DPI e-update

April 22, 2011


E-news for Week ending 22 April 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's 8th World Assembly will be held in Durban, South Africa 10-13 October 2011. This four day event will include one day Opening Plenary session, followed by two days of parallel working groups and will be concluded with a final closing plenary session. To read more about registration, follow links at    http://www.dpi2011.co.za/en/home

To read information on abstracts, go to http://www.dpi2011.co.za/en/programme


Personal Account of Japan Tragedy

The first the hearing-impaired 66-year-old knew of the impending disaster was when she saw the massive wave bearing down on her small wooden house, less than an hour after the worst earthquake in Japan's recorded history.

She spent an entire night cowering alone and terrified on the second floor of her home in the fishing village of Otsuchi on Japan's northeast coast.

"In no time at all the water was up around my waist, and I was trembling with cold and fear," a tearful Miura recalled.

"Once night fell I could see flames through the window and I felt explosions of gas or something. I don't want to remember it any more."

Eventually, Miura was rescued by her neighbours and taken to a shelter, but even there she is struggling, unable to communicate properly with fellow survivors. To read more, go to http://www.disabilitynewsasia.com/home-mainmenu-1/734-japanese-with-disabilities-struggle-in-disaster-aftermath.html


DPI-Japan's relief headquarters for persons with disabilities following the   Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake continues to solicit funds. Information on the website is now available in several languages including Korean, Russian, Spanish, French and others. To read more, go to http://dpi.cocolog-nifty.com/en/


Conference in Warsaw

You are invited to participate in The 3rd edition of International Conference 'Education for All' that will take place in Warsaw, Poland, June 29 - July 1, 2011. The event is organized by University of Warsaw, Office for Persons with Disabilities. To read more, go to http://www.disability.uw.edu.pl/index.php?lang=english


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