Opportunity for International Cooperation to Advance Disability Rights

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Opportunity for International Cooperation to Advance Disability Rights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact the GDRL team via gdrl@usicd.org

Or contact them via postal mail at:                          

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


فرصة للتعاون الدولي من أجل النهوض بحقوق المعاقين

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

gdrl@usicd.org

 

أو الإتصال عبر البريد العادي على العتوان التالي:

 

 

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

 


Oportunidad para la Cooperación Internacional para Promover de Derechos

de los Personas con Discapacidades

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

O contactar por correo posta:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ou  contacter eux par courrier postal à  

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kokuma to wasika a takarda ta hanyar:

Global Disability Rights library

United States international Council on Disabilities (USICD)

1012 14th Street, NW, Suite 105

Washington DC



Возможность для международного сотрудничества в целях продвижения прав инвалидов

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

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

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

Организации или отдельные лица могут способствовать следующим образом:

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

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

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

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

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

или свяжитесь с ними по обычной почте:                         

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

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Master of Arts Degree in International Development with Persons with Disabilities

Posted on 9 February 2011. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Cross-Disability, Education and Training Opportunities, Human Rights, Opportunities, Poverty | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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The Master of Arts degree in International Development at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC focuses on advocating for and with persons with disabilities. The program’s coursework is taught through a transformative lens where political, social and development issues become a means through which ID graduates study topics, such as, the latest global trends and issues concerning disability and development, gender, models of disability, the micropolitics of development, the design of sustainable and effective development projects and programs, and economic development. Your two years of coursework includes a practicum placement at one of several Washington, DC agencies, as well as an internship overseas using the skills you will learn through your coursework at Gallaudet and the international experiences you will be exposed to in our nation’s capitol.

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Posted on 6 January 2011. Filed under: Announcements, Arts, Capacity Building and Leadership, Cross-Disability, Education and Training Opportunities, Human Rights, News, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Website: www.miusa.org

Disabled women activists change the world through YouTube music video: Loud, Proud and Passionate!(SM)

January 6, 2011 – Signing and singing with passion in Arabic, Spanish and English, 54 disabled women activists from 43 countries celebrate the achievements, pride and solidarity of women with disabilities around the world. These leaders are revolutionizing the status of women and girls worldwide. Filmed during MIUSA’s 5th International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), the Loud, Proud and Passionate!(SM)  music video release marks the beginning of MIUSA’s 30th Anniversary year-long celebration.

Please share the YouTube link to Music Video: Loud, Proud and Passionate!(SM)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxxomUVsSik

Our goal is to reach 2,500 views and to raise funds through donations for the next WILD program empowering women and girls with disabilities. Every donation large or small brings us closer to that goal! To donate, visit http://www.miusa.org/donate/wild.

WILD delegates in the video come from Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, Syria, Turkey, Uganda, United States of America, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The video is captioned. For the text video description in English click here.

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development. For more information visit www.miusa.org.

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JOB POST: Research Assistant for AFrican Policy on Disability and Development

Posted on 10 March 2009. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Announcements, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Vacancy – Research Assistant Position for African Policy on Disability and Development (A-PODD)

Application Deadline: 13 March , 2009

A-PODD has a Research Assistantship position for 1 Year, and the candidate has to be from Sierra Leone. We seek a person with experience in researching disability issues for the above position. The project is housed at the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin and The Secretariat of the African Decade for Persons with Disability, being other partners.

The Research Assistant should have a degree in a relevant social or health science, or evidence of operating at an equivalent level. The Research Assistant will be considered for fully-funded registration for a Masters in Research at Stellenbsoch University. Limited travel to South Africa will be required, with the Research Assistant based in Sierra Leone.

This is a re-advertisement as only two applicants with the relevant qualifications have been shorted listed. We need 3 interviewees so that we have a wide selection. The teleconferencing interview will take place on the 19th April 2009. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Project Description
A-PODD is a three year project funded by the (Irish) Health Research Board and Irish Aid. A-PODD is led by Prof Mac MacLachlan, Centre for Global Health and School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin; Ms Gubela Mji, Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and Mr A.K. Dube, The Secretariat of the African Decade for Persons with Disability.

This research investigates how disability can be put on the agenda of national and international development initiatives. It focuses on how research evidence can be utilised to inform the policy environment (such as PRSPs and SWAps), development institutions (such as the IMF, World Bank and WHO), as well as less formal local, community and grass-roots decision making and inclusion efforts.

A-PODD will undertake four country case studies: in Sierra Leone, a country emerging from conflict that resulted in many people being disabled; Malawi and Uganda, the only two African countries that have Ministries for people with disabilities; and Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa, with significant geographical barriers and a highly dispersed population, presenting significant challenges to the inclusion of people with disability.

Our comparative analysis will inform disability policy and implementation within the region. Barriers and facilitators will be identified along implementation pathways, and so too will local means and mechanisms of addressing these. Country reports will be discussed at a concluding workshop to which governments, civil society, donors, researchers and others will be invited. A code of best practice will be drawn up for Moving Evidence to Action on African Disability Policy.

Other collaborating partners on this project are:

International Partners:
Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University
Southern African Federation of the Disabled
Ministry of Persons with Disabilities and the Elderly, Government of Malawi
Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
South African Medical Research Council’s Cochrane Centre
SINTEF Health Research (Norway)
World Bank

Irish Partners:
Institute for Nursing Research, University of Ulster Law & Policy Research Unit, NUI Galway.
National Institute for Intellectual Disability, Trinity College Dublin
Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin.

Bursary
Research Assistants will be appointed in the range EUR8,000-10,000 (Euro)

Applications
Interested applicants should send
1) A statement of interest – 1 page
2) A Curriculum Vitae –
3) Contact details for at least two referees (at least one of which should be an academic).

For any quiries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please forward your application to:

Dr Tsitsi Chataika (Post doctoral Research Fellow)
E-mail: tchataika@sun.ac.za

Dr Tsitsi Chataika – Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Stellenbosch University
Tygerberg Campus
Faculty of Health Science
Centre for Rehabilitation Studies
African Policy On Disability and Development (A-PODD) Project
P.O Box 7505
Tygerberg, 7505
South Africa
Tel: +27 219389816 (office)
+27 7764085148 (Cell/Mobile)
Fax:+27 219146875



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Master’s Degree in International Development and Disability

Posted on 10 February 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Education and Training Opportunities, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , |

Gallaudet University offers a Master’s Degree in International Development which prepares students to collaborate with a variety of groups which wish to include people with disabilities in their organizations, development projects and programs. The degree draws on theories and material from disability studies, international relations, public policy, research and evaluation. Students study significant topics in international relations that affect the economic and social development of countries worldwide, including:

· the theories and strategies of international development;
· the political, social and developmental issues surrounding disability that result in the continued oppression and marginalization of disabled people around the globe;
· the links between disability and development in the areas of human rights, poverty, the environment, health, gender, children, and conflict and emergency situations such as natural disasters;
· the inclusion of disability issues in mainstream development practice;
· participatory approaches in planning, implementation, monitoring, reviewing and evaluation, National and International policy framework, and;
· practice and theory of living and studying in cultures different from one’s own.

Applications for Gallaudet University’s Master’s Degree in International Development are due April 1st, 2009 in order to start in August 2009.

For those in the Washington, DC area, a Graduate School Open House will be held on campus this Friday, February 13th, 2009, from 10 am – 3:00 pm.

For more information about the Master’s Degree, please visit: http://edf.gallaudet.edu/x2607.xml

or contact Amy Wilson at amy.wilson@gallaudet.edu



Thank you to Dr. Amy Wilson for sending this announcement to be posted at We Can Do. It is in good part thanks to Amy, and to the courses I have taken through her international development program at Gallaudet, that I have built such a strong network of contacts in the international disability community and learned many of the things I need to know to run this blog site.

Even if you cannot pursue a full Master’s Degree at this time, then I personally recommend their on-line class, EDF 772, “International Development with People with Disabilities in Developing Countries” as an excellent overview of the field. If you miss the April 1, 2009 deadline (to be accepted for the incoming August 2009 class), then check their web site for deadlines for next year.

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NEWS: AusAID Prioritizes People with Disabilities

Posted on 16 December 2008. Filed under: News, Poverty | Tags: , , , , , , , |

MEDIA RELEASE
BOB MCMULLAN MP
PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE
MEMBER FOR FRASER
AA 08 67 25 November 2008
The Australian Government has for the first time made people with disability a priority for Australia’s international development
program.

Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan, will today launch Australia’s first strategy to guide
Australia’s aid program in supporting people with a disability in the developing world.

An estimated 10 per cent of the world’s population, or around 650
million people, live with a disability. Of these, about 80 per cent
live in developing countries.

“Australia is committed to including people with disability in the
fight against global poverty and supporting them to improve the
quality of their lives,” Mr McMullan said.

“People with a disability are among the poorest and most vulnerable in developing countries,” he said.

The new strategy, ‘Development for All’, aims to improve quality of life for people with disabilities, strengthen prevention efforts and promote international leadership on disability and development.

It also seeks to improve understanding of disability and development across the Asia Pacific region.

“With good leadership, attitudes towards people with disability can change, services can be improved and people’s lives can be transformed -– not only the lives of the person with a disability, but their families and those around them,” Mr McMullan said.

People with a disability face many barriers preventing them from
participating in society, and are more likely to be socially excluded. Women and children with disability often face the greatest challenges.

The Australian Government recognises that poverty and disability are linked and is committed to ensuring that the benefits of development reach those who are most excluded.

Australia has recently ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities, and, in addition to launching the strategy is also preparing a national disability policy to be released in 2009.

Media Contact: Sabina Curatolo (Mr McMullan’s Office) 0400 318 205
AusAID Public Affairs 0417 680 590
http://www.ausaid.gov.au/media/release.cfm?BC=Media&ID=5342_2977_992_462_1249



I received this press release via Ghulam Nabi Nizamani.

