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Activities Supported

 

 

 

Projects supported by the Voluntary Fund on Disability in 2006 include the following:

Capacity building and training:

Strengthening the skills of the National Federation’s of DPOs of Mongolia in promoting and defending the rights of persons with disabilities - Associazione Italiana Amici di Raoul Follereau (AIFO) - http://www.aifo.it/english/ - in partnership with the National Federation of DPOs Mongolia will engage in a thorough capacity building program targeted to the Federation itself, its regional offices and it member organizations, in order to continue developing further awareness and advanced knowledge on the rights of persons with disabilities. AIFO is an international organization with a long history and experience working on disability and it is part of the “International Disability and Development Consortium”. The National Federation of DPOs Mongolia is the umbrella organization of the Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs) in Mongolia. The Federation was founded in 1997 for the purpose of coordinating the activities of the DPOs in the country in view to better protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. Building upon the experience gained since the creation of the Federation in 1997 the project will respond to the developmental needs of the Federation and its members, with specific reference to training and skills improvement in management issues, English, human rights approach and specifically on the Convention process. The project will also contribute to the dissemination of disability materials such as the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities as well as the most recent documents on the Convention.

Support to the participation and contribution of persons with intellectual disabilities and their families in the development of a Disability Convention (second phase) - Inclusion International (II) - http://www.inclusion-international.org - is an assembly of voices of persons with intellectual disabilities and their families that promotes shared values of respect, diversity, human rights, solidarity and inclusion. Inclusion International will continue developing further awareness-raising and advocacy materials on the most important issues related to the Convention process for persons with intellectual disabilities. Building on the experience gained in the first phase of the project II will develop further its training and capacity building mechanisms for self-advocates with intellectual disabilities, especially in relation to the Convention process thanks to the module developed and tested during the first phase of the project. The application of such module will be extended to two more regions and to the global level at the November 2006 world congress.

Small grants for pilot innovative intiatives:

Project on capacity building on disability and human rights advocacy amongst persons with disabilities in Tanzania - Dolased (Disabled Organisation for Legal Affairs and Social Economic Development), a Tanzania-based organisation, wants to see a society with high and sustainable socio-economic development where legal and human rights for disabled persons are respected. Dolased will engage in: building the capacity of persons with disabilities and organizations of persons with disabilities, with particular reference to advocacy, lobbying, the rights of persons with disabilities, effective implementation of disability policies and legal frameworks. The project also aims at reaching the general public raising its awareness and advanced knowledge on the rights of persons with disabilities. The project will produce and disseminate communication materials on disability issues and on the rights of persons with disabilities. A 2-day seminar on disability and human rights will be conducted in view of circulating knowledge and ideas as well as to support the capacity of the disability movement. An awareness campaign on disability and the rights of persons with disabilities will be conducted in the mainstream media, including a 1-day seminar specifically targeted to the media.

From patient to citizen – Tanagdoma, Library Cultural Center for Disabled Assistance, is a lead disability organization in Georgia. It aims to provide social-psychological support of disabled people and their integration into social life, and to provide disabled people with library service and implementation of cultural, educational programs, and training. Tanagdoma will engage in a thorough capacity building program targeted to persons with disabilities and organizations of persons with disabilities in order to improve their knowledge and skills (particularly those of selected leaders); to strengthen their institutional capacities; to enhance existing mechanisms and improve new networks; to advanced awareness and knowledge on the rights of persons with disabilities. The project responds to need for better preparing the ground for the future implementation of the Convention at all levels (civil society and Government).

Nalaga'at: Recruiting, Training & Empowering Young Adults Affected by Usher's Syndrome - Nalaga’at (http://www.nalagaat.org.il/) strives to provide Israel's deaf-blind population with the opportunity to achieve artistic expression, economic independence and social inclusion, to advance their needs and aspirations, and to create greater awareness and acceptance of the deaf-blind in Israeli society at large. Nalaga’at will manage training and counseling program targeted to a group of persons with Usher’s syndrome within its two main vocational programmes: theatre and the catering industry. The immediate result of the project will be to double the amount of people reached by the vocational programmes, a byproduct of it being the development of further awareness on the inclusion of persons with disabilities. Building upon the experience gained since the creation of Nalaga’at, in 2002 and on the increasing partnership with the Government of Israel and local stakeholders, the project will respond to the specific needs of persons with Usher’s syndrome, thereby experimenting mechanisms of inclusion of persons with disabilities as well as the fulfillment of their human rights.

 

 

Projects supported by the Voluntary Fund on Disability in 2005 include the following:


Capacity building and training:

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - The Albanian Disability Right Foundation (http://www.adrf.org.al/) - a national organization of persons with disabilities – will take the lead in engaging the disability sector, the governmental institutions working on human rights and disability issues and ultimately the Albanian general public through the use of media towards a better awareness on disability issues. This would in turn call for a strengthened participation of Albania into the negotiation process of the Convention, in New York. The project will build upon the fairly recent National Disability Strategy to strengthen a human rights approach to policies and practices on disability. It will do so by disseminating information on the Convention process, building the specific capacity of DPOs and interested parties, engaging the Government institutions into dialogue and strategic planning, educate de media on the process and use them as vehicles of awareness.

Support to the participation and contribution of persons with intellectual disabilities and their families in the development of a Disability Convention - Inclusion International (II) will develop a series of briefing notes on the Convention most sensitive issues with respect to persons with intellectual disabilities. Such briefing notes will be prepared in plain language for the benefit of persons with intellectual disabilities, as well as French, English and Spanish. Through the briefing notes and other advocacy activities II will engage in a Communication campaign in preparation for and during the next sessions of the Ad Hoc Committee in view of strengthening the inclusiveness of the negotiation process. II will do so particularly through advocates with intellectual disabilities. In partnership with the UN Global Programme on Disability II will also prepare and test a module for applying an inclusive lens to the Convention and the strategies for its future implementation from the perspective of persons with intellectual disabilities through a regional testing workshop.

