December 2010 Archives

Tourism for All - Thoughts from Portugal

Congratulations to Craig Grimes (UK) and Ricardo Shimosakai (Brazil) for the cameo appearances in this reflective slide show from Portugal. The photo of Craig on the Panico zipline was taken after REATECH 2009 at Parque dos Sonhos in Socorro Brazil.

 

And another from APTTA:

  Aptta - Associação de Turismo Acessível, um acesso Para Todos. A nossa MISSÃO é contribuir para a Normalização de Padrões de Acessibilidade Turística em Portugal, através da implementação, correcção e melhoria de infraestruturas hoteleiras e turísticas, meios de transporte, percursos, informação, itinerários, animações, formas de comunicação e formação de técnicos de turismo acessível para todos.

Ashley at MIUSA reports that their travel tips page has been updated. Check out, "Packing for Easier Travel with a Disability" where I am outed as using "old ugly luggage."  My one concession to ostentatious jet-setter fashion is a very cool combination ID tag and zipper pull


Experienced travelers with physical disabilities know there are a lot of tools and portable adaptive equipment that can make international travel easier for them.

This tipsheet highlights handy devices that are designed to be light, durable, and compact so travelers with mobility disabilities can bring what they need without too much extra baggage.

In this tipsheet:

Baggage claim: Choosing the right luggage

Ja ha pasado pues interesante:


Debatir sobre la eliminación de barreras, analizar las posibilidades de mejora de la accesibilidad y proponer alternativas en favor de la movilidad en las ciudades. Son los objetivos de la I Jornada de Sensibilización y Diseño Universal, que organiza AMFAT (Asociación de Personas con Movilidad Reducida de Alhaurín de la Torre) en colaboración con la Concejalía de Igualdad y Bienestar Social del Ayuntamiento, la Fundación Social y Medioambiental de las Canteras, el Ayuntamiento de Málaga, la Diputación y la Universidad. La jornada tendrá lugar el próximo día 9 de noviembre en el Centro Cultural Vicente Aleixandre, donde se darán cita representantes públicos y expertos que protagonizarán diferentes ponencias y mesas redondas.

La actividad va dirigida principalmente miembros de las administraciones y técnicos de urbanismo de los ayuntamientos, aunque está abierta al público en general.
En este sentido, todos los asistentes recibirán un diploma acreditativo (los interesados en acudir pueden confirmarlo en el teléfono 687 034 319). "Sabemos que la normativa actual es seguida rigurosamente por todos los ayuntamientos. No obstante, pensamos que hay que ir mas allá de la misma y plantearnos que la accesibilidad de los espacios públicos no favorece únicamente a las personas discapacitadas, ya que en uno u otro momento de nuestra vida la supresión de barreras nos favorece a todos", señaló el alcalde, Joaquín Villanova.

Entre los ponentes, figuran Carlos Jesús Rosas, profesor de la Escuela Superior de Arquitectura de Málaga y Raúl López, concejal de Accesibilidad Universal en el Ayuntamiento de Málaga. Además, durante la jornada se estrenará el cortometraje 'Disculpe si no me levanto', protagonizado por las actrices Remedios Cervantes y Sole Palmero y dirigido por Jaime Díaz Triviño. Se trata de una obra centrada en este tema y que ha sido rodada en Alhaurín de la Torre, en concreto en las calles Fragata y Málaga, en el Centro Social del Mayor y en la Biblioteca Municipal.

El programa de la jornada previsto es el siguiente:

10,00: Entrega del material y presentación a cargo de Francisco Gutiérrez, Defensor del Ciudadano de la Diputación de Málaga.

10,30: Proyección del cortometraje 'Disculpe si no me levanto'.

11,00: Ponencia a cargo de Carlos Jesús Rosas Jiménez, profesor de la Escuela Superior de Arquitectura de Málaga.

12,30: Ponencia a cargo de Raúl López Maldonado, concejal de Accesibilidad Universal del Ayuntamiento de Málaga.

13,00: Clausura de las jornadas a cargo de Joaquín Villanova, alcalde de Alhaurín de la Torre.

13,30: Aperitivo en el Centro Social del Mayor.


Imagem do cartão com os símbolos da República Federativa do Brasil e Internacional de Acesso
Os adesivos especiais estão sendo substituídos por carteiras e com um detalhe: elas valem em todo o país. Veja o que fazer para ter direito a este benefício.


O Conselho Nacional de Trânsito decidiu disciplinar o uso das vagas especiais em todo país. A partir de agora só podem estacionar nesses locais pessoas cadastradas e identificadas. 

Até então o idoso ou portador de deficiência precisavam de um adesivo no carro para poder parar na vaga especial. A nova documentação acaba com essa exigência. Não importa de quem seja o veículo ou quem esteja dirigindo. Basta deixar a credencial a vista no painel e estacionar. 

A mudança vai ser feita aos poucos. Os adesivos continuam valendo. 

O cadastramento é feito no órgão de trânsito de cada cidade.
 É preciso apresentar cópias e originais de carteira de identidade, CPF e comprovante de residência. No caso dos portadores de deficiência física, é exigido ainda um laudo médico emitido pelo Sistema Único de Saúde. 

"Em qualquer lugar do país, não importa. Onde quer que ele esteja, estará indicado como pessoa idosa ou preferencial para aquela vaga exclusiva para o segmento", explica José Antônio Pajeú, assessor jurídico da companhia de trânsito de Recife. 

A mudança foi recebida com entusiasmo. Idosos e portadores de deficiência esperam agora ter seus direitos respeitados. "Identifica as pessoas que têm necessidade para encontrar um lugar para estacionar. Muito importante, muito bom", fala João Alfredo Gomes, aposentado.

Para obter os cartões na cidade de São Paulo:

IDOSO: www.prefeitura.sp.gov.br/cidade/secretarias/transportes/noticias/index.php?p=16291

DEFIS - PESSOA COM DEFICIÊNCIA: www.prefeitura.sp.gov.br/cidade/secretarias/transportes/autorizacoes_especiais

Assista ao vídeo da reportagem do Jornal Hoje, clique aqui

Acesse o website do DENATRAN: www.denatran.gov.br/resolucoes.htm clique no número das resoluções 303 e 304 de 18 de dezembro de 2008 para conhecer a íntegra das resoluções e o modelo do novo cartão de estacionamento (imagem acima) que vale em todo o Brasil, assim como as placas de sinalização nas vias.


Fonte: Jornal Hoje (Rede Globo) Karla Almeida - Recife 
http://www.vereadoramaragabrilli.com.br/destaque/304-idosos-e-deficientes-fisicos-terao-facilidade-para-estacionar-em-vagas-preferenciais.html

The Foundation is glad to annouce its Awards 2011, that aim to acknowledge the efforts of companies, entities and administrations worldwide to shape a world where environments, products and services respect and take into account all the aspects of human diversity, therefore promoting the participation of all people in the building of our society on an equal basis.

Submit an application Become an Official Sponsor

Objectives

  • Acknowledge the initiatives that seek the respect of human diversity through the Design for All.
  • Promote the Design for All as a tool to improve people's quality of life. Everyone's quality of life.
  • Enhance the importance of the Design for All and its contribution to the innovation in organizations.
  • Highlight those initiatives that have allowed the organizations to approach their products and services to all.
  • Demonstrate the different benefits (social and economic) that the Design for All contributes to companies.

