Thursday, 4 August 2016

International news and commentary

International Disability Alliance, 1 July 2016
Today Mr. Colin Allen assumes the Chair of the International Disability Alliance (IDA), from Australia; elected by the Alliance’s 13 voting Members in March of this year. Colin Allen is a leading advocate for persons with disabilities globally, including as President of the World Federation of the Deaf since 2011. He is the second deaf person to serve as the Chair of IDA, of which the World Federation of the Deaf is a founding member. Mr. Allen succeeds Ms. Maryanne Diamond, AO, Immediate-Past President of the World Blind Union, and IDA Chair from July 2014 to June 2016 ...
"I am very pleased that as a deaf sign language user, I will be able to advance IDA goals and promote its vision in my own language - sign language - and perhaps through my international leadership hasten the removal of barriers experienced by other deaf people in the world, thereby pursuing and fulfilling the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Sustainable Development Goals. While I am very concerned about the removal of barriers for the Deaf Community, as Chair of IDA, I am equally keen that current obstacles experienced by all people with disabilities are eradicated as only then will we have a truly inclusive community."
People with Disability Australia has welcomed Mr Allen's appointment.

A brief extract on their work from the International Disability Alliance website:
... The cornerstone of our work is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). We promote the effective and full implementation of the UN CRPD, and compliance by governments and the UN system, through the active and coordinated involvement of representative organisations of persons with disabilities at the national, regional and international levels. The 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals are also integral to IDA's work to promote inclusive, sustainable development in line with the UN CRPD and the rights of persons with disabilities ...
Nigeria: Three Million Children With Disability Out of SchoolJudd-Leonard Okafor, AllAfrica, 14 July 2016
Among an estimated 10 million children reported out of school in Nigeria by the UN Children's Fund, more than 3m of them are children with disabilities because "school environments are not inclusive and accessible" to them, says the Joint National Association's of Persons with Disabilities, JONAPWD ... Katie Grant, iNews (UK), 17 July 2016
... the superhumans appellation is intended to apply not just to the athletes but “anyone with a disability”, according to Dan Brooke, chief marketing and communications officer at Channel 4. And here a problem emerges.
While our Paralympic stars may be treated with wide-eyed wonder and hailed by the public as superhuman, this simply does not reflect the reality for thousands more people in the UK who live with disabilities ...

Focus on capabilities of kids with disabilities, ensure their rights
Rose-An Jessica Dioquino, GMA News, 19 July 2016
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) called on communities to focus on the capabilities of children with disabilities as well as look after their rights in order to understand them and integrate them better in society ...

I Am a Black Woman With a Disability. Hear Me RoarCrystal R. Emery, Time, 20 July 2016
Living at the intersection of 3 marginalized identities has made me stronger ...
Disabled lives matter. We need to toughen the law on disability hate crime Nicola Clark, The Guardian, 28 July 2016
Two incidents have occurred in the last seven days to highlight the fact that the rise of hatred, which I have campaigned against for eight years, needs greater attention in a specific area ...

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