DPI e-update - 31 January 2012
February 1, 2012
DISABLED PEOPLES' INTERNATIONAL
E-news for Week ending 3 February 2012
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DPI was well represented at the Fifth International Shafallah Forum on Crisis, Conflict and Disability. The conference, which brought together 250 participants from 50 countries, was held in Doha, Qatar 22-24 January 2012. Dignitaries and international experts discussed how to make humanitarian action both stronger and more inclusive of persons with disabilities. Congratulations to Elizabeth da Silva, DPI's Executive Director (Acting) on having her paper accepted as "best paper of the day."
At the conference, Shafallah Chairman Hassan Ali Bin Ali launched the "One Billion Strong" initiative, which aims to raise awareness about disabilities, while promoting human rights and education for all. Ather outcome of the conference was the "Shafallah Declaration," which commits to involving persons with disabilities in planning, implementation and decision-making processes, including emergency planning regarding humanitarian crisis. The need to utilize evidence-based research on the situation of persons with disabilities during crises was also made.
Education Focus in Australia
Students with disabilities will get more support to help them finish school and find a job under a new National Partnership signed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and New South Wales (NSW) Premier Barry O'Farrell, Australia in late January 2012. The Government is providing an extra $47.9 million to support children in NSW Government schools under the national $200 million "More Support for Students with Disabilities Initiative." Funding will enable schools to make the best choices for their students so they can learn more easily and engage with their classmates, teachers and support staff. For example, schools could use these funds to purchase new assistive technology like computer software, audio and visual tools and low vision aids. Read more at
Inclusion International Campaign on Article 19 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an to discover what living independently and being included in the community really means. This includes how the implementation of Article 19 looks like around the world in different people's lives, and what needs to be done to make living independently and being included in the community a reality for everyone. Read more about how to contribute to the Campaign at http://www.ii-livinginthecommunity.org/
More on Institutionalization
The Office of the High Commissioner and Human Rights (OHCHR) and UNICEF have published a joint report documenting human rights of people placed in institutions, particularly children. It has also produced a video on the subject , which highlights the experiences of Mikhail in Moldova and Assen in Bulgaria who both grew up in institutional care. To read more and view the video titled "Forgotten Europeans" go to http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/ForgottenEuropeans.aspx
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