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E-Discussion on Disability and Climate Change, 8-12 December 2008, Via Email

Posted on 24 November 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Disaster Planning & Mitigation, Events and Conferences, Networking Opportunities, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Invitation to Join GPDD Electronic Discussion On DISABILITY & CLIMATE CHANGE
8 – 12 December 2008
Sponsored by: The Global Partnership for Disability & Development (GPDD) and The World Bank (Human Development Network – Social Protection/Disability & Development Team)

The Global Partnership for Disability & Development (GPDD) is pleased to invite you to an e- discussion on Disability & Climate Change.

Climate change causes grave consequences for human well-being, development, and security, by increasing severe weather conditions that raise the risks of disease, food scarcity, loss of livelihoods, migration, violence, and conflict. Climate change threatens the effectiveness of development efforts by disproportionately affecting people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups in low- and middle-income countries. In the face of these imminent challenges, people with disabilities and their families require adaptation and robust systems that promote sustainable access to basic necessities, secure livelihoods, health care, and social and civic participation.

This e-discussion will be a week-long electronic exchange among all interested stakeholders to create a shared understanding of how climate change may impact the lives of people with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries, and summarize the major themes that must be addressed in future research activities.

The e-discussion will take place from 8 – 12 December, and be facilitated by Dr. Maria Kett, Assistant Director of the LCI Disability and Inclusive Development Centre of Leonard Cheshire Disability, and Valerie Sherrer, Emergency Coordinator of Christian Blind Mission. Discussion topics will center on two primary themes:
1. Disasters, Emergencies, Conflicts and Disability, and
2. Basic Necessities, Health, & Poverty Reduction.

The main objective of the e-discussion is to build on existing knowledge and exchange ideas on developing practical strategies to cope with the diverse effects of climate change, which will directly or indirectly impact the lives of people with disabilities and their families. The information and insight gathered in the discussion will be converted into a report for wide dissemination in multiple formats.

The discussion is open to all interested parties and participation is free. Please be sure to register before 28 November, 2008 to ensure inclusion in the entirety of the discussions.
To register, please submit an email in the following format:
To: listserv@listserv.syr.edu
Subject: GPDD-eDisc2008 [First Name Last Name Country]
*e.g.: GPDD-eDisc2008 Joe Smith Australia
Message Body: Subscribe GPDD-eDisc2008 [First Name Last Name]
*e.g.: Subscribe GPDD-eDisc2008 Joe Smith

For questions or further information regarding this event, please contact Kelly Hamel at kmhamel@law.syr.edu.

We very much look forward to having you join us!



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Marketing and Communications Internship (paid), Global Partnership for Disability and Development, Washington DC

Posted on 18 November 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, 20006, United States
Organization: Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD)

Area of Focus: Disability Issues, International Cooperation
Skill(s): editing, special events planning, Writing
End date: July 9, 2009
Language(s): English
Start date: January 9, 2009
Last day to apply: December 6, 2008
Paid or unpaid: Paid

Description:
The Marketing and Communications Intern will provide critical support in raising awareness about the GPDD and its programs, disseminating information and outcomes, and providing outreach to a large number of diverse stakeholders. The duties of the GPDD Communication Intern include:
* Identifying key constituencies and stakeholders for the organization
* Assisting with the development of communications and marketing strategies to effectively engage them
* Assisting with the development and maintenance of communities of practice and work groups, comprised of individuals and institutions, in order to facilitate the GPDD programmatic and development goals
* Assisting with the development of informational materials about the GPDD, including website content, newsletters, annual reports, videos and other organizational materials
* Assisting with the development of press releases and management of media relations
* Assisting with the coordination of organizational mailings
* Coordinating special events
* Assisting with the maintenance of the organization’s contact and membership databases
* Staying abreast of local events, seminars and publications of interest to the organization and facilitating the organizations participation as necessary
* Management of special projects related to the communications strategy of the organization

Qualifications:
Required Skills: A minimum of 3 years of under-graduate education.
Experience in communications field, disability issues, international relations, or development. Knowledge of information gathering and data building. Fluency in written and oral English; communication skills and ability to draft, edit and proofread. Computer proficiency.

Desired Skills: Experience or knowledge of communications and development. Master’s degree, or working towards a degree, in relevant field. Work experience in non-profit organizations.

Required Attributes: Proactive attitude and ability to work independently. Attention to detail and strong organizational skills. Creative and thorough approach to research. Interest in disability issues.

Application instructions:
To apply, please submit your resume/CV and cover letter to
kmhamel@law.syr.edu.
Please include “Marketing and Communication Internship” in the subject line.
Qualified candidates will be contacted by phone and/or email.



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NEWS: African Decade of Persons with Disabilities Extended to 2019

Posted on 2 November 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, News, Poverty, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

ANNOUNCEMENT:

AFRICAN DECADE OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 2019

A. CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD NEWS!

We are ecstatic!

This is to announce that the AU Continental Decade of Persons with Disabilities has been extended to December 2019.

The Windhoek Declaration on Social Development adopted by Ministers in Charge of Social Development on 31 October 2008, adopted Resolution 6, which reads as follows:

‘6. ADOPT the extension of the Continental Decade of Persons with Disabilities for the period 2010-2019; CALL for the evaluation of the existing Decade and its Plan of Action (1999-2009) and the speedy conclusion of the evaluation and restructuring of the African Rehabilitation Institute (ARI)’

In addition to the resolution extending the Decade, the Windhoek Declaration also adopted resolution 5(x) which reads as follows:

‘5. Further commit ourselves to implement the priority strategies under the key thematic social issues spelt out in the Social Policy Framework for Africa, through the following:

(x) Empowering and providing persons with disabilities with equal opportunities, safeguarding their rights and enlisting their participation and mainstreaming them in all development programmes’

The new Social Development Policy adopted by the Ministers in Windhoek Namibia has detailed coverage of disability work. We encourage organisations to get a copy of this policy and apply its contents in your programming processes.

We would like to thank all organisations (notably Pan African Federation Of the Disabled (PAFOD), African Union of the Blind (AFUB), and others), Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities (SADPD) Staff and leaders, Panel of Experts/Parliamentarians, Pan African Parliament, African Rehabilitation Institute (ARI), the African Union Social Affairs Commission, our Development Partners (Disabled Persons Organizations Denmark [DPOD], Sida, UK Department for International Development [DFID], and Southern Africa Trust), Christian Blind Mission (CBM) and those that supported our down-line networks and DPOs for their support during the first Decade and the campaign towards extension.

We look forward to hard work during the next ten years. We now have the benefit of learning from the mistakes that we made and the experience of managing an initiative of this nature.

B. MORE INFORMATION ON THE FIRST DECADE

The African Union declared the first decade of the new millennium (1999-2009) as the African Decade for Persons with Disabilities. In 2001 the African Union’s Labour and Social Affairs Commission along with its African Rehabilitation Institute (ARI) and the ILO held a meeting in Addis Ababa. In this meeting they designed a Continental Plan of Action (CPOA) to guide the member states of the African Union on how to implement the African Decade. The adoption of the African Decade of Disabled Persons (ADDP) placed responsibility on African States to implement Decade Programme activities.

With this declaration, the African Union adopted a Continental Plan of Action (CPOA) with twelve objectives that African States were to implement over the period.

The twelve objectives cover a wide range of themes that are of critical importance to improvement in the lives of persons with disabilities in Africa. These themes include ideas and strategies to:
1. Formulate and implement national policies, programmes and legislation to promote the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities.
2. Promote the participation of persons with disabilities in the process of economic and social development
3. Promote the self-representation of people with disabilities in all public decision-making structures.
4. To enhance support services for disabled persons.
5. Promote special measures for children, youth, women and elderly persons with disabilities.
6. Ensure and improve access to rehabilitation, education, training, employment, sports, the cultural and physical environment.
7. To promote and protect disability rights as human rights
8. To support the development of and strengthen Disabled Persons’ Organizations
9. Mobilize resources

These objectives where meant to be implemented by Africa States, with the cooperation of civil society organisations.
Prepared By:

Kudakwashe A.K. Dube, CEO
SADPD



This announcement is being circulated by The Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities (SADPD). Their website is at http://www.africandecade.org.za and is worth exploring for anyone with an interest in human rights or social and economic development for people with disabilities in Africa. I modified this announcement to spell out most of the acronyms.

I received this announcement via the mailing list for the Global Partnership for Disability and Development.

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FELLOWSHIP for International Development Internship with Catholic Relief Services

Posted on 31 October 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Education and Training Opportunities, Fellowships & Scholarships, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

International Development Fellow

Education: Master (MA, MSW, etc.)
Location: International, United States, United States
Posted by: Catholic Relief Services

Job Category: Management , Project management
Language(s): Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Job posted on: October 27, 2008
Area of Focus: Economic Development, Farming and Agriculture, Health and Medicine, Peace, War, and Conflict Resolution:)
Type: Full time
Last day to apply: December 15, 2008
Last updated: October 27, 2008

Description:

The International Development Fellows Program is designed to give those interested in a career in international relief and development, the opportunity to increase their overseas experience, gain project management experience and to be exposed to the work of Catholic Relief Services. A majority of the program participants go on to full-time employment

Fellows work for one year in CRS offices around the world in the sectors of agriculture, education, health, HIV and AIDS, microfinance and peace building. During the course of the year, Fellows are exposed to various aspects of project management including proposal writing, budgeting, working with donors, working with counterparts, and monitoring and evaluation.

Additional Qualifications:

We are looking for candidates with:

-international experience
-a relevant masters degree (international affairs, community development, agriculture, public health, international education, etc.)
-an interest in work for a faith based organization
-professional proficiency in Spanish, French, Arabic and Portuguese
-strong cross cultural skills.

How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted on-line until December 15, 2008 for July
2009-2010 placements.
Please view our website at
http://www.crs.org/about/careers/fellowships/ to learn more about the program and to apply.

For additional information, please contact us at idfp@crs.org.

