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Rehabilitation International Monthly Newsletter November 2011

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For RI EC, RIF AND RI Members


Dates & venues for the upcoming RI meetings. 3

Upcoming Meetings and Events. 3

RI EC and Assembly held in Brazil 4

CRPD Ratification Update. 5

Membership News. 6

Other News. 8

Resource Update. 14

Resource Material 18

Inspiration. 21

Dates & venues for the upcoming RI meetings





04/16/2012 - 04/18/2012 (proposed dates - tentative)

RI EC meeting

South Africa

10/26/2012 - 11/03/2012 (proposed dates)

RI EC, Assembly + RI World Congress

Incheon, South Korea

For more information please see our website

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • * December 4 - 5 Partnership in Rehabilitation: "Excellence in Acute Care" in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. King Fahad Medical City will host the 2nd Rehabilitation International Conference which is a joint venture between Rehabilitation Hospital, King Fahad Medical City and Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City. The main objectives of the 2011 conference are to introduce the new trends in medical rehabilitation, increase clinical skills amongst professionals, promote research, and increase awareness of rehabilitation services amongst health professionals. The conference will provide a great opportunity for health professionals to learn about new trends and discuss topics with world-renowned experts. Prior to and after the conference, several workshops will be conducted, covering a wide range of topics such as Critical Care Rehab, Pain Management, Augmentative Communication, Myoelectric Prosthetics, Cognitive Rehabilitation and Sexual Rehabilitation. For further information please visit
  • * December 5 - 7 mHealth Summit in Washington, DC, USA. The 3rd annual mHealth Summit brings together leaders in government, the private sector, industry, academia, providers and not-for-profit organizations from across the mHealth ecosystem to advance collaboration in the use of wireless technology to improve health outcomes in the United States and abroad. For further information please visit
  • * December 5 - 6 M-Enabling Summit in Washington, DC, USA. The summit will be the first opportunity for all stakeholders involved to identify global opportunities for accessible and assistive mobile applications and services for seniors and persons with disabilities. During breaks from the conference, the M-Enabling showcase, and the contiguous 2011 mHealth exhibit, will provide a venue to further discuss solutions with industry leaders, representatives of seniors and persons with disabilities, service providers and application developers showcasing their state-of-the-art technologies. For further information please visit
  • * 2012, March 26 - 27 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 2012 Pacific Rim International Conference program design is organized into three broad, thematic, areas: Foundational Program Themes - This program area or theme refers to those topical areas in which the Center on Disability Studies traditionally has been or is currently engaged in through projects or activities under interdisciplinary training, research, advocacy or service; Exploration Program Themes - covers those topic areas not presently addressed through research or advocacy initiatives at the Center on Disability Studies yet they prevail as salient issues important to diverse communities; Innovational Programmatic Themes - addresses the concerns of those interested in dynamic, creative ideas and sustainable solutions which can be adopted in a society or community, resulting in positive social changes. Early bird registration is available until January 13th, 2012. For further information please visit
  • * 2012, May 15 - 18 Interdependence 2012 Conference and Exposition in Vancouver, Canada. As part of the 25th Anniversary of Rick Hansen's legendary Man In Motion World Tour, the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) and the Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) are co-hosting a global conference and exposition. With the growing need and demand for solutions at all levels, the Interdependence 2012 program will provide a platform for senior policymakers, research and healthcare leaders, industry experts, NGOs and consumers to showcase the latest innovations and explore how they can work in partnership to create real-world applications. Early bird registration is open until January 15th, 2012. For further information please visit

RI EC and Assembly held in Brazil

Rehabilitation International held its Executive Committee/Commissions meetings and 2011 Assembly meetings in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the support of AVAPE Brazil, host for this year's meetings and assembly. The RI Executive Committee has deliberated on several important steps to advance the work of the organization in 2012 including tightening fiscal management to stabilize RI's finances for the coming years. EC and the Assembly have also accepted membership applications of two NMOs from Nigeria and Bhutan and an AMO from the United States. These organizations are the newest addition to the RI global network. Similarly, RI Korea has reported on preparations for the 22nd RI World Congress which will be held in Incheon, South Korea, in the fall of 2012. Before the closing of the Assembly RI President Anne Hawker and RI Korea representative and Vice President for RI Asia Pacific Prof. Il-Yung Lee, signed the memorandum of understanding for the organization of the 22nd RI World Congress, 2012 General Assembly and RI Executive Committee/Commissions meetings.

