DPI e-update - 8 March 2012

March 9, 2012


DPI e-update - 8 March 2012


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E-news for Week ending 9 March 2012

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  


Human Rights

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism of the United Nations which started in April 2008. UPR reviews the human rights practices of State Parties once every four years. UPR is pleased to invite you to pre-session meetings in Geneva 29 March to 4 April 2012 between civil society and States delegations to discuss the human rights situation of the 14 States to be reviewed at the 13th session of the UPR. These States include Bahrain, Ecuador, Tunisia, Morocco, Indonesia, Finland, the United Kingdom, India, Brazil, Philippines, Algeria, Poland, the Netherlands and South Africa. More information at http://www.upr-info.org/


Call for Submissions

As a follow up to DPI's focus on Mental Health a few weeks ago, the Journal for Disability and International Development is calling for submissions for an issue titled "Mental Health and Disability in Development."


Interventions for persons with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress (PTSD) in the aftermath of conflict and disaster are only now gaining attention (See for example, the World Health Organization's (WHO's) Mental Health and Poverty Project (2010), and to some extent the WHO's World Report on Disability (2011)).


Depending on stakeholders and various points of view, there are a wide variety of terms in use when referencing disability and mental health, which continue to cause controversy and debate globally. Within some international and national organizations, there is a hierarchy of disability, with intellectual disabilities and mental health taking low precedence in regard to employment, services and government funding. What this means is lack of services for and continued marginalization of persons with mental health disabilities.


Contribute to this discussion by submitting an article for publication in this next issue. Submissions are due 21 April 2012. More information is available by emailing the editor at < mirella.schwinge@univie.ac.>


 Disability Rights International Speaks out about Alleged Torturous Practice Against Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder in France

As a follow up to DPI's focus on human rights violations last week, Disability Rights International (DRI) has called upon the French Government to end the practice of "packing therapy" as a treatment for children with Autism who are in psychiatric and educational facilities managed by the French Ministry of Health. To read more, go to   http://www.disabilityrightsintl.org/

Mid-term Review of "Development for All" strategy

The mid-term review of AusAID's 'Development for All' strategy was commenced in February 2012. It aims to assess progress in the achievement of the disability strategy objectives and set the agenda for the future. The review team will be conducting a series of consultations in Australia and overseas (Fiji, Samoa, PNG, East Timor, Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines). More information at http://www.idpwd.com.au/about-idpwd/


Labour Market Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

The above course is open to governments, Disabled Peoples' Organizations and Civil Society Groups involved in policy an program development for persons with disabilities in developing countries. For more information contact Ms. Arianna PIUTTI via email < a.piutti@itcilo.org>


AXIS' Physically Integrated Dance Summer Intensive

Dancers, choreographers and teachers with and without disabilities from the USA and globally are invited to attend AXIS' annual Summer Intensive to be held 5-11 August 2012 in Oakland, California.  

This week-long creative opportunity will explore choreography and performance, integrated dance, a final performance and much more. Applications due 24 April 2012. More information at


Book Release

A new book titled Disabled Women and Domestic Violence Responding to the Experiences of Survivors by Ravi K. Thiara , Gill Hague , Ruth Bashall , Brenda Ellis and Audrey Mullender is now available for purchase at http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book/9781849050081



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