Permalink: http://www.idealist.org/if/i/en/av/Job/316353-89



Thank you to Dr. Amy Wilson for passing along this announcement. This announcement was first posted at the job board, http://www.idealist.org. People interested in this opportunity should apply or inquire directly with Catholic Relief Services at the web site and email address provided above. Please do NOT inquire with We Can Do regarding this opportunity–this blog site is not associated with Catholic Relief Services and cannot assist.

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RESOURCE: Manual on Mainstreaming Disability in Development Projects

Posted on 2 October 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Inclusion, Poverty, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Christian Blind Mission announces the publication of a new manual on including persons with disabilities in development projects. The manual is part of the “Mainstreaming Disability in Development Cooperation” project funded by the European Commission. The purpose of the manual is to give guidance and practical tools to operational staff to include a disability
perspective in the Project Cycle Management. [Note from We Can Do: Although this manual is written from a European perspective for European-based international development agencies and organizations, some of its content seems broadly relevant to mainstream international development organizations based outside of Europe.]

The manual aims to support the inclusion of the perspectives of persons with disabilities throughout the project management cycle, from program planning through evaluation. It contains examples of projects which include the perspectives of persons with disabilities, many of which are financed by the EC partnership with NGOs, including CBM. The manual is
accompanied by a web-based toolbox, which is available in September 2008.

To download the manual go to

http://www.cbm.org/en/general/CBM_EV_EN_general_article_36218.html

This manual comes in two parts. The first part, entitled Make Development Inclusive: Concepts and Guiding Principles (PDF format, 750 Kb), discusses what disability is; why all poverty reduction projects should include a disability perspective; the degree of disability inclusion needed for different types of projects; and the legal and policy framework in Europe and internationally. It also includes a discussion of the “twin-track approach” to development, which explores the difference between disability-inclusive mainstream projects and disability-targeted initiatives–and why we need both.

The second part of the manual, entitled Make Development Inclusive: A Pratical Guide (PDF format, 2.8 Mb) advises mainstream development organizations in how they can make their projects more inclusive to the benefit of everyone–without bankrupting themselves or consuming staff time that just isn’t available. Case examples are described that highlight how disability inclusion has been done at every stage of programming, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating projects around the world.

More information on the project Make Development Inclusive can be found online at www.make-development-inclusive.org

CBM is an international disability and development organization with 100 years of expertise whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities and their families and prevent and treat those diseases which can lead to disability in the most marginalized societies
in the world. Working for and together with persons with disabilities, CBM advocates for meaningful and effective participation, equal opportunities and full inclusion in all spheres of society.



I learned of this resource from Joan Durocher, who learned about it from Karen Heinicke-Motsch. Most of the text in this blog post comes from an announcement from CBM; the text summarizing the content of the two parts of the manual is mine.

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RESOURCE: The BIAS FREE Framework: A practical tool for identifying and eliminating social biases

Posted on 1 October 2008. Filed under: Cross-Disability, Health, Inclusion, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The worst myth that most good people have about bias, prejudice, discrimination, and exclusion is that only bad people do these things. If only bad people or bad organizations excluded others on the basis of disability status, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or socio-economic class, then the world would be in pretty good shape. And people with disabilities would no longer face frustration when persuading mainstream international development organizations to include their needs and concerns. After all, most of us (or so most of us hope) are good people.

Unfortunately, in the real world, most exclusion is done by good people who don’t even realize that they might be creating barriers simply by carrying on with business as usual. This is because many people simply don’t know enough about the lives, challenges, and strengths of the people in their communities who happen to be different from them. This ignorance is perhaps particularly problematic for people with disabilities because disability is often so profoundly invisible and ignored in many societies. (Did you know, for example, that doorknobs, flourescent lights, and pictures can all create barriers for people with certain disabilities?)

Exclusion caused by good people is often the hardest kind of exclusion to overcome because it first means helping people to understand that “being a good person” and “being a person who excludes others” are not mutually exclusive concepts. Then comes the next big challenge: we can only remove sources of bias in our research, policies, programs, services, and practices if we first learn how to see the bias. So how do we learn to see the biases that are so deeply buried in our environment, in our policies, in our programs, in ourselves?

One possible starting point is a 64-page publication entitled The BIAS FREE Framework: A practical tool for identifying and eliminating social biases in health research. The framework is available in PDF format in English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, and Vietnamese; and it looks like they plan a Chinese translation as well (the button is there but doesn’t lead anywhere yet).

This framework is not specific to international development. In fact, it’s focus is on eliminating bias in health research. But the manual is meant to be used more broadly by, not only researchers, but also students and policy makers, and could also be used by program directors and service providers. It is also meant for use in both high-income and low-income countries. It does not cover every possible area of bias. But it does include a focus on bias related to disability; to gender; and to race. And some of the broad concepts could be carried over to other types of bias, across many of the different sectors of international development.

The BIAS FREE Framework discusses how bias creeps in and serves to perpetuate social hierachies; how we tend to both overlook differences and also to exagerate them; how many of us forget to account for the complex social hierachies within gender, race, and disability issues, as well as across them. It discusses how people can identify and minimize these biases.

Learn more about the publication, or download it in your preferred language, at:

http://www.globalforumhealth.org/Site/002__What%20we%20do/005__Publications/010__BIAS%20FREE.php

Or, if you are looking for shorter, more accessible essays that may help stretch your thinking about disability issues, and why good people may still do bad things even when trying very hard to do only good things, consider a few samples from an excellent blogger named Amanda Baggs:

No Good Guys or Bad Guys Here

The Vehement Defense of Prejudicial Behavior

And this next one should be read by anyone and everyone who thinks their most important mission is to “help” people–whether by “helping” people they mean disabled people; poor people; people in developing countries; or all three. Do be sure to follow all the links and read those as well. It’s well worth your time to work through all of it. Then set aside some more time to think through all the implications. Are you a “Do-Gooder”? Are you sure?

Do-gooderism: Links, quotes, and discussion

Amanda Baggs has influenced my thinking in all kinds of subtle ways I couldn’t even begin to identify. I have read every single post in her entire blog, including all of the comments and most of her links. And it has been time very well spent.

No, Amanda Baggs doesn’t write about international development. Her focus is on disability rights and a broad spectrum of other issues. But she thinks deeply about power imbalances, power structures, and why oppression happens, in all kinds of ways that most people never think about. Much of it could be extended broadly not only to relationships between disabled people and non-disabled people but also to relationships between poor people and the people who deliver services.

If you have time to explore, I encourage you to go to her blog and do so: http://ballastexistenz.autistics.org



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CALL FOR PAPERS: Impact of Nanoscale Science on Disability

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Impact of NBICS on disabled people (Wolbring 2006)

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

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

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

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

Discourses:

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

Concepts:

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

Trends:

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

Areas of Action:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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RESOURCE: Global Partnership for Disability and Development Launches New Website

Posted on 25 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Capacity Building and Leadership, Cross-Disability, Inclusion, Poverty, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Regular readers who look closely may have noticed that one source I often credit for the information I share is the email distribution list for the Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD).

If you didn’t know, the GPDD works to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities and their families in development policies and practices. They do this by facilitating collaboration among development agencies and organizations to reduce poverty among children, women, and men with disabilities living in poor countries.

One of its sponsors is the World Bank, which is why the GPDD used to have its electronic home at http://www.worldbank.org/disability/gpdd. But the GPDD now has a new website all to itself.

You can find updated information on GPDD’s work, background, and membership, as well as relevant news and events at:
http://www.GPDD-online.org.

And what about their mailing list? I’ll let GPDD describe its purpose: “The Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD) mailing list facilitates interaction between stakeholders to advance the social, economic, and civic empowerment of people with disabilities, and the mainstreaming of disability issues in development.” If you have made a habit of examining my source credits at the bottom of each post, then you will have noticed that GPDD is a common avenue for distributing conference and job post announcements related to disability and international development, as well as announcements about new resources and publications.

But the people who participate on the list do sometimes exchange information that doesn’t necessarily make it to this blog site. (The same goes for any of the other sources I cite.) People also use the GPDD list for networking among people who share similar goals in reducing poverty among people with disabilities and sometimes turn to each other for advice and guidance on finding the information they need. If you think you’d like to subscribe to the GPDD mailing list directly, you can do that for free. You don’t have to become an official member of GPDD to join. More details at http://gpdd-online.org/mailinglist/

Or, if you think you might want your organization or agency to become a GPDD member, then read the GPDD membership page to decide if you are eligible. You can also check their list of links to see what organizations are already members.

Please send any feedback, comments, or concerns regarding the GPDD website to Kelly Hamel at kmhamel@law.syr.edu.



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Good Practice AWARD COMPETITION for Service Providers in Middle East: Chance to Win 1500 Euro for Organization

Posted on 25 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Awards & Honors, Call for Nominations or Applications, Case Studies, Cross-Disability, Education, Funding, Health, Middle East and North Africa, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Note that the application deadline is October 18, 2008.

Funded by:
DISABILITY MONITOR INITIATIVE- MIDDLE EAST
Good Practice Award

The identification and sharing of good practices helps service providers to improve their performance and ultimately provide enhanced services for persons with disabilities. The Disability Monitor Initiative (DMI-ME) is conducting a Good Practice Awards program to recognize good practices in service delivery.

Who can apply:

  • Service providers in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine and Yemen working in the areas of healthcare, education, livelihood opportunities and social protection – for persons with disabilities
  • Service providers with no more than 40 salaried staff or an annual budget less than $300,000

What is the process:
1. Download the application form from this website www.disabilitymonitor-me.org
2. Complete the application and email to editor@disabilitymonitor-me.org
3. Applications can be submitted until Saturday 18 October 2008
4. The finalists from the region will be shortlisted and notified to arrange a face-to-face meeting to allow gathering of more in-depth information about the good practice
5. Face-to-face meetings will occur during October, November and December 2008, with the final winners notified shortly after all the assessments are completed

What is the prize:
For shortlisted service providers

  • their organization will be listed in the DMI-ME report themed around access to services for persons with disabilities in the Middle East due out in mid 2009
  • will receive a free flight and accommodation for a member of the organization to attend a major Regional Disability Conference for the Middle East scheduled to take place in mid 2009
  • For winning service providers

  • in addition to the above prizes, the organization will ultimately receive €1,500
  • a commemorative plaque presented before the media, recognizing their achievements in demonstrating a good practice for the delivery of social services for persons with disabilities in the Middle East

For more information please visit the DMI-ME website www.disabilitymonitor-me.org or email the team at the DMI-ME on editor@disabilitymonitor-me.org

Unsuccessful applicants will be informed why they were not considered as a winner and the judges’ decision is considered final.

