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It is with great pleasure that, the Nettles Artists Collective presents the show Apple of My Eye!
An original piece written by Tathiana Piancastelli, a 29 year old Brazilian artist with Down Syndrome, the play tells the story of Bella, a teenager in search of love and social acceptance. Along with a cast of 10 actors and under the direction of Debora Balardini, Tathiana explores the themes of romantic love, "normality" and community through the use of movement, text and video. In this context, Tathiana comes on stage to enact her own freedom. As the protagonist, she invites us to travel the fluency of her boundless ways of thinking, proposing a non-judgmental approach of oneself while free of preconception of the other. Her text and presence onstage presents us with the possibility of intuitively using our senses to gain understanding rather than attacking sense from a place of conditioned rationality.
Tathiana Piancastelli, the artist, is present, adult, mature and ready to face her own demons and gods using her work as a vehicle. She believes in her dreams and always wanted to be an actress.
Dec 13th and 14th at 8 pm Dec 15th at 2 pm
DECEMBER 15th PERFORMANCE will be followed by a Q&A "Breaking Barriers - Exploring views around the play Apple of my Eye"
Teatro Circulo 64 East 4th St New York - NY
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From the Philippine Information Agency:
In line with the Government's thrust of promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the tourism industry and other Tourism-related programs of the government, the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), in collaboration with the Department of Tourism, will conduct a regional forum on Accessible Tourism for Persons with Disabilities on November 26 at Alona Kew White Beach Resort, Barangay Tawala, Panglao Island, Bohol.
The forum will also be conducted in pursuant to the universal policies and principles of "Accessible Tourism for All" as provided for under existing statutes, such as Batas Pambansa Bilang 344 (Accessibility Law), Republic Act No. 7277 or the Magna Carta for Persons with Disabilities and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
Relevant to this, the forum will also identify major issues related to accessible tourism and recommend policy measures that would create an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based society for persons with disabilities.
Experts on the construction of tourism related establishments will discuss the technical aspects and details of its physical structures and universal design concepts intended primarily for persons with disabilities including the elderly, children, and pregnant women. Likewise, strategies on "Building a Non-Handicapping Environment" and "Web Accessibility" shall also be presented to expound on the importance of having an accessible and barrier-free tourism that will not only benefit local but international tourists with disabilities as well.
Participants invited in the forum are representatives from the tourism industry sector such as hotel and restaurant managers and tourist transport operators and leaders of organizations/associations of persons with disabilities, and other entrepreneurs engaged in tourism business. (NCDA)
- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=2131384765953#sthash.k21fWLis.xZDxYnD1.dpuf
Tourism Ministers from around the world and private sector representatives will be participating in a discussion around the theme "How to bridge the gap between tourism and aviation policies". Charles Hodson, anchor of CNN International´s flagship business programme, "World Business Today" will moderate the debate.
The Summit´s 2013 edition will address the following issues:
- Bringing air transport and tourism policies closer together
- Opportunities and challenges facing air transport and development - infrastructure, taxes and levies, visa facilitation and regulation
- Success factors and remaining obstacles
Speakers include the Ministers and Secretaries of State for Tourism of Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, the Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Spain and South Africa as well as the President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the Vice President of Government Affairs of Amadeus, the Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Vice President for Europe of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Director of the Air Transport Bureau of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The discussion will be further enriched by the participation of over 40 Ministers registered to attend the event.
Now on its seventh year, the UNWTO/WTM Ministers´ Summit is part of the World Travel Market Ministers Programme, bringing together Tourism Ministers and leading tourism experts to debate each year key issues affecting the future of the sector.
2013 UNWTO/WTM Ministers´Summit
The deadline for submitting entries to the International Design for All Foundation Awards 2014 is 2 January 2014.
If your work demonstrates that the implementation of design for all/universal design contributes to improving quality of life for everyone, it deserves international recognition. That's why the Design for All Foundation has introduced a new step this year: From now on the foundation will recognise all the Good Practices which meet the criteria and which can act as an example for others seeking to implement design for all in their own areas of activity.
