Are disabled athletes becoming the new global voice of disability rights?
September 2012 Archives
An insightful observation of the strategies of obstructionism by a lifelong observer Mike Collins. Note the etiology of the social illness of discrimination and exclusion:
Those who object to the idea of ADA compliance, whether building owners, merchants or public agencies, have discovered a more subtle method of letting us know where we stand. At first they simply complained loudly, and were not afraid to take their objections directly to the media. Demonizing those who filed ADA complaints or lawsuits based on state laws has served to halt many of the attorneys and plaintiffs in their attempts to bring about compliance.Failing in those efforts, they simply delayed making any required changes as long as possible. That stalling could go on for months or years, depending on whether they had customers or guests who required accessibility in order to do business.A weak gesture indicating compliance could be the next step, including such minor and inexpensive improvements as striping an accessible parking stall or placing the blue International Symbol of Accessibility on their windows next to the front doors. Somebody must be selling those stickers cheap on the Internet, as many of the entryways where I encounter them have doors that are so heavy that they require another person's assistance for me to enter them.I believe the final step taken by these reluctant business owners or public agencies is the most common. They have installed the accessibility features required by law but simply 'neglect' to maintain them...
From Quest magazine:
Full-time wheelchair users with a hankering to enjoy the great rugged outdoors may find that their standard chairs can't always take them where they want to go. That's where these specially designed conveyances can step up to the job.
Even extreme locations like the climbers' camp at the base of Mt. Everest have been reached and conquered by severely disabled people riding in these unusual-looking contraptions, which typically are pushed and/or pulled by friends and acquaintances affectionately known as "Sherpas."
Here's a look at some of the options available for accessible hiking, skiing and general outdoor fun.
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From Emerging Giant -Big is Not Enough : The Global Economics of
The full report as PDF:The World is ChangingRepresenting a population of 1.1 billion, people withdisabilities(PWD) are making gains in the areas of education,employment, health and political representation. A naturalconsequence of these changes is PWD gaining higher degrees ofinfluence and decision-making power as employees, consumersand taxpayers.Opportunity from Demographic ShiftsSince 1972, G10 economies have implemented equal rights lawsthat have created a legal platform for PWD to become equalmembers in society's institutions. The most successful of theselaws are in education. The initial beneficiaries of these laws arenow entering the workforce.The demographics of an aging population has created a 'bulge' ofthe wealthiest generation in human history. As Boomers' physicalabilities change, their desire to remain active in society dovetailswith the demands of PWD.The result is three generations of skilled consumers who havesimilar needs, evolved identities and significant spending power.Sectors likely to benefit from these changes are health care,consumer products, retail, financial services and the public sector.Meshing Reality with Intention:translate talk into budget & process.Big is not enough.There exists very little research in the marketplace around how these consumers act relative to their disabilities. Existing research focuses on medical condition, rather than personal identity and common aspects that trigger buyingbehavior.
From Inside Higher Ed:
There's a mean streak at the heart of a certain kind of American optimism -- a rugged, go-it-alone, dog-eat-dog strain of individualism that is callous at best, shading into the sociopathic. It values independence, or says it does, but only by regarding dependency as a totally abject condition. The reality that illness or old age threw even the hardiest pioneer into reliance on others hardly factors into this worldview; the notion that civilization implies interdependence is, for it, almost literally unthinkable.
As I say, this outlook can manifest itself as optimism (the future is one of unbounded possibility, etc.) not always distinct from wishful thinking or denial. And it's just as likely to pour out in resentment that is keen, if not particularly consistent. "I am a victim," the logic goes, "of all those people out there playing victim." Absent a frontier, the frontier spirit starts wallowing in self-pity.
Diversity of delivery is as important as diversity of opinion
The flame has been snuffed, the flags put away and the athletes flown back to their respective parts of the world, but the London 2012 Paralympic Games remains firmly on my mind. What I witnessed in London isn't something I'll forget in a hurry. I don't think I'm the only one.
There was clearly something different at play this time around. The public appetite for Paralympic sport has grown. Prior to 1996, tickets to Paralympic Games were not sold to spectators, but given away for free, and athletes competed in half empty stadiums. London 2012 was the first sell-out games in the 52 year history of the Paralympics...
For me, it's the media coverage that was the real game-changer in London...
For more read:
Economic Model of Disability
Brian Seaman, an accessibility advisor for Tourism for All Services, provides his top tips for tourism businesses on meeting the needs of customers with accessibility needs.
We thank Mr Ivan Phua for his letter "Code for more family-oriented spaces?" (Sept 21).