Categories

  • Non-profit making entity
  • Administration or public company
  • Private company or professional

Deadlines

December 1, 2010: Submission of applications opened

January 15, 2011: Submission of applications closed

February 1-2, 2011: Announcement of short-listed candidates

February 24, 2011: Award-giving ceremony in Barcelona. Announcement of the winners

March 30, 2011: Publishing of the Book of the Design for All Foundation Awards 2011

"Voluntourism" - Travel for Good

Philanthropy is one reason people with disabilities travel. MIUSA allows students with disability to travel while they learn,Global Service Corps takes voluntourism global, but who is working specifically on the community service field to include people with disabilities as contributors rather than recipients?

The National Service Inclusion Project is a cooperative agreement between the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston in collaboration with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

The National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP) is a Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) training and technical assistance provider. Through comprehensive training, technical assistance, and product dissemination, NSIP strives to ensure meaningful service experiences for all Americans, regardless of their abilities. Most services are free of charge-call for more information. 1-888-491-0326 (V/TTY)

NSIP offers:

More information:

http://serviceandinclusion.org/index.php

O programa "São Sebastião Acessível" recebe nesta manhã (22), um grupo de aproximadamente cem turistas com deficiência.
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Provenientes de Jacareí, os visitantes serão beneficiados pela ação da Prefeitura, através da Seesp (Secretaria de Esportes), voltada especialmente para atender a essas pessoas.

A chegada da comitiva à Praia Grande, onde está instalado o Balneário dos Trabalhadores,  deve ocorrer por volta das 10h.

Escolha

A praia foi escolhida para abrigar o programa por possuir águas calmas e possibilitar às pessoas o usufruto do banho de mar com maior segurança e dignidade com a utilização das cadeiras anfíbias (CA), equipamento que tem por finalidade superar a areia e entrar na água com mais facilidade.

São Sebastião é um dos poucos municípios a colocar em prática a missão da Secretaria de Estado dos Direitos da Pessoa com Deficiência, que é possibilitar à elas vários serviços, incluso aí,  o entretenimento.

No último dia 4, o "São Sebastião Acessível" atraiu cerca de 200 pessoas ao Balneário, entre elas moradores de Lorena, Cachoeira Paulista, Guaratinguetá e Aparecida do Norte, além de São Sebastião.

Christmas Wishes 2010

First of all, some congratulations to: 


And then a few ideas to spread Christmas cheer into the new year:


Signing and singing in Arabic, Spanish and English, 54 disabled women activists from 43 countries celebrate the pride, achievements and solidarity of women with disabilities around the world, in this video filmed during MIUSA's  5th Women's Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD).

On January 6, 2011, MIUSA will release Loud, Proud and Passionate!(sm), a music video in celebration of our 30th Anniversary. Please show your support by forwarding the YouTube link to as many people and organizations you know throughout the U.S. and abroad. Our goal is to get 2,500 views which will bring us $2,500 for our next WILD program.

WILD delegates in the video come from Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, China, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St.Lucia, Syria, Turkey, Uganda, United States of America, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The video is captioned in English.

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development. For more information visitwww.miusa.org.

Contact:
Susan Sygall, CEO
E-mail: sygall@miusa.org
Tel: (541)-343-1284      
                                     

A three day International Workshop on 'Integrating Disability in Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Response - Best Practices and Lessons Learnt' took place in Bhubaneswar from  the 23rd to the 25th of November 2010. As much as we would rather not think of emergency contingencies when we travel this sort of regional preparation is valuable for travelers with disabilies:


The workshop aims to bring together the government and non government actors in the field of disability and disaster risk reduction from South Asia and Europe to share and learn from experiences and best practices in the field of disability inclusive disaster risk reduction. Disaster risk reduction remains a key challenge in South Asia region. The workshop will provide an insight into the issues of disability inclusion, need for required policy changes and collective approach to reduce risks and vulnerabilities of persons with disabilities through consistent programmatic interventions.

It will feature addresses from leaders in the field of disability and disaster risk reduction and response. The workshop is organised in the form of roundtable discussions, symposia, paper presentations, exhibits and lessons learnt from disability inclusive DRR interventions particularly from South Asia. Around 60 participants from State Disaster Managemnet Authorities of Gujurat, West Bengal and Odisha, various international and national organizations working on disaster risk reduction and disability issues, bi-lateral agencies and UN agencies will join the workshop including participants from Nepal, Bangladesh, Srilanka, Afganistan, Canada and France.

Sj. Surya Narayan Patro, Hon'ble Minister for Revenue & Disaster Management, Govt. of Odisha has kindly consented to grace the occasion as Chief Guest. Dignitaries including Mr. Nikunja K Sundaray, IAS, Special Relief Commissioner & Managing Director, OSDMA, Ms. Arti Ahuja, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Women and Child Department, Ms. Kasturi Mohapatra, Disability Commissioner, Prof. Asha Hans, Executive Vice- President Shanta Memorial Rehabilitation Centre and Mr. Gilles Nouzies, Country Director, Handicap International-India will grace the inaugural function and share their views.

Handicap International is implementing the project on 'Integrating Disability in Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Response in partnership with Orissa State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), Indian Red Cross Society, Concern Worldwide, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Shanta Memorial Rehabilitation Centre (SMRC). This project is supported by European Commission Humanitarian Aid under its DIPECHO Action 5. The project achieved the inclusion of persons with disabilities in disaster risk redcution at community level, made cyclone shelters more accessible and influenced policy changes.

Bill Forrester on Inclusion in Tourism

What questions can we pose to an industry on the verge of recovery in an era where the demographic of "travel age adults" is about to mushroom?

  • Does the tourism industry understand the profit implications of the significant investment that it has already made in  mere physical accessibility?
  • To what extent is the barrier today a cultural deficit of the Tourism Industry that makes it impervious to its own self-interest with a burgeoning under-served market?
  • How does the industry intend to market the connection between its existing infrastructure investment, attitudes toward travelers with disabilities  made concrete in design and carried virally by staff?
  • What mechanisms does the industry have in place for continuous improvement in the face of the desires of the tourist with a disability?

Travability

Julia Cassim and Inclusive Design

Julia Cassim runs Inclusive Design Challenges like this one in Boston. What was her path to evangelist of inclusion?


Cassim studied Fine Art at Manchester College of Art and Design and at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music on a Japanese Ministry of Education (Mombusho) postgraduate scholarship. She has an MPhil from the International Centre for Heritage Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, is visiting professor at Kyushu University and trustee of the charity Mobility Choice.

2010 03 31 inclusive design kidp Julia Cassim from the DesignTV on Vimeo.

From 1971-1998, Julia lived in Japan. As arts columnist of Access Vision, a non-profit organisation for visually impaired people and curated and designed award-winning exhibitions for audiences with visual impairments and learning disabilities.

Julia joined the Helen Hamlyn Centre in 2000. Since then, her main research focus has been the development of creative partnerships between people with disabilities and designers; ways to involve them in the design process to encourage innovative, inclusive thinking and the design of mainstream products, services, communications and environments that work better for all.

She runs the Challenge Workshops, a knowledge transfer programme in inclusive design which brings together professional designers at all stages of their career with disabled people in a co-design process based on equality and mutual benefit. The DBA Inclusive Design Challenge she has organised annually since 2000 has proved influential. Julia has developed and extended the model in different contexts, in the UK and internationally. To date nine 24 and 48 Hour Inclusive Design Challenges have been held in Norway, Dublin, Seoul, Tokyo, Kyoto, Sarajevo, Jerusalem, Hong Kong, London, and Singapore involving over 700 designers from different countries. The programme is the subject of Trading Places a touring exhibition first shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum that will be travel to Boston and Korea later in the year.