Ms. Akiko Ito, head of the UN Secretariat for the UN-CRPD, who was a guest speaker at the AVAPE International Conference, took time to meet with members of the RI Executive Committee to discuss some possible undertakings which RI and the CRPD Secretariat can jointly do together in 2012. RI President Anne Hawker, thanked Ms. Ito for her continuing interest to work with Rehabilitation International.

CRPD Ratification Update

Latest Developments

  • * Cape Verde ratified the Convention on 10-10-2011
  • * Luxembourg ratified the Convention on 26-9-2011
  • * Luxembourg ratified the Optional Protocol on 26-9-2011
  • * Micronesia (Federated States of) signed the Convention on 23-9-2011

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  • * 153 signatories
  • * 106 ratifications

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  • * 90 signatories
  • * 63 ratifications

For more Information please visit following website:

  • * RI member University of Rosario, Colombia, is undertaking a project to design a University Policy for the Inclusion of and the Coexistence with People with Disabilities in the Context of Higher Education. The project will make it possible to determine the institutional capacities necessary to design this initiative. Its outcomes will provide the University of Rosario with evidence on which to base its reflections and make decisions in order to become an Inclusive University, recognized both nationally and internationally for promoting knowledge in the field of disabilities and incorporating its practices. RI's Education Commission chaired by Dr. Uma Tuli of India, will work as an advisor in the development of the guidelines. For further information please visit More information about the University of Rosario you find at

Membership News

  • * Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) needs help in finding resources on the following topics: Toolkits for training self-advocates with intellectual, developmental, and cognitive disabilities; Disability-related content from sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America; Information on Community Based Rehabilitation work in a human rights perspective; Content in Spanish, Hausa, Yoruba, Ibo, Hindi, and Bengali. If you have suggestions please email .
  • * Building Global Democracy (BGD) published on its website summaries of the case studies of the project "Including the Excluded in Global Politics" with which RI Secretary General Venus Ilagan was a respondent. In the project, BGD commissioned 10 studies of creative ways that different marginalised groups across the world have pursued empowerment in global politics. These papers examine cases of: Afro-descendent women, national minorities in Russia; global peasant movements; Pacific Island countries; Islamic finance; urban informal settlements; children; indigenous peoples; Dalits; and sexual diversities. For more information please visit
  • * Thanks to the combined efforts of Rwanda's national association of orthopaedic technologists (TALITHA CUM) together with the African Federation of Orthopaedic Technologists (FATO), CBM, Handicap International and the recently formed ISPO Member Society in Rwanda, the Kigali Health Institute has just opened its own Orthopaedic Technology Department. The objective is to offer courses to all professionals required to provide technical services to people with amputations and other neuromuscular disorders such as poliomyelitis, paralysis, cerebral palsy, clubfoot and trauma. The Kigali Health Institute intends to follow the ISPO training guidelines and will seek ISPO Category II recognition for this 3 year training program for which 20 students have already enrolled.
  • * Grace Association Pakistan published its newsletter Voice of Grassroots 01/2011. This issue includes articles on GRACE's Events and Activities of the year. It also tells about an inspiring success story of Mr. Karrar Hussain Jaffar, an interesting story of an online turned on-site volunteer, Ms Kate Simons USA, funding opportunities for community based organizations and many more. For the newsletter please go to
  • * The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) will hold its 15th Biennial Conference from July 28th - August 4th, 2012, in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Entitled "Highest performance communication; best life experience - WOW!", the conference focuses on ISAAC's mission that people anywhere in the world who communicate with little or no speech deserve to achieve the most effective communication possible in order to achieve their maximum potential. Registration for the conference is now open. The ISAAC Awards and Scholarships will also be presented at the conference. Candidates can apply or be nominated now. The application and nomination deadlines are set from October 31st, 2011 to April 30th, 2012. For more information please visit