Of the Good Practices selected, an international jury will choose the 5 "Best Practices" to be presented with the International Design for All Foundation Award. These will be the stand-out projects which show the way forward for better practice in design for all/universal design in future.
The award ceremony will take place on 12 February 2014 during Urbaccess: the European exhibition of accessibility and universal design, in Paris.
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In three panels entitled Past, Present and Future, witnesses recalled the struggle for progress in disability law such as the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Panelists recalled sit-ins in the 1970s to make sure the Rehabilitation Acts provisions and regulations were fully implemented. They also discussed the present state of affairs in disability rights and prospects for future progress. EEOC Chair Jacqueline Berrien reminded the group of how closely interrelated the disability movement has been with the broader civil rights movement. The 40th anniversary of the Rehabil¬itation Act of 1973, which we observed yesterday, allowed us to honor the contributions of those who worked to secure passage of this important legislation and reflect upon its meaning for federal govern¬ment employers and contractors today, said Berrien. The Rehabilitation Act was the first major federal law to remove barriers to employment for people with disabilities, and it cleared the path for future passage of laws, which expanded access to employment opportunities in private, as well as public sector workplaces for people with disabilities." EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum said, Yesterdays event was a vivid reminder of how far the disability rights movement has come, and how far we still have to go. On the 40th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, I look forward to working with my colleagues on developing new regulations to implement Section 501 of the act so that the federal government can truly become a model employer of people with disabilities. Several other speakers echoed the crucial importance of that cooperation. U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, who has been one of the driving forces for legislation protecting and promoting the rights and opportunities for the disabled and was the Senate author of the ADA, said, As those of you who are students of history know, the first iterations of the public vocational rehabilitation program date back to the 1920s. But it wasnt until the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that there was a federal mandate for a public vocational rehabilitation program to serve individuals with significant disabilities. More importantly, the 1973 Rehab Act, as we call it, also created the affirmative action programs in Title V of the act including Section 503, which requires contractors to comply with affirmative action requirements, and which we have a new final rule on from the Department of Labor that was just announced two weeks ago. Senator Harkin spoke on initiatives, programs and studies to help people with disabilities, such as the High Expectations report authored by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions , which he chairs. The report explores ways for further progress for what Harkin calls the ADA Generation younger people with disabilities who grew up after the bad old days of low opportunities and low expectations for the disabled a transition made possible by disability rights laws. Panelists discussed various provisions of the Rehabilitation Act and the Workforce Investment Act, as well as issues regarding their effective implementation. Veteran disability rights attorney John Wodatch recalled how the campaign to institute the Rehabilitation Act was revolutionary in that it brought the focus from charity to civil rights and empowerment.
Debra A. Carr of the U.S. Department of Labors Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs cautioned, Regulations do not a revolution make its not what we say, but that we implement what we say.
Claudia Gordon of the White Houses Office of Public Engagements pointed out that the cost of accommodations for disabled people is often minimal and frequently only a one-time expense. But we need to get beyond focusing on the cost, she added, saying that increased opportunity for all is the salient point for the nation. Jeff Rosen of the National Council on Disability drew attention to the problem of large numbers of people with disabilities who work in sheltered workshops, the vast majority of which are run by nonprofits, commenting that we need to stop this indentured servitude and move people to compet-itive employment. Ruby Moore of the Georgia Advocacy Office pointed out that she is an employer as well as an advocate. Each time I made an accommodation, I helped everybody, Moore said. Additionally, she said, employers need to pay attention to the growing number of returning military veterans with various physical and psychological disabilities. The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws against employment discrimination, including the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act. Further information is available at www.eeoc.gov.
Countdown to World Tourism Day 2013
With one week left until World Tourism Day (WTD) on 27 September, preparations are on the final stretch in the Maldives, the host of this year's official celebrations, and in many countries around the world around the 2013 theme, "Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future".