This Good Practice Award competition is being funded by the Christian Blind Mission and Handicap International.



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Are Development Programs Achieving Disability Inclusion? If Not, What Next?

Posted on 4 September 2008. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Announcements, Cross-Disability, Inclusion, Reports, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We cannot put all the world’s children into school, or eradicate global poverty and hunger, or stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, until and unless mainstream international development programs proactively include people with disabilities. The good news is that a slowly growing number of international agencies and organizations have written policies declaring their support for disability inclusion, otherwise known as disability mainstreaming. These include, as a few examples, the US Agency of International Development (USAID); the World Bank; The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD); and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

But, how well do these nice-sounding policies translate into practice? Do these programs actually reach poor people with disabilities in developing countries, or improve the quality of their lives, any better than before they wrote these policies? One DisabilityKar publication explores this question: Has Disability Been Mainstreamed into Development Cooperation? (Word format, 921 Kb)

One of the conclusions of this report is that the question is harder to answer than you might think: even the definition of what makes a “policy” a “policy” is apparently not always as obvious as it might seem. Then there are even trickier concepts to define, such as “inclusion,” “mainstreaming,” and “disability.” But ultimately the answer is mostly disappointing. Apart from some limited progress, many policies fail to go beyond pretty words on a page into pragmatic action in the field. If they are implemented, it is more or less haphazardly.

This conclusion in itself will probably not be especially new to close observers of the development field. What makes this study interesting, however, is that it is one of the few attempts to formally document what it terms a “disconnect between promise and results.” More importantly, it makes an attempt to answer why this disconnect happens, and what committed organizations can do to ensure that disability-friendly policies are carried out in practice. The study was published in July 2005, so some information has changed since then. But many of the underlying challenges are likely still similar today. Organizations and agencies that are serious about disability inclusion may wish to review this study with their own policies and practices in mind and consider ways they can help close the gap.

Has Disability Been Mainstreamed into Development Cooperation? (Word format, 921 Kb) analyzes policies and practice at USAID, the World Bank, NORAD, and DFID. The most common reason why disability inclusion policies fail include: lack of institutional support; failure to communicate policies; failure to break down traditional attitudes toward disability; failure to provide practical guidance in how to implement the policies; and inadequate resources.

Download the full 107-page report in Word format (921 Kb) at:

http://handicap-international.fr/bibliographie-handicap/4PolitiqueHandicap/mainstreaming/MainstreamDevCoop.doc

People interested in the DisabilityKar report may also be interested in reading a study of US-based organizations with an international focus on the extent to which they proactively include the concerns of women and girls with disabilities in their programs. This study, entitled Gender And Disability: A Survey of InterAction Member Agencies: Findings And Recommendations on Inclusion of Women and Men with Disabilities in International Development Programs (PDF format, 286 Kb), explores both policies and practice in dozens of relief and international development agencies and organizations. It also includes recommendations for how mainstream organizations can move forward in promoting genuine disability inclusion. Published by Mobility International USA, it is a few years older than DisabilityKar’s study, but covers more organizations and includes a gender focus as well as a disability focus. It can be downloaded in PDF format (286 Kb) at:

http://www.miusa.org/publications/freeresources/media/genderdisabilityreport.PDF



I discovered DisabilityKar’s study by exploring Handicap International’s new, on-line, free CD on Disability Rights and Policies. I encourage readers to explore the on-line CD on their own to find more publications and resources of interest. I first learned of MIUSA’s publication when I took my first course in international development and disability a few years ago at Gallaudet University.

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Call for Papers: Human Rights Law and International Development

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

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

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

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

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

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



We Can Do received this notice from Catherine Townsend and from Joan Durocher. Interested individuals should please contact lindsay.nash@yale.edu directly, NOT We Can Do. Thank you.

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RESOURCE: Disability Rights and Policies

Posted on 21 August 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Inclusion, Poverty, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Handicap International has released a new CD on “Disability Rights and Policies.” Each of the 8 major sections of this CD offers an extensive range of reference documents and resources, in both English and French, related to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and to international development. The CD is targeted at organizations at all levels from local to international, and across many sectors including development, emergency relief, and human rights. It is meant to be used as a reference tool for any organization that supports inclusive development, including disabled people’s organizations (DPOs), public authorities, and service providers.

Many of the publications and web sites offered in this free, on-line CD, with some exceptions, are unfamiliar to me. In other words, many haven’t yet been featured at We Can Do. Some seem to be valuable enough to deserve individual blog posts to themselves in the future, though I know I’ll never get to them all. Instead, I encourage We Can Do readers to browse the “Disability Rights and Policies” CD for themselves.

The content of the CD is grouped into 8 different thematic areas:

The CD can be downloaded from the following website:
http://handicap-international.fr/bibliographie-handicap/

It is available in both English and French.

The CD also can be requested from Handicap International (info@handicap-international.us).



Thank you to Handicap International for alerting me to this resource.

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JOB POST: Project Manager, International Development and Disability, MIUSA, Oregon USA

Posted on 19 August 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Inclusion, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

PROJECT MANAGER
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND DISABILITY

Application deadline September 5, 2008.
www.miusa.org

Mobility International USA (MIUSA), a national nonprofit organization founded in 1981 and based in Eugene, Oregon, promotes the human rights of people with disabilities through international exchange and international development. MIUSA seeks a qualified Project Manager with excellent international development, leadership, interpersonal, project management, writing and training skills to manage the USAID-sponsored Building an Inclusive Development Community project. This position reports to the Director of Programs and is the lead position for a team
of staff working on this project. The position is based in Eugene, Oregon USA.

Since 1998, MIUSA has been changing the paradigm of international development by framing the inclusion of people with disabilities as a human rights issue. With funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), MIUSA serves as a bridge to promote inclusion and bring together disability and development organizations. MIUSA provides technical assistance, training and resources to disabled peoples’ organizations (DPOs), USAID Missions and development agencies through the Building an Inclusive Development Community project.

Qualifications:
* BS or BA degree required; Master’s degree strongly preferred in international development, international studies or related field
* Minimum two years field-based experience in international development, inclusion of people with disabilities in international development, or related fields, using a human rights framework and/or gender lens
* Five years experience managing complex projects with diverse stakeholders
* Experience managing federal grants and projects
* Experience managing project budgets and following financial procedures
* Excellent presentation and training skills
* Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office, online research and data tracking
* Excellent writing, editing, and organizational skills
* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
* Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment
* Optimistic outlook with the ability to lead by example during difficult or stressful times
* Knowledge of one or more languages other than English strongly preferred
* Ability to travel nationally and internationally
* Passion for empowering people with disabilities in international contexts

For more information regarding the application go to: www.miusa.org

To apply:

Applications are due by September 5, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. for initial consideration and screening. Position open until filled.

Competitive salary commensurate with experience including excellent benefits. Equal Opportunity Employer. People with disabilities and others encouraged to apply.

Send detailed cover letter with “Project Manager” in the subject line, resume and list of references via email to crothvinson@miusa.org.

Or, via postal mail to:

Mobility International USA
*ATTN: CERISE ROTH-VINSON*
Director of Administration
132 E. Broadway, Suite 343
Eugene, Oregon USA 97401



Thank you to MIUSA for submitting this job announcement to We Can Do. Interested applicants should please note that ALL applications and queries should be directed to MIUSA at the contact information provided above, NOT to We Can Do. Thank you.

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Siyanda Database: Publications on Gender and Disability

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suggestions for contributions:

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

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

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

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

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

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



We Can Do first learned about this call for papers when it was circulated on the Global Partnership for Disability and Development listserv. People interested in submitting articles or in making inquiries should contact the German Journal for Disability and Development directly, not We Can Do. Please follow the relevant links or email contacts in the announcement above.

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Report on RI=USCID Seminar on Implementation of Draft UN CRPD

Posted on 29 April 2008. Filed under: Human Rights, Reports, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Today, the international disability rights treaty, more commonly known as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is on the verge of entering into force this May 3, 2008. But a mere year ago, in March 2007, the CRPD had only just been opened for countries to sign and ratify. And in August 2006, negotiations for the CRPD had just come to a conclusion.

Before the ink had dried on the latest agreed-upon text, Rehabilitation International and the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) convened a Seminar on Implementation of the Draft UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. A 20-page report from the seminar (PDF format, 144 Kb) summarizes the views presented there by government officials and members of civil society and academia on how to develop programs and policies that incorporate the CRPD. It identifies key goals, discusses best practice, and discusses how to ratify and implement the CRPD. Participants called upon people with disabilities to hold, not only individual governments, but also international organizations such as the World Bank accountable for being more inclusive.

The report presents a series of recommendations for how the United Nations, country governments, civil society organizations (especially disabled people organizations), and others can raise awareness for the CRPD, advocate for its ratification and implementation, and otherwise ensure that people with disabilities are able to enjoy their human rights in their daily lives.

The CRPD, as the first international, legally binding human rights instrument to protect the rights of people with disabilities, will help protect a wide range of rights such as access to education and health services; the right of people with disabilities to live in the community (not institutions); equal access to justice; the right to vote; and more. Learn more about the CRPD and how it is meant to help people with disabilities around the world by taking a few minutes to read the RatifyNow FAQ.

Download the full report in PDF format (144 Kb) at:

http://www.riglobal.org/meetings/Report_ImplementationSeminar_TxtOnly.pdf



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NEWS: Bangladesh Disability Forum Elects New National Executive Council

Posted on 7 April 2008. Filed under: News, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

This notice was recently circulated by the Association for the Welfare of the Disabled People (AWDP) in Bangladesh.