Other News

  • * The "Logo for Human Rights" initiative unveiled the winner of an international online competition. In May, the initiative issued an international call for logo submissions and invited people to judge them online. The response was impressive: from over 15,000 entries, a prominent jury together with the internet community selected the winning logo. The winning design is by Predrag Stakic of Serbia who had the idea for his design when reading the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "In the preamble it says that human rights are the foundation for creating a free, just, and peaceful world in the future. I put that in the design using two universal symbols - a hand and a bird - to make something new." The new human rights logo is now available to everyone at no cost as an open source product at
  • * The United Nations Foundation announced that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had delivered $15 million of its $30 million commitment to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Half the funds will be used in 2011 by UNICEF for vaccines and by the World Health Organization (WHO) to support campaign operations. The remaining funds will be released in 2012 to support both agencies. Countries benefiting from the funds include several members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation countries, such as Yemen, Somalia and Sudan. "This significant contribution will save thousands of children from the crippling and sometimes deadly effects of polio," said Timothy E. Wirth, President of the UN Foundation. "This is more than a donation - it is a gift that symbolizes successful partnership among donors and an investment in health for millions of children." For United Nations Foundation's press release please visit
  • * The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) issued a statement to the United Nations on the promotion and protection of the rights of children. In its statement the ICRC took the opportunity to highlight some of the direct and indirect consequences of conflict on children's physical well-being. The indirect effects of armed conflict have a serious impact on children: when health-care systems collapse or when it becomes exceedingly difficult to gain access to, children's health suffers. The closure of urban and rural health-care clinics, owing to violence, leads to increased risks of medical complications for untreated patients. Various simple diseases that have been left untreated are now causing permanent disabilities. Unvaccinated children are sustaining permanent disabilities that could easily have been prevented. The number of children born with disabilities is higher in areas affected by armed conflict because in such places, women have less access to proper health care and decent living conditions during pregnancy and delivery. For ICRC' statement please visit
  • * The United Nations Foundation unveiled Shot@Life, a new campaign to expand access to lifesaving vaccines for children in developing countries. A national grassroots movement, Shot@Life will educate, connect, and empower Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save children's lives around the world. The Shot@Life campaign will build a grassroots constituency to advocate for and donate to expanding access to childhood vaccines in developing countries, where many children die due to the lack of lifesaving immunizations. For only $20, a child can receive lifelong protection against measles, pneumonia, diarrhea, and polio. When children are immunized, they are more likely to celebrate their fifth birthday, do well in school, and go on to be productive, healthy adults. For further information on the campaign please visit
  • * The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation announced a collaboration with the World Health Organization's (WHO) Stop TB Department for a two-year pilot initiative to strengthen community based prevention, care and control of tuberculosis (TB) including co-infection with HIV in South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and Democratic Republic of the Congo. These five countries collectively represent more than 13 percent of global TB incidences and more than one-third of the TB/HIV co-infection burden in 2009. The initiative is expected to be a catalyst in boosting the meaningful engagement of non-governmental and community organizations, a key objective in the WHO's Stop TB strategy, and will draw on technical assistance through community care experts from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation's SECURE THE FUTURE® program. For the press release please visit
  • * On 22 September, the United Nations General Assembly held a one day high-level meeting (HLM) in New York to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. The theme for the anniversary event was: "Victims of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance: recognition, justice and development." Much progress has been made, yet intolerance has actually increased in many parts of the world, top United Nations officials warned during the high-level meeting. The resurgence and persistence of such inhumane attitudes and detrimental practices indicate that we have not done enough to stem the tide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the participants. At the opening plenary of the HLM, world leaders adopted by consensus, a political declaration proclaiming their "strong determination to make the fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, and the protection of the victims thereof, a high priority for [their] countries." The declaration is available at For further information on the HLM please visit
  • * The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) enters officially the world of social networks. Online users can follow UN DESA on Facebook, see the work of the department on Twitter and access a wealth of information on the department's Slideshare platform. Beginning Monday, October 24th, 2011, the department is launching a 10-day special on Facebook and Twitter, introducing each of the teams within UN DESA highlighting their expertise and the work that they do. "We welcome your comments, look forward to exchanging ideas and hope to enjoy online conversations with you," said Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), in a welcome message on UN DESA's Facebook page. Like UN DESA on Facebook, Follow the department on Twitter, Access a wealth of information on Slideshare
  • * Children with disabilities are one of the most marginalized and excluded groups and suffer widespread violations of their rights, according to a UNICEF report presented to a committee of the UN General Assembly in October. The report underscored that children with disabilities are denied access to education and health care, opportunities for play and culture, an adequate standard of living and the right to be heard. They are discriminated against and treated as an invisible burden. In some cultures disability is viewed as a curse or punishment. A child with an impairment is blamed as the embodiment of past failure, inadequacy or sins. UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake presented the report of the Secretary-General on the status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child with a special focus on children with disabilities, to the Third Committee of the General Assembly in New York. For UNICEF's press release please visit
  • * Emirati women with disabilities face more problems navigating everyday life than Emirati men with disabilities, and are sidelined not only by the special needs community but also by other women, according to the results of a study released by The Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy. The study is one of the first to examine how physical disabilities, hearing impairments and visual impairments affect the lives of Emirati women. It was conducted by researchers at UAE University, in Al Ain, with additional researchers from the UAE Ministry of Social Affairs. For the article please visit
