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ADDC Bulletin April 11th, 2012 ......................................................................................................... 1

CONTENTS .................................................................................................................................... 1

  Welcome to the April 11th, 2012 ADDC’s Bulletin ............................................................................. 3

  Disclaimer: .................................................................................................................................. 3

     Updates .................................................................................................................................. 4

  From Painful Memories to a Courageous Reward .............................................................................. 4

  SPORT MATTERS launches their new Website on 6th April .................................................................. 7

  Enhancing our Voice: Disability Rights Fund Becomes an Independent Public Charity ............................ 8

  New GDRL Deployment Sites Announced ......................................................................................... 9

  Rio+20: Making it Happen ........................................................................................................... 10

  CRPD Update ............................................................................................................................. 10

  Kenya’s national report to the CRPD Committee ............................................................................. 11

  ASEAN News .............................................................................................................................. 11

  Chief Minister launches education scheme for children with learning disabilities .................................. 11

  Asia-Pacific ................................................................................................................................ 11

  Increasing Access to Health Information for the Visually Impaired through ICTs ................................. 12

  Ghana organization investigates disability access of business community Africa ................................. 13

  Disabled Left to Fend for Themselves ............................................................................................ 14

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  Conferences and Events ....................................................................................................... 14

Refer to ADDC website: Calendar of Events for new items ............................................................... 14

Reminder- Call for Papers Disability and Development: Rights, Politics and Practice ............................ 14

World CBR Congress: pre and post congress workshops .................................................................. 16

Disability and HIV Leadership Forum, July 21, 2012........................................................................ 16

5th International Conference Equal rights - Equal opportunities ....................................................... 17

‘VDPVs and their Implications: State of the Art’ ............................................................................. 18

Inclusive WASH Save The Date: Case study roundtable and workshop .............................................. 18

W5: Psychosocial Assessment & Screening for Recruitment or Assignment Workshop: Melbourne........ 19

Pacific Psychosocial Forum – ‘Enabling Resilience in a Crisis’ ............................................................ 19

Summer School on Disability and Development .............................................................................. 19

  Employment and Funding Opportunities .............................................................................. 20

Handicap International physical therapist and physiotherapy post in Afghanistan, Haïti and Kenya ....... 20

Handicap International Quality & Methodology Unit Manager............................................................ 20

  Resources ............................................................................................................................ 21

Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities ................................................................... 21

MDG Report 2011/2012 .............................................................................................................. 21

Talking Convention (UNCRPD)...................................................................................................... 21

Publications: ........................................................................................................................... 22

Web Accessibility for Better Business Results ................................................................................. 22

Benefits and Costs of eAccess ...................................................................................................... 22

Web Accessibility Policy Making .................................................................................................... 22

Universal Service for Persons with Disabilities ................................................................................ 22

Making Mobile Phones and Services Accessible for Persons with Disabilities ....................................... 23

Making Television Accessible ........................................................................................................ 23

e-Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities ............................................................ 23

RI Australia Newsletter- March 2012 ............................................................................................. 24




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Welcome to the April 11th, 2012 ADDC’s Bulletin
The purpose of this Bulletin is to provide information on Disability Inclusive Development across
organisations working to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities both here in
Australia and across the world.
Generic disability and domestic information will be included in our Bulletins when possible as part
of our commitment to disability advocacy and strengthening partnerships: however our focus
remains on disability & development issues.
We appreciate your contributions to make these bulletins a valuable resource providing Updates
and Information on Conferences or Events, Employment and Funding Opportunities and
Resources for Disability Inclusive Practice.

Disclaimer:
ADDC does not necessarily endorse all opinions that are within the contents of our information
and we make every attempt to validate information prior to distribution. If you notice any
anomalies or have information on updated versions of our information, please forward to ADDC
Secretariat.




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                                           Updates

From Painful Memories to a Courageous Reward


 ADDC congratulates our friend and member- Ms Savina Nongebatu-
     a most worthy recipient of the Secretary of United States
            International Women of Courage Awards.


Wednesday, 04 April 2012 11:26 Ben Bilua
Her courage to rise against all odds was rewarded and recognised. BEN BILUA re-tells the story of
Ms Savina Nongebatu: ON 29th March 2012, I was called to attend to an assignment at the Lime
Lounge Restaurant in Honiara.

I took my camera, my notebook and pen and went to Lime Lounge. When I reached there I asked
the person standing at the front door about what was going to happen.

Just few minutes after I asked, I got the answer myself. I saw a woman escorted by four people
coming out from a taxi.

They led a woman inside a wheel chair into the restaurant.

I had no idea who she is, not until I was given the programme. I took a glance through it and
hardly believed my eyes and my senses of what I’m reading.

She was about to be awarded the Secretary of United States International Women of Courage
Awards.

She was no ordinary woman after all.

She is Ms Savina Nongebatu and her story was just as compelling to me than to ordinary
Solomon Islanders who had never known her before until I came to know her at the Lime Lounge
last week.

Before her speech, she said a little prayer of courage “Who dwells in the shelter of the most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say He is my refuge and fortress, my God in whom I
trust.”