As the most important international observance day for tourism, WTD 2013 is a worldwide platform to underscore tourism´s responsibility and commitment in ensuring a sustainable water future.
In a special message on the occasion of WTD 2013, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, "This year's World Tourism Day highlights the responsibility of the tourism industry to safeguard and intelligently manage water. In this International Year of Water Cooperation, I urge tourism establishments to cut consumption and improve waste management and I call on individuals to play their part by making environmentally conscious choices when they travel."
"World Tourism Day offers a unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on water both as an asset and as a resource and on the actions needed to face up to the water challenge," said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. "I urge all those involved in the tourism sector to join our global World Tourism Day campaign and continue to devise innovate solutions to ensuring tourism contributes to sustainable access to water resources worldwide," he added.
As part of the WTD celebrations in the Maldives, a high-level Think Tank on Tourism and Water will bring together public and private sector tourism stakeholders, leading experts on water preservation and media experts to debate key issues encompassing the global water challenge.
UNWTO invites all to participate and share their events and follow the official WTD celebrations online: wtd.unwto.org
About World Tourism Day
World Tourism Day (WTD) is held annually on 27 September.
Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.
Stora Enso has issues the challenge for Recreate Packaging 2014. Can you up the game and submit something that has the appeal of Universal Design?
THE SCOPEIncreasing numbers of people today are constantly on the move and travelling around the world. Everyone has different needs when it comes to travelling. People like travelling to specific types of destinations - sometimes on their own, sometimes with others along- but there are always products that people will take with them, no matter where they are travelling to, both near and far.In current packaging solutions, very little attention is paid to portability, lightness, and convenience of packaging from the point of view of travelling individuals. Stora Enso's packaging materials have the potential to exhibit these qualities and can replace plastics, aluminium, and glass to create attractive packaging solutions using renewable materials in various end uses.THE CHALLENGERecreate conventional travel packaging - After all, we have chosen the name of this competition for a reason!Using renewable packaging material, your challenge is to recreate travel packaging in order to make travelling easier, smarter and more responsible from a consumer's point of view.Think of the 3 beauty and/or healthcare products that you consider most important to have with you while travelling. Your task is to design a packaging solution for these products that meets or even exceeds the performance and portability of present-day primary and secondary packaging.Once you have chosen your 3 products, you as the designer(s) have free hands to create something extraordinarily innovative. Although the conventional functions of primary and secondary packaging are important to take into consideration, we are looking for travel packaging solutions that stand out from what we see and experience today.Consider that the final solutions you submit can either be carried personally by the future consumer in their travel luggage or it can be delivered to the traveller's destination by an external party (e.g. online retailer). Therefore, it is essential to make sure that the packaging design secures its contents safely but is "smart" in a logistical sense. While designing your solutions, keep in mind technologies like NFC, RFID, QR codes, for instance.Challenge the predictable. Push the boundaries. Surprise us!FAQ:Register:
Disability in the Lifecycle: Investing in Children Monday 23 September, 2013 7:30am- 8:45am UNICEF House, Labouisse Hall New York, NY, 10017 OBJECTIVE OF THE EVENT: The breakfast meeting will provide an opportunity to enhance understanding of disability within the lifecycle framework and the importance of increased investment to promote the inclusion of children with disabilities across all sectors. The momentum generated by the High‑level Meeting of the General Assembly on the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals provides an opportune moment to mobilise political opinion and increased commitment to inclusion, particularly for children with disabilities. SPEAKERS: · Mr. Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF · Mr. Jose Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Mexico · Mr. Yannis Vardakastanis, Chair, International Disability Alliance · Mr. Gopal Mitra, Programme Specialist, Disability Section, UNICEF ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD, DUE TO PREPARATIONS FOR THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY, ACCESS FROM 2ND AVENUE TO THE UN WILL BE CLOSED. BREAKFAST ATTENDEES WITHOUT UN IDENTIFICATION WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER UNICEF HOUSE UNLESS UNICEF HAS REGISTERED THEIR NAMES WITH SECURITY. ATTENDEES WILL BE SUBJECT TO A SECURITY CHECK AND ESCORTED BY ORGANISERS TO THE UNICEF PREMISES. IT IS ADVISED THAT YOU CONFIRM YOUR PARTICIPATION IN ADVANCE AND ARRIVE NO LATER THAT 7:15AM AT THE CORNER OF 2nd AVENUE AND 44Th STREET. Reserved seating will be available for Heads of Delegation, Government Ministers, and Permanent Representatives. Delegations are requested to confirm registration details no later than Friday, September 20th so seating arrangements can be secured. The sign language interpretation and CART will be available.