The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) champions a built environment that is friendly for all - the old and young, people with different abilities and families - through barrier-free accessibility and Universal Design features.
Singapore's built environment has become more accessible since the Code on Barrier-Free Accessibility in Buildings was legislated in 1990. It was introduced to ensure that buildings are accessible to people with disabilities. In 2007, it was expanded to cover our entire built environment and a wider spectrum of needs, improving accessibility for wheelchair users, the ambulant disabled, senior citizens and families with children in strollers.
The BCA is committed to making our built environment friendlier for families with young children and babies. We have emphasised the importance of barrier-free accessibility and the inclusion of family-friendly facilities to businesses and professionals.
We have introduced design guidelines which serve as a good-practice guide for developers, architects and other professionals on how to provide family-friendly facilities in their buildings and projects.
Due to the BCA's promotion of Universal Design to the industry, there are more frequently used public places and shopping complexes with facilities such as nursing rooms, diaper changing stations, washrooms with child-friendly fittings and larger car park spaces.
This year, 14 developments were winners at our BCA Universal Design Awards. Silver awardee Changi City Point, a shopping complex, incorporated Universal Design and barrier-free accessibility features. These included a sheltered bus-stop, taxi stand, passenger drop-off/pick-up points and walkway as well as family-friendly amenities, from a nursing room for children to first-aid rooms for the elderly.
The BCA also has a website (www.friendlybuildings.sg) with a "Find a friendly building" search function for information on whether a building has accessible or family-friendly facilities.
To improve accessibility and make buildings friendlier, the BCA is now reviewing the Code. One of the review considerations is the provision of family-friendly facilities for places where families frequently access, for example, large shopping complexes and transport interchanges.
We will conduct a public consultation on the revised Code early next year. Together, we can make Singapore a barrier-free, all-inclusive society.
While many scholarships exist to support traditional study abroad participants, funding for those who wish to volunteer or gain work experience in another country is harder to come by. Fortunately, there's the Christianson Grant, which awards $2,500 - $10,000 to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, ages 18-28, who have arranged their own work, internship, or volunteer abroad program. Applications are accepted three times each year - the next deadline is October 15th! Apply for the grant if you have already been accepted on an exchange program, or visit our Going Abroad pages to search for possible programs.
MIUSA staff will be presenting on "Promoting a 'GO AWAY'-Friendly Environment" for AHEAD's series of audioconferences designed for disability professionals in higher education. Register to learn how disability departments can play an active role in encouraging students with disabilities to go abroad or in supporting international students with disabilities during their U.S. experience. The event will cover inclusive outreach strategies, "must-know" funding opportunities, and MIUSA's services and online resources.
Registration: $89 AHEAD members / $179 non-members
Our recent "wheelchair ice cream truck" post got us thinking it's time for another contest! Send us a pic of your most creative wheelchair costume and our Facebook friends will choose the winner! You can enter here:http://a.pgtb.me/mJW3qX
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O CONSELHO ESTADUAL DOS DIREITOS DA PESSOA COM DEFICIÊNCIA DO MARANHÃO - CEPD realizá a III Conferência Estadual dos Direitos da Pessoa com Deficiência, Com o Tema: "Um olhar através da Convenção dos Direitos da Pessoa com Deficiência, da ONU: novas perspectivas e desafios".
Local: Centro de Convenções Governador Pedro Neiva de Santana
(MultiCenter Sebrae - Cohafuma).
Contatos: (98) 8719-4332/(98) 8895-8709
01/09/2012 - Sábado
• 08h00min às 14h00min - Credenciamentos
• 08h30min às 10h30min - Leitura e Aprovação do Regimento Interno
• 11h00min às 12h30min - Mesa Redonda com os Presidentes de Conselhos Municipais dos Direitos da Pessoa com Deficiência.
• 12h30min às 14h00min - Almoço
EIXO I - Saúde, Prevenção, Reabilitação, Órteses e Próteses.
• 14h00min às 15h30min - Saúde, Prevenção, Reabilitação, Órteses e Próteses.
• 15h30min às 16h00min - Plenária
EIXO II - Acessibilidade, Comunicação, Transporte e Moradia.
• 16h00min às 17h00min - Acessibilidade e Comunicação
• 17h00min às 18h00min - Transporte e Moradia
• 18h00min às 18h20min - Plenária
• 18h30min - Abertura Oficial
• 19h00min - Palestra Magna
• 20h00min - Atração cultural
02/09/2012 - Domingo
Eixo III - Educação, Esporte, Trabalho e Reabilitação Profissional.