“Courage is what I ask God to give me every single day,” she said.

“My journey as a woman with a disability began in 2000. I acquired my disability after a spinal
operation at the National Referral Hospital.

“I was sent to Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney then the Prince Of Wales Hospital and lastly
Prince Henry.
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“I returned home in December 2000; armed with my new equipment,
which I referred to as my new friend and New Me.

“I can claim myself that I have met the Saints and Princes,” Mrs. Nongebatu joked.

“I spent three years in my house.

“My marriage fell apart in 2002 and my husband walked out, leaving me with my two children.

“My daughter became my primary caregiver at the age of 7; my son learnt he has extra
responsibility at 14. That same year I was made redundant by the Solomon Islands Government,”
Ms. Nongebatu expressed her distress with tears.

“It was the most difficult and darkest time in my journey. The heartbreak and hopelessness
experienced was excruciatingly painful.

“There were times, I wished I could die.

“But I thank God for my parents and siblings who came to the rescue and became my pillars of
strength and support. My world revolved around my children and the determination to see them
succeed in life gave me the reason to live.

“In 2004, without a job application or interview, I was employed by JTA International and so
slowly, my confidence and self-motivation took off.

“It was Ms Diana Yates’ persistent encouragement that I took off with the limited knowledge and
skill left through my full life operation.

“In the same year, I was voted in as President of the Disability People Association of Solomon
Islands (DPASI). This was a huge challenge; I was only four years old (in a wheel chair) and lack
the skill in leading an organization,

“Re-building an organization and becoming the name and face of PWDSI was very difficult. We
had to start from scratch and with no funding or direct support from anywhere, it was indeed a
huge challenge for the new executive,” Mrs Nongebatu recalled.

My son’s bedroom became ‘the office,” she said with a sigh.

She said the office equipment then consists of a computer donated by Liz Baldwin who was the
wife of British High Commissioner then, and a printer presented by her boss Patricia Dear and a
phone.

“As a voluntary organization, we were doing the work for free; this was also difficult as only a few
people who have the heart to do something for free.

“In 2006, ROC donated a container of genuine bags of all shapes and sizes to DPASI. We sold
these bags to raise money for the little activities we were doing then. The National Disability
Policy was also launched the same year.

“In 2007, with the money raised we decided at the AGM to change the organization’s name from
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DPASI to People With Disability of Solomon Islands (PWDSI) in
significance that disability is no longer a charity case but a human rights
issue.”

She said the mentality we have in the SI was still very much of the charity approach where we
pity people with disabilities and see them as hopeless or useless.

“In 2008, I became a full-time volunteer for PWDSI. This gave me the opportunity to pay more
attention to the organization I was heading. We sought small funding from our partners and were
able to continue the work we do,” Mrs Nongebatu recalled.


She said that same year Solomon Islands Government signed the Convention on the Rights of
People with Disabilities (CRPD).

“In 2009, we came across a funding organization called Disability Rights Fund (DRF); we
submitted our first funding proposal in August and got our first funding for 2010. And we manage
to find “a space for our office.”

“In 2011 we began a first research with partnership with Monash University which looks at the
socio-cultural context of disability in this country. Also in November 2011, we had our AGM.”

Ms Nongebatu said under her development programmes about five projects was going on with
one research under these projects are funded by donors.

“As citizens of this country, it is important for me and the thousands of people with disabilities to
see our govt provide such assistance to our organization and as strong advocate for disability, I
would like to encourage everyone to think inclusive in your respective area of work or expertise in
the true spirit of the theme of this year’s international women day “connecting girls, inspiring
future (involving, participating and empowering.

“When we practice inclusive approaches, no one is left behind or forgotten and I believe as agents
positive of change, as courageous mothers; we can nurture positive attitudes towards people with
disabilities; especially girls and women with disabilities, she pointed out.

My journey in re-building this organization would not have been possible without the support and
trust of many, my family, my children, work colleagues and the most important people in my
work; people with disabilities in this country.

“I am a proud daughter, mother, sister, and WOMAN WITH A DISABILITY who answered to the
call from above and walked the lonely road; only this time, I know there are many more holding
hands and walking with me on this less travelled road towards an inclusive, barrier-free and
rights-based society for all.

“Let alone have the courage to encourage others to travel with me on this lonely and less
travelled journey,” she concluded.

Ms. Savina Nongebatu was awarded with the Secretary of United State International Women of
Courage Award last week for her outstanding performance in advocating the People With
Disability Solomon Island (PWDSI).

Source: Frederick Miller

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SPORT MATTERS launches their new Website on 6th April

On April 6th Sport Matters announced the launch of their website coinciding with
World Day for Physical Activity.

www.sportmatters.org.au




Sport Matters is an Australian-based non-profit organisation that designs tailor-made development
strategies in response to identified community needs in Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa.

World Day for Physical Activity was inspired by the Agito Mundo (Move for Health) program in Sao Paulo,
Brazil. The World Health Organisation adopted the model in 2002 declaring 6 April World Day for Physical
Activity to celebrate and promote physical activity and health.

