What's in the GDRL?

What’s in the Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) Project?

Nine information “portals” were created as part of the GDRL project. An on-line version of all of these portals is available at http://gdrl.org.  Each portal can guide users to resources organized around a central thematic topic.  All portals are designed to meet the information needs of users working to improve the lives of people with disabilities in developing countries.  Most content is currently in English, but some of the portals have a section for “non-English” resources for content in other languages. The nine portals are as follows:

  • The Global Disability Rights Library – This is the single largest information portal and includes resources on the human rights dimension of disability.  Examples of topics include: education, employment, capacity building for disabled peoples’ organizations, policy and legislation, independent living, poverty, toolkits on promoting disability rights, and more.
  • Global Disability Rights Library French Resources – Similar to the portal above, but all in French.
  • Assistive Technology – Provides resources on making computers, the off-line eGranary Digital Library, and environments more accessible for all people.  Includes free software enabling people who cannot see well or move their hands well to use computers.
  • Basic Disabilities Information – Information that relates to disabilities but not to human rights.  Resources on how employers, educators, and families can meet the needs of people with disabilities.
  • Capacity Building for Non-Governmental Organizations – Provides capacity building resources for non-governmental organizations in developing countries.  Topics include: designing and implementing social change projects, raising funds and managing them wisely, training new leaders, etc.
  • Disability Related Blogs and Narratives – Non-academic content on disability and disability rights.  Personal stories of living with disabilities (or with disabled loved ones), opinions and analysis, etc.
  • Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) and Disability-Oriented Organizations – Websites for disability organizations around the world.  Includes a page with information on GDRL deployment sites.
  • General Human Rights Information – Content related to human rights but not to disability goes here. Includes the full text of major human rights instruments such as the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Convention on the Rights of the Child, etc.  Also provides resources for people learning about human rights.
  • Poverty and International Development – Content on poverty and international development, how to fight poverty and implement development projects, etc.

The Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) project is a joint initiative of the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) and the University of Iowa’s WiderNet Project.  The GDRL was made possible with the support of the American people via a three-year seed fund grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).