Source:

http://www.ud2010.net/speaker/en_speaker-cassim.html

To all Raul Medina's in the government, "Matuto na sana kayo na igalang ang lahat ng kalahi nyong Pilipino lalung lalu na ang mga may kapansanan." (We hope that you learned your lesson to respect your fellow Filipinos especially those who are disadvantaged.)

The blog, Filipino Deaf from the Eyes of a Hearing Person tells the disturbing tale of Franklin Corpuz's attempt to travel. He was inititally denied simply because he was Deaf.

Read the story here:

A cidade espanhola de Ávila é primeira a receber novo prêmio Access City Award, que reconhece melhorias de acessbilidade para deficientes. Apesar de sua arquitetura medieval, que é um desafio para alterações.

"Não seríamos uma cidade que representa o patrimônio cultural se este patrimônio não fosse acessível a todas"

 cidade histórica espanhola de Ávila, cercada por uma grande muralha, foi reconhecida pela Comissão Europeia por ter realizado melhorias significativas no acesso e em oportunidades de emprego para pessoas portadoras de deficiências. Ávila venceu outros três finalistas, Barcelona, Colônia e Turku, e ganhou o primeiro prêmio Access City Award.

A Comissão elogiou Ávila pelo plano de longo prazo que vem implementando, desde 2002, a fim de tornar-se mais acessível e agradável a pessoas com deficiência. Ele inclui a melhoria da acessibilidade aos edifícios públicos e a criação de incentivos para a iniciativa privada, além de desenvolvimento de instalações turísticas acessíveis e de mais oportunidades de emprego. Pessoas com deficiência também estão incluídas no processo de planejamento.

Diversas categorias


De acordo com Noelia Cuenca Galán, encarregada de acessibilidade de Ávila, as melhorias na cidade incluem diferentes categorias, levando em consideração diversos tipos de deficiência, como cegueira, imobilidade e doença mental.

Segundo ela, a cidade tenta eliminar as barreiras físicas e arquitetônicas em edifícios públicos. "Apesar e mesmo justamente por causa da herança cultural e da riqueza de lugares históricos", disse Cuenca Galán à Deutsche Welle.

"Não seríamos uma cidade que representa o patrimônio cultural se este patrimônio não fosse acessível a todas as pessoas", acrescentou Galán.

Arquitetura medieval requer criatividade

A arquitetura medieval, com muitas ruas estreitas e calçamento de pedras, faz com que adaptações de acessibilidade sejam relativamente difíceis em Ávila. Noelia Cuenca Galán enfatizou a necessidade de criatividade na busca de soluções para um desafio como este, já que os lugares históricos não devem ser danificados no processo de alteração.

Uma das melhorias inclui elevadores e rampas especiais, instalados nas famosas muralhas medievais da cidade, para que os visitantes de cadeira de rodas possam chegar ao seu topo. Segundo Cuenca Galán, poder subir a muralha pela primeira vez é um momento muito emocionante para essas pessoas. "Muitas delas nunca estiveram em cima da muralha antes, apesar de terem vivido aqui toda a vida", ressaltou.

Nas decisões de melhoria, a cidade coopera com organizações locais que representam os interesses das pessoas com deficiência, como a ONCE, organização nacional espanhola de apoio a deficientes visuais.

"Sem esta cooperação, não teríamos conseguido muito", afirmou Galán. "Se não ouvirmos o que estas pessoas com deficiência têm a dizer, não podemos contribuir para melhorar a situação deles."

Consulta a deficientes é fundamental

A funcionária admite que não é Ávila, de maneira alguma, uma cidade "perfeita", mas diz que está determinada a prosseguir o projeto de desenvolvimento de acessibilidade.


O prêmio Access City Award é uma das iniciativas previstas na nova estratégia de dez anos da Comissão Europeia para uma Europa sem barreiras.

Lançado pela Comissão em julho de 2010, o concurso esteve aberto às cerca de mil cidades da União Europeia com mais de 50 mil habitantes. Os jurados analisaram 66 candidaturas provenientes de 19 dos 27 Estados membros da UE.

"As pessoas com deficiência têm os mesmos direitos que as outras, mas a acessibilidade é um pré-requisito para que elas possam gozar desses direitos", afirmou Viviane Reding, comissária europeia para Justiça, Direitos Fundamentais e Cidadania. Ela acrescentou que o Access City Award foi criado para "inspirar e motivar cidades que ainda têm mais progressos a fazer".

Deficiente aprova esforços

Kay Macquarrie é paraplégico e viveu em várias cidades da Alemanha, incluindo Kiel, Bonn e Colônia - uma das finalistas do prêmio. Ele aplaude os esforços para melhorar a vida das pessoas com deficiência nos países europeus.

Macquarrie acha que as condições gerais para pessoas em cadeira de rodas, como ele, poderiam ser melhoradas em muitos aspectos, especialmente quando se trata de transporte público e da localização dos banheiros em restaurantes e bares. Mas ele também reconhece que houve progresso nos últimos tempos.

"Nos anos 80 e 90, parecia que arquitetos e urbanistas nunca tinham sequer ouvido falar do conceito de acessibilidade", disse Macquarrie à Deutsche Welle. "Mas agora o assunto está atraindo muito mais atenção."

Embora os milhares de locais históricos da Europa apresentem grandes desafios à acessibilidade, Ávila é a prova de que eles são superáveis.

Autor: Eva Wutke, Johanna Wollin (md) 
Revisão: Augusto Valente

The National Disability Awards are part of the Australian Government's celebration of International Day of People with Disability. These annual Awards celebrate and acknowledge the achievements and contributions that individuals with disability make to our community, and recognise individuals within our community who have contributed to the disability sector.

The National Disability Awards have been running since 2007.

http://www.idpwd.com.au/Awards/Pages/default.aspx



Nine exceptional nominees have been announced as recipients in the 2010 National Disability Awards. The recipients were selected from approximately 160 nominations. Both recipients and finalists have made significant contributions to improving the lives of people with disability.

The 2010 National Disability Awards recipients are:

Accessible Housing Award
Recipient - Angela Roennfeldt

Business Award - Small Business focus
Recipient - D.C.T. Associates

Business Award - Large Business focus
Recipient - Coles

Local Government Award
Recipient - Ian Chill and Cairns Regional Council

Young Disability Challenge Award
Recipient - Laura Miller

Social Inclusion Award - School focus
Recipient - Dianne McRoberts

Social Inclusion Award - Community Group focus
Recipient - Sheila King

Minister's Lifelong Achievement Award
Recipient - Mary Guy

TAC Yooralla Media Award for Excellence
Recipient - Nic Falconer

Accessible Rural Life

From AMS Vans:


Doug Barker, a quadriplegic farmer who is paralyzed from the neck down, was so determined to live a normal, productive life that he invented a tractor

wheelchair-tractor.jpg that he can operate while seated in his wheelchair. Not only does the tractor let Barker enjoy farming once again, it has given him back his spark along with inspiring others.

Seventeen years ago Barker broke his neck in six different places while playing hockey. When he first got injured, his doctor  basically told him he would never use his legs or arms again. Two years ago Barker was watching television and saw a tractor that had modifications to make it accessible for people with disabilities, sparking his imagination.  There are other tractors designed for people who are disabled, however Barker believes his to be the first one that actually allows a person in a wheelchair to operate it while still in their wheelchair.

Calling Time on FIFA

Hey Joe, 
FIFA 2014 Logo.jpg

It's time to deliver!