Given this year’s theme “Together for a Happy and Active Life”, today is a significant day to mark the
launch of the Sport Matters website, a platform for communication, collaboration and celebration of sport
and development.

Achieving better health outcomes is an important benefit of participation in sport and physical activity.
Health is one of ten development areas that Sport Matters targets to reduce poverty and improve quality of
life for people in developing communities.

Sport Matters Co-founder Liesl Tesch said, “We’re delighted to launch the site and start connecting with a
broad international audience who share our values, passion and belief in the power of sport to make a
difference to development and promote human rights.”

Tesch is preparing for her 6th Paralympic Games in London 2012 and will compete in the Access Class 2012
Combined World and International Championships in Sydney next week. She then continues her Paralympic
preparation in Hyères, France, where she’ll compete in the fourth of seven regattas in the ISAF Sailing
World Cup Series later this month.
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Website designer Nicolas Morris enjoyed the challenge of building the Sport
Matters website.

"For any sort of website, especially one like SportMatters.org.au accessibility is a major consideration,” said
Morris. “The need for good clean code and an allowance for all types of reading devices pushed me to study
up on areas that I had previously ignored.

“I had a great time building this site and hopefully upped my skills on employing best design practice when
it comes to accessibility. For that (and much more), I’m grateful to Jackie and Liesl for getting me on
board to help."

Visitors to the Sport Matters website will be able to learn about the Sport Matters team, access information
about how sport can make a difference to development and get more involved in Sport Matters initiatives
by donating, volunteering and fundraising.

For more information on Sport Matters or to become a partner visit www.sportmatters.org.au or email
info@sportmatters.org.au.

Media contact: Jackie Lauff, Sport Matters CEO, +61 (0)409 421 765

Sport Matters
Level 32/1 Market Street
Sydney NSW 2000
AUSTRALIA

Source: Sport Matters



Enhancing our Voice: Disability Rights Fund Becomes an Independent Public
Charity
PRESS RELEASE
April 4, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Diana Samarasan, Director
Telephone: +1-617-261-4593
Email: dsamarasan@disabilityrightsfund.org
BOSTON, MA – As the Disability Rights Fund (DRF) begins its fifth year of grantmaking, the Fund
announces the beginning of operations independent of the Tides Network. “This month, DRF opens the door
to a new level of growth,” stated DRF Co-Chairs. “The organization has rapidly expanded since launch;
achievement of independence recognizes the hard work and sophistication of operations accomplished to
date.”
 DRF was launched as a pooled fund in 2008 under the fiscal sponsorship of Tides. “Launching as a Tides
project allowed us to begin grantmaking straight away,” said Diana Samarasan, Executive Director of DRF.
“In addition to legal status, Tides provided back-office and grants administration support, critical to a start-
up fund.” Initiated with four founding donors, in its launch year, DRF made a total of $800,000 in grants to
Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in seven pilot countries.



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Five years later, and with the support of seven donors, DRF has opened grantmaking to 24 countries
around the world and has given out nearly $7 million in advocacy grants to DPOs in 18 countries. “This
growth in support for the rights struggles of persons with disabilities around the world mirrors the rapid
ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and enables critical participation of
people with disabilities in implementation of their rights,” said Diana Samarasan.

 As an independent public charity, the main objective of the Fund remains empowerment of DPOs in the
developing world, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union to participate in advancement
of rights, using the tool of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD).
DRF prioritizes grants to the most marginalized populations of persons with disabilities, such as persons
with psychosocial disabilities, women with disabilities, youth with disabilities and others. “DRF’s new public
charity status will expand possibilities for innovative additions to this funding,” stated DRF’s Program
Officer for Strategic Partnerships, “for example, cross-movement grantmaking to ensure that disability is
mainstreamed into other issue areas.”

As an independent organization, DRF will maintain its unique governance and advisory structure, which
incorporates persons with disabilities as decision-makers at all levels of the organization. A new Board will
have at least fifty percent persons with disabilities. The Disability Rights Advocacy Fund, a separate
organization, will provide grants for ratification and legislative advocacy. The Fund’ss mission and values
remain the same. Dedicated donors include the American Jewish World Service, the Australian
government’s overseas aid program AusAID, the Open Society Foundations, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, and
the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).

Source: Diana Samarasan

New GDRL Deployment Sites Announced

An additional 31 organizations
around the world have now been
selected to host the Global
Disability Rights Library (GDRL).
These organizations range from
national umbrella DPOs in Kenya
to academic disability studies
programs in Indonesia. By mid
year, 56 GDRL units will be serving
as an information resource to
advocates in Bangladesh, Ethiopia,
India, Nigeria, Peru, Tanzania,
Zambia, Zimbabwe, as well as
Kenya, Indonesia, Mongolia, and
Uganda. The final few deployment sites will be announced shortly.

"We are excited to help more organizations and advocates access the wealth of disability rights
knowledge available in the world today," says GDRL program manager Andrea Shettle. "From a
flood of 435 strong applications, the selected group are doing great work in promoting rights in
their communities. The enthusiastic response from our peers around the world shows that there
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    is still an incredible thirst for greater collaboration and information sharing around disability
    rights."
     Click Here to see the full list of 56 Deployment Sites

    Source: David Morrissey - USICD



    Rio+20: Making it Happen

    12 March 2012 marked one hundred days until world leaders gather in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to renew
    political commitment to a sustainable future. This milestone was welcomed in the official newsletter of the
    Conference, Rio+20: Making It Happen, when it launched a special issue last week devoted to social media
    and recognizing its in promoting greater connectivity around the values of sustainable development.

