Special Issue of DisabilityWorld about International Development

A new issue of the online periodical of news and views,
DisabilityWorld, has just been produced by the World Institute
on Disability in collaboration with other groups active in
developing and resource poor countries. Posted on December 19,
the theme of the special issue is "Disability and Development"
that takes a closer look at policies and projects giving
mainstream assistance to disabled people within broader social
and economic programs.http://www.rollingrains.com/archives/000306.html


Read a review of projects that don't get much mainstrem press but once again prove the wisdom of the Rio Declaration on Universal Design as Sustainable Development.

From the press release:

Often called "Inclusive Development," this approach recognizes
that the estimated 10% of children, youths and adults with
disabilities have been essentially left out of education for
all, poverty reduction programs and other national and
international efforts to reach disadvantaged populations.
Additionally, new studies by the UK9s Department for
International Development and Ireland9s National Disability
Authority strengthen the linkages between disability and
poverty.

The mainstreaming approach includes many facets, ranging from
USAID9s new policy requiring accessible construction in
Afghanistan and Iraq projects, to the establishment of a
Global Partnership on Disability and Development, to growing
support for inclusive education in Asia and Central Europe, to
disabled Nigerians demonstrating for reinstatement of
immunization programs, to efforts to change public attitudes
towards disability in various cultures through advocacy and
mass media.

This special issue features 32 articles and an array of
newsbriefs, resources and announcements of conferences and jobs
related to development, including:

* International reports on disability and development from the
International Labor Organization, the World Health
Organization and UNICEF;
* Formation of an international committee on wheelchair
standards;
* International selected bibliographies on poverty, disability
and development aid; and on needs of people with disabilities
in disasters;
* Africa - frontline reports from Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria,
South Africa and Zimbabwe;
* Arab countries - news from Bahrain, Tunisia and a Muslim
world project;
* Southeast & Central Asia - projects in Azerbaijan, India,
Pakistan and Myanmar;
* Europe - events and studies in Ireland, Germany, Hungary,
Russia and Turkey; and
* North America - reports on new U.S. State Department Advisory
Committee on Disability and Congressional briefing on
emergency management and people with disabilities.

For details on Disability World, contact the Executive
Director, Kathy Martinez: Kathy@wid.org, or directly by phone
(510) 251-4326.

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