  • * Zimbabwe: Pregnant Women Shun HIV-Testing. Currently, the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare in collaboration with other Aids organizations have embarked on a program to encourage people to be tested for HIV and Aids, especially pregnant mothers, to avoid unnecessary suffering and deaths of children. But it appears this is falling on deaf ears as most people are reluctant to get tested, especially when they feel physically fit. For the article please visit
  • * The organization Disabled People of South Africa has asked the South African government to make use of its skills to help counsel deaf and blind people living with HIV/Aids. The plea was made by Disabled People of South Africa chairman Muzi Nkosi during a media briefing at the Disabled People's International 8th World Assembly, in Durban, South Africa in the presence of the Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana. Nkosi said government hospitals did not have staff trained to counsel deaf and blind patients who came for HIV testing. For the press article please visit
  • * The Provincial Administration in Garissa county, Kenya declared war on parents who neglect their children with disability. Lower Northeastern Regional Commissioner Hassan Farah ordered to carry out an operation in homesteads and arrest any parent found keeping a disabled child at home. Speaking while giving wheel chairs to 29 people with disability from Garissa district donated by the National Council of Persons with Disability, his directive came just a day after a 60 year old blind man from Mbalambala district in Garissa county who had been abandoned by his people was found in the bush three days later by passersby. For the news article please visit
  • * The growing number of patients across Africa who fail to collect their lifesaving antiretroviral medicines made Dr. Tom Decroo, a Belgian physician working in Tete Province, Mozambique for the aid group Doctors Without Borders, think about organizing patients into groups of six. They would then take turns making the monthly trip to pick up refills, cutting the number of times each had to go to town - to just twice a year, from 12. A two-year test of his brainstorm here in Tete, comparing about 300 of these groups with patients who continued going alone, found that almost none of those in the groups stopped taking their medicines and only 2 percent died, according to results published in The Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. By contrast, 20 percent of the other patients quit treatment or died. For New York Times' articles please visit For the study published in The Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes please go to
  • * A scheme in six Indian states that concentrated safe-sex campaigns on a few niche groups prevented occurrence of at least 100,000 HIV infections over five years, according to estimates published in The Lancet on Tuesday. The so-called Avahan project was launched in 2003 in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, along with the northeastern states of Manipur and Nagaland, using a massive grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. These states, with a total population of 300 million, had the highest prevalences of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in India at the time. For the press release please visit For the article go to (signing up is free)
  • * The Deccan Herald, India reported in October that a nomination of a woman with disability for the upcoming local elections in Tamil Nadu was rejected on the ground that the rules under the new Panchayati Raj Act prevent physically challenged persons from contesting political position/s. Enraged over the "blatant discrimination", representatives of the Disabled Persons Association submitted a memorandum to State Election Commissioner S Aiyar demanding amendment to the law. As the electoral process was already on for the October 17 and 19 polls to both rural and urban local bodies, Aiyar pleaded lack of time for making such amendments before the elections. Acknowledging that the demand to remove the discriminatory clause was reasonable, "the government will take steps to address the issue," Aiyar said. For Deccan Herald's article please visit
  • * On September 18th - 19th the ASEAN Disability Forum (ADF) cum Workshop on the Participation of Thai Disability Community to Develop a Better Life of Persons with Disabilities in Southeast Asia through ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community was inaugurated in Bangkok, Thailand. The event was co-organized by Council on People with Disabilities of Thailand (CPDT), the National Office for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities under the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of Thailand (NEP) and Disabled Peoples' International Asia-Pacific (DPIAP). ADF will be a platform of action for DPOs and multi stakeholders in South East Asia Sub region to implement the CRPD and ASEAN Decade of Persons with Disabilities according to Delhi Recommendation in connection with the implementation of the new Decade strategies at sub regional level. For further information please visit
  • * Four adults with mental disabilities were found captive in a filthy basement in Philadelphia, USA. Two of the victims may have been held for as long as 11 years. The three men and one woman were likely victims of Social Security fraud, Philadelphia Police Sergeant Joseph Green said. The four people were found confined in a small, dirty basement boiler room that contained a mattress with some bedding and a flat board with a pillow. After they were discovered, the victims were taken for "much needed medical attention" at area hospitals, he said. They were moved on Sunday to a city-run shelter where they were receiving counseling and care, Green said, adding the "four complainants are doing well." For the news article please visit
  • * Tim Wainwright, CEO of ADD International, demands in a blog at The Guardian, that development mustn't ignore disability. He points out that Disability can trap individuals and their families in poverty, and aid donors and NGOs need to ensure their development work involves and benefits disabled people equally. It puzzles him why so much of mainstream development's resources, research, campaigning efforts and attention ignore disabled people. There are exceptions. Some big donors and NGOs have "disability units" and make grants to disabled people (this can make up a tiny percentage of their overall funding). Some have gone further - many Scandinavian donors have excellent policies, and USAid and AusAid have prioritized disability, although both admit they have some way to go. But overall, attention is patchy. For Tim Wainwright's blog please go to
  • * A small team is undertaking an Ausaid-funded systematic review on education approaches for children with disabilities. This is due for completion in June 2012. The members of the team are now searching for relevant articles, reports, papers etc to include in this review and would like to ask for assistance with this search. If you know of, or have authored, any studies, unpublished reports etc on educational approaches for children with disabilities, they would be very interested to receive them. For more information about the review, please see For further information please contact Dr. Maria Kett at T: + 44 (0) 203 108 3174 or email:
  • * The Winners of the 2011 da Vinci Awards for Accessibility and Universal Design were announced. Benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society's Michigan Chapter, the da Vinci Awards is a prestigious international forum recognizing the latest developments and research in adaptive and assistive technologies that enable equal access and opportunity for all people, regardless of ability. Speech recognition software, a full power exam table with a docking wheelchair, a Smartphone Universal Access Hub, high performance forearm crutches, and a fully automated fishing machine for the severely disabled, were winners of this year's awards which drew nominations from across the U.S, Canada, United Kingdom and Sweden. For further information and a list of the winners please visit