    In parallel, global stakeholders, Major Groups and UN system partners coordinated an online campaign to
    share messages of support for Rio+20 and highlight a few of the most important themes and objectives of
    the Conference. The special issue of Rio+20: Making It Happen was also the first to be published entirely
    online and in a fully peer-based format. Stakeholders can now share articles from the newsletter and post
    their comments and reactions.

    Rio+20 is anticipated to be one of the largest gatherings in UN history – a fact owed in part to the impact
    of social media in disseminating information and engaging the public.

    To view full issue: http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?page=view&type=12&nr=355&menu=23
    Source: UN

    CRPD Update
    As of April 9, 2012
    CRPD:
          153 Signatories
          112 Ratifications
    Optional Protocol:
          90 Signatories
          64 Ratifications

    Recent Ratifications:
    Mauritania ratified the Convention on April 3, 2012

    Bulgaria ratified the Convention on March 22, 2012

    Mozambique ratified the Convention on January 30, 2012

    Macedonia (FYORM) ratified the Convention on December 29, 2011

    Myanmar ratified the Convention on December 12, 2011

    Indonesia ratified the Convention on December 7, 2011
    Source: USICD


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Kenya’s national report to the CRPD Committee
Kenya has recently submitted its national report to the CRPD Committee. For the
moment, the report (attached) is only available in English.

 Please click the link below to access the CRPD Committee website section where you can find all reports
presented so far to the CRPD Committee: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRPD/Pages/Sessions.aspx

Source: PDF




ASEAN News




Phnom Penh Agenda                Phnom
3April 2012_FINAL.pdf      Penh_declaration_2012-3 April_FINAL.pdf




Chief Minister launches education scheme for children with learning disabilities
Asia-Pacific

Apr 8, 2012: GUWAHATI, INDIA: Students with learning disabilities will now get special training
under the aegis of the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), an initiative by department
of school education and literacy under the ministry of human resource development (MHRD), for
encouraging secondary education in the state. The programme was formally launched by the
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at Srimanta Sankardeva
Kalakshetra on Sunday.

Gogoi said: “It is indeed a great initiative as Assam is trying its best to ensure that every child
gets proper education. With the launch of RMSA, we have taken a step in the right direction to
reach our goal of all-round development of all the citizens of the state.”

Though the state has achieved success in imparting elementary education to children, special
learning programmes will be introduced for those with slow learning skills. As of now, around
46,296 students have been identified who would be eligible for special teaching programme
launched in association with Don Bosco institute.

Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said: “There are still a lot of students who cannot
continue their education after Class 8. Besides there are about 8.8 lakh students dropping out of
secondary school and about 10 lakh students dropping out of higher secondary schools. Then
there are slow learners who hardly have proper education facilities. Therefore, RMSA has been
launched to ensure that these children can continue with their education.”

Jayanta Narlikar, mission director of RMSA, said: “Our main objective is to provide a secondary
school within 5km and higher secondary school within 7 to 10 km radius of every habitation,
access to secondary education to every youngster between 14 and 18 years of age and
improvement of quality education.” He added: “The state still has around 86% teachers who are


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untrained and if we want to retain students in secondary and higher
secondary students, we need to have trained teachers in the state and so
we would impart training to teachers of Assam.”

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com via Global Accessibility News




Increasing Access to Health Information for the Visually Impaired through ICTs


Part of the DAISY team of visually impaired

On March 4-6, I had the opportunity to travel to Chittagong, the 2nd city of Bangladesh, to visit a
local NGO called Young People in Social Action (YPSA).

YPSA provides a range of health and other social services for diverse groups of people, including
the disabled, particularly those who are visually impaired who, at 3 million people, make up
almost 21% of the Bangladeshi population. As part of this effort, YPSA, with support from donors
and government, works with the Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) to make
information and communication technology (ICT) accessible to all types of people, including those
who are unable read. In this way, YPSA and DAISY support building the capacity of visually
impaired persons by increasing the amount information available to the blind (and illiterate) using
ICT.

A group of visually impaired university graduates, who used the Braille system to achieve their
degree, are working to help other visually impaired persons who may not even be Braille literate
and as a result have no access to health information. Mr. Vashkar Bhattcharia leads the DAISY
team of visually impaired, who are using special software to read and to write on computers using
the common keyboard. This group dedicates time to read health information, especially for
HIV/AIDS, adolescent reproductive health, and maternal and child health (which are particularly
important for visually impaired young people) and translate the health information – available
and approved content – from digital reading to audio form using computers and other necessary
technology. These are called “digital talking books.” Usually, local languages and dialects are used
to help the visually impaired persons to understand correctly. The final product is CDs of talking
books, which they distribute all over the country to different organizations and institutes that
work with the visually-impaired.

