Prototype Global Disability Rights Library Launches

Posted on 14 June 2011. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, News, technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Washington, DC – Disability rights advocates around the globe can now access a newly launched tool for finding the knowledge and toolkits they need: the Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) at http://gdrl.org .  A prototype “test” version of this library is being made available both on-line and off-line so that users can share feedback with the GDRL team on improving the library.

The GDRL is a collaborative effort between the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD) and the University of Iowa’s WiderNet Project with funding support from USAID.  It is working to bring the best materials on disability rights and the convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to developing countries, particularly to locations with limited internet access.

“We are excited to be able to begin sharing the prototype version of the Global Disability Rights Library with the public because we need everyone’s help in making it an outstanding resource,” says Andrea Shettle, GDRL program manager at USICD.  “Disability rights advocates, policy makers, and other stakeholders in developing countries deserve easier access to a rich body of digital knowledge.  These websites, videos, and electronic publications can support their work in improving the lives of people with disabilities in developing countries.  The GDRL is still very much a work in progress.  We need disabled people’s
organizations, service providers, government personnel, families, and people with disabilities around the world to start using it and telling us how they want us to improve the library.”

Under the current USAID funding grant, 60 organizations, universities, and agencies in developing countries with limited internet access will receive a free off-line version of the digital library in an eGranary.  An eGranary is a hard drive with an extensive collection of digital resources.  An eGranary also has an interface that emulates the appearance and function of the web without
requiring actual internet access. So far, a total of 27 deployment sites have been selected. This includes four locations in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Peru, and Zambia that will join on-line users in closely reviewing the prototype version of the library.  The GDRL team will use feedback from the first four deployment sites, along with feedback from on-line users, to improve the library before disseminating it via eGranaries to the other deployment sites.  Another 33 deployment sites will be selected after the final September 1, 2011 application deadline.  An on-line application form is at http://www.widernet.org/digitallibrary/GDRLSiteSelection/ .

People who do have internet access can now visit the on-line version of the prototype GDRL at

http://gdrl.org

All GDRL users are encouraged to share their feedback and suggestions for additional digital resources by sending an email to gdrl@usicd.org or to librarian@gdrl.org

Read more about the GDRL project at:

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

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Call for Applications to Receive Global Disability Rights Library

Posted on 12 January 2011. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Capacity Building and Leadership, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Opportunities, Resources, technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

MEDIA RELEASE

Call for Applications to Receive Global Disability Rights Library
January 7, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Andrea Shettle, Program Manager: Global Disability Rights Library
Telephone: (877) 535-0506
Email: gdrl@usicd.org

Washington, DC – The Global Disability Rights Library project announces a call for organizations to apply to receive a free digital Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL).  Applications are open to disabled people’s organizations, universities, government agencies, and other organizations in developing countries.   Sixty organizations will receive the digital library to empower them to disseminate valuable disability rights knowledge and toolkits to their communities.

The goal of the GDRL project is to improve the lives of persons with disabilities in developing countries.  The project uses an innovative off-line digital storage technology to deliver digital resources to people beyond the reach of the internet.  The electronic library will be stored in a hard drive, called an “eGranary unit” that also contains an interface emulating the look and functioning of the web but without requiring actual internet connectivity.  Users will include disabled people’s organizations (DPOs), decision makers, government agencies, individual advocates, and others who cannot easily download information from the web.  Read more about the GDRL project at:

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

The GDRL is a collaborative effort between the U.S. International Council on Disabilities and the University of Iowa’s WiderNet Project with support from USAID to bring the best materials on disability rights and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to developing countries.

Ideal deployment site candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to promoting and facilitating disability rights.  Successful applicants will have the organizational capacity to become a hub for disseminating disability rights information and will be inclusive of a diverse disability community. Interested organizations are urged to review the application and full eligibility criteria posted on WiderNet’s website at:

http://www.widernet.org/digitallibrary/GDRLSiteSelection

Individuals and organizations with internet access are encouraged to please assist in reaching out to organizations with poor internet connectivity to assist them with the application process.  There will be several selection rounds.  Applicants not accepted in an early selection round will be immediately rolled over into subsequent selection rounds.  Candidates are encouraged to apply early.  Please do not wait until the final deadline.

