador and about their daughter Lucy, who has Angelman syndrome.

The family claim they were told by a border guard that because Lucy is disabled she would never be allowed into the country, and that she had a lifetime ban.

Mrs Chapman said: “My dog was allowed to stay. My dog has a higher status than my daughter in Canada, just because she is disabled.”

Canada’s immigration rules in section 38 do have a clause that states that you are not eligible for immigration if you would make an excessive demand on health and social services. Presently, “excessive demand” is usually defined as exceeding $15,000 of publicly funded health care costs over the next 5 years. However, in certain family applications, children are exempt from this rule of no entry due to health care costs.

The Convention on the Rights of Disabled People places obligations on countries to protect disabled people’s rights and freedoms. This includes the right to free movement and residency.

Entry to one’s own country is specifically mentioned in Article 18 of the Convention: “Are not deprived, arbitrarily or on the basis of disability, of the right to enter their own country.”

Entry into another country is protected in Article 18, where it says that disabled people should “not be deprived, on the basis of disability, of their ability to obtain, possess and utilize … relevant processes such as immigration proceedings, that may be needed to facilitate exercise of the right to liberty of movement.”

Mr and Mrs Chapman hired a Canadian lawyer to fight the decision.

http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=278
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/canada/2519496/Canada-refuses-entry-to-disabled-girl.html

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Sex in the City… and world-wide.
Research has shown that disabled people are being denied the choice to full sexual relationships.

“I want to meet a girl I can become friends with, take to the pub and the cinema and then after a couple of months see where it goes,” Joseph Greene, 23.

The national charity Family Planning Association FPA has organised an information and poster campaign about the right to have sex and relationships. FPA gives people information and advice about sexual health. This is particularly important in view of the continuing rise and impact of HIV (see reports below).

Easy Read, posters and campaign info at
http://www.fpa.org.uk/news/campaigns/current%5Fcampaigns/detail.cfm?contentid=1021
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7540103.stm
http://www.fpa.org.uk/products/learning_disabilities_publications/detail.cfm?contentid=1037

‘Let’s talk About Sex’ was launched in June 2008 for young people with life-limiting health conditions, in a bid to open up a taboo subject and to better support these young people to have the opportunity to experience relationships and explore their sexuality, in a safe, supportive and empathetic environment.
http://www.act.org.uk/content/view/153/1/

Our rights and dignity in connection with these personal areas are protected in the Convention. Article 23 of the Convention on the Rights of Disabled People specifically refers to forming relationships and accessing age-appropriate information, reproductive and family planning education.

As part of their obligations, countries who have ratified the Convention, have a duty to develop and change customs or practices. This includes working towards a change in attitude towards disabled people and sex.

Article 4 of the Convention asks governments to develop or change customs and practices which contradict the rights. Community norms, customs and practices of what people believe or how professionals deal with disabled people may go against the ideals laid down in the Convention.

“What is acceptable in the community is for a disabled person to marry another disabled person so that together they share their curse”, says a disabled local councillor in Uganda.
http://www.disabilitykar.net/docs/stories_women.doc

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From Mexico to India: Disability and HIV
On August 6th a very important international panel discussion took place. ‘Beyond Barriers: Disability and HIV/AIDS’ gave information about studies from across the world – Brazil, South Africa, Cameroon, and Canada.

Disabled people were found to be consistently more vulnerable to infection. People with learning difficulties and disabled women are often exposed to riskier situations; women in particular experience more unprotected sex than the general population, often as a result of sexual violence.

A researcher in Kwa Zulu-Natal, where there is no disability-specific sex education, encountered a “let sleeping dogs lie” attitude in schools. As a result, she found that disabled children had little access to education or legal protection and were more vulnerable to abuse and infection.

n Cameroon, a study focused on a young deaf population, found that sexual debut was on the whole earlier and riskier than in the general population.
http://eliminateaids.blogspot.com/2008/08/beyond-barriers-disability-and-hivaids.html

The Kampala Declaration on Disability and HIV/AIDS is an advocacy tool for all Campaign partners and supporters. We invite you to download this printer-ready version in English, French and Portuguese to disseminate at your various meetings and conferences!
http://www.africacampaign.info/a-nos-lecteurs-francais/index.html
http://www.africacampaign.info/recent-publication/index.html
http://www.dcdd.nl/data/1208782834413_Kampala%20Declaration%20on%20Disability%20and%20HIVAIDS.pdf

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A short recent history of the Disability Rights Movement in El Salvador
This article argues that despite national laws and certain improvements towards disability rights, El Salvador has only made nominal progress in implementing disability legislation and awareness.