• 8h20min às 9h10min - Trabalho e Reabilitação Profissional
• 9h10min às 10h00min - Educação e Esporte
• 10h00min às 10h20min - Plenária
EIXO IV - Segurança, Acesso à Justiça, Padrão de Vida e Proteção Social Adequados.
• 10h20min às 11h10min - Segurança, Acesso à Justiça,
• 11h10min às 12h10min Padrão de Vida e Proteção Social Adequados
• 12h10min às 12h30min - Plenária
• 12h30min às 14h00min - Almoço
• 14h00min às 18h00min - Trabalhos de Grupos
• 18h30min - Atração Cultural
03/09/2012 - Segunda-feira
• 08h30min às 12h30min - Apresentação e Validação das Propostas e Moções
• 12h30min às 14h00min - Almoço
• 14h00min - Eleição de Delegados
• 18h30min - Encerramento com Atração Cultura
Everyone is welcome at Scandic!
We understand that every disability is different. The same is also true of our hotels, and we have implemented smart design in our rooms available for people who have a disability. When you choose to stay with Scandic, you should enjoy the same Scandic standards for accessibility. That's why we have implemented and are continuously improving a common accessibility programme that all our hotels use.
(From the Introduction)
"Here you can read our 110 point accessibility standard. It has been drawn up by carefully following the route taken by guests from the car park on through the whole hotel. We have also talked to disability organisations and guests with physical disabilities and received lots of ideas from our own keen staff. Although we rent our hotels rather than owning them, there is a lot that we can do.
81 of the 110
Lowes offers the Gatehouse Custom Access Ramp System to improve home access without sacrificing style. This do-it-yourself ramp product is available nationwide on Lowes.com/Ramps, by calling 1-800-GO-LOWES and in select Lowes stores.
The systems modular substructure can be either temporary or permanent and makes the install faster and easier for both professionals and do-it-yourselfers. In addition, the new ramp system can be configured with straight, right, left and u-turn sections to fit virtually any home or mobility requirement. The system is also flexible enough to meet accessibility guidelines for both residential and commercial applications.
Available exclusively from Lowes, the Gatehouse Custom Access Ramp System has been designed to work with standard and readily available decking, railings and accessories to give the completed ramp a stylish, custom look to complement virtually any home.
Vsit Lowes Accessible Home for product suggestions and checklists.
From UN Enable:
TODAYS SUMMARY: Tuesday, 11 September
Today at United Nations Headquarters, CSOs (civil society organizations) including DPOs (organizations of persons with disabilities) met in a Forum along with other stakeholders to discuss issues on the agenda of the fifth session of the Conference of States Parties, as well as next years High-level meeting on Disability (23 September 2013).
The Opening session was chaired by Colin Allen, President of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD). Speakers included H.E. Marten Grunditz, Permanent Representative of
The First session discussed CRPD related advocacy work at national level leading to change in legislation and policies and how the CRPD is starting to produce change in the lives of persons with disabilities. The session was co-chaired by Regina Atalla, President of RIADIS and Patrick Clarke, Chair of Down Syndrome International (DSI). Speakers included: Silje Vold, Child Rights Advisor of Plan Norway; Sharon Primor, Legal Counsel, Bizchut - The Israel Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities; Nagase Osamu, Executive director of the Institute on Disability & Communication; Joseph Murray, Board Member of the World Federation of the Deaf; Mosharraf Hossain, Country Director of ADD International, Bangladesh; Richard Rieser, UKDPC/World of Inclusion; Eric Mathews, Advocacy Associate, Disability Rights International.
The Second session reviewed examples of work with other stakeholders to promote the implementation of the CRPD and was co-chaired by Geir Jensen, Secretary General of the World Federation of the DeafBlind (WFDB) and Nawaf Kabbara, President of Arab Organisation of Persons with Disabilities (AOPD). Speakers included: Robinah Alambuya, Chairwoman PANUSP; Javed Abidi, Chair of DPI and Alex Leblois, Executive Director of G3ict; Joshua Goldstein, Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION; Martin Mwesigwa Babu, Programme Manager, HIV&AIDS Department, National Union of Disabled Persons in Uganda (NUDIPU); Medi Ssengooba, Human Rights Watch.
During the Third session, speakers highlighted the importance of increasing funding for the implementation of the CRPD and discussed good examples of international co-operation, disability rights budgeting and getting disability into the post-2015 agenda. The session was Co-chaired by Latoa Halatou, Co-Chair of Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) and Klaus Lachwitz, Chair of Inclusion International. Speakers included: Liza Martinez, CSO Forum Philippines; Marion Steff, Policy Adviser of Sightsavers; Tim Wainwright, Executive Director of ADD International; Mohammed Ali Loutfy, Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union (LPHU) and BIC; Diane Mulligan, Coordinator for International Advocacy and Alliances, CBM.
