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.
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Catch up with the news; explore resources, toolkits, or funding and fellowship opportunities; find research, reports, papers, or statistics; or look up conferences, events, call for papers, or education/training opportunities.
A new interactive web portal for people with disabilities in India, called Punarbhava, has launched. This initiative of the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) and Media Lab Asia is targeted not only at persons with disabilities but also non-government organizations (NGOs), policy makers, caregivers, service providers, people working in the disability sector, and the public at large who wish to learn more about disability and related issues.
Among other things, the portal provides census
information about disabilities in India and other data; information about various national and international laws affecting disabled people in India; information on documentaries and films or publications about disabilities; assistance in locating vocational training centers in India; information for rehabilitation professionals; resources for people with disabilities who are job hunting in India; information on training programs for professionals who wish to work with people with disabilities; and more.
People may learn more about the purpose of the Punarbhava web portal by reading its FAQ. Or start exploring the portal by following the link to:
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