DPI E-Update - 28 November 2011

November 29, 2011


E-news for Week ending 3 December 2011

Welcome to Disabled Peoples International's (DPI's) E-news. Please continue to send your activities, conference information, and publications news to Dr. Cassandra Phillips at info@dpi.org . Congratulations to our membership as we celebrate 3 December as International Day of Disabled Persons. In this special issue, DPI identifies below some organizations who continue to make a difference in breaking down barriers for persons with disabilities worldwide.

The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

This year's theme, " Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development " is particularly relevant to persons with disabilities since they continue to be disadvantaged and stigmatized in their societies. Persons with disabilities remain marginalized, disproportionately poorer, frequently unemployed and have higher rates of mortality. Furthermore, they are largely excluded from civil and political processes and are overwhelmingly voiceless in matters that affect them and their society.

Experience shows that when persons with disabilities are empowered to participate and lead the process of development, their entire community benefits, as their involvement creates opportunities for everyone-with or without a disability. Including persons with disabilities and their communities in developmental efforts is important to advance the development agenda.
Thus it is imperative that development efforts around the world include disability issues when determining policies, programs, as well as allocating funds for developmental programs and projects. Mainstreaming disability in development is a strategy for achieving equality for persons with disabilities.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is both a human rights treaty and a development tool, provides an opportunity to strengthen developmental policies related to the implementation of internationally agreed development goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), thereby contributing to the realization of a "society for all" in the twenty-first century.

To observe how other countries are celebrating this event, follow links at http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1561

This year, DPI wants to acknowledge the following organizations for the work that they do to break down barriers for persons with disabilities worldwide.


Mobility International USA (MIUSA) celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2011. MIUSA's mission is to empower people with disabilities to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.

There are thousands of people with and without disabilities around the world whose lives have been touched by MIUSA in some way. MIUSA aims to connect with some of these people through International Disability Connect 2011, a 24-hour online virtual gathering beginning 1 December 2011. More information at   http://disabilityconnect2011.ning.com/


International Film Festival

Started in 2001, Picture this...film festival is both a competitive and exhibition international film festival. It features films that are about disability and/or films on any subject that were produced, directed and/or written by people with disabilities. As such the goal of the festival is to entertain and inform . Picture This breaks down barriers and challenges cultural stereotypes about disability around the world.

Picture This is the 2011 recipient of the AMI (Ability Media International) Award. AMI identifies outstanding creative projects, with the aim of encouraging a more inclusive world.

More information about Picture This is available at http://ptff.typepad.com/ptff_main/contact-us.html



Launched in 2002, Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI) continues to make great strides internationally. DRPI is a collaborative project to establish a comprehensive, sustainable international system to monitor human rights of persons with disabilities. Monitoring is empowering because it gives a voice to marginalized persons and increases public awareness by documenting abuses and violations. Without monitoring justice cannot prevail for persons with disabilities who continue to be violated against on a daily basis globally. For regional updates on DRPI which is now in Phase 3 of its project, go to http://drpi.research.yorku.ca/about#history


Disability Rights International

Established in 1993, Disability Rights International (DRI) continues to promote the human rights and full participation in society of people with disabilities worldwide. Disability Rights International documents human rights abuses, publishes reports on human rights enforcement, and promotes international oversight of the rights of people with mental disabilities. More information at http://www.disabilityrightsintl.org/about/



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