Congratulations!

Association for the Welfare of the Disabled People AWDP warmly congratulates the newly elected National Executive Council (NEC) of National Disability Forum NFOWD in Bangladesh. The election was held on 29 March afternoon at Social Welfare Complex, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Through this election a fifteen member NEC was elected comprising eight PWD (five are persons with visual impairment and three persons with physical challenges) members including a woman with disability for the duration of next two years. This is for the first time in the history of NFOWD majority number of people with disabilities from diverse background and approaches of intervention comprised the NEC.

AWDP Executive Council on behalf of all its members congratulates this newly elected NEC for taking a great challenge to promote rights, dignity and participation of people with disabilities in Bangladesh. AWDP will extend all its support and cooperation to this Council towards achieving an inclusive, rights-based society for all.

Thanking you.

Md. Mahbubul Ashraf
Coordinator, AWDP, Bangladesh
Convener, Self-help Initiative Thematic Group, NFOWD



Thank you to AWDP, Bangladesh, for passing this along.

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Read the RatifyNow CRPD Blog Swarm 2008 on the International Disability Rights Treaty!

Posted on 29 March 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cognitive Impairments, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Mobility Impariments, Psychiatric Disabilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

From Australia … from the USA … from India … from New Zealand … from Fiji … from the Philippines …

Writers and bloggers from around the world joined together to help celebrate and promote the first legally binding international human rights instrument to protect the rights of people with disabilities — the international disability rights treaty, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

They celebrated by writing blog posts for the RatifyNow CRPD Blog Swarm 2008, which can now be read at
http://ratifynow.org/2008/03/29/ratifynow-crpd-blog-swarm-2008/

What did they write about? Some of the topics include …

… The story of one advocate who watched the birth of the CRPD among grassroots advocates with disabilities and others in the 1990s …
… How the CRPD could deliver new hope for people in India with mental disabilities …
… How the CRPD represents an evolution from the charity/medical model of disability to the social or human rights-based model …
… How the CRPD could make travel go a little more smoothly for tourists with disabilities …
… Why the CRPD matters for people who use personal assistance services or who are seeking the freedom to explore their own sexual expression …
… An allegorical tale about farmers, spoons, and plows: Why the CRPD is well worth celebrating and why our work isn’t done just because the CRPD is about to take full legal force …
… And more …

All at the RatifyNow CRPD Blog Swarm 2008, and all available by following the link to:

http://ratifynow.org/2008/03/29/ratifynow-crpd-blog-swarm-2008/

Celebrate and learn about the CRPD through the RatifyNow CRPD Blog Swarm 2008.

Then invite other people to do the same. Please circulate this notice or post it at your blog or web site — with, of course, a link to the blog swarm at

http://ratifynow.org/2008/03/29/ratifynow-crpd-blog-swarm-2008/

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OPINION: The Farmer, the Spoon, and the Plow

Posted on 29 March 2008. Filed under: Human Rights, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Farmer, the Spoon, and the Plow: Why the International Disability Rights Treaty (CRPD) is Worth Celebrating

This allegorical tale is meant to highlight why the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is well worth celebrating—and why our work isn’t done just because it’s about to enter into force.

Historical Note: The CRPD is an international treaty intended to protect a wide range of human rights for people with disabilities, including the right to live in the community (not an institution), to have access to public services, to be free of discrimination, and more. It does not create new rights. Rather, it is meant to ensure that people with disabilities are able to access the same rights that other people in their country already enjoy. This tale was written a month before the CRPD first entered into force on May 3, 2008, with 20 ratifying countries. Today, in October 2009, more than 70 countries have ratified the CRPD and more than 140 countries have signed it. The full text of the CRPD, and a full list of countries signing or ratifying the CRPD, is available at http://www.un.org/disabilities. A country is not fully obligated to obey the treaty until after it not only signs but also ratifies the CRPD.

Before the CRPD Was Created
Once upon a time, there were 650 million farmers who tended to thousands of fields in 200 nations. Some of the fields were more fertile than other fields. Some received more rain and sun than others. Some fields were filled with rocks and other obstacles that made it very hard for farmers to plant and harvest food. In order to do any plowing, the farmers first had to remove the stones. All the fields were very large: it could easily take a farmer many years to finish plowing or harvesting even the smallest field. But even in size, the fields varied greatly.

It was not only the fields that were so dramatically different from each other. Each farmer also had a different set of tools. Some farmers had only tiny teaspoons, some of which were broken and not even working properly. Some farmers had table spoons or even large stirring spoons. A few farmers had been taught how to make shovels and were able to use those.

Farmers with shovels were usually able to plow their fields more quickly than farmers with teaspoons. But sometimes a farmer with a shovel had to clear away so many stones from her field that she would finish far less plowing than a farmer with only a teaspoon but an easier field.

But all the farmers were frustrated. No matter how easy their field was to plow, or how fertile it was, or how much dirt their spoons could hold, all their fields were simply too large to complete with the tools they had. Some farmers despaired of their task, gave up completely, and starved. Some farmers continued to work in grim determination and were able to grow a little food for their trouble. But it was never enough—not because they were lazy or greedy but simply because their tools weren’t powerful enough.

Creating the CRPD; Signing it; Ratifying it
Some of the farmers decided to do something about their deplorable living conditions. These farmers worked together to build a set of plows and agreed to make all the plows available to any farmer who needed them. They named their set of plows the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Sometimes they referred to them more informally as the international disability rights treaty. Or they refered to them as the CRPD for short.

Some of the farmers lived in governments that usually did little to invest in the needs of their farmers. Consequently, these governments choose not to allow their farmers to use the new plows at all. Some of the farmers who had been forbidden to use the plows banded together into various national and international organizations, such as RatifyNow, to pressure their governments to deliver the plows to them. In some cases, the farmers have had success and can now use the CRPD. In other cases, the farmers are still fighting but are experiencing progress.

Some governments made promises to buy these new plows for their farmers. But then they locked the plows into a shed and never got around to allowing the farmers to actually use them. In some cases, farmers in these countries decided the plows were useless for them. After all, their government had bought the plows, but the plows accomplished nothing for them.

In other cases, the farmers realized that the plows themselves were not flawed–the real problem was in the fact that the plows were not being used. They, too, organized themselves to put pressure on their governments to make better use of the plows. After many years of hard work, they convinced their governments to unlock the plows so they could be used.

Now We Have the CRPD, Our Work is Done. Or is it?
Some farmers were allowed to use the plows but did not understand why they would want to. “Look, we already have tools for plowing our fields,” they said. “And what good have they done for us? They still take forever to use. Why would a plow be any better?” They ignored the plows and continued using the tools they knew. They continued to have all the same troubles they had before the plows were built.

Other farmers, at first, were thrilled to have the plows. They allowed the plow to sit in their fields and immediately stopped working. “The plow will take care of all our problems now,” they said. “After, that’s what it’s meant to do, isn’t it? It will fight our poverty and starvation for us. When our governments try to oppress us with harmful laws and regulations, it will fight back for us. When schools deny our children the right to enter the classroom, or when clinics refuse to provide us with health services, then the plows will tell them to stop discriminating against us. The schools and clinics will immediately obey the plows and give us our rights. It’s as simple as that.”

After a few years of allowing their plows to sit untended in their fields, these farmers realized that their fields were still unplowed. The farmers, for their part, were still poor and hungry, their children were still uneducated, and their families were still sick.

They became angry and blamed the plows for being faulty. They sneered at the plows and at the people who had built them. “These plows sure look pretty, but what good are they?” These farmers said. “What do they actually accomplish? If these plows are so wonderful then why are we still poor, hungry, uneducated, and sick?” They abandoned the plows, and so the plows did nothing for them.

Why Do We Need to Learn About the CRPD?
Another group of farmers started using the plows, but they didn’t read the instruction manual that came with them. They did the best they could without the instruction manual. Sometimes they found that they did accomplish more with the plows than they ever had with their spoons and shovels. But still, they were severely disappointed. The plows were not nearly as productive for them as they had initially hoped. They continued using the plows because it was what they had, but they became angry that the plows accomplished so little for them.

Fully Implementing the CRPD
Yet another group of farmers were careful to read the instruction manual thoroughly. They used every feature the plows had in every situation for which these features were helpful.

Farming still did not become magically easy for any of the farmers. They still had to work very hard. Some farmers still had far larger fields than other farmers, and thus took longer to finish their work. Some farmers had to work very slowly because they had to spend so much time clearing away stones before they could use their plows at all. These farmers, too, took longer than other farmers to finish their work.

But all the farmers found that their plows were a vast improvement over the tools they had used before. They were thrilled with the plows and decided to celebrate them.

The Moral of the Tale
So what’s the moral of this allegorical tale?

First, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is potentially a very powerful tool that could accomplish a great deal for people with disabilities around the world. That’s a good thing because the world’s 650 million disabled people are far more likely to live in poverty, or be targeted for violence, or be left behind during natural disasters and wars. The CRPD, if properly understood and properly used, could help with all of these challenges.

But, second, it is only a tool and nothing more. It’s not a magic wand or an instant cure for all that ails. A plow cannot help a farmer if the farmer has no access to it; similarly, the CRPD will be of limited help to people with disabilities if not enough countries ratify it. 

A plow continues to be useless if it is locked up in a shed. Similarly, even a ratified human rights treaty is useless if governments fail to take responsibility for implementing it. Governments must not merely ratify the CRPD but also create and pass laws that are consistent with the CRPD. Governments must abolish laws that are inconsistent with its intent and spirit. And governments must enforce its laws by taking action when they are violated.

The Importance of Grassroots Action
But it is not only governments that must take responsibility for the success of the CRPD. Ordinary citizens, with or without disabilities, must take responsibility for reading the instruction manual—in other words, educating themselves about the CRPD. Then they must learn how to use the CRPD to its maximum potential.