Promotion of Human Rights of Women with Disabilities in the Arab region in support of the UN Disability Convention process
- Rehabilitation International (http://www.rehab-international.org/) will hold its Arab regional conference on “Disability rights in a changing world” in Bahrain in November 2005. With the support of the UN Voluntary Fund on Disability RI will take advantage of the opportunity of the regional conference to gather women with disabilities from the region and target them with specific training and capacity building activities on human rights of persons with disabilities, including information on the on-going UN Convention process. Participants will be exposed to two workshops: ‘Gender implications of Disability’ and ‘Increasing leadership and communication skills’ for better advocacy. This project intends to raise awareness of women with disabilities of the human rights of persons with disabilities.



Small grants for pilot innovative intiatives:

Media campaign for promotion of inclusive higher education in Moldova - The Association of Disabled Students “Gaudeamus” (http://www.asd-gaudeamus.org) - a national organization of students with disabilities – intends to engage the Moldovan society on the issue of equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities – with specific reference to access to higher education for student with disabilities - through the use of media and public dialogue on disability issues. The project will build upon Gaudeamus engagement in dialogue with the Government and interested stakeholders on change of policies towards equalization of opportunities for students with disabilities. Through this project Gaudeamus intends to broaden the scope of the advocacy effort towards the whole of the Moldovan society by educating the media and the public on disability issues and rights of persons with disabilities.

 

 

Projects supported by the Voluntary Fund on Disability in 2004 include the following:


Capacity building and training:


Proyecto de Capacitación - An innovative project of national training workshops in nine selected countries in Latin America (Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia) and a regional conference for experience and information sharing. The project builds upon the experience of Fundación AM-EN in Ecuador and other Latin American countries in training of trainers and awareness-raising for integrated rehabilitation of persons with disabilities (particularly youth and children with disabilities).

Giving voice to Persons with Disabilities in the Development of a Convention concerning their Human Rights - A major effort of inter-regional capacity building and training implemented by Disabled Peoples’ International. The capacity building exercise is a pilot initiative associated with the process towards a UN Convention on the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities. The project aims at strengthening DPI as a global organization, with particular reference to its leadership and constituencies in Asia, Africa and Europe. The capacity building will particularly focus on: the Convention process, strategic thinking and planning, strengthening communication systems within the organization and a number of regional-specific issues identified by each region at the last DPI World Assembly. This project responds to the requests for assistance from a number of disability NGOs, particularly in relation to the Convention process. The project represents a considerable investment – in terms of both work and resources - for the UN Global Programme on Disability and intends to be a pilot initiative to be further improved and replicated in partnership with other disability organizations.

Education Initiative on Universal Design in Latin America and the Caribbean, implemented by CVI-Rio – Centro pela Vida Independente Rio de Janeiro in collaboration with a Brazilian Host Committee and in cooperation with the US-based educational non-governmental organization Adaptive Environments, this project intends to 1) support the gathering of experts and interested stakeholders discuss, share experience and raise the visibility of the accessibility and universal design issues in the Latin American and Caribbean society; 2) involve in the learning process stakeholders and professionals from developing countries from other regions of the world (particularly Africa) as well to expose them to the emergent trends in universal design and environmental accessibility: the conference will be the first universal design initiative to focus on building bridges and dialogue between developing and developed countries on those themes; 3) build on the on-going international experience of the universal design movement to establish a network of expert and non-expert stakeholders in the field. Given the centrality of accessibility issues in the disability field, the project aims at raising awareness on the need for removing environmental – as well as social - barriers for persons with disabilities to be able to enjoy full participation in the mainstream society.



Small grants for pilot innovative initiatives:


Development of Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities through Community Based Social Services in West Bulgaria, implemented by the Institute for Social Policy and Social Work of Bulgaria, in partnership with a number of national and local partner including the Ministry of Education and Science, the State Agency for Child Protection, the Municipality of Pernik and various associations of parents of children with disabilities. This project intends to support the establishment of a second Center for Integrated Education for children with disabilities in Bulgaria building on the experience gained during the establishment of the first Center and the subsequent policy initiatives in Bulgaria.

Vocational training and awareness raising on disability, the project will train 20 persons with disabilities from the Sebeta School for the Blind and 20 persons with disabilities from the outside community in managing poultry and generating income by selling eggs and raising and selling chickens. The project will be implemented in the rural region of Oromia, in connection to the activities of the Sebeta School for the Blind. The project will involve the community at large, through the activities of marketing and selling of products. This would imply increased awareness-raising on disability at the local level. The implementing agency of the project is the Development Organization of Persons with Disabilities, a non-governmental organization based in Ethiopia, in cooperation with local partners in the Oromia region: Sebeta School for the Blind, Ethiopian Association of the Blind, Oromia Labour and Social Affairs Bureau.

Promotion of Human Rights for Persons with Disabilities through the Paralympic Movement, support to the design and production of a tool-kit on the human rights of persons with disabilities to be distributed to athletes, non-governmental organizations, politicians and decision-makers, journalists and media experts during a specialized symposium on persons with disabilities to be held during the International Paralympic Games (Athens, September 2004). The project is implemented by Rehabilitation International and the International Paralympic Committee.

Support to the Arab Decade of Persons with Disabilities (first phase), meeting of experts aimed at reviewing the Arab Decade Document in the spirit of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities and at drafting a Plan of Action for the Decade, also on the basis of the Asia-Pacific and African Decade Plans of Action.

 

 

 

 


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