The Fourth session reviewed examples of co-operation between UN agencies and DPOs/NGOs at national or global level to promote the implementation of the CRPD.
The session was co-chaired by Pekka Tuominen, Treasurer of the European Disability Forum (EDF) and Moosa Salie, Chair of World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP). Speakers included: Dr. Paula Frederica Hunt, Inclusive Education Consultant, UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS; Lord Colin Low, ICEVI President; Elinor Milne, Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children; Emma Pearce, Disability Program Officer, Womens Refugee Commission; Myra Kovary, World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP).
The Closing session was chaired by Maryanne Diamond, President of the World Blind Union and member of the IDA Governing Body. The closing session strongly emphasized the importance of civil society in promoting disability rights. Chairperson Maryanne Diamond highlighted that the Civil Society Forum has become a tradition in its own right as a time to exchange views and share best practices. Javed Abidi, IDA Vice-Chair and Chair of Disabled Peoples International, presented a summary of the day's events and stated "The active and effective involvement of persons with disabilities through their representative organizations, in the preparation process and in the actual High-level Meeting is a key issue for us. We set a high standard of DPO participation in the negotiation process of the CRPD and this needs to be upheld". The UN Special Rapporteur on disability agreed, saying "civil society participation is not debated anymore", and the UN must continue to lead, encourage and promote the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development. Similarly, the Permanent Representatives of Spain and the Philippines, co-facilitators of next year's High-level Meeting on Disability and Development, reiterated the slogan "Nothing about us, without us" to encourage the active participation of persons with disabilities in discussions about the post-2015 development agenda.
The complete Programme and Background are available on the Enable website. Tomorrow, the unedited (CART) transcript of the Forum will also be posted.
TOMORROWS SCHEDULE: Wednesday, 12 September
Opening Session: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Chair: Bureau (
- Opening remarks and adoption of the agenda
- Election of the Member of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- Matters related to the implementation of the Convention: General Debate
Round Table 1: Accessibility and Technology: 3 to 6 p.m.
Chair: Bureau (
- Ms. Inmaculada Placencia-Porrero, European Commission
- Mr. Hiroshi Kawamura, DAISY International
- Ms. Frances West, IBM
- Mr. Sean Cruse, United Nations Global Compact
Side-events: Eight side-events will also be held tomorrow,: Violence Against Children with Disabilities; Ensuring the CRPD is working for refugee women and children; Sustainable development: inclusive and accessible; Including Women and Children with Disabilities in Programming; Working Together to Implement Inclusive Education (Article 24); Good practice in inclusive education: Voices from the Commonwealth; The right to express oneself for children with disabilities; Microfinance and financial inclusion of persons with disabilities.
Live webcast: http://webtv.un.org/
Live CART feed: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=COSP
Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD), Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), 2 UN Plaza, DC2-1306, New York, NY 10017, USA.
Website: http://www.un.org/disabilities; Email:email@example.com; Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/United-Nations-Enable/196545623691523; Twitter:http://twitter.com/UN_Enable.
Do Roth - Sem Barreiras:
Por Naziberto Lopes
Destaco a seguir aos meus comentários o artigo de hoje do jornalista Jairo Marques, "Quinze Dias no Mundo Ideal", que fala dos 15 dias que passou em Londres, durante a disputa das Paralimpíadas. Faço esse destaque para discordar frontalmente do autor, para dizer que a sociedade que ele vislumbrou é algo artificial, produzida somente para aquele momento, durante aquele evento, para durar 15 dias e não para se perpetuar, como deveria ser a coisa certa.
Desde o início de minha militancia e ativismo social e político nas causas dos direitos das pessoas com deficiência eu defendo que as Olimpíadas devem ser uma única coisa, que os jogos devem ser realizados no mesmo momento, todos os atletas juntos e que a delegação brasileira deve ser uma só, bem como a dos outros países, afinal, são atletas com uma única bandeira, língua, cultura, nacionalidade.
Claro que o feito dos atletas com deficiência deve ser ressaltado, assim como o desempenho de todos os outros atletas, tenham ganhado mais ou menos medalhas, afinal, as comparações nesse sentido não podem e nem devem ser feitas, pois cada qual é mestre dentro de suas limitações e categorias nas quais competem.
