Report from Seminar on Disaster Risk Reduction for Deaf People, Persons with Disabilities

Posted on 30 September 2008. Filed under: Cross-Disability, Deaf, Disaster Planning & Mitigation, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , |

Deaf people, and people with disabilities, are often at high risk during natural disasters and other large-scale emergencies. A seminar on disaster risk reduction for people with disabilities was held in Pakistan last July 2008. A summary of the lectures and presentations are available on-line at:

http://www.danishkadah.org.pk/activities/events/080720-DRR/program.html#speakers_introduction

Among other things, people may read a summary of a lecture describing a curriculum and teaching strategies used to teach deaf students how to protect their safety during disasters. Also included are bullet points from a speech that makes recommendations for the importance of including people with disabilities generally in all stages of disaster prevention and preparation.



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11th Duskin Leadership Training in Japan

Posted on 25 August 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Capacity Building and Leadership, Cross-Disability, East Asia Pacific Region, Education and Training Opportunities, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The Duskin Leadership Training in Japan program is intended for persons with disabilities in Asian and Pacific regions who have potential to be community leaders. To help achieve their goals, this program provides an opportunity for them to learn about welfare measures, policies and services for persons with disabilities in Japan and thus improve their knowledge and skills. It is sponsored by the Duskin AINOWA Foundation as one of the projects commemorating the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons (1993-2002)

A maximum of 10 (in principle, one trainee from one country/region) will be selected. Training period duration will be 10 months.

Here are applicant Qualifications:

(1) The applicant should be a person with disability who wishes to contribute to the community as a future leader.

(2) In principle, the applicant should be between 18 and 25 years of age.

(3) Specific educational background or work experiences are not required.

(4) The applicant should undergo ten-month continuous training in Japan and should be able to adapt himself/herself to the Japanese way of life.

(5) The applicant should have sufficient communication skills to participate in the Japanese language course given in Japanese or Japanese sign language or English or American sign language.

(6) The applicant should be able to carry on the activities of daily life without assistance.

(7) The applicant should have his/her own training plan.

(8) The applicant should have a surety, who is a parent, brother or sister who is of age, or someone who is equivalent to the kin.

(9) The applicant should be ready to accept all risks in case of unforeseen incidents including accidents.

Application deadline of the 11th program is November 14, Friday, 2008

For more information please visit: http://www.dinf.ne.jp/doc/english/duskin/index.html



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NEWS: Women with Disabilities in Pakistan Hold Empowerment Seminar

Posted on 20 August 2008. Filed under: Cross-Disability, News, South Asian Region, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Thank you to Ghulam Nabi Nizamani for circulating the following report.

Seminar on empowerment of women with disabilities, Karachi – Pakistan
Held on 2nd August 2008.

A joint seminar organized by Social Welfare Department Government of Sindh and Association of Physically Handicapped Adults (APHA) member organization of Sindh Disability Forum (SDF) and Pakistan Disabled Peoples’ Organization (PDPO) DPI Pakistan.

Centuries ago, as you all know, in most societies of the world women occupied a secondary position to their male counterparts. It was a common feature that women got very little opportunity to voice their opinion even in matters, which concerned their own lives. They were considered to have no opinions of their own but merely adhere to the decisions made first by their fathers, then their husbands and at a later stage of their lives by their sons. But society has progressed from the discriminating attitude towards women. This is not to say that even today women stand equal with men. Discrimination against women persists even till date, the only change being that in some situations take place at a more subtle level.

Women’s movements have been instrumental in bringing about this change. These movements attempt to empower and equip women to fight for equality and stand equal with men.

But this is not the case when we turn our attention to women with disabilities. The mainstream women’s movements have remained completely oblivious to the needs of this group. The disability movements too have not paid much attention to the particular needs of disabled women. Hence these women remain at the periphery of all rights movements. Being a neglected segment they lack in self-esteem and self-confidence. They are conceived as not having part to play in society they are role-less people. Thus arises the imperative need to develop the image they have of themselves. Empowerment of disabled women therefore becomes the need of the hour.

SPEAKERS
1. Ms. Shagufta Shehzadi Chairperson Special Education Department, University of Karachi

2. Ms. Nasreen Aslam Shah Chairperson Women Study Centre University of Karachi

3. Ms. Musarrat Jabeen Women Development Department,Govt. of Sindh

4. Keynote Presentation By M. Zeeshan Taqi Finance Secretary A.P.H.A

5. Mr. S.M Nishat General Secretary A.P.H.A

6. Ms. Shama Dosa Active Social Worker

7. Mr. Shariful Muzaffar President A.P.H.A

8. Mrs. Riaz Fatima.Social Welfare Training Institute

9. Ms. Farzana WWD member of APHA

10. Ghulam Nabi Nizamani DPI Pakistan/Asia Pacific

Speakers highlighted issues related to women with disabilities specially WWDs based in rural areas. They discussed about:

1. Position in the family,

2. Access to education and health care facilities,

3. Opportunities to find employment,

4. Knowledge regarding existing legislation and facilities for disabled people and Women with disabilities.

5. Fulfilling the role generally ascribed to women including mainstreaming of WWDs.

6. Reproductive health of Women with Disabilities.

7. Violence against Women with Disabilities.

Delegates of the seminar recommended that:

  • Self-help groups of disabled women need to be organized. These women are to be made aware of the rights through training in self-advocacy.
  • Media campaign for spreading awareness regarding the rights of the disabled in general and disable women in particular.
  • Creation of Awareness on the Rights of Women with Disabilities according to Article 6 of UN Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities (CRPD).
  • Government to frame policies specifically catering to the interest of women with disabilities.
  • Training for women with disabilities needs to be geared towards developing a positive self-concept and self-image. They are to be empowered to recognize that they too are contributing and responsible members of society.
  • To fill the gape between WWDs of Urban and Rural area.
  • Job quota for WWDs be raised by Government from 2% to 15% because for women without disabilities have 10% quota in Government’s Jobs



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CBR Forum India Website

Posted on 14 July 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), Cross-Disability, Human Rights, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , |

Learn more about Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programs in India at the CBR Forum website.