Resource Update

  • * The Open Society Foundations' International Women's Program and the Disability Rights Initiative announce a call for proposals addressing the situation of women and girls with disabilities in the following post-conflict countries: Nepal, Palestine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Colombia. Only proposals from these countries will be considered for possible support. They invite proposals focusing on one or more of the following objectives: (i) Reducing discrimination and violence against women and girls with disabilities, (ii) Strengthening access to justice for women and girls with disabilities, (iii) Increasing women's and girls' with disabilities self-determination and role as decision-makers and leaders. Organizations can apply for one to three year grants from $25,000 to $200,000 per year. Deadline for application is December 5th, 2011. For further information please check
  • * The American Journal of Preventive Medicine published an article on a study entitled "Sexual Violence Victimization against Men with Disabilities" which showed that men with disabilities are at a heightened risk for lifetime and current sexual violence victimization. Prior research has shown a high prevalence of sexual violence against women with disabilities. However, no previous population-based studies have examined such victimization against men with disabilities. The purpose of this paper is to document the prevalence of lifetime and past-year sexual violence victimization among a representative sample of men with disabilities in Massachusetts and to compare its prevalence among men with disabilities to that of men without disabilities and women with and without disabilities. For the article please visit

*        The High-Level Symposium on the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development was co-organized by the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Rio+20 Secretariat in Beijing, China on September 8th - 9th, 2011. The Symposium offered an opportunity for in-depth discussions among government officials, experts, and representatives from the United Nations system as well as Major Groups on both the objective and the two themes of Rio+20, with a view to formulating concrete proposals as a contribution to the preparation of the Conference. Statements and Presentations are available online at

  • * The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) published its inaugural newsletter. The newsletter will be a monthly platform which will keep you informed of the IDPP's latest initiatives, and is an outcome of its communications capacity-building. This issue includes among other articles their first call for research proposals from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. IDPP is currently accepting proposals on disability-inclusive public policy, accessible virtual and distance education, and international education networks. For the newsletter please visit For further information on the call for research proposals please refer to