When announcing Brazil's success in their bid to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, the President of world football's governing body Joseph S. Blatter underlined just how impressed he was with the Brazilians' approach to some of today's most relevant topics - such as the environment and sustainability. Within this context came another vital issue for the competition's Organisational Committee (OC) to tackle, and one on which discussions have already begun: accessibility.

Indeed, OC representatives have already enjoyed exchanges with Andrew Parsons, the President of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB), with the aim of setting out a series of targets which ensure a first-class spectator experience for the disabled, the elderly and those whose movement is restricted by injury.

Source:
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/newsid=1313912/index.html

Temos a honra de convidá-los para o lançamento do filme:  

"História do Movimento Político das Pessoas com Deficiência no Brasil"  

Uma forma de resgatar e preservar a história.  

Produzido em português, espanhol e inglês, em formatos acessíveis.  

Segunda-feira, 20 de Dezembro de 2010, às 19 horas no Museu da República em Brasília - DF.
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A Imagem referente ao convite apresenta-se da seguinte forma:

Parte superior tem 13 fotografias das pessoas entrevistadas na seguinte ordem:

Da esquerda para a direita:

1. Adilson Ventura                        
2. Ana Maria Morales Crespo (Lia Crespo)            
2. Antônio Campos de Abreu                
4. Cláudia Sofia Indalécio Pereira                
5. Débora Araújo Seabra de Moura                
6. Dorina de Gouvêa Nowill                    
7. Elza Ambrósio                        
8. Ethel Rosenfeld                        
9. Flávio Arns                        
10. Jorge Márcio Pereira de Andrade            
11. Karin Lilian Strobel                    
12. Liane Martins Collares               
13. Lília Pinto Martins    


Na parte central da imagem os dizeres:

Temos a honra de convidá-los para o lançamento do filme:

"História do Movimento Político das Pessoas com Deficiência no Brasil"

Uma forma de resgatar e preservar a história.

Produzido em português, espanhol e inglês, em formatos acessíveis.

Segunda-feira, 20 de Dezembro de 2010, às 19 horas no Museu da República em Brasília - DF.


Parte inferior tem 12 imagens dos demais entrevistados na seguinte ordem:

Da esquerda para a direita:

14. Lizair de Moraes Guarino                
15. Lúcio Coelho David                   
16. Manuel Augusto Oliveira de Aguiar            
17. Maria Aparecida Siqueira (Cidinha Siqueira)       
18. Maria de Lourdes Brenner Canziani            
19. Messias Tavares de Souza                
20. Raimundo Edson de Araújo Leitão        
21. Regina Lúcia Barata Pinheiro Souza        
22. Romeu Kazumi Sassaki                
23. Rosangela Berman Bieler                
24. Suely Harumi Sotow                    
25. Teresa de Jesus Costa d'Amaral    


Abaixo das fotografias na parte inferior do convite temos as logo-marcas:


1.    OEI
2.    Secretaria Nacional de Promoção dos Direitos da Pessoa com Deficiência
3.    Secretaria de Direitos Humanos



La Asociación Civil CARE elaboró la publicación gratuita Accesibilidad TIC, que cuenta con herramientas para eliminar las barreras de acceso a la información y comunicación por parte de las personas con capacidades diferentes. Se trata de ayudas técnicas que facilitan el uso de equipos informáticos, Internet, y teléfonos móviles.


Fuente:

 July 07, 2007
Article from: The Australian

THREE years ago, a six-year-old Seattle girl called Ashley, who had severe
disabilities, was, at her parents' request, given a medical treatment called
"growth attenuation" to prevent her growing.

She had her uterus removed, had surgery on her breasts so they would not
develop and was given hormone treatment. She is now known by the nickname
her parents gave her - Pillow Angel.

The case of Ashley hit the headlines in January after publication of an
article in a medical journal about her treatment. It reappeared in the news
recently because of the admission by the Seattle Children's Hospital and
Regional Medical Center that the procedures its doctors had performed to
stop Ashley from growing and reaching sexual maturity violated state law.

In Canada (as in Australia), a child can be sterilised only with the consent
of a court.

At the time of the initial publicity about growth attenuation, Ashley's
parents wrote on their blog: "In our opinion only parents of special needs
children are in a position to fully relate to this topic. Unless you are
living the experience, you are speculating and you have no clue what it is
like to be the bedridden child or their caregivers.''

I did live the experience.

I lived it not as a parent or caregiver, but as a bed-ridden
growth-attenuated child. My life story is the reverse of Ashley's.

Like Ashley, I too have a static encephalopathy. Mine was caused by brain
damage at the time of my breech birth. Like Ashley, I can't walk, talk, feed
or care for myself. My motor skills are those of a three-month-old.

When I was three, a doctor assessed me as severely retarded (that is, as
having an IQ of less than 35) and I was admitted to a state institution
called St Nicholas Hospital in Melbourne. As the hospital didn't provide me
with a wheelchair, I lay in bed or on the floor for most of the next 14
years.

At the age of 12, I was relabelled as profoundly retarded (IQ less than 20)
because I still hadn't learned to walk or talk. Like Ashley, I have
experienced growth attenuation. I may be the only person on Earth who can
say "Been there. Done that. Didn't like it. Preferred to grow.''

Unlike Ashley, my growth was "attenuated'' not by medical intervention but
by medical neglect. My growth stopped because I was starved. St Nicholas
offered little food and little time to eat it - each staff member had 10
children with severe disabilities to feed in an hour. That was the roster
set by the state and accepted by the medical profession.

Consequently, my growth stopped shortly after admission. When I turned 18, I
weighed only 35 pounds. I hadn't developed breasts or menstruated. I was 42
inches tall.

My life changed when I was offered a means of communication. At the age of
16 I was taught to spell by pointing to letters on an alphabet board. Two
years later, I used spelling to instruct the lawyers who fought the habeas
corpus action that enabled me to leave the institution in which I'd lived
for 14 years.

In the ultimate catch-22, the hospital doctors told the Supreme Court that
my small stature was evidence of my profound mental retardation. I've
learned the hard way that not everything doctors say should be taken at face
value.

After I left the institution, an X-ray showed that I had a bone age of about
six, a growth delay almost unheard of in an 18-year-old in the developed
world.

I was not only tiny, but lacked any secondary sexual characteristics (a
significant difference from people with naturally small stature). I was a
legal adult, but I couldn't see over a bar, much less convince anyone to
serve me a drink. I didn't see small stature as desirable.

My new doctors said that presumably I had the growth potential of a
six-year-old, so my new caregivers and I worked on increasing my size. My
contribution was to eat everything I was offered. It worked. I started
growing immediately, reaching a final height of 5 feet and weight of 120
pounds. That is, I grew 18 inches after the age of 18. Along the way I lost
my milk teeth and reached puberty.

At the age of 19, I attended school for the first time, eventually
graduating from university with majors in philosophy of science and fine
arts. Annie's Coming Out, the book about my experiences that I wrote with my
teacher, was made into a movie that won Best Film at the 1984 Australian
Film Institute Awards. Unlike Ashley, I'm now an ordinary height and weight
- but I don't get left out, nonetheless. Though I still can't walk, talk or
feed myself, I'm an enthusiastic traveller. My size has never got in the
way, though my hip flask of Bundy rum often causes alarm at airport
security.

I love New York for its galleries, its shops and its theatres; hearing
Placido Domingo at the Met was one of the highlights of my life.
Interestingly, Ashley is also reported as enjoying opera - maybe it goes
with the turf.