Todavia, a separação, a segregação dos atletas com deficiência em momentos separados, dias e dias após o encerramento das Olimpíadas convencionais, no meu entendimento é defender aquilo que tanto combatemos, ou seja, enquadrar as pessoas dentro de suas caixas, de seus guetos, de suas áreas pré determinadas em função de não poderem participar da sociedade como um todo.
Dizer que 15 dias após os jogos convencionais a cidade de Londres ficou recheada de pessoas com deficiência é o mesmo que dizer que abriram-se as portas dos asilos, das prisões e dos conventos e deixaram a galera diferente sair às ruas, andar pelas calçadas e participarem, agora sim, da festa, depois que ela já foi realizada e que os faxineiros já limparam a bagunça deixada pela galera da festa principal.
Por que não toda galera participando da festa juntos?
Ler mas: http://www.inclusive.org.br/?p=23371
From Bethany Stevens:
A few of us are starting a meme campaign featuring images of people with disabilities that do NOT pander to sentimentality, inspiration and/or paternalism like many memes that have circulated around social media of late - what is now being termed "inspirational porn." Please check out this fabulous piece about the problems with this memes by Stella Young - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-07-03/young-inspiration-porn/4107006
Instead we want to feature the rich diversity of our disability communities - by showing what disability really looks like. Various disabilities, aspects of our culture, ages, etc. should be represented. No one is excluded from this project. For now the project will be featured on a Facebook fan page - but we can easily expand this into a website, a gallery show or something bigger with the right funding and community work!
Also, of note - you do NOT have to be tagged in these photos if you do not want to be. Just let us know! This is a community LOVE project for all of us to spread the word that disability is awesome, natural and not just a tool to make feel pity and social distance from us.
Ideally, full body shots would be good but not required. Space around the photo to add text is needed.
If you want a tag-line at the bottom of the photo -- please keep it short and concise. 3 words max.
Email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to share your thoughts on what the project should entail or ask any questions! This is about all of us! Share this with your friends!!!
O engenheiro civil Augusto Fernandes teve a chance de conhecer na prática e antes de se formar inúmeras questões referentes à acessibilidade nas cidades, área em que se tornou especialista. Seguindo os passos do pai engenheiro, formou-se no ofício pela Universidade Federal de Goiás em 1999, após seis anos na cadeira de rodas, o que lhe proporcionou "a especialidade na prática".
Desde sua formatura, há 13 anos, Augusto trabalha com projetos de acessibilidade dentro da engenharia civil. "Tenho a vantagem de conhecer a fundo os desafios de uma pessoa com deficiência e mobilidade reduzida e com isso pensar em como as dificuldades podem ser superadas", explica.
Augusto chega ao Comitê Organizador Rio 2016™ como o Especialista em Acessibilidade da Área de Sustentabilidade, Acessibilidade e Legado e tem a missão de elaborar e acompanhar o planejamento para proporcionar acessibilidade plena às pessoas com ou sem deficiência dentro das instalações esportivas dos Jogos Rio 2016™. Na semana que vem ele começa sua participação no Programa de Observadores durante os Jogos Paralímpicos de Londres 2012.
The ZVSHK, the German Sanitation, Heating and Air Conditioning Association, has launched a design prize for accessible products. In establishing the award, the German association, which represents over 50,000 contractors in the sector, aims to provide a platform for manufacturers to present commercial products that respond to the challenges of demographic change.
The award is supported by the European Institute for
Companies wishing to participate may submit products for the award online from 1st September 2012 on the new award website set up by the ZVSHK: http://www.zvshk-award.com/en/home.html
The terms of participation and full details of the award are available online in German and English. The deadline for submissions is 31st October 2012.
An international, eight-person jury of experts will assess all product submissions according to how well they follow the principles of Design for All. The focus will be on the aesthetic quality of the submitted products as well as their usability for a wide target group. The award aims at encouraging the industry to further develop accessible products to Design for All products.
The winner will be announced in March 2013 at the ISH 2013, the world's leading sanitation, heating and air conditioning trade fair in Frankfurt am Main in Germany.
Axis Dance Company has been invited as special guests again to perform on
So You Think You Can Dance!
The Narrowing set to music by Joan Jeanrenaud and PC Muñoz.
From: The LA Times
The "staycation" is not yet dead, but its popularity may be waning.
The tendency to stay close to home for vacation -- a trend that became popular during the Great Recession -- is losing its appeal as more Americans become more interested in having a good time when they travel than in saving money. The findings are from a survey of 2,527 U.S. households by marketing and research firms MMGY Global and Harrison Group.
The survey found that the average amount spent on vacations over the last 12 months has grown to $4,461, compared with $3,874 during the same period two years ago.