This website periodically posts news items related to human rights among people with disabilities. You can also find a listing of publications and powerpoint programs on CBR, human rights, universal access and other topics, as well as all past CBR Forum Annual Reports. Their resource section has links to laws and regulations relevant to people with disabilities in India; information about employment opportunities; links to government ministries and departments in India; links to disability-oriented organizations; and other resources around the web.

Start exploring the CBR Forum website at:

http://www.cbrforum.in/



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NEWS: New Pakistani School Teaches Artificial Limb Preparation

Posted on 24 February 2008. Filed under: Mobility Impariments, News, South Asian Region, technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pakistan now has its second training program for people who wish to learn how to produce artificial limb, the on-line publication Unique Pakistan has reported. The first center, in Peshawar, was established with the assistance of Germany 25 years ago.

Students at the new school in Sindh are to be trained for four years. Twenty-five students joined the first batch in January 2008. The Dow University Artifical Limb (DUAL) center already has provided prothesis limbs to several hundred clients.

Unfortunately, the article I consulted did not provide details on how people with amputations or birth conditions can obtain protheses in Pakistan. Nor did the article indicate how people interested in learning how to construct artificial limbs can apply to enroll in the program either in Peshawar or in Sindh. IF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH EITHER PROGRAM, then your knowledge would be welcome. Please share what information you can in the comments area below.

Meanwhile, you can read the article by clicking on this link.

I tried searching for the Dow University Health Sciences (DUHS) on the web because it appears they are responsible for setting up this school. A Wikipedia page has some information about it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dow_University_of_Health_Sciences

The Wikipedia page indicates that the DUHS web site is at

http://www.duhs.edu.pk/

When I tried it, I couldn’t accesss it. (It timed out.) I’m not sure if this is a permanent problem or a temporary problem. If you can’t access it either, please let me know. If I get enough complaints then I’ll just remove the link.



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CALL FOR FILMS: WeCare Filmfest on Disability Issues

Posted on 29 January 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Arts, Call for Audio & Visual Materials, Cross-Disability, Disability Studies, Events and Conferences, Opportunities, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Entries of films and documentaries on the various issues of disability are invited for Wecare Filmfest-2008 organized by BROTHERHOOD.

The last date for submitting films and documentaries to the Wecare Filmfest is February 9, 2008. If you are interested in entering the Wecare Filmfest, please send your entries ON OR BEFORE February 9, 2008.

The Filmfest itself will be held February 20-21, 2008, in the India International Centre, 40 Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi-110 003. A large number of films and documentaries already have been received from multiple countries, including India, on various disability issues. More entries are welcome from countries around the world. All films should be subtitled in English or in Hindi or both. Films in DVD, CD, or VHS are preferred.

Entries are invited in the following four categories based on length of the film or documentary: up to one minute; up to 5 minutes; up to 30 minutes; up to 60 minutes. Application fees will be required: 500 Rupees for films up to 1 minute or 5 minutes; 1000 Rupees for films up to 30 minutes or 60 minutes. (Use the currency converter at http://www.xe.com for a rough estimate of how much this is worth in your country’s currency.)

Prize money is available for winning entries, ranging from 10,000 to 50,000 rupees depending on placement (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) or on category (films up to 1 or 5 minutes, versus films up to 30 or 60 minutes).

Entries arriving after February 9 (i.e., after the deadline) will NOT be eligible to compete.

The Wecare Filmfest is organized by Brotherhood in association with Iridium Interactive (on-line partner); Asian Academy of Film and Television (Technical Support); and I-Congo (Knowledge partner).

BROTHERHOOD has been using the Audio-visual media since 2002 to initiate discussions and dialogue for the integration of people with disability into the mainstream of society. Brotherhood reports that it has initiated several projects that demonstrate the power of film and documentaries to educate the public about disability issues. Films and documentaries can dispell myths, stereotypes and misconceptions about people with disabilities. And they can promote a new approach to disability involving equal rights, opportunities, and access.

Read more about the National Disability and Communication Resource Centre and their library of books, manuscripts, periodicals, still photographs, posters, and audio-video recordings on disability issues both from within India and from outside the country: http://www.ndfconline.org.

Download the entry form for the festival in PDF format at:

http://www.ndfconline.org/images/Film_Festival/firstfilmfestivalreport__.pdf

The entry form provides more details on criteria for film and documentary entries and how to submit your entries.

Inquiries related to the Wecare Filmfest can be directed to:

The Director
Wecare FilmFest, Brotherhood
B-4/156 (Basement), Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi-110 029.

Email: wecarefilmfest@gmail.com
Website: www.ndfconline.org
Mobile: 9811012065

Please do NOT direct inquiries about the Wecare Filmfest to We Can Do. Instead, please contact the Wecare Filmfest organizers directly with the contact information provided above.



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