Many otherwise reasonable people think that growth attenuation was an
appropriate treatment for Ashley. In an Op-Ed piece in The New York Times,
for example, moral philosopher Peter Singer wrote: " ... there is the issue
of treating Ashley with dignity ... But why should dignity always go
together with species membership, no matter what the characteristics of the
individual may be? ... Lofty talk about human dignity should not stand in
the way of children like her getting the treatment that is best both for
them and their families.''

Ironically, I'm a friend of Peter's, and I've discussed ethics and
disability with him previously. Despite this, he obviously didn't call me to
mind when he wrote about Ashley.

This may be because Ashley is described as having static encephalopathy, a
rather uncommon name for a rather common condition. Static encephalopathy
just means "brain damage which isn't going to get worse''. It's occasionally
used as a euphemism for brain damage caused by maternal intoxication, but
the most common form of the condition is cerebral palsy unrelated to
maternal intoxication. Ashley and I both have cerebral palsy.

Ashley's doctors may have used the term static encephalopathy to avoid the
outcry that would have followed if people realised that it was being
suggested that girls with cerebral palsy should have surgery to stunt their
growth and prevent puberty. When Singer wrote that "Ashley is 9, but her
mental age has never progressed beyond that of a 3-month-old. She cannot
walk, talk, hold a toy or change her position in bed. Her parents are not
sure she recognises them. She is expected to have a normal lifespan, but her
mental condition will never improve,'' he has accepted the doctors' eyeball
assessment of Ashley without asking the obvious questions.

What was their assessment based on? Has Ashley ever been offered a way of
showing that she knows more than a 3-month-old baby? Only someone like me,
who has lain in a cot year after year hoping that someone would give her a
chance, can know the horror of being treated as if you were totally without
conscious thought.

Given that Ashley's surgery is irreversible, I can only offer sympathy to
her and her parents. For her sake, I hope she does not understand what has
happened to her; but I'm afraid she probably does. As one who knows what
it's like to be infantilised because I was the size of a four-year-old at
age 18, I don't recommend it.

My ongoing concern is the readiness with which Ashley's parents, doctors and
most commentators assumed they could make an accurate estimation of the
understanding of a child without speech who has severely restricted
movement. Any assessment of intelligence that relies on speech and motor
skills cannot conceivably be accurate because the child doesn't have any of
the skills required to undertake testing. To equate intelligence with motor
skills is as absurd as equating it with height.

The only possible way to find out how much a child who cannot talk actually
understands is to develop an alternative means of communication for that
child. An entire new discipline of non-speech communication has developed
since I was born in 1961, and there are now literally hundreds of non-speech
communication strategies available. Once communication is established,
education and assessment can follow, in the usual way.

No child should be presumed to be profoundly retarded because she can't
talk. All children who can't talk should be given access to communication
therapy before any judgments are made about their intelligence.

Ashley's condemned to be a Peter Pan and never grow, but it's not too late
for her to learn to communicate. It's profoundly unethical to leave her on
that pillow without making every effort to give her a voice of her own.

***

Anne McDonald, who passed away in 2010 lived in Melbourne where she wrote and spoke on disability
issues. She may be contacted through her website:

Tent Pole Events: ICAT April 2011, Taiwan

Eden Foundation in Taiwan giving the full effort to promote Accessible Tourism both in Taiwan and Asia Pacific region. 

From Eden:

Eden hosted its First International Conference on Accessible Tourism(ICAT) in May 2005 and was a successful start with distiguished guests from AP countries and the US. Dr. Scott Rains was one of our keynote speakers and become our good friend for promoting inclusion in tourism since then. Afterwards, "ICAT" became a biennial conference hosted by DPOs/ NPOs in AP region. After Bangkok (2007) and Singapore(2009), we are honoured o be the host again for ICAT 2011 in Taipei.

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"Tent Pole Events" is the phrase we are using to identify the many conferences springing up around the world that address Inclusive Tourism either directly or to a significant and sustained degree indirectly. The metaphor is to a tent being raised with supports scattered around the world. The tent is a space of welcome where those who have long promoted opportunities for travelers with disabilities collaborate with those who are now signing on for the journey to inclusion:

INTUR Nov 2010, Spain, (annual)
SATH January 2011, USA, (annual)
ICAT April 2011, Taiwan, (biennial)
REATECH April 2011, Brazil (annual)
Pac Rim Conference April 2011, USA (annual)
i-CREATE July 2011, Thailand, (annual)
IIDI Oct 2011, Brazil, (follow-up to March 2010 in 
Mozambique)
TRANSED Sept 2012, India, (biennial)
Interdependence 2012, May 2012, Canada
ENAT various dates in various EU locations

What the Paralympics Leave as Legacy


The Paralympic Legcy Project -

Updates have been made to some of MIUSA's legal references about the
"presumption against extraterritoriality" in U.S. federal disability rights
laws and implications for study abroad and international students, since the
initial 2005 publication of Rights and Responsibilities: A Guide to
National and International Disability Related Laws for International
Exchange Organizations and Participants (www.miusa.org/publications/books/rr).
Points highlighted in the two 2010 updates, summarized from a memo from the
Disability Rights and Eduction Defense Fund, include:

* American schools or universities must take some proactive steps to
encourage their overseas program partners and organizations to provide
physical and program modifications, auxiliary aids, and other
accommodations.

* Mandating medical disclosure should not be for the sake of disclosure,
but to assist the applicant to make a thorough and fair self-evaluation
of whether she has, or can acquire, the qualities that the university or
exchange program considers necessary for a successful overseas
experience in a particular country.

* A U.S. university or school on American soil that is being asked to
place a student with a disability cannot use the fact that the foreign
student is not yet on American soil to somehow immunize itself against
being subject to federal law.

Find the two documents linked off the Rights and Responsibilities
publication page for detailed information: www.miusa.org/publications/books/rr.
_____________________________


Svayam, an initiative of S.J.Charitable Trust, India is proud to announce that TRANSED 2012, the 13th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons will take place in India from September 17-21, 2012 on the theme "Seamless Access for All: Universal design for transport systems and infrastructure as a key element in the creation of livable cities".

The TRANSED series of conferences have, since 1978, provided the premier international forum to exchange ideas on what works and why, and to share innovations, good practices, and research on accessible transportation, mobility, and travel.

TRANSED 2012 will showcase international innovation and technological solutions for accessible transportation and travel through papers and posters as well as through live exhibitions of products, services, and best practices. It will have an exhibition running for all the days of conference, Opening Reception, Conference Opening, Plenary session, Parallel Technical Sessions, Conference Dinner and a grand closing ceremony. Visithttp://www.transed2012.in/conference_schedule.html for details regarding conference programme.