Mr. Vashkar, the team leader emphasizes the importance of talking books for the girls who are
even more vulnerable and marginalized by their disability.

So far, YPSA produced 100 digital talking books on health and social issues, including government
policies to raise awareness of disabled people. Meanwhile, Mr. Vashkar met with the Prime
Minister Shaik Hasina of Bangladesh with his plan on how to make the Digital Bangladesh plan (a
government initiative) successful and meaningful for everyone.

It was an amazing experience to see ICT being used by the visually impaired to improve the
health of other visually impaired persons. Going forward, the organization plans to provide

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mHealth services to disabled people over software-enabled cellular
phones; however, the funding and resources have yet to be mobilized for
this idea.

Mar 8 2012

Source: NADIRA SULTANA via GPDD



Ghana organization investigates disability access of business community Africa


Apr 3, 2012: GHANA: The Ghana Society of Physically Disabled (GSPD) has rolled out a research
activity to measure the degree of constraints people with disabilities face in the business
community within the built environment.

The research findings, expected to be completed at the end of April 2012, would be the basis for
a stakeholders’ roundtable for a proposed national law or standards to guide building engineers
and their clients for the establishment of accessible infrastructure for people with disabilities.

Mr Charles Appiagyei, National Administrator of GSPD, said this to the Ghana News Agency in
Accra at the end of a recently held advocacy workshop organized by the Business Sector
Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) Fund and facilitated by the Society for Managing Initiatives and
Leadership Enhancement, Ghana.

He expressed worry that currently people with disabilities spent inordinate amount of time trying
to gain access and transact business within the business communities.

Mr Appiagyei expressed worry that most Automated Teller Machines of banks were placed at a
height that made it possible for only people with physical disabilities who even would have to be
in a standing posture to use them.

He said the findings had revealed that most internet cafes were located at higher floors within the
buildings of most business communities, where it was difficult for people with disabilities to have
access.

Mr Appiagyei pointed out that toilet facilities at some hotels were inaccessible for people with
disabilities, stressing the situation was an affront not only to their rights to the access but also to
their dignity.

“In some of these washrooms, it is even difficult, if not impossible for a wheelchair to be pushed
to enter the facility,” he said.

He said a cursory observation at most market centres and other business sectors across the
country reveal the absence of pavements for persons with disability.

Mr Appiagyei expressed disquiet that some open drains were not covered to enable them “cross
over” to have access the buildings.



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He said by these access and movement constraints the operators at the
business community in the country were losing a lot of businesses from
people with disabilities.

Mr Appiagyei said the Society hoped to engage the Ghana Standards Authority, Ministry of Water
Resources, Works and Housing and Ministry of Roads and Highway on the proposed building
guidelines.

Though the Persons With Disability Act, 2006 (Act 715), which was given a Presidential Assent in
August 2006, had been passed, the Society felt persons with disability were denied free access to
the built environment, especially in the business communities.

Source: http://www.ghanabusinessnews.com via Global Accessibility News




Disabled Left to Fend for Themselves


By Badylon K. Bakiman

KIKWIT, DR Congo, Mar 9, 2012 (IPS) - The outlook for people living with disabilities in the Democratic
Republic of Congo remains bleak, despite a variety of efforts to improve their lot and bring them in from
the margins of society.

"There are roughly 9.1 million people with disabilities in Congo, 11 percent of the total population of 60
million," said Patrick Pindu, coordinator of the National Federation of Associations of People Living with a
Disability in Congo (FENAPHACO

Link: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=107003

Source: IRIN



                                    Conferences and Events

Refer to ADDC website: Calendar of Events for new items

          ADDC Calendar Link: http://www.addc.org.au/calendars/



Reminder- Call for Papers Disability and Development: Rights, Politics and
Practice

The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights together with the Harvard Law School Project on
Disability hereby call for papers to an international conference on disability rights and
development to be held in Oslo, Norway, on 11-12 October 2012. Disability rights have long been

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under-prioritised in the field of development despite the challenges faced
by persons with disabilities in tackling poverty and social exclusion. The
adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
(CRPD) in 2006 and intergovernmental resolutions on mainstreaming disability in development
have sought to shift this prevailing paradigm. The new focus on rights raises a number of
questions from the perspective of both theory and practice and the conference seeks to analyse a
range of questions concerning how disability rights should impact, and have impacted (or not),
the field of development.
The conference is inter-disciplinary and aimed at both scholars and practitioners with an interest
in the area.
SPECIAL FOCUS AREAS
We are open to a range of topics relating to disability rights and development and encourage
papers with a special focus on:
Disability rights discourses and the reshaping of development paradigms;
The politics and economics of disability rights in development and empirical studies of the extent
of disability rights mainstreaming in development;
Models of good practice, whether in domestic implementation or international development
cooperation;
Documentation of human rights violations of persons with disabilities and multiple forms of
discrimination;
The effects of different strategies to improve disability rights, including by civil society
organisations;
Strategies for working in countries that have ratified the CRPD but have shown no inclination to
change their policies to comport with the CRPD’s mandates; and/or Harvard Law School Project
on Disability
Specific issues raised by the enforcement of the CRPD in psychiatric institutions, in facilities for
persons with intellectual disabilities, and in forensic settings (jails and prisons).
The conference is not limited to any specific disability right but there is a strong interest in socio-
economic rights, and specific civil and political rights, such as the right to an identity,
accessibility, legal capacity, freedom of movement, voting and democratic participation.
Abstracts/paper proposals of approximately 200 words should be sent to Kjersti Skarstad
(kjersti.skarstad@nchr.uio.no ) by 16 April 2012. Word limit of full papers is 6000-8000 words.
The papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of a
journal or an edited volume. All papers would be submitted to a standard independent review
process.
CONTACT
The conference is coordinated by the Thematic Working Group on Human Rights and
Development at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.