*        The Master's of International Affairs in Comparative and International Disability Policy (CIDP), offered by the School of International Service at American University, is the centerpiece program of the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) for the ASEAN Region. The degree is taught in a blended cyberlearning environment, and focuses on the analysis and understanding of public policy for persons with disabilities. The Master's program will begin with a two-week residency in Bangkok from August 13th - 24th, 2012, where an international faculty will present to students on ASEAN affairs, cross-cultural communication, public policy analysis, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Admission is open until January 15th, 2012. For further information and application please visit

  • * On June 15th - 18th the Society for Disability Studies (SDS) Conference 2011 took place in San Jose, California, USA. The conference was titled Beyond Access: From Disability Rights to Disability Justice. The conference material is available online at
  • * Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) published its Newsletter Issue 3. This issue includes, among others, several articles on the fight against forced sterilization of women with disabilities and information on a funding opportunity for people with disabilities to attend international events. For the newsletter which is available in pdf-format, Word-format and as Text only, please visit
  • * Wyakin Warrior Foundation offers severely wounded US veterans a program which includes a full ride scholarship, a multi-layered mentoring program (including national-level mentors for each student), an ongoing training/seminar series given by the country's leaders in business, industry and government, and robust networking to position them for a successful and rewarding career. Deadline for application is December 31st for the following fall semester. For further information please visit
  • * The United Nations Public Service Awards is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service. It rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions that lead to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide. Through an annual competition, the UN Public Service Awards promotes the role, professionalism and visibility of public service. All nominations should be entered in the online application database at: until 31 December 2011. For further information please visit
  • * On March 15 - 17, 2012, the 13th International Conference on Home Mechanical Ventilation and 4th European Respiratory Care Association Congress will be held in Barcelona, Spain. The 1st Joint Meeting of JIVD and ERCA focuses on the common objectives of both associations: to promote the knowledge and understanding of disease, to educate and to share experience in order to ensure optimal patient respiratory care. With the help of an international advisory board, each association has drawn up its own scientific program reflecting their respective specificity, as well as organizing some joint sessions. The organizers call for abstracts on all congress subjects. Deadline for submission is January 15th, 2012. For further information please visit
  • * The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity will be held on March 26th to 27th, 2012. The organizers call for abstracts. Submissions will be considered for poster presentations, interactive roundtables, 30-minute topical presentations, 60-minute breakout presentations, 90-minute seminar/colloquium, and 120-minute interactive workshops. Deadline for submission is December 16th, 2011. For further information please visit
  • * Fordham University, New York, offers a new Masters in International Humanitarian Action (MIHA) providing an unparalleled opportunity for humanitarian professionals to develop the comprehensive knowledge and on-the-ground skills needed to deal with the world's most pressing challenges and disasters. The MIHA is designed in response to their requests for a flexible yet academically rigorous degree-granting program that combines a theoretical basis with applied knowledge. MIHA combines the experience of seasoned humanitarian professionals with the academic strength of Fordham faculty from the School of Law and the Graduate Schools of Business and Social Service, who provide students with the political, historical, legal and ethical contexts of past, present and future emergencies. For further information please visit
  • * The Organizing Committee of the 2012 Trent International Prosthetic Symposium (TIPS 2012), to be held from May 21st - 23rd, 2012 calls for abstracts and short clinical papers. TIPS 2012 is dedicated to the management of upper extremity amputees and limb deficient children. Deadline for submitting papers is January 1st, 2012. For further information please visit and
  • * The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) published a guidance note entitled "Working with Persons with Disabilities in Forced Displacement". Developed in cooperation with Handicap International, the note emphasizes the importance of the participation of persons with disabilities and inclusive programming for all humanitarian operations. The note is part of a series of concise guidance notes that UNHCR is developing for field staff on issues of diversity within forcibly displaced populations. For the guidance note please visit
  • * On September 28th - 30th the 1st International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities took place in Dublin, Ireland. The conference was attended by 400 delegates from across the world who came to learn and hear from experts and professionals on what they can do to improve their community for older people and to discuss how the Global Network can move forward. The presentations are available online at
  • * Open Society Foundations publishes a fact sheet entitled "Against Her Will: Forced and Coerced Sterilization of Women Worldwide". Women worldwide have been forced or coerced by medical personnel to submit to permanent and irreversible sterilization procedures. Despite condemnation from the United Nations, cases of forced and coerced sterilization have been reported in North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. This fact sheet provides information on instances of forced sterilization of racial and ethnic minorities, poor women, women living with HIV, and women with disabilities. It also provides recommendations for governments, medical professionals, UN agencies, and donors to end the practice of forced and coerced sterilization. For the factsheet please visit