For example, if they realize that disabled people in their country are being denied the chance to go to school, they can go to their government and to the schools and teachers themselves to argue, “The CRPD requires that disabled people have the right to an education. This country has ratified the CRPD. Therefore, if disabled people still face barriers to obtaining an education, then the government and schools are failing in their legal obligations.” This argument could help persuade governments to create better laws, persuade schools to create better policies, and teachers to reconsider their teaching practices.

But organizations can only use these arguments if they first understand that the CRPD addresses the right to an education (see article 24 in the CRPD).

Removing Stones From the Field
Furthermore, people must be prepared to identify and remove obstacles that make it harder to fully implement the CRPD. In other words, they still need to find and remove the stones from their field. The CRPD cannot do this for them.

For example, attitudes and beliefs about disabled people are often a barrier to the full achievement of human rights even after good-quality laws might be put in place. If too many people mistakenly believe that people with disabilities cannot be productive, then few employers will give jobs to disabled people no matter what the law says. This is an obstacle that must be removed before the CRPD can be fully effective.

Article 8 of the CRPD, in fact, clearly acknowledges the importance of attitudes as a potential barrier to the success of the CRPD. This article calls upon ratifying governments to raise awareness in general society about the rights of persons with disabilities.

But the best teachers about the true capability of people with disabilities are people with disabilities themselves. The government can only support the work of educating the public and provide the resources to help make it happen. The disability community still needs to take the lead.

Achieving Human Rights
Just like farmers could still tend to their fields without a plow, disability advocates could still advocate for their rights without the CRPD. But in both cases, their work will be much harder without the proper tools.

Farmers who fail to use their plows will fail to accomplish anything with them. And farmers who fail to remove the stones from their fields will not get very far either. Similarly, disability advocates will not benefit from the CRPD if they do not learn how to use it, or if they neglect to remove the barriers that are blocking the CRPD from success.

But once they do these things, they will start to unleash the true power of the CRPD. It will still take many long years of hard work to realize the full potential of the CRPD. But during these years of sweat and tears, disability advocates can potentially accomplish far more with the CRPD than they could without it.

That’s why it’s worth celebrating the CRPD.



This blog post was written as a contribution for the RatifyNow CRPD Blog Swarm 2008, which was organized to help celebrate and promote the CRPD. A blog swarm is an event in which multiple bloggers or writers agree to write about the same topic at about the same time—in this case, about the CRPD. Please follow the link to read the other entries in the blog swarm.

http://ratifynow.org/2008/03/29/ratifynow-crpd-blog-swarm-2008/

You can also educate yourself about the CRPD by reading the RatifyNow FAQ.

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RESOURCE: African Union of the Blind Web Site

Posted on 22 March 2008. Filed under: Blind, Democratic Participation, Health, HIV/AIDS, Inclusion, Resources, Sub-Saharan Africa Region, youth | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Individuals who share an interest in the self-empowerment of blind people in Africa can turn to the African Union of the Blind (AFUB) web site for a range of information, publications, and helpful resources. The materials at this site will be particularly for people with an interest in HIV/AIDS; women; and youth.

The AFUB website is meant to mobilize, empower, and disseminate information for individuals and organizations supporting people with visual impairments across Africa. AFUB is a pan-African umbrella non-government organization (NGO).

On the page for AFUB publications, readers may download past issues of AFUB news in English or French. Issues of the news letter, Women’s Voices, contain a range of news, advice for independent living, and advocacy tips related to blind African women. Or readers may download manuals on training HIV/AIDS trainers; including blind people in HIV/AIDS education programs; training blind people to advocate and lobby for their rights at the local and national level; and empowering visually impaired youth. Some of these manuals could probably be usefully adapted for use outside of Africa as well.

On the projects page, people may learn about AFUB’s HIV and AIDS Awareness and Training Project; its Gender And Youth Development; and its National Civic Education Program.

The Reports and Policy page offers copies of AFUB’s annual reports and many reports from AFUB’s various training activities and other projects, particularly in the areas of HIV/AIDS awareness and in gender and youth development.

Or, download reports from
past conferences
on HIV/AIDS and on Democracy and Development training.

Begin exploring AFUB’s web site from their home page at:

http://www.afub-uafa.org



We Can Do first found the AFUB web site through the AskSource.info database. Further
details about its contents were found by exploring the AFUB web site
itself. I especially encourage the AFUB
publications
page for anyone seeking pragmatic materials they can use
in the field.

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NEWS: Advocates urge UN Social Development Commission to Make Development Agenda Disability-Inclusive

Posted on 18 March 2008. Filed under: Cross-Disability, Inclusion, News, Poverty | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In February 2008, delegates urged the United Nations Social Development Commission to help ensure that people with disabilities are included in efforts to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life in developing countries.

A panel of experts with disabilities pointed out that people who are poor are at higher risk for acquiring disabilities due to poor nutrition, health care, and living conditions. Meanwhile, people who have disabilities are at higher risk for poverty because they encounter barriers to education, employment, and public services.

The Commission also was reminded that people with disabilities have the same desire and rights as everyone else to feel needed and be part of society. This makes it critical to remove barriers to the participation of people with disabilities and mainstream their concern into overall development efforts in developing countries. Doing so improves the lives of people with disabilities and also improves society as a whole by increasing productivity.

A more detailed summary of each speaker’s remarks to the UN Social Development Commission, and the outcome, is available at

http://media-newswire.com/printer_friendly_1061037.html



The information given in this blog post is summarized from the Media-Newswire press release referenced above. We Can Do first learned about this link from the RatifyNow email discussion group.

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RESOURCE: Learning about the International Disability Rights Treaty (CRPD)

Posted on 18 March 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

If you have been watching this space then you know that the organization RatifyNow will be celebrating the first anniversary of the international disability rights treaty (CRPD) on March 30 with the RatifyNow CRPD Blog Swarm 2008. That means bloggers and writers from around the world are being invited to write blog posts about the treaty, which is called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). RatifyNow will help readers find all the blog posts on March 30, 2008, by gathering all the links in one location at its web site.

But some writers may be hesitant to participate because they aren’t sure that they know enough about the CRPD to write about it. Others may simply want to learn more about the CRPD for their own personal knowledge. Mainstream international development professionals may want to better understand how the CRPD will affect their own work in helping all people–with or without disabilities–fight poverty in developing countries. Or, disability advocates may wish to learn how they can use the CRPD to help disabled people in their country achieve their human rights.

RatifyNow has assembled a list of resources that can help people learn more about the CRPD–whether you have only five minutes to spare or more than 30. Follow the link to:

http://ratifynow.org/2008/03/17/researching-the-crpd-on-line/



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

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

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

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

Calling all bloggers, vloggers, and other writers!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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RESOURCE, FUNDING: Network to Exchange Success Stories

Posted on 6 March 2008. Filed under: Case Studies, Funding, News, Opportunities, Poverty | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Organizations that have “success stories” to share now have a way to reach a wider audience. And organizations that wish to learn from other successful projects now have a resource to which they can turn.

A few of the very best, most innovative participating projects might also obtain funding. (If interested in funding, submit stories to IFAP by March 31, 2008.)

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched an Information for All Programme (IFAP) whose purpose is to encourage communities to share their success stories with each other. All organizations are invited to submit their stories about successful projects to its online platform. Others can then read about these projects and perhaps replicate them or adapt them to their own local situations.

The IFAP is particularly interested in stories that involve using information to support development. The aim of IFAP is to promote good practices in using information for development in all parts of the world.

If you submit your story before March 31, 2008, then it may be considered for grant funding. IFAP will choose up to five of the most innovative success stories to receive funding support of $5,000.

Stories may be submitted at any time, including after March 31, to be shared with others. But late submissions cannot be considered for the grant funding competition. Instead, they will simply be made available for others to read and learn from. Submitting your stories, even if you do not win funding support, can be a way to help make more people aware about your organization and your projects.

IFAP wants stories in the following thematic areas:

  • Poverty reduction,
  • Health,
  • Education,
  • Disaster prevention,
  • Governance,
  • and Human Development.

IFAP asks that each story submitted to their database should include the following information (note that the last one specifically references people with disabilities):

  • identify the community that has benefitted from the use of information
  • explain what difference access to information has made for this community
  • focus on content and not on technology
  • describe how the initiative could be replicated
  • take account of any gender issues, noting that UNESCO’s priority focus is on women
  • identify any benefits for disadvantaged groups such as people with disabilities

IFAP also wants stories to follow a standard format:

  • Between 250 and 500 words in English or French
  • Respond to the questions: who, when, where, what, how and why?
  • Upload up to 3 photos of at least 300 dpi in .jpg format
  • Upload a short (5 minutes) video clip if available
  • Provide links to any related web sites

Learn more about the IFAP initiative at:

http://www.unesco-ci.org/cgi-bin/ifapstories/page.cgi?g=;d=1

At the IFAP website, you can register your organization; submit your own story for the IFAP database (after registration); and read, rate, and comment on other people’s stories.

IFAP Accessibility for blind people
Blind people will need to note that, unfortunately, the IFAP site does not seem to be fully accessible. It might be possible to at least read their information, including the stories that other people have left there. However, in order to register your organization, submit a story, or contact IFAP through their contact form, you need to fill out a “visual captcha.” This means they want people to prove they are human beings (not automated robots) by reading a visual image and typing the letters they see in the image. The image is not accessible to screen readers.

If you are blind, you may need to recruit a sighted person to assist you in filling out the IFAP registration form. If you do this, you may also wish to ask the sighted person to help you submit an email to IFAP urging them to make their web site more accessible to you.

I have already submitted two complaints of my own (one using the “support” button and the “contact” button). But they might listen harder if they realize that there are actual blind people out there who are trying to use their site. (Yes. Blind people with ideas to offer. Imagine that. Please read this in a scarcastic tone of voice.) Unfortunately, both the “support” button and the “contact” button also use visual captchas, so those aren’t directly accessible to blind people either.