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Steering Committee: Sevda Clark, Research Fellow and Conference
Coordinator, Bård A. Andreassen (Professor), Michael Stein (Professor),
Malcolm Langford (Research Fellow), Anne Kari Johansen (NCHR China Programme) and Kjersti
Skarstad (Research Assistant). Limited funding is available for travel and accommodation and will
be primarily provided to those presenting. For those wishing to apply, please clearly state the
reasons for application, and what you wish to have funded, in a paragraph following your
abstract.
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World CBR Congress: pre and post congress workshops

The world CBR congress will be held in Agra (India) from 26 to 28 November 2012. On this
occasion, in collaboration with WHO/DAR, IDDC, CBR network and DPI-AP two workshops will be
organized:

(1) Pre-Congress workshop on “CBR and Intellectual Disabilities” at Jaypee conference centre,
Agra (India) on 24 and 25 November 2012. This workshop will look at intellectual disabilities in
children, adults and elderly persons. Its aim is to look at critical areas in supporting persons with
intellectual disabilities in CBR programs and to share examples of good practices and innovative
approaches.

(2) Post-congress workshop on “CBR and Going Beyond the Taboos” at Jaypee conference centre,
Agra (India) on 29 and 30 November 2012. This workshop will look at two critical areas for CBR
program – (a) Promoting right to intimacy, affective relationships and sexuality; and (b)
Preventing exploitation, abuse and violence towards persons with disabilities. Again, the aim of
the workshop is to look at critical areas and to share examples of good practices.

If someone has any specific materials including manuals, policy papers and videos related to
these workshop themes, please inform Sunil Deepak and share them at sunil.deepak@aifo.it

Information and registration forms for the pre and post congress workshops are available on the
following webpage (in case of difficulty, please send me an
email):http://www.aifo.it/english/resources/announcements/2012/cbr_congress_workshops.htm

Source: From Sunil Deepak via GPDD




Disability and HIV Leadership Forum, July 21, 2012


AIDS-Free World is pleased to announce the Disability and HIV Leadership Forum, a full-day advocacy
training on July 21, 2012, immediately preceding “AIDS 2012,” the XIXth International AIDS Conference in
Washington, DC. Presented in collaboration with Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI) and Gallaudet
University, the Forum will bring together young activists and leaders under 30 from the around the world to
learn from seasoned advocates in the fields of HIV, disability rights, and human rights. Disabled youth with
experience in the field of HIV as well as those recently introduced to AIDS activism were selected for their
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leadership skills. The one-day training will help them to advance disability rights
at home, stay connected with young advocates from other countries, and help to
bridge the disability rights and AIDS movements

Link: http://www.aidsfreeworld.org/Our-Issues/Disability/Disability-and-HIV-Leadership-Forum.aspx




5th International Conference Equal rights - Equal opportunities
May 10-11, 2012 Moscow, Russia

From Marco Nicoli mnicoli@worldbank.org

Dear Colleges and Friends:

I am pleased to announce that International academy of accessibility and universal design has
been chosen by Moscow Government to organize the 5th International Conference “Equal rights -
Equal opportunities”.

The conference will take place on May 10-11, 2012 at Expo Center on Krasnaya presnya, within
an International exhibition “Integration.Life.Society.2012”, organized by Messe Dusseldorf of
Moscow. This year conference will touch all aspects of integration of people with disability to
society, including rehabilitation, universal design, tourism without borders, accessibility and
accessible transport and infrastructure, architecture, as well as issue of children's with disability
and other related issues.

We are expecting participants from all regions of Russian Federation, representatives of Federal
and Local Government, members of the Russian Parliament (Duma), representatives of non-
commercial organization of disabled people. We also are expecting international experts from
different countries in Europe and North America and Asia. The programme of the conference will
include one full day of plenary session and one full day of 8th round tables, organized at different
facilities of Department of Social Welfare of Moscow. I will keep you informed on the programme
development process and on all other details, including the subjects of round tables, as they
became available.

Many of you attend the conference and exhibition last year and I sincerely hope that you will
have time and desire to attend this year again and do the presentations. I am enclosing
preliminary programme and registration form, for you to fill up. As I received the form I will have
official invitation sign by Moscow Government officials and will send it to you. If I can answer any
of your questions or concerns regarding this event, feel free to e-mail me.

I will be delighted to see you all in Moscow!

Very truly yours,
Alexander D. Bavelsky, LL.M.