This is the first call inviting Abstracts from the potential authors on the following topics:

A. Role of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)
B. Best practices and innovations
C. Accessible tourism: Conservation, access to the historic and natural heritage
D. Environmental impact, sustainability, and accessibility of integrated multimodal systems
E. Accessible Bus Rapid Transit
F. Highway design and safety
G. Pedestrian mobility & safety for livable communities
H. Rural access and mobility
I. Implementation, monitoring and enforcement
J. Others

Important Dates:

30 March 2011 - Deadline for receipt of abstracts
October 2011 - Authors will be notified about acceptance of abstract as Paper or poster
March 2012 - Authors to write full papers/posters whose abstracts were accepted.
September 2012 - Actual TRANSED 2012 Conference in New Delhi, India

For details please visit http://www.transed2012.in/abstract_submission.html

"Tent Pole Events" is the phrase we are using to identify the many conferences springing up around the world that address Inclusive Tourism either directly or to a significant and sustained degree indirectly. The metaphor is to a tent being raised with supports scattered around the world. The tent is a space of welcome where those who have long promoted opportunities for travelers with disabilities collaborate with those who are now signing on for the journey to inclusion:

INTUR Nov 2010, Spain, (annual)
SATH January 2011, USA, (annual)
ICAT April 2011, Taiwan, (biennial)
REATECH April 2011, Brazil (annual)
Pac Rim Conference April 2011, USA (annual)
i-CREATE July 2011, Thailand, (annual)
IIDI Oct 2011, Brazil, (follow-up to March 2010 in 
Mozambique)
TRANSED Sept 2012, India, (biennial)
Interdependence 2012, May 2012, Canada
ENAT various dates in various EU locations

Design for the Future

Some testimonial on Universal Design:

Betty Volkman felt trapped in her own home. Narrow hallways, lots of stairs and high cabinets meant she could do little on her own. Volkman, 58, has had multiple sclerosis, a disease that damages the brain and spinal cord, for 20 years. Eighteen months ago, she lost use of her legs. Instead of retiring in their ranch-style Marshfield home as planned, Volkman and her husband, Jeff, decided to build a "universal design" home to meet both their needs as they age.

"Anyone can use (universal design), whether they are handicapped or not," Betty Volkman said. Designing with accessibility in mind was difficult, because it's not a common goal for the average homeowner -- though Betty Volkman thinks it should be, as baby boomers age.

Source:

http://www.marshfieldnewsherald.com/article/20101123/MNH0101/11230602/Universal-design-enables-more-accessible-living


From Disability Scoop:

Disability Hate Crimes Up, FBI Says

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The number of hate crimes committed on the basis of disability rose in 2009, even as the overall number of hate crimes dropped, according to FBI statistics released Monday.

There were 97 offenses classified as hate crimes based on disability reported to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program in 2009, representing 1.5 percent of the 7,789 offenses reported. That's up from 85 the year prior...

Meanwhile, the overall number of hate crimes dropped in 2009 to 6,604 incidents from 7,783 in 2008.

The Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art is pleased to announce the sixth International conference on Inclusive Design.

Include 2011 will take place at the Royal College of Art, London, UK on 18-20 April 2011.

The theme for Include 2011 will be: The Role of Inclusive Design in Making Social Innovation Happen

As a concept, social innovation has growing currency in society, government, academia and business. It manifests itself in many different ways in different contexts. Its meanings extend from public service and policy innovation to initiatives in assistive technology and to aspects of civic participation and creative entrepreneurship. 

In all of these areas, design has a key role to play. It can make policy visible and participation possible.

In particular, inclusive design can deliver innovations of social value to communities and markets. 

The Include 2011 international conference at the Royal College of Art seeks papers on all design aspects that catalyse social innovation, in particular:

  • Organisation - what design tools, techniques, frameworks and networks support and enhance social innovation?
  • Origins - how has social innovation emerged as a design construct and in what ways does it manifest itself?
  • Outputs - research studies and design exemplars of social innovation, drawn from public space, health, transport and other key domains.

Include 2011 is particularly interested in papers that explore the direct relationship between inclusive design and social innovation.

Details for submission of abstracts for papers and poster presentations can be found here.

More details on the Include conferences can be found here.

"Tent Pole Events" is the phrase we are using to identify the many conferences springing up around the world that address Inclusive Tourism either directly or to a significant and sustained degree indirectly. The metaphor is to a tent being raised with supports scattered around the world. The tent is a space of welcome where those who have long promoted opportunities for travelers with disabilities collaborate with those who are now signing on for the journey to inclusion:

INTUR Nov 2010, Spain, (annual)
SATH January 2011, USA, (annual)
ICAT April 2011, Taiwan, (biennial)
REATECH April 2011, Brazil (annual)
Pac Rim Conference April 2011, USA (annual)
i-CREATE July 2011, Thailand, (annual)
IIDI Oct 2011, Brazil, (follow-up to March 2010 in 
Mozambique)
TRANSED Sept 2012, India, (biennial)
Interdependence 2012, May 2012, Canada
ENAT various dates in various EU locations

Human rights flagship publication more accessible to all


The UN Human Rights Office's most popular publication, "Working with the United Nations Human Rights Programme, the Handbook for Civil Society", is now accessible to people with visual and print challenges.

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The user-friendly guide explains how the different UN human rights mandates and mechanisms work, and how members of civil society, such as human rights defenders, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions, can engage with them most effectively. It also promotes collaboration between civil society and the UN Human Rights Office.

The Handbook includes sections on the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms, including the special procedures and the universal periodic review mechanism, as well as the human rights treaty bodies, and the various complaint procedures.

Originally available in printed and on-line versions in five of the six official UN languages - namely Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish - Chinese will be available shortly - the Handbook is now available in an audio and visually enhanced format, tailored to persons with visual or print disabilities.

This initiative stems from the Office's commitment to working with civil society actors, including those with disabilities or working on their behalf, to claim their rights. OHCHR recognizes that a dynamic and autonomous civil society, able to operate freely, knowledgeable and skilled with regard to human rights is fundamental in the promotion and protection of human rights in all world regions.

"I am determined to see greater accessibility of the UN human rights programme for persons with disabilities" said UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay.  "This modest but significant step should lead to a system-wide push for more materials to be readily accessible to all."

The contents of the publication were converted thanks to the Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) programme which reads aloud text simultaneously displayed on a computer screen but, unlike linear reading on audio books, allows for different levels of navigation. DAISY is also compatible with terminals that convert conventional text to Braille.

To read DAISY publications, users can download the AMIS software free of charge. The Handbook in this format is available now in English as a CD Rom and can be ordered from the OHCHR's Publications Desk by contacting publications@ohchr.org.


As planning for Interdependence 2012 continues new eyes will be on the topics covered in the conference's themes and threads:


    • Accessible and Inclusive Tourism
    • Accessible Transportation
    • Livable and Accessible Communities
    • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Article 9)
    • Legacies of Major International Multi-Sport Events
    • International Standards and Rating Systems


Standardization in tourism will be the topic this Wednesday in Brussels at CEN (European Norms Committee). Participation by ENAT's Ivor Ambrose will assure that inclusion of the disability market is properly addressed.

 December 3, 2010

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, 2010 ------- BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION

America stands in solidarity with the growing number of nations around the world that have committed themselves to ending unequal treatment of persons with disabilities. On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we acknowledge the contributions of women and men with disabilities around the world, and we recognize our charge to ensure that all individuals can enjoy full inclusion and participation in
our societies.

My Administration is continuing to protect and promote human rights, fair opportunity, and equal access for people with disabilities. Last year, the United States became a proud signatory of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the first new human rights treaty of the 21st century. Like our laws in the United States, this treaty urges equal protection and equal benefit of the law for all persons with disabilities, and it reaffirms the inherent dignity, worth, and independence of the 650 million individuals with disabilities worldwide. To advance our international work in this area, my Administration has named a Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the Department of State.

My Administration also continues to support the efforts of the World Intellectual Property Organization to facilitate and increase access to literary, artistic, and scientific materials for persons with disabilities. With our partners around the globe, we can affirm the rights of individuals with disabilities to live independently if they choose, free from the fear of discrimination, stigma, or economic insecurity.