Resource Material

  • * Sightsavers, an international charity, strives with partners to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people in the developing world. Sightsavers published its policy paper on inclusive education titled "Making inclusive education a reality". The policy paper explains the difference between integrated, inclusive and special education and points out the rights and responsibilities as well as the key challenges and possible solutions of inclusive education. For more information on Sightsavers please visit its website at
    To read the policy paper please go to
  • * Critical Perspectives on Human Rights and Disability Law by Marcia H. Rioux, Lee Ann Basser, and Melinda Jones. The book examines the changing relationship between disability and the law, addressing the intersection of human rights principles, human rights law, domestic law and the experience of people with disabilities. Drawn from the global experience of scholars and activists in a number of jurisdictions and legal systems, the core human rights principles of dignity, equality and inclusion and participation are analyzed within a framework of critical disability legal scholarship. This book breaks new ground in its consideration of the way in which human rights principles can be applied in law and policy to achieve positive outcomes for people with disabilities. The book is available in bookstores.
  • * The MDG GAP Task Force published its report 2011 entitled "The Global Partnership for Development: Time to Deliver". The MDG Gap Task Force Report 2011 monitors the progress made in achieving the targets of MDG 8, including continued attention to the impact of the global crisis on meeting the targets set under MDG 8 and embedding any new commitments resulting from the High-level Plenary Meeting of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly on the MDGs into the monitoring process. With less than four years left until the 2015 deadline to deliver on the commitments contained in the MDGs, the 2011 Report provides recommendations to all major stakeholders on how to address the remaining implementation gaps. The report is available as pdf-download in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish at
  • * World Health Organization (WHO) published its 16th global report on tuberculosis (TB) entitled "Global Tuberculosis Control 2011". It provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress in implementing and financing TB prevention, care and control at global, regional and country levels using data reported by 198 countries that account for over 99% of the world's TB cases. For the report please visit
  • * Population Ageing in Central and Eastern Europe, edited by Andreas Hoff, Zittau-Goerlitz University of Applied Sciences, Germany and Oxford Institute of Ageing, University of Oxford, UK. This book brings together leading scholars to present an understanding of the processes underlying the very rapid population ageing in Central and Eastern Europe. In addition to discussing the main demographic drivers behind this development in each of the countries examined, this volume also discusses its implications for policy, healthcare provision, workforces, intergenerational family relations, the social cohesion of future Central and Eastern European societies, and the quality of life experienced by their citizens. For further information please visit
  • * Global Health Council published its new factsheet entitled "Treatment as prevention: challenges and opportunities". The factsheet refers to the prevention of HIV transmission by treating people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) with anti-retroviral therapy (ART). PLWHA on ART have plasma viral loads up to six times lower than those not on ART.1 This means they have fewer copies of the HIV circulating in their bodies and are less likely to transmit the virus. For the factsheet please visit
  • * The United States Army Warrior Transition Command (WTC) released an online learning resource for family members and caregivers who support the Army's wounded, ill and injured soldiers. The tool focuses on informing families about the Comprehensive Transition Plan that supports the Army's 8,500 wounded, ill and injured soldiers at Warrior Transition Units (WTU). The "Comprehensive Transition Plan (CTP) Learning Module for Families" educates caregivers on the seven-part CTP process for soldiers, elements of the soldiers' individual recovery plan and the role loved ones play throughout the entire process. The learning module can be found on the WTC website at


  • * Mohammed Asif Iqbal, 34, is visually impaired, but has a keen sense of boundaries being crossed. The consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Kolkata bristles every time he hears of a differently-abled person struggling through the maze of Indian bureaucracy for a job. It reminds him of his own ordeal with something as simple as procuring a disability certificate. But Iqbal's mission does not end with empathy; instead, his mind begins to map plans to make such interface disabled-friendly. It was this intent that made Iqbal offer his services to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), becoming the first visually-challenged person to work on this project while taking a sabbatical from PricewaterhouseCoopers. His mandate: create a framework to allot unique identification numbers, called Aadhaar, to differently-abled citizens, who face unique issues during this exercise. For further information please visit

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