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‘VDPVs and their Implications: State of the Art’


The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) and Ministry of Health Japan, is organising a scientific meeting on vaccine-derived
polioviruses (VDPVs) - ‘VDPVs and their Implications: State of the Art’ - on 30 May to 1 June 2012 at the
International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.

The meeting will review the available scientific information on VDPVs; discuss the scientific, policy and
programmatic implications of continued VDPV emergence and transmission; and, help inform the ‘roadmap
for VDPV elimination’ for the post-oral polio vaccine (OPV) era. More information on the meeting’s
objectives are available at the following
link: http://www.polioeradication.org/Research/Vaccinederivedpolioviruses/VDPVsmeeting.aspx

WHO will sponsor a limited number of attendees (primarily speakers) to the meeting. However, a number
of spaces will be reserved for open participation, based on a first come/first serve basis (exclusively for
attendees able to fully fund their own participation). Over the next 15 days, we will distribute a second
announcement, with registration details.

We look forward to seeing you on 30 May in Geneva for this important meeting.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative - World Health Organization
20 Avenue Appia, CH-1211 Geneva 27 Switzerland
Fax: +41 22 791 1571 - Email: polioresearch@who.int Website; http://www.polioeradication.org



Inclusive WASH Save The Date: Case study roundtable and workshop
01-May-2012 to 02-May-2012

Inclusive WASH facilitators Hazel Jones and Louisa Gosling will lead a one-day practitioners'
workshop on Inclusive WASH programming for practitioners. This workshop has strictly limited
numbers and will be held in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday 1 May, 2012. For more information please
email info@inclusivewash.org.au

A roundtable analysis of the Inclusive WASH case study publication is scheduled for the morning
of Wednesday 2 May, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. If you are interested in attending this event please
RSVP to info@inclusivewash.org.au. For more information click here.

The roundtable will include keynote speeches from some of our webinar presenters, as well as analysis
from case study authors. The case studies will look at specific issues that relate to each of the five themes
of the workshops.

Upcoming Events and News

Save this date! Publication roundtable and practitioners' workshop Inclusive WASH facilitators Hazel Jones
and Louisa Gosling will lead a one-day practitioners' workshop on Inclusive WA..

Source: Inclusive WASH


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W5: Psychosocial Assessment & Screening for Recruitment or Assignment
Workshop: Melbourne
A comprehensive approach to recruitment and selection is essential for identifying and assigning individuals
for field-based roles. - Monday 30th April & Tuesday 1st May, 2012

Over the course of this two-day workshop, managers will be introduced to the context of specific
assignments as well as capacity needs.

Participants will work with a competency-based framework for defining and mapping selection criteria
across a range of activities designed to elicit evidence of resilience and psychosocial coping capacity.

Participants will be given the opportunity to practice behavioural interviewing skills as a means of
practically integrating psychosocial principles for selection learnt over the course of the workshop.

This workshop is likely to be of particular interest to recruitment, HR and project managers.

Please refer to the attached flyers for more information, or click here to view details online. For further
enquiries, email workshops@mandalafoundation.org.au or call (+61 3) 9005 0808.

To register, please complete the attached registration form/s and return by email to
workshops@mandalafoundation.org.au or by fax to (+61 3) 9349 4477.

Please register by Monday 23rd April, 2012 to ensure participation in this workshop.

Source: Mandala Foundation Inc.




Pacific Psychosocial Forum – ‘Enabling Resilience in a Crisis’
23rd - 25th May 2012, Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Visit http://www.mandalafoundation.org.au/index.php?page=2012-pacific-psychosocial-forum-2012 for
registration and details.

comms@mandalafoundation.org.au

www.mandalafoundation.org.au

Source: Mandala Foundation Inc.



Summer School on Disability and Development
Subject: Disability and Development
Dates: 18 June – 13 July 2012 (teaching up to 6 July)
Venue: Faculty of Public Health, University of Indonesia (UI), Depok, West Java
Format and purpose
The Summer School on Disability and Development (D&D) is both a standalone course and the
2nd module in a series on Disability and Development. The Summer School is a collaborative
undertaking between the Centre for Disability Studies, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, UI,
Faculty of Public Health, UI, and the VU University Amsterdam (VUA). The course focuses on
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specific issues related to disability and community-based rehabilitation in
the context of development.



  Information DD
Summer School Indonesia 2012 230212.pdf




                              Employment and Funding Opportunities

Handicap International physical therapist and physiotherapy post in
Afghanistan, Haïti and Kenya


Please find in the attached documents job offers for physical therapist and physiotherapy post in
Afghanistan, Haïti and Kenya.

HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL

Direction de l'Action D'urgence

Hélène Chambon - Assistante Recrutement et Suivi des Expatriés

24, rue Etienne Rognon 69007 LYON

Tel : 04.26.68.76.67

Fax : 04.78.38.40.25



     Kenya - PO             Haiti -      Afghanistan-Physical
                    Kinésitherapeute - 29022012.doc
Physiotherapy - 14022012.doc             therapist - 01032012.doc


Source: Handicap International




Handicap International Quality & Methodology Unit Manager


DRTrespPôleQualitéC
  DI0312-EN.docx


Source: Handicap International


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                                                Resources

Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities
Please review the attached special issue of the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities.

