DPI e-news - 16 February 2011

February 17, 2011


E-news for Week ending 18 February 2011

Welcome to Disabled Peoples International's (DPI's) E-news. Please continue to send your activities, conference information, and publications news to Dr. Cassandra Phillips at info@dpi.org

DPI would like to congratulate Elizabeth da Silva on accepting the position of Executive Director (Acting) for DPI. Business continues as usual for DPI as we plan for DPI's 8th World Assembly to be held in Durban 10-13 October 2011. To read Call for Abstracts, registration information and much more, please follow the links at http://www.dpi2011.co.za/


We are pleased to inform you that the first issue for 2011 of Disability International is now available on line. Articles cover people making a difference in Haiti and Pakistan following the natural disasters of 2010. Also included is MIUSA which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2011. To read, go to http://www.dpi.org/files/uploads/di-2011-01.pdf


DPI congratulates Romania on signing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 31 January 2011.


Progress for the Disabled in India

In India, in a bid to encourage the disabled to come forward and get enumerated, the Census Commission will start airing a 40-second TV spot beginning February 2011. In the 2001 census, 2.1 percent of the population was listed as disabled, which disability activists describe as a huge underestimation of reality.

The TV spot is an effort to bridge this gap between statistics and reality. It features three individuals: a person who is blind, someone who is deaf, and someone who is recovering from mental illness. To read more go to


SAFOD Symposium

The Southern African Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD), in partnership with the University of Stellenbosch, is pleased to invite you to the 3rd AfriNEAD Symposium to be held 28-30 November 2011 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Limited funds for sponsorship are available on a first come basis. The conference theme is "Building Communities of Trust: Evidence to Action on Disability Research."   More information at     


Count Me In! Conference

Early registration is now open for CREA's Count Me In! Conference to be held 16-18 April 2011 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The conference brings together marginalized women including sex workers, disabled, lesbian and HIV-positive women, and transgender people from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, to discuss violence against women and strategies of resistance. For more information, go to http://www.countmeinconference.org/


MIUSA Call for Participants

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) invites young people with disabilities to participate in a Disability Rights Leadership Exchange Program from 24 June to 4 July 2011 in Madrid, Spain. For information, go to


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