DPI e-news - 9 February 2011
February 10, 2011
E-news for Week ending 11 February 2011
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DPI was invited by FOCAL (The Canadian Foundation for the Americas) to produce a policy paper titled, "Reaching the 'Cocobai': Reconstruction and Persons with Disabilities in Haiti." This paper, written by Dr. Cassandra Phillips, applies a "disability lens" to Haiti's 10-year Action Plan for the Reconstruction and National Development of Haiti. It identifies gaps in the Action Plan and provides information on several grassroots organizations that are making a difference in the lives of children, youth and adults with disabilities in Haiti.
The Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to strengthening Canadian relations with Latin America and the Caribbean through policy dialogue and analysis.
DPI wants to thank FOCAL for funding to produce the document which can be read in English, French and Spanish by following the links at http://www.focal.ca/
Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Australia
The Universal Periodic Review is a process undertaken by the United Nations Human Rights Council to review the human rights records of all 192 Member States of the United Nations once every four years. The review of Australia took place late January to early February 2011.
People with Disability, Australia (PWD), was a member of the Non-Government Organizations' working group that prepared the NGO report to the UN for its review of Australia. It is observing closely to make sure human rights issues that affect people with disabilities remain a focus. In late January, a number of countries requested further information about the ongoing forced sterilization of women with disabilities in Australia. To read Australia's Report to the UN Human Rights Council, follow links at http://www.ag.gov.au/humanrights#latest
PWD offices were severely damaged during the recent floods in Queensland. They are in the process of rebuilding. To read more about PWD, go to http://www.pwd.org.au/
Human Rights Facts Sheets on the Convention
These facts sheets, which are both theoretical and practical, are a dynamic resource to help teachers foster an awareness of human rights among their students.
The "theory" section describes, in simplified terms, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the way the European Court of Human Rights operates. Nine activity sheets, each one focusing on a particular article of the Convention, are designed to get students to think about the rights that must be guaranteed in a democratic society.
The "practical" section suggests various human-rights-related analysis, research and discussion exercises and activities. To access the facts sheets, please follow the links at http://book.coe.int/EN/ficheouvrage.php?PAGEID=36&lang=EN&produit_aliasid=2578
Release of Handicap International's First of Six Videos
Handicap International (HI) has just released the first part of a new series of short videos titled "Six questions on inclusive education." The films present the opinions of Handicap International staff and local partners working on the inclusion of children with disabilities in education in Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Niger, Senegal and Togo. To view first film, go to http://www.handicap-international.org.uk/what_we_do/inclusion/inclusive_education/six_questions/
Floods in Queensland
Once again what is happening to address the needs of persons with disabilities during natural disaster is markedly absent in the media following the recent floods in parts of Australia.
Adrianne Hicks from North Queensland's Mental Health Fellowship says the natural disaster has impacted people a long way from the flooded regions. She points out that "the mentally ill require special support to help them deal with what they are witnessing, as the world has become a really unsafe place for them."
Valmae Rose, spokeswoman for National Disability Services (NDS) states that the floods have also caused several respite and other services to close and people have lost items including wheelchairs to the flood waters.
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