Please RSVP by Friday 20 September, 2013, before 4pm. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Ms. Anna Burlyaeva-Norman at<mailto: >
Montréal. 19 to 22 October 2014. World Summit on Destinations for All addressing the themes of Tourism, Culture and Transportation for People with Restricted Physical Ability.
New! August 2013. Visit the website of the Destinations for All Summit
Press Release: Montréal, June 4th, 2012 - The number of international tourist arrivals is expected to climb to one billion in 2012. Persons with physical limitations account for roughly 15% of the population and this number should continue to rise given the aging demographic. Like everyone else, people with disabilities travel for business and pleasure, to visit friends and relatives, and to discover other ways of life, just with slightly greater difficulty.
How do we accommodate tourists with disabilities? Are our infrastructures, buildings and establishments adapted to be easily accessible to all? Can we safely aspire to reach international accessibility standards and benchmarks? Do "accessible" rooms in Montréal and elsewhere around the globe live up to the world traveller's expectations? How can a disabled person be sure his or her chosen destination is truly accessible? Is our front-line staff properly trained to host these guests and provide appropriate services? Which best practices from the tourism, culture and transportation industries should be considered model practices? What measures should these industries take to substantially facilitate the participation of individuals with disabilities in cultural and tourist activities?
Those are just some of the questions that will be discussed at the DESTINATIONS FOR ALL World Summit that is set to take place in Montréal from October 19 to 22, 2014.
We are delighted to announce that Mr. André Vallerand and Mr. Ivor Ambrose, two of the most active and respected figures in the tourism field, will be co-chairing our inaugural international event on accessible tourism in 2014.
Mr. Vallerand is President of the Montreal-based World Centre of Excellence of Destinations (CED), an innovative and powerful non-profit created with the assistance of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), for which Mr. Vallerand also acts as Special Advisor to the Secretary General. The UNWTO and the CED work collaboratively on creating strategies and disseminating know-how and good practices to help tourist destinations reach excellence. In addition to his CED presidency, Mr. Vallerand's illustrious resume includes having served as Québec Department of Tourism Minister.
Mr. Ambrose is Managing Director of the European Network forAccessible Tourism (ENAT), a non-profit organization he helped co-found by bringing together such key groups as VisitBritain, the Hellenic Ministry of Tourism, university management specialists, Greek web services company EWORX S.A., and various NGOs from Belgium, Spain and Greece. Born in England, Ivor Ambrose has lived and worked in the UK, Denmark and Belgium and is now based in Athens, Greece. He holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Psychology from the University of Surrey, UK (1979) and a Ph.D. by research, completed while working at the Danish Building Research Institute (1991). From 1998 to 2001 he worked for the European Commission Directorate General Information Society, where he managed research projects and contributed to European policies on electronic services and support for the integration of persons with disabilities and seniors. Mr. Ambrose is an internationally known speaker in his field, and his scope of influence has established ENAT as a leading organization - in Europe and beyond - in developing the tourism sector's accessibility for people with disabilities.
Beyond their key roles as Co-chairs of the World Summit Destinations for All, Mr. Vallerand will also chair the Finance Committee while Mr. Ambrose will chair the Program Committee.With such strong leadership at its helm, the World Summit Destinations for All is sure to be a landmark event in making accessible tourism a worldwide reality. For more details, visit:www.destinationspourtous2014.com