Further comments about accessibility at the <a href=”IFAP website“>IFAP web site are invited in the comments area below. I will try to pass along any additional concerns I receive here to IFAP, especially if you have trouble submitting your own comments to them.




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REPORT: Promoting the Rights of Children with Disabilities

Posted on 5 March 2008. Filed under: Children, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Reports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Innocenti Research Center at UNICEF has released an Innocenti Digest on Promoting the Rights of Children with Disabilities (PDF format, 875 Kb). The 80-page publication examines the situation of 200 million children with disabilities around the world and identifies ways to promote their human rights.

The digest particularly focuses on two relevant international human rights treaties: the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It is written from the social model perspective, which acknowledges that many of the barriers that prevent disabled people from participating in society are in the environment and not inherent to the impairment.

Promoting the Rights of Children with Disabilities (PDF format, 875 Kb) gives an overview of the difference between “inclusion” and “integration”; the social model of disability; the numbers of children with disabilities; disability and poverty.

A section on International Standards and Mechanisms explains the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC); UN Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities; and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The digest examines the specific implications of each of these instruments for protecting the rights of children with disabilities. It also briefly discusses the Millennium Development Goals.

The chapter on The Human Rights of Children with Disabilities Today describes the different ways that both direct and indirect discrimination and exclusion push children with disabilities away from health, rehabilitation, and educational services and into poverty and institutions. This chapter explains how the CRC and the CRPD can be used to improve access to the services children with disabilities need to stay out of poverty and stay with their own family in the community where they live. Special attention is given to violence, abuse, and exploitation, and to children with disabilities in conflict (war) and emergency situations.

The chapter on Foundations for Inclusion makes recommendations for how to promote the inclusion of children with disabilities within families, within communities, and at school.

The chapter, Ensuring a Supportive Environment, makes recommendations for relevant policy and legislation, budget allocation, monitoring, and international and regional partnerhsips. It emphasizes the need for working with people with disabilities, for raising public awareness, and changing attitudes toward people with disabilities.

The appendix lists international organizations involved with disability issues, either as their main focus or as one sub-specializalization. The full text of the CRPD is also provided.

The full report can be downloaded in PDF format (875 Kb) at:

http://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/pdf/digest13-disability.pdf




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We Can Do learned about this publication through browsing the World Bank disability page.

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PUBLICATION: Feb Issue UN Enable Newsletter

Posted on 28 February 2008. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Cross-Disability, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Human Rights, News, Psychiatric Disabilities, South Asian Region, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The second monthly issue of United Nation’s Enable Newsletter has now been released. The initial launch of this newsletter was announced at We Can Do last month.

A sampling of headlines for the February issue is listed below, except that I have modified them to spell out most acronyms. To read the full stories (usually one or two paragraphs each), consult the February issue of the Enable Newsletter at http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=312

  • UN Commission Renews Mandate for Special Rapporteur and Agrees on Mainstreaming Disability in Development.
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Makes New Commitment to Disability
  • World Bank and Organizaiton for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Conduct Joint Effort for the Achievement of Millennium Development Goals 2 & 3. [We Can Do note, for those new to international development: the Millennium Development Goals are a set of targets agreed upon by country governments and development agencies for reducing global poverty and improving global health; more information at http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/
  • World Bank Psycho-Social Listserv is Open for Sign-Up at http://go.worldbank.org/SIP5GYWK00
  • International Labour Organization (ILO) to Produce Advocacy Kit on Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities
  • Ratification Talk in Serbia
  • Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Raises Awareness in the Maldives
  • Sharing Experiences on Best Practices in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Services for Persons with Disabilities
  • Identifying Concrete Actions in Mozambique Towards Implementation of the Convention
  • Atlas: Global Resources for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (Atlas-ID) (We Can Do note: The launch of this Atlas also was announced at We Can Do).
  • United Nations Information Center (UNIC) Moscow Hosts Discussion on Persons with Disabilities

The February issue of the Enable Newsletter also lists several publications and upcoming events. You can read the January or February issue for free. Or you can sign up for a free subscription to receive each month’s newsletter via email, for free. All available at:

http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=312




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PUBLICATION: Promoting the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Posted on 26 February 2008. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Children, Cross-Disability, Education, Employment, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Rights, Inclusion, Policy & Legislation, Rehabilitation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Rehabilitation International’s publication, International Rehabilitation Review, has published a special edition focused on promoting the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). People with disabilities, advocates, disability experts, and human rights experts, all contributed 20 articles to the December 2007, 48-page edition.

The CRPD is the first comprehensive international legislation to focus on protecting the human rights of people with disabilities. It needs to be ratified by 20 countries before it will take full legal force; it has now been ratified by 17 countries.

Several of these articles celebrate the heavy involvement of the disability community and various disability and human rights organizations in promoting the CRPD. Other articles discuss the relevance of the CRPD to themes such as promoting inclusive education; including people with disabilities in programs to prevent HIV/AIDS; the importance of habilitation and rehabilitation to empowerment; and how the CRPD may help countries bring more people with disabilities into the work force.

Some more examples of articles included in the December 2007 issue of the International Rehabilitation Review include the following:

An article entitled “A Unified Disability Community: The Key to Effective Implementation of the Convention” by Maria Veronica Reina and Stefan Tromel highlights the importance of people with disabilities themselves being actively involved in ensuring that the CRPD actively protects the human rights of disabled people around the world.

Author Ann M. Veneman discusses the importance of children with disabilities in the CRPD in her article, “The UN Disability Rights Convention: Moving Children with Disabilities Center Stage.”

Of particular relevance to We Can Do readers in the international development field is the article “Toward Inclusive Development: The Implementation Challenge,” by Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo. This article calls for country governments and development organizations to incorporate the principles of the CRPD into their plans, programs, and policies, including those that fight poverty.

Anne Hawker and Sebenzile Matsebula discuss the importance of mobilizing women with disabilities to successfully implementing the CRPD in “Women with Disabilities: A Call to Action.”

In some countries, people with certain disabilities are denied the right to open their own bank account, or to say “no” to medical treatment that they don’t want. Article 12 of the CRPD can help, says Tina Minkowitz in her article, “Legal Capacity: Fundamental to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”

Once the CRPD takes legal force, then what? Governments will need people with disabilities themselves to monitor how well the CRPD is implemented in their countries. The article “Interational Monitoring: The Right to Inclusion, The Obligation to Participate” by Kirsten Young and Shantha Rau, discusses how.

This special issue of Rehabiliation International’s International Rehabilitation Review can be downloaded in PDF format (1.8 Mb) at
http://www.riglobal.org/publications/RI_Review_2007_Dec_web.pdf

Or you can downlaod it in Word format (233 Kb) at
http://www.riglobal.org/publications/RI_Review_2007_Dec_WORDversion.doc



We Can Do learned about this special issue through RatifyNow.org‘s email discussion list. This article is cross-posted at the RatifyNow.org web site with permission of author. See the RatifyNow website for more information on the CRPD and the global movement to ratify and implement it.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Preventing Visual Impairment

Posted on 20 February 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Blind, Funding, Health, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Carson Harte, of the Cambodian Trust, recently circulated the following email message(s). Note that the application deadline for this funding opportunity is April 30, every year, though there is a different theme each year. If you are reading this after April 30, 2008, then the theme for 2009 will be something different.



Dear Colleagues

I attach a string of emails below regarding the Arab Gulf Fund for UN Development prize fund (AGFUND)

In 2002, we (Cambodia Trust) were recipients of one of the prizes, hence we are asked, each year to give an opinion on who should be nominated.

As you will see, this year, AGFUND have decided to concentrate on those individuals and organizations who are working in the area of prevention of visual impairment.

Since I have no expertise in this area, and many of you have, I have asked permission from AGFUND to forward the email to those of you who work in this area.

They are seeking nominations in three categories: International organizations, Non Government Organizations and Individuals.

Please feel free to nominate direct to the website or the mail on the header below, as you see fit.

The prize is not insubstantial, when my employer received the prize it was in the second category and the prize was $100,000. I am not sure what it is this year. [Note from We Can Do: from looking at the AGFUND website, it seems that the prize is $150,000 for UN, international, and regional organizations; $100,000 for projects implemented by NGOs; and $50,000 for projects founded, sponsored, or implemented by individuals.]

Further info is on the website http://www.agfund.org/english/prize/

Best wishes
Carson



—— Forwarded Message
From: Ali Tahir
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 09:02:03 +0300
To: “Carson Harte. The Cambodia Trust”
Conversation: AGFUND Prize
Subject: RE: AGFUND Prize

Dear Mr. Carson Harte,
Thank you for your e-mail.
Please note that it will be a pleasure if you forward it to your colleagues worldwide.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Best regards
_______________________
Ali Eltahir Elabbas
AGFUND International Prize
Communications Dept.
Tel: 00966 1 4418888 ext. 251
Fax: 00966 14412962/3
E-mail: ali@agfund.org >
Dept. E-mail: prize@agfund.org
PLS visit : www.agfund.org



On 17/2/08 08:19, “Ali Tahir” wrote:
Mr. Carson Harte,
International Director,
The Cambodia Trust
Email: carson@cambodiatrust.co.uk

Dear Mr. Harte,
Further to the announcement of the subject of AGFUND International Prize for Pioneering Development Projects 2008 on “Prevention of visual impairment”, I take pleasure in requesting your kind cooperation in nominating experts as you may see fit for the evaluation of the projects nominated for the Prize in the fields detailed hereunder:
– First Category: (The international organizations’ role in supporting the developing countries’ national policies and programs to control the main causing diseases of visual impairment), for projects implemented by UN, international or regional organizations.
– Second Category: (NGOs efforts in the prevention of visual impairment and rehabilitation of the blind people), for projects implemented by national NGOs.
– Third Category: (Individual-led initiatives to develop the blind’s capabilities and invest their skills), for projects initiated, sponsored and/or implemented by individuals.

I look forward to receiving the available contact information of the expert/s you may nominate.