In acknowledging the progress of the past year, we also reflect upon important milestones in America's civil rights struggle for people with disabilities. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 35th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. These historic, bipartisan civil rights laws were clarion calls for equal access for and an end to discrimination against persons with disabilities, and they have paved the way for countless Americans with disabilities to share their talents and strengthen our communities.

We have made progress, but still have a great distance to journey before every person living with a disability can benefit from the same access and protections, in the United States and
more abroad. As we celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities, let us reinvigorate our commitment to eradicate barriers and ensure equal opportunity for all.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 3, 2010, as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. I call on all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this third day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

BARACK OBAMA 

Patrick Roden puts Green and Aging-in-Place together like peanut butter and jelly:

My wife just asked if I wanted to go have fish & chips; as a Lennon & McCartney song lingers in the background. This got me suddenly thinking of synergistic parings. Like peanut butter & jelly some combinations are just meant to be-almost as if the forces of nature are in cahoots to manifest something greater than just the sum of the parts; and have the potential for a match made in heaven.

The aging population and the green movement are two seemingly unrelated global conditions that are on the rise.

Read more:

Jane Bringolf asks if we are creating a distinction without a difference:

Chile: Manual de Accesibilidad

Lanzado el jueves pasado 25 de noviembre, y desarrollado por una corporación sin fines de lucro y una firma de arquitectos, con el respaldo de la Mutual de Seguridad CChC y el recientemente creado Servicio Nacional de la Discapacidad, el manual pretende ser una guía para constructores, arquitectos y organismos de gobierno encargados de planear los espacios de uso cotidiano.
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Fuente:

Yesterday was International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2010.  Today we can begin to review the highlights of the celebration. 


There is no better place to start than reassertion that the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) must fully integrate disability as a cross-cutting issue.


 

But, is this message getting out? Is it becoming inscribed in policy and performed in projects? 
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For example the World Tourism Organization (WTO) is celebrating its contributions to tourism as a tool for development. But are they working with top disability-aware organizations with the capacity to deliver on inclusion of persons with disabilities: 


From the WTO:
 
International Volunteer Day 2010 is being celebrated under the theme 'Volunteering for the MDGs', highlighting how volunteerism can tip the balance towards meeting the MDGs, the globally-agreed targets to slash poverty, hunger, disease and other social ills, all by 2015.

Since 2007, close to fifty UNWTO Volunteers have been working on tourism development projects around the world to make a difference to the lives of local communities. As the world celebrates the United Nations International Volunteers Day (5 December), UNWTO is proud to be taking an active role in maximizing tourism's contribution to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through its Volunteers Programme. 

Tourism is a major economic sector and driver of development for many developing countries. It contributes directly and through its immense multiplier effects on other sectors, such as agriculture or handicrafts, to economic growth, job creation, particularly in remote regions, and export earnings. International tourism accounts for as much as 45% of the exports of services in developing countries.

The UNWTO Themis Foundation's Volunteers Programme is actively contributing to the MDGs through promoting tourism as an instrument for development and through the education and training of volunteer professionals and their engagement in tourism development projects around the world.

An invitation to the WTO:

Become a Tent Pole agency and deliver on inclusion of people with disabilities as an MDG multiplier.

More on the Tent Pole metaphor and Inclusive Tourism:

On 3rd December, a few million South Africans with disabilities will be celebrating, International Day for Persons with Disabilities. The day remains dedicated to celebration. Celebration of our existence in society, celebration of our achievements in society and celebration of our contribution to society.
 
When the day has gone, we will be back to normal routine of fighting for the rights of our members in an inequitable society even though backed by some of the most wonderful legislation in the world.
The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) is calling on Government to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities which was ratified, but now lies dormant.
This Convention, once integrated into our legislation and society, will be the key to the offering of opportunities and equal rights for people with disabilities in South Africa.
 
Quadriplegics and paraplegics can still not use public transport in South Africa.  An accessible and integrated public transport system is the key for people with mobility impairments to integrate into mainstream society.
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), has failed wheelchair users with the incorrect specification of rolling stock and inaccessible platforms. The Metrorail system has yet to come up with a solution for wheelchair users and therefore we have no access to trains. The minibus taxi industry has traditionally driven right past our members. They state that if they are not subsidised, there is no incentive for them to forfeit a fare which would be taken up by a wheelchair. A few door-to-door initiatives are in place, but the program itself runs at the loss and is not sustainable.
There is no accessible transport system or network available in rural areas. Thus, our members are truly disabled and immobile, not by the disability, but by a system which has failed them and one yet to be developed.
 
QASA is calling on Government to urgently address the issue of accessible public transport and speed up delivery on the Transport Strategy.
 
Many buildings in South Africa, including schools, public buildings, libraries, places of worship, universities and colleges, banks and corporate offices remain inaccessible for wheelchair users. Entering into the building by the back door is not an option and we have the right as any other customer or service receiver, to enter independently.
What is most concerning is that many of the SASSA pay points and buildings which managed and distribute the grants for people with disabilities are themselves extremely inaccessible. The poorest of the poor, themselves battle to get to the counter to draw and apply for their own meagre grant.
 
The National Building Regulations have failed to be policed by the local authorities and many new buildings surprisingly, still exclude people with mobility impairments, the opportunity of independent circulation.
 
QASA is calling on the Department of Public Works to urgently make an assessment of all government buildings and challenge Civil society to do the same in the interests of providing equitable and accessible environments for all.
Local Authorities must ensure all buildings comply with the National Building Regulations.
 
The Employment Equity Act has not created much impact at all and transport and inaccessible buildings have been the stumbling block for people to access skills development, education, training and therefore employment.
There needs to be collaboration and cooperation between many government departments in order to achieve equitable environments for people with disabilities.
Universal design is a principle which has been adopted by QASA and which will provide the solution in the built environment and in the design and manufacture of many products used by all.
 
Many members of QASA will celebrate their lives as people with disabilities on the 3rd, but many more would contemplate how tough it is to survive in South Africa, with very little progress having been made on the ground in the last 15 years.
QASA is a leading disability agency, providing projects products and services to develop opportunities and empower quadriplegics and paraplegics in South Africa.
 
 
Ari Seirlis
National Director
QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA)
Tel: 031 7670352/48   Fax: 031 7670584  Email: info@qasa.co.za
Mobile: 0829014150 

Call for Papers
RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2011
Location: RGS-IBG London
Date: August 31st  September 2nd 2011
Conference Theme: Geographical Imaginations

Session Title: 
Intersecting Geographical Imaginations: Social Geography and Deaf Studies

Acknowledging notable exceptions such as of the work of Valentine and
Skelton (2003 and 2007) and Batterbury et al. (2007), social geography has
largely yet to engage in an evolved dialogue with Deaf Studies. This is
surprising, as at the intersection of human, social, cultural geographies
and Deaf Studies we find exciting potential to think about spatiality,
language, citizenship, education, and identity, as well as a myriad of
further themes of interest to the social geographer, in new ways. From
within Deaf Studies, for example, Emery has pertinently identified Œ...the
ways in which Deaf citizens are excluded from citizenship, namely, due to
citizenship being phonocentric, [and] social policy being audist¹ (2009:
42). Engaging with such discourses can lead to a broadening of the
geographical imagination by highlighting the subtle biases with which our
research and philosophical perspectives can become, often unknowingly,
inflected. 