In the context of El Salvador’s twelve-year armed conflict, 70,000 individuals were killed and another 300,000 people were disabled as a result of war.

However, this estimate conflicts with official statistics released by the Ministry of Economy in August 2008. Jesus Martinez, Director of the Landmine Survivors Network-El Salvador is extremely uncomfortable with the results of this 2008 Census.

“It should include accurate and trustworthy statistics about all of the disabled individuals living in this country.” he says.

Disabled people need to be counted in order to be visible in policy action, planning and prioritisation. Article 31 asks countries to find out about disabled people. State parties need collect appropriate information, including statistical and research data, to enable them to formulate and implement policies, which make a reality of the rights in the Convention.

If the Convention marks “a paradigm shift” in attitudes and approaches, then disabled people are not objects that are being counted, but subjects, who have rights and freedoms. As a result of this shift in thinking, ratification of the Convention should also mark a shift in creating a more inclusive society in El Salvador.
http://upsidedownworld.org/main/content/view/1384/74/

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Sit-in at Nursing Home
Demonstrators organised a sit-in and called for closure of a nursing home in Philadelphia. “There is no justice for someone in a nursing home,” read a sign held by one of the demonstrators.

The group’s goal was to persuade Mayor Nutter to help find homes for 50 or so disabled residents over the next six months, then get out of the nursing-home business. They were successful! Details at:
http://www.adapt.org/ http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20080818_Protesters_seek_to_close_Phila__nursing_home.html

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And Finally …
Discrimination is a putrid shade of yellow
It tastes like stale vomit
It smells like rancid fish
Discrimination reminds me of corruption, anger and despair
And sounds like a hooded coward running scared
Discrimination feels like nobody cares …
Extract from Bipolar works blog, 2007

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History of Disability Rights in El Salvador

Posted on 18 August 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Disability Studies, Human Rights, Latin America & Caribbean, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Upside Down World has recently published an extensive history of the disability rights movement in El Salvador from the 1990s through today, with special attention to the 12-year civil war; land mines and land mine victims; disability-related legislation in the country; and the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). 

El Salvador is one of 34 countries to have ratified the CRPD.  The CRPD is the first international, legally-binding treaty to protect the human rights of people with disabilities.  It protects many different human rights including: the right to healthcare and to informed consent in health services; the right to procreate and to obtain contraceptives; the right to education; the right to live with one’s own family in the community; and many more. 

El Salvador also is one of 20 countries to have ratified the accompanying Optional Protocol.  The Optional Protocol gives people with disabilities another way to obtain justice if their human rights have been violated under the CRPD.  People must first pursue all means of justice available to them within their own country.  If all of these attempts fail, and if their country has ratified both the CRPD and the Optional Protocol, then they may register a complaint with the international Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The Committee is authorized to investigate human rights violations under the CRPD.

In addition to the countries that have ratified the CRPD and Optional Protocol so far, another 96 countries also have declared official interest in ratifying the CRPD in the future, and 51 of these countries also are officially interested in ratifying the Optional Protocol.  A country signals strong official interest in an international treaty by signing it.  Signing a treaty is the first step toward ratifying it.  A country that has signed a treaty is not yet obligated to obey it, but must still avoid taking actions that would violate it.  A country that has fully ratified a treaty must make its laws more consistent with the treaty by creating new laws as necessary, or by abolishing old laws that violate the treaty.

Read the full story on the history of disability rights in El Salvador, entitled “A Recent History of the Disability Rights Movement in El Salvador” at

http://upsidedownworld.org/main/content/view/1384/1/

Find out if your country has signed or ratified the CRPD and Optional Protocol at http://www.un.org/disabilities/countries.asp?navid=12&pid=166

Learn more about the CRPD and Optional Protocol by reading the RatifyNow FAQ.

Learn how you can become involved with the global campaign to promote the ratification and implementation of the CRPD and Optional Protocol in your country and elsewhere.

This blog post was first published at <a href=”http://www.RatifyNow.orgRatifyNow.org and is re-posted here with permission of author. RatifyNow is an organization working to promote the ratification and implementation of the CRPD around the world, and periodically posts links like this one to interesting news stories related to disability rights and the CRPD.

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NEWS: El Salvador, Mexico Ratify Disability Rights Treaty

Posted on 21 December 2007. Filed under: Human Rights, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release from Rehabilitation International (RI)
Mexico, El Salvador and Nicaragua Ratify the UN Disability Rights Convention
RI Calls on Governments to Recognize the Human Rights of All by Ratifying the CRPD

(United Nations, New York, USA, 17 December 2007): RI congratulates the Governments of Mexico, El Salvador and Nicaragua for ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), bringing the number to 14 States Parties. Mexico also ratified the Optional Protocol. RI calls on all governments which have not yet ratified the CRPD and its Optional Protocol to do so as a matter of priority and without reservations and declarations. Furthermore, RI urges all States Parties to begin the process of implementation by developing laws, programs and policies to ensure that ALL persons with disabilities, regardless of the type of disability, enjoy all of the rights in the Convention.