Apply by March 1, 2011, to be considered for deployment by June 30, 2011
Apply by September 1, 2011, to be considered for deployment by December 31, 2011
Apply by May 1, 2012, to be considered for deployment by August 31, 2012

Questions about the application process or eligibility criteria should be directed to gdrl@usicd.org.  Applicants who cannot use email also may reach us by post mail at

Andrea Shettle, MSW, MA
Program Manager, Global Disability Rights Library
United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD)
1012-14th Street, NW, Suite 105
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America

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Disability International Small Business Conference, April 6-7, 2009, Cape Town, South Africa

Posted on 19 January 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Employment, Events and Conferences, Networking Opportunities, Opportunities, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The aim of the Disability Workshop Development Enterprise (DWDE) International Small Business Conference is to bring together entrepreneurs with disabilities and other key industry stakeholders to deliberate, share knowledge and exchange ideas on the fundamental building blocks for sustainable entrepreneurship development amongst people with disabilities. We would like to create the platform to give entrepreneurs with disabilities all the tools they need to become participants in the mainstream economy. This conference will be geared towards finding solutions for entrepreneurship amongst the disability sector.

Application deadline is January 31, 2009 for conference occurring April 6-7, 2009.

Please see the Invitation below for more details as well as the Registration Form and Events Pack, please feel free to contact the conference organizers with any queries.

Wendile Basse OR Mandy Barnes
Phone: +27 (0) 21 674 6139
Fax: +27 (0) 21 674 6238
dwderesearch@telkomsa.net

DISABILITY WORKSHOP DEVELOPMENT ENTERPRISE
21 CAVENDISH STREET
CLAREMONT
7735
TEL: 021 674 6139
FAX: 021 674 6238

DWDE- International Small Business Conference – 2009

SCULPTING ENTREPENEURS WITH DISABILITIES IN AFRICA
VENUE Cape Town International Convention Centre
DATE
6, 7th of April 2009
PRICE 2,500 ZAR
• Includes Gala Dinner
CONTACT PERSON Wandile Basse
TEL 021 674 6139
FAX 021 674 6238
EMAIL dwderesearch@telkomsa.net

PAYMENT DETAILS
BANK DETAILS
Account Holder DISABILITY WORKSHOP DEVELOPMENT ENTERPRISE
Account Number 28-004-575-1
Branch Number 051001

SWIFT CODE SBZAZAJJ
Branch Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa
PAYMENT REFERENCE Initial + Surname+CONF
Eg: Thembi Green
TGreenCONF

[Note to We Can Do readers: People with disabilities will want to communicate closely with the conference organizers to determine whether they are able to meet your accommodation needs. For example, the informational materials I received about this conference was partly in Word format but also with some separate information in purely visual PDF format (NOT the kind converted from Word but from a JPEG image). People who access electronic materials through a screen reader will want to ensure that they are prepared to provide all information in formats accessible to them. Their conference information does not clarify whether they will be providing sign language interpreters or captioning for deaf participants. Nor does it clarify whether adaptations will be made for people with intellectual disabilities, etc.]



I learned of this conference via the Global Partnership for Disability and Development email discussion group.

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Disability in the Middle East, a bibliography

Posted on 18 January 2009. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Announcements, Middle East and North Africa | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by M. Miles

The partly annotated open online “Disability in the Middle East, a
bibliography”, first web published in 2002, was much revised, extended and updated to June 2008, and now lists about 1,750 items, at:

http://cirrie.buffalo.edu/bibliography/mideast/index.html (also .pdf)

It aims to record the cumulative formal knowledge base in the disability field in countries of the Middle East, especially Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, and some smaller neighbours.

Around 45% of the items in the bibliography, listed in the last two sections with a brief introduction, comprise historical materials of the Middle East from 1751 to 1970 and from Antiquity to 1750, as an essential part of the cultural background. This earlier material has more annotation (and so takes about 60% of the total word-count), to enable potential readers to find the disability-related parts that are sometimes hidden in odd corners or footnotes, and also to indicate some cultural features that might be less easily understood nowadays.

No sensible explanation exists for how I [M. Miles] came to put this stuff together. There was already far too much material when it went online in 2002. Planning to spend a few weeks on a short update, I had a swing at disability and deafness in Egyptology, Assyriology, and the Hittite Kingdom in Anatolia,
which actually took six months. Of course, the material is utterly fascinating.

The past 30 years of “disability studies” in North America and Western Europe can look like a few buckets of water compared with the rolling 5000-year ocean of Middle Eastern disability. But just because of that contrast, I guess the majority of western students of disability won’t dip a toe into this ocean. The bibliog and annotations give a basic map for the adventurous minority… Also, of course, for the millions of non-western people who
might be happy to know something about disability before The West was invented.

best, miles

[Note to We Can Do readers: people interested in researching people with disabilities in the Middle East, African, East Asian, South Asian, and South-West Asian regions regions may find it helpful to begin with M. Miles’ collection of annotated bibliographies, of which this is only one.



This email was circulated by the author, M. Miles, on the Disability-Research email discussion list.

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