Read the special issue here:
http://siteresources.worldbank.org/DISABILITY/Resources/2806581298502475589/IASSID_special_issue_flyer.doc

Source: From Libby Cohen via GPDD


MDG Report 2011/2012

“Accelerating Equitable Achievement of the MDGs Closing Gaps in Health and Nutrition
Outcomes” is produced by UN ESCAP, ADB and UNDP, in cooperation with UNICEF, UNFPA and
WHO.

The 2011/12 report illustrates regional disparities both within and between countries. Two of the
issues highlighted in this comprehensive resource are maternal health and gender equity. Many
countries in the region that have boosted economic growth and household income have had less
success in assuring health for all. Clearly there are many other factors at play – notably a range
of social barriers and determinants. These can be related to gender, class, ethnicity, caste,
language, and religion – arising from ingrained social structures, norms and processes that accept
and even encourage unfair distributions of wealth and social resources. For example, people living
with HIV and some other chronic illnesses, face high levels of stigma and discrimination that
hinder their access to medical testing, treatment, care and support. One of the most significant
social determinants is gender norms. Governments aiming to improve health standards will
therefore want to improve the status of women, provide effective reproductive health services,
implement comprehensive breastfeeding programmes in line with current recommendations and
increase community-based pressures against sex-selective abortion.

Link: http://www.asiapacificalliance.org/images/stories/resources/mdg-report2011-12.pdf

Source: Asia pacific alliance




Talking Convention (UNCRPD)
Developed by CBR NETWORK(South Asia)

Click here to download
http://snd.sc/GMn65g

Source: rom Indumathi Rao via GPDD




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Publications:
Web Accessibility for Better Business Results
Web Accessibility for Better Business Results (Innovation Series White Paper)
Automating Accessibility Compliance during Web Content Editing


      Authors: G3ict, researched in cooperation with Ephox Corporation
      No. of pages: 20
      Publication date: March 2012
      Publisher: G3ict
Languages: English

Available in the following formats:
» Order a hard copy today!




Benefits and Costs of eAccess
Benefits and Costs of eAccessibility (Business Case White Paper)

       Authors: Edited by Dominique Burger, UPMC-INSERM, Chair of BrailleNet, Brice Tabeling,
       Association BrailleNet, Matthieu Manant University of Paris X, France, Marc-Daniel Seiffert,
       University of Reims, France, in collaboration with G3ict
       No. of pages: 32
       Publication date: March 2012
Publisher: G3ict
Languages: English

Available in the following formats:
» Order a hard copy today!




Web Accessibility Policy Making
An International Perspective


       Authors: The Centre for Internet & Society, G3ict
       No. of pages: 63
       Publication date: January 2012 (3rd edition); first published in 2009
       Publisher: G3ict, The Centre for Internet & Society, in collaboration with The Hans Foundation
Languages: English

Available in the following formats:
» Download a PDF version
» DAISY

Universal Service for Persons with Disabilities
A Global Survey of Policy Interventions and Good Practices


         Authors: The Centre for Internet & Society, G3ict
         No. of pages: 56

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Publication date: December 2011
Publisher: G3ict, The Centre for Internet & Society, in collaboration with The
Hans Foundation
Languages: English

Available in the following formats:
» Download a PDF version



Making Mobile Phones and Services Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

            Authors: ITU, G3ict. Researched and edited by The Centre for Internet & Society
            No. of pages: 98
            Publication date: November 2011
            Publisher: ITU, G3ict
            Languages: English

Available in the following formats:
» Download a PDF version




Making Television Accessible
         Making Television Accessible


        Authors: Prepared by Peter Olaf Looms, Chairman, ITU-T Focus Group on Audiovisual Media
        Accessibility, in collaboration with G3ict
        No. of pages: 77
        Publication date: November 2011
Publishers: ITU, G3ict
Languages: English | Polish

Available in the following formats:
» Download a PDF version




e-Accessibility Policy Handbook for Persons with Disabilities
Based upon the online ITU-G3ict e-Accessibility Policy Toolkit for Persons with Disabilities

          Author: Compiled and edited by Nirmita Narasimhan
          No. of pages: 140
          Publication date: February 2010
          Publisher: ITU, G3ict, The Centre for Internet & Society, in collaborationwith The Hans Foundation
          Languages: English | Russian

Available in the following formats:
» Download a PDF version
» DAISY
» Braille

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All publications can be accessed from our website:
http://g3ict.org/resource_center/publications_and_reports

Source: G3ict, Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs via GPDD



RI Australia Newsletter- March 2012


  March 2012 - RI
Newsletter - 300312.pdf




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ADDC is an Australian, international network focusing attention, expertise and action on disability
issues in developing countries; building on a human rights platform for disability advocacy.

To join ADDC please complete the membership package, to submit information or find our more
contact:

                                       ADDC Executive Officer
                                          Christine Walton
                                           T 1800 678 069
                                         cwalton@cbm.org.au
                                          www.addc.org.au




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