With my best regards,

Yours sincerely,
Nasser Al-Kahtani,
Executive Director

Inquiries about this prize can be directed to prize@agfund.org

Further information about this annual funding opportunity and the themes chosen for past years is available at

http://www.agfund.org/english/prize/



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PUBLICATION: Human Rights Africa Newsletter

Posted on 13 February 2008. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Announcements, Cross-Disability, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Rights, Media & Journalism, Poverty, Sub-Saharan Africa Region, Violence, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Readers interested in human rights issues affecting Africans with disabilities can catch up with past issues of the newsletter Human Rights Africa. Issues are available in both English and French, and in both Word format and PDF format. This publication from the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities was published four times in 2006 and two times in 2007.

All past issues may be worth browsing for people with a special interest in disabled Africans. But readers may particularly want to note the following (this is NOT a comprehensive list of articles):

The first issue of 2006 has an article that lists five challenges and seven opportunities for the Secretariat of the African Decade on Persons with Disabilities.

The second issue of 2006 focuses on HIV/AIDS among people with disabilties. This includes a story about how genocide helped spread HIV in Rwanda, and a story about efforts to prevent HIV/AIDS among women in Ethiopia. There is also a story about a new African Network of Women with Disabilities that is meant to help regional and national organizations share experiences in improving the lives of disabled women. Also see the article on how you can help influence development projects in your area so they will better include poor people with disabilities.

The third issue of 2006 has an article that lists practical tips for how you can approach journalists and persuade them to cover issues that matter to the disability community in your country. Another article discusses how sports can be used to help meet the Millennium Development Goals.

The fourth issue of 2006 has many articles about war and conflict in Africa with a focus on disability issues. Also see the article on how you can become involved in helping your country develop a Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) that is inclusive of people with disabilties.

The first issue of 2007 provides more information about the campaign against HIV/AIDS among people with disabilities in Africa and an article about violence against women.

The second issue of 2007 contains articles on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; a new African Federation of the Deafblind; and
lessons learned from lobbying in Uganda.

You can download copies of Human Rights Africa for free at:

http://www.africandecade.org/humanrightsafrica




We Can Do first learned about this newsletter after reading the Disabled People International (DPI) newsletter and exploring the web site for the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities.

A modified version of this article has now been posted at RatifyNow with permission of author.



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NEWS: The Law Has Been Instrument of Our Oppression, Says Disability Advocate

Posted on 13 February 2008. Filed under: Human Rights, News, Psychiatric Disabilities, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

People with psychosocial disabilities have been quick to embrace the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). One of them is David Stolper, a South African advocate for the human rights of people with psychosocial disabilities.

Stolper, says, “The whole world looks at our constitution in South Africa and sees it as the most progressive one for the rights of all people, but we in mental health have been totally marginalized.” Stolper, who has been institutionalized in both the United Kingdom and also in South Africa, terms himself a “psychiatric survivor.”

Of the CRPD, he says, “I think it gives us a legal framework and something on paper that will be binding that is a dramatic shift from what we have had before. There has always seemed to be some kind of barbaric tool to control us. The law has been an instrument of our oppression. The convention says that it is time that the government and people around us drop this notion that we cannot think for ourselves.”

We Can Do readers can read a full-length interview with David Stolper about his perspectives on the CRPD at the web site for the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities:

http://www.africandecade.org/reads/articles/legalcapacityarticle/view

The interview also was published in the newsletter Human Rights Africa, 2007, Issue 2 (PDF format, 1.8 Mb). Human Rights Africa focuses on issues relevant to human rights for persons with disabilities in Africa.

Past issues of Human Rights Africa are available in both English and French in both PDF and Word format at:

http://www.africandecade.org/humanrightsafrica




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NEWS: Kosovan People with Intellectual Disabilities Vote for First Time

Posted on 7 February 2008. Filed under: Cognitive Impairments, Democratic Participation, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Human Rights, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This press release comes from Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI).

People with Intellectual Disabilities Vote for the First Time in Kosovo
Washington, DC – February 6, 2008

In an effort to build upon the self-advocacy movement of persons with disabilities in Kosovo, Kosovo Mental Disability Rights Initiative (K-MDRI) recently assisted “Ne Per Ne” peer support group members in fully understanding and participating in Kosovo’s historic winter elections to choose national and municipal assembly members and mayors. “Ne Per Ne,” which means “We for Ourselves,” is Eastern Europe’s largest peer support group for persons with intellectual disabilities, started by MDRI.

In preparation for Kosovo’s November elections, the peer support groups invited and welcomed representatives of the major political parties to discuss the importance of the elections, the work of the parties, and the issues that would affect them. Participants were able to ask questions of the candidates such as “what are you going to do regarding jobs for people with disabilities?”

For the first time in their lives, approximately 90% of the peer support group members voted in Kosovo’s elections.

My vote made a difference. I thought it wouldn’t count, but it obviously counted; I’m very happy MDRI helped me realize that.” – Avni (Kacaniku Peer Support Group)

I thought I couldn’t vote because I don’t know how to read; I didn’t know I could bring people with me who could help me.” – Laura (Peja Peer Support Group)

I would get so upset at my peers during the peer support group meetings when they would say that they don’t know how to go to the voting place; it’s very easy, think ahead and plan transportation before hand. I asked my father to take me and he was happy to do that. They could ask someone too – ‘I don’t know how’ is not a valid excuse.” – Gazi (Kamenica Peer Support Group)

Kosovo Mental Disability Rights Initiative (K-MDRI) is an initiative of Mental Disability Rights International as a result of our 2002 report, “Not on the Agenda: Human Rights of People with Mental Disabilities in Kosovo.” To find out more about the work in Kosovo or to read more about MDRI, please visit our website.

MDRI is an international human rights and advocacy organization dedicated to the full participation in society of people with mental disabilities worldwide. For more information, visit their website at www.mdri.org.



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NEWS: European Union, Africa Cooperate in Support of Disabled People Living in Poverty

Posted on 6 February 2008. Filed under: Agriculture and Rural Development, Announcements, Cross-Disability, Inclusion, News, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The EU-Africa strategy – working to support the rights and needs of persons with disabilities living in chronic poverty

PRESS RELEASE – DATE 24 DECEMBER 2007
THE AFRICA-EU STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP – A Joint Africa-EU Strategy

The Secretariat of the Africa Decade of Persons with Disabilities (SADPD) notes with appreciation the inclusion of disability in the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership: A Joint Africa-EU Strategy (the Strategy).

The context, shared vision, principles and objectives of the Strategy offer unprecedented opportunities to address the needs, human rights and aspirations of disabled people in both Europe and Africa. The new approaches and strategies outlined in the declaration are all relevant to the needs and priorities of disabled people in Africa. We would like to urge African governments to take primary responsibility to ensure that all the provisions on the Strategy mainstream disability at all levels of planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes.

Disabled people in Africa can play a useful role in promoting peace and stability, strengthening the principles of democracy and human rights and contributing to the objectives for trade and regional integration. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) cannot be attained without the active participation of disabled people on the African continent.

We believe that development cooperation must ensure that disability is mainstreamed in all programmes and that specific support should be provided to organisations, government departments and other entities with disability programmes and projects. We welcome the inclusion of gender equality and issues related to the environment and climate change. The latter issues have a negative impact on the quality of life of disabled people all over Africa and disabled people’s role in promoting the required changes should be recognised and supported.

Issues related to migration and agriculture/ food security are top priorities as disabled people are caught in various unfavourable situations that threaten their ability to survive. We pledge our support to initiatives that promote the active involvement of disabled people, not just as consumers of agricultural produce, but also as producers within all the essential processes of the food value-chain.

We would like to thank our partners, DSI/ Danida, Sida, DFID, ODG, Southern Africa Trust, and CBM for their support to the Secretariat’s programmes and initiatives.

We extend our thanks and gratitude to the African Union (AU), ARI and African Parliamentarians/ leaders for their support for disability inclusion in Africa and within the Strategy.

END OF STATEMENT from the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities

The above statement was taken from the web site for the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities; you can view the same statement at http://www.africandecade.org/reads/Press/the-eu-africa-strategy-working-to-support-the-rights-and-needs-of-persons-with-disabilities-living-in-chronic-poverty.

We Can Do readers who are interested in the EU/Africa partnership may also wish to read a letter to the African Union chair titled “Working to support the rights and needs of persons with disabilities living in chronic poverty”, available in PDF format (73 Kb) at:

http://www.africandecade.org/document-repository/Letterto%20AU%20chair.pdf

A draft discussion of the strategy to be used in the EU/Africa partnership can be downloaded in PDF format (1.5 Mb) at:

http://www.africandecade.org/document-repository/Joint%20Africa-EU%20Strategy_2007.pdf

There is also a web page about the join EU/Africa strategy:

http://europafrica.org/2007/01/01/about-the-eu-africa-consultation-web-site/



We Can Do found this press release by exploring the web site for the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities. I recommend that We Can Do readers may wish to explore their training materials on disability-related issues.

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EVENT/NEWS: Asian Festival of Inclusive Arts

Posted on 5 February 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Arts, Cross-Disability, Deaf, East Asia Pacific Region, Events and Conferences, Inclusion, Mobility Impariments, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Dear Friends of Epic Arts,

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to SPOTLIGHT An Asian Festival of Inclusive Arts.

For the first time ever, disabled and able-bodied artists from across Asia come together in Cambodia to present an exciting festival of performance, film, music and visual arts with a SPOTLIGHT on the abilities of all people.

http://www.spotlight-inclusiveartsasia.org/

Check out the website for more information on how you can join in the fun. The website is constantly being updated with news and images and will be up in Khmer towards the end of next week, so keep checking! The website will also serve as an archive of SPOTLIGHT after all the excitement has ended and hopefully as a communication tool for all the artists / organisations / individuals working in Inclusive Arts in Asia.

So forward this email to all your friends and colleagues and encourage them to come and participate in this truly exciting event.

Kind regards
Hannah & The SPOTLIGHT team

Hannah Stevens
Production Manager
Epic Arts/Cambodia
(+855) 12 454 935



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