Academic discourses around d/Deafness have served to perpetuate
constructions of the Deaf figure as Œother¹ in social thought. Perceived as
a markedly different identity, considerations of d/Deafness have been
disproportionately informed by a disability-led understanding, which has
undermined and critically neglected the understanding of Deaf
culturo-linguistic identity. As Obasi posits; Œ[t]he myopia of this
perspective prevents us from looking beyond audiology to see the fuller
picture of visual and linguistic plenitude identified from within Deaf
cultural theorizing¹ (Obasi, 2008: 458). Using these lenses, we begin to
deconstruct traditional discourses around the social construction of place.
Critical perspectives from scholarly work in both Deaf studies and social
geography will contest and negotiate the threshold existing at the interface
of both disciplines.

We invite contributions from those whose work intertwines with the themes
and concepts detailed here, as well as related trajectories. The overall
aims of the session are
- to draw focus to discourses that are of shared mutual interest to
social geography and Deaf Studies;
- to revisit, deconstruct, challenge and destabilise hitherto accepted
ideologies in light of this engagement;
- to generate and develop understandings of how such inter-disciplinary
conversations can enrich both.
In doing so, this session seeks to overturn audist perspectives and present
new opportunities to rethink identity and conceptualise space as shaped by
the mosaic of difference.

Abstracts for papers should be 200-250 words in length. Please forward your
submissions and any queries to the session organisers:

Gill Harold, University College Cork (g.harold@umail.ucc.ie)
and
Mary Beth Kitzel, University of Sussex (m.kitzel@sussex.ac.uk)

Closing date for submissions: Tuesday 15th February 2011

References
Batterbury, S.C.E. et al, (2007) ŒSign Language Peoples as indigenous
minorities: implications for research and policy.¹ Environment and Planning
A 39: 2899-2915. 
Emery, S.D. (February 2009) ŒIn space no one can see you waving your hands:
making citizenship meaningful to Deaf worlds.¹ Citizenship Studies 13(1):
31-44. 
Obasi, C. (Fall 2008) ŒSeeing the Deaf in ³Deafness².¹ Journal of Deaf
Studies and Deaf Education 13(4):455-465.
Skelton, T. and Valentine, G. (2003) Œ ŒIt feels like being Deaf is normal¹:
an exploration into the complexities of defining D/deafness and young D/deaf
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DPhil Candidate/Associate Tutor
Department of Geography
Arts C329
University of Sussex
Falmer
Brighton BN1 9SJ

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Thank you Taleb. This is important for all of us. What strategies does UNWTO plan to implement to continue contributing to the Millennium Development Goals and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the workforce  through this project?



UNWTO and the International Labor Organization join efforts to fight a jobless recovery
(Forimmediaterelease.net) UNWTO and the International Labor Organization (ILO) are working together towards the common objectives of job creation, sustained growth, and fair globalization through decent work in tourism, the UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, has underlined at the ILO Global Dialogue Forum on New Developments and Challenges in the Hospitality and Tourism Sector (Geneva, Switzerland, November 23-24). 

"Tourism has the potential to become a major generator of jobs after the crisis," said ILO Director-General, Mr. Juan Somavia, before the meeting, adding that, "Social dialogue between governments, employers, and workers can ensure that the jobs generated will be decent. Such dialogue is particularly important for a service industry like tourism, where success depends so much on service quality, which, in turn goes hand in hand with a skilled and motivated workforce."

Opening the meeting alongside Mr. Somavia, Mr. Rifai stated that the recent global economic crisis brought with it the opportunity for the two organizations to work together towards "a real partnership for tourism." 

"At a time when we must all unite our efforts to face the major challenge of a jobless recovery, tourism can create jobs and distribute them across the economy and nations like few other sectors," said Mr. Rifai. "Given its labor-intensive nature, tourism caters for different degrees of skills and often provides employment opportunities for the most vulnerable segments of the population such as rural communities, youth, and women," he added. 

Tourism's contribution to employment is estimated in the order of 6-7% of the overall number of jobs worldwide. In 2009, it is estimated that tourism generated around 225 million direct and indirect jobs. As such, tourism provides crucial opportunities for fair income, social protection, gender equality, personal development, and social inclusion - central objectives of both UNWTO and the ILO. 

Tourism is also one of the most resilient economic activities. In the first six months of 2010, UNWTO reported that international tourist arrivals grew by 7% against the 4% decline of 2009. It is particularly relevant that hotels and restaurants were among the few activities worldwide where global employment levels did not decline in 2009.

The forum brought together over 150 government, employers', and workers' delegates from more than 50 countries to evaluate and discuss new developments and challenges for the tourism sector and their impact on jobs, human resources, development, and industrial relations. In particular, the forum addressed the strong poverty reduction potential of tourism and how good practices in this respect could be shared with other developing countries, especially within the framework of South-South development cooperation. 

RELEVANT LINKS:

Read the speech of the Secretary-General: www.unwto.org/pdf/ILO_Global_Dialogue_Forum.pdf

UNWTO Roadmap for Recovery: www.unwto.org/pdf/roadmap_EN.pdf 

Positioning Tourism in Economic Policy: Evidence and Some Proposals:www.unwto.org/statistics/wsd/t20.pdf

India is engaged in the project of a comprehensive review of its disability law as part of its enactment of the UN Convention on the rights of Persons with disabilities. The process is deliberative and ongoing. Below is the Statement of Objectives.


The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2010

Statement of Objects and Reasons

India has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and has undertaken the obligation to ensure and promote the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all Persons with Disabilities without discrimination of any kind on the basis of disability. In fulfilment of this international commitment, the country is obligated to enact suitable legislation in furtherance of the rights recognized in the UN Convention.

India enacted the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act of 1995 in fulfilment of its obligation as a signatory to the proclamation on the full participation and equality of People with Disabilities in Asia Pacific region. This legislation has been on the statute book for nearly 15 years and has been the basis of a largely empowering jurisprudence on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Whilst the need to retain the empowering jurisprudence is unequivocally acknowledged; it is also recognized that the present Persons with Disabilities Act does not incorporate a number of rights recognized in the UN CRPD. Even the rights that are recognized are not in total harmony with the principles of the Convention.

Furthermore, the UN CRPD recognizes that disability is an evolving concept and that disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. The Persons with Disabilities Act on the other hand has provided for impairment based exhaustive definition of disability. Consequently, people with impairments not mentioned in the Act have been denied the rights and entitlements recognized in the Act.

Insofar as the present Disability Act at no place mandates the right to equality and non-discrimination for persons with disabilities and only selectively recognizes some rights for some persons with disabilities, it is proposed to replace the current disability legislations with a comprehensive law which recognizes all rights of all persons with disabilities.

To this end, it is proposed that the new Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act shall:

Guarantee equality and non-discrimination to all persons with disabilities;

Recognize legal capacity of all persons with disabilities and make provision for support where required to exercise such legal capacity;

Recognize the multiple and aggravated discrimination faced by women with disabilities and induct a gendered understanding in both the rights and the programmatic interventions;

Recognize the special vulnerabilities of children with disabilities and ensure that they are treated on an equal basis with other children;

Mandate special programmatic interventions for home bound persons with disabilities; persons with disabilities in institutions as also persons with disabilities with high support needs;

Establish a Disability Rights Authority which facilitates the formulation of disability policy and law with active participation of persons with disabilities; dismantles structural discrimination existing against persons with disabilities and regulates the due observance of standards and guidelines promulgated under this Act for the protection, promotion and enjoyment of all rights guaranteed in this Act;

Specify civil and criminal sanctions for acts and conduct deemed to be wrongful;

Source:

http://www.disabilitystudiesnalsar.org/newlaw.php