Libre Acceso President Federico Fleischmann said, “We recognize the great efforts of the Government of Mexico for being a leader in promoting the human rights of persons with disabilities, as embodied in the Convention. RI and its member in Mexico, Libre Acceso, are committed to working within its broad network to ensure that Mexican laws are strengthened to comply with the high standards set by the Convention.”

As part of its Global Advocacy Campaign, RI partnered with Libre Acceso, representatives of the Mexican government, the Mexican law firm Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres Landa, S.C., the international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and local disability experts to develop recommendations on how Mexico’s National Disability Law can comply with the Convention. These recommendations, presented to the Mexican Government on October 18, 2007, were formally adopted by Partido Accion Nacional (PAN), the political party of the Mexican President, as the official proposed amendments to this national law. The Senate and Chamber of Deputies will now discuss the amendments, which may be adopted as early as next year. This RI project has been made possible because of the generous support of an anonymous donor and Irish Aid.

“We are very happy today to deposit the instrument of ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Setting up the legal framework is only the first step. The real challenge is to build a culture where the human rights of every person are fully respected,” said Senator Guillermo Tamborrel, President of the Commission on Vulnerable

Groups and a member of PAN. Senator Tamborrel, together with Senator Maria los Angeles Moreno Uriegas of Partido Revolucionario Institutional (PRI), were present when Mexico deposited its ratification instrument today.

The CRPD, the first human rights treaty of the 21st century, represents an essential legal instrument prohibiting discrimination against persons with disabilities in all areas of life, and includes specific provisions related to rehabilitation, habilitation, education, employment, health and access to information, public facilities and services, among others. The Optional Protocol concerns how individuals or groups can seek redress for violations of the CRPD once national remedies are exhausted. The Convention will become international law after 20 ratifications.

For more information, also consult the recent We Can Do post entitled “12 Countries Ratify International Disability Rights Treaty. Background information on the CRPD, a list of signatories, and a visual map of ratifying countries, can also be found at the United Nations Enable web site. Resources and ideas for how to become involved with the global campaign to ratify the treaty can be found at the RatifyNow organization web site.

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For more information on the UN Convention and contact details of experts within the RI membership, please contact Tomas Lagerwall (sg@riglobal.org), RI Secretary General, or Shantha Rau (shantha@riglobal.org), Senior Program Officer, at +1-212-420-1500.

About RI
Founded in 1922, RI is a global and diverse organization bringing together expertise from different sectors in the disability field, to advance and implement the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities. RI is currently composed of over 700 members and affiliated organizations in 93 nations, in all regions of the world.

RI works closely with other disability organizations, actively participating in the International Disability Alliance (IDA) – a network of eight global, democratic organizations of persons with disabilities – and was an active member of the International Disability Caucus (IDC) – a coalition of disability organizations and NGOs that participated in the negotiations toward the Convention. RI also maintains official relations with the United Nations and its agencies and institutions as well as with other international organizations, NGOs and universities.

For more information about RI, please visit their accessible website: http://www.riglobal.org



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TRAINING in Int’l Leadership, Employment and Disability in Latin America

Posted on 6 December 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Education and Training Opportunities, Employment, Events and Conferences, Fellowships & Scholarships, Latin America & Caribbean, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) seeks women and men with disabilities from Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua,and Peru to apply for a 21-day leadership exchange program in March 2008, in Eugene, Oregon.

The International Leadership, Employment and Disability (I-LEAD) program will focus on expanding opportunities for employment for people with disabilities in Latin America. We are seeking individuals with leadership experience and potential in these areas. All program activities will include Spanish translation, and substantial scholarships are available.

Information about the I-LEAD program is available on the MIUSA website in both English and Spanish.

Thank you for your support and assistance.

Sincerely,

Susan Sygall
CEO
Mobility International USA
132 E. Broadway, Suite 343
Eugene, Oregon 97401 USA
Tel/TTY: 1+ (541) 343-1284
Fax: 1+ (541) 343-6812
<http://www.miusa.org>

Jamie Kinsel
Program Assistant
International Exchange Programs
Mobility International USA
132 E. Broadway, Suite 343
Eugene, Oregon 97401 USA
Tel/TTY: 1+ (541) 343-1284
Fax: 1+ (541) 343-6812
<http://www.miusa.org>

Empowering people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.


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