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Regional Conference among 3 Major Networks of Independent Living Centers in Asia-Pacific: Thailand, Korea, and Japan
on 1– 7 September 2014, Bangkok, Thailand
To promote an implementation of Incheon Strategy “Make the Right Real” for person with disability in Asia and Pacific has main aims to share good examples of practices and discuss to seek a solution in which independent Living center can work side by side with the government agency to include IL in National policy. The output are 1) press, 2) country report on progress of IL and its policy, 3) and exchange of good examples of practice, in services, programs, advocacy and policy formulation. The forum method is action learning and participatory approach.
Strengthen the implementation of Incheon Strategy Goal 4; enhancing services and programs that support persons with multiple and severe disability in living independently in the community in national policy.
We are saddened to report the death of Mr Frederick Miller passed in his sleep in evening, on Thursday, 7 August 2014 at the Suva Private Hospital. He is the Regional Disability Inclusive Development Specialist (Pacific) at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australian High Commission in Suva, Fiji. Prior to this, he spearheaded the disability inclusion work at the University of the South Pacific (USP) for 6 months between January and June 2013 setting a solid platform for the USP Disability Resource Centre to continue this momentum at this regional academic institution. From 2006 to December 2012, he served as the first Disability Coordination Officer at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) playing a very key role in the development and implementation of the Pacific Regional Strategy on Disability (PRSD). Fred was also the first male Co-Chairperson for the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF). He was a high school teacher by training teaching at Cathedral Secondary School in Suva for many years. He was also the former President of Fiji Disabled Peoples Association and member of the DPI Regional and World Council. He was one of the outstanding pioneers and architecture of the disability movement in the Pacific contributing in a great way to where PDF the Forum Secretariat’s Disability Coordination Officer
Many of you have met him at some events in the last several years and some of you might know how close disability movement in Fiji
On behalf of Disabled Peoples' International Asia-Pacific Region. We thank God and Frederick’s family for such a wonderful gift to the disability rights in Pacific and beyond.
The Training Program Independent Living and Mainstreaming for Persons with Disabilities was held between 29 June – 19 July 2014 in Japan and 19-26 July 2014 in Thailand. The training organized by Japan National Assembly of Disabled People's International (DPI-Japan) followed by Disabled People's International Asia-Pacific (DPI/AP) and supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Overall Goal of the training:
Through collaboration between DPO (Disabled People’s Organization)s and governments of each country and international network, Mainstreaming of disability issue in social development plan will be promoted, and DPOs will be involved in implementation process of UNCRPD.
The participants will acquire strategic management skills to take initiatives for their independent living movements to promote"2ndAfrican Decade of Disabled Persons” and "United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities" (UNCRPD) in African countries.
There were 10 participants representing organizations of Persons with Disabilities and governments in Malawi, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa and Sudan
Please download the Bangkok Recommendation from: www.dpiap.org
That features the Network activities from last year, including Network meetings in Singapore, Istanbul, Shanghai and Amman. Please find the report enclosed, and on our website: http://www.businessanddisability.org/images/pdf/annualreport/ILOGBDN_AR2013.pdf
The next 27th June is the celebration of the International Day of Deafblind Persons. The date refers to the birth of Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880). Helen Keller was a writer, lecturer and American social activist. She was the first deafblind person to get a bachelor's degree. Everyone that follows my battles, me, Alex Garcia, deafblind person, knows that we have little to celebrate this date, but it is enough to highlight our dedication, enthusiasm, and criticism and claims.
Helen Keller said: "One can never creep when one feels an impulse to soar."
I, Alex Garcia, did not agree and I will never agree to creep. I wish, I need to fly. I observe the life of human relationships and the world and my criticity begs and says: "The deafblindness constitutes the broader “scourge in life” in the history of this country and many other countries.
Our authorities "deaf and blind" attempt of all forms hide it, hide and make it more and more invisible deafblind persons, having as main tool the hierarchy of the human being.
The term "scourge in life" should be understood as "being alive but without development."
On this International Day of Deafblind Person will we celebrate claiming? I continue seeking support in order to press the Brazilian Government - Ministry of Education (MEC), to fulfill what was taken on September 5, 2013, in the Public Hearing to Address the Social Inclusion of deafblind persons, at the Commission on Social Security and Family of the House of Representatives. As a result of the Hearing, the representative of the Ministry of Education, Rosana Cipriano Jacinto da Silva, a commitment to set up a Working Group for the effective promotion of policies of education for people with deafblindness in the scope of MEC.
So, I did this petition to collect signatures. I already have received signatures from people from many countries of the world, but I need much more. Please note carefully and sign the petition. Please share this message and encourage your colleagues and friends to sign it. It is so important to the deafblind persons.
Thank you so much for your cooperation on this journey to success of deafblind persons.
Let´s celebrate the International Day of Deafblind Person claiming for our rights and to build up a better and equal society.
Thank you in advance for spreading this post. It is good way to cooperate, so in the International Day of Deafblind Person our voice will be heard and our presence felt.
Alex Garcia – Deafblind Brazilian