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Experience Sharing on Public Hearing_National Education Law‏

Dear my colleagues and friends working for disability rights,

I was invited by Upper House (Amyothar Hluttaw) to attend public hearing meeting on amendment of National Education Law on March 14 where represents about 45 officials by Hluttaw and 4-Representatives by CSOs side.

MEC financially supported for my trip to NPT.

On behalf of MILI, I made strong presentation and discussion for 35 minutes on the educational situation of persons with disabilities, injustice facts and points in existing law, differences of special education and inclusive education, importance of mainstream education and budget necessity for making the educational right of disabled children real. Besides, the documents of Article-24: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and specific educational recommendations of MILI on the law were handover and disseminated to all attendees in the meeting. For your information, I attached the document what I presented there detail fact by fact.

Let's continue to join in hands more and more for inclusion of PWDs in national education law and carry on our advocacy together.

We need your support.

Download the document (Myanmar version)

Best regards,

Nay Lin Soe

Founder & Program Director

Myanmar Independent Living Initiative, MILI (Organization of Persons with Disability)

World Autism Awareness Day

2 April

2015 Theme: Employment: The Autism Advantage

It is estimated that more than 80% of adults with autism are unemployed.

Research suggests that employers are missing out on abilities that that people on the autism spectrum have in greater abundance than “neurotypical” workers do – such as, heightened abilities in pattern recognition and logical reasoning, as well as a greater attention to detail.

The hurdles that need to be overcome to unleash this potential include: a shortage of vocational training, inadequate support with job placement, and pervasive discrimination.

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The World Bank Safeguards and Disability Expert Meeting on the Management of Social Risk

World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC

March 19, 2015

As part of the World Bank Safeguards Review process, Disabled People’s International (DPI) participated in the Expert Meeting on the Management of Social Risk. The meeting included representatives of US based organizations and international organizations working on issues of vulnerable groups.

DPI was represented by its Arab Regional Office Executive Director, Mr. Mohammed Loutfy who is also the co-founder of the World Bank Safeguards and Disability Campaign, an effort started by the Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union (LPHU) and the Bank Information Center (BIC) to ensure the integration of disability into the World Bank’s Safeguards Policy. The Campaign has been a very successful initiative that has resulted into cultivating a welcoming environment at the World Bank towards adopting the principles of inclusion and accessibility into the Safeguards' Environmental and Social Assessment Standards and its annexes.

At the meeting, Loutfy made the following remarks:

- The need to ensure quality compliance with standards of accessibility and inclusion throughout World Bank Operations for the Safeguards Policy i.e. project investment financing.

- The need for integrating the CRPD within the Safeguards' preamble as one of the main legal references, to which the Bank would comply to.

- The need for the Bank to explicitly adopt Universal Design and universal accessibility standards.

- The Bank should ensure inclusive community engagement especially with groups of persons with disabilities primarily in the Global South which would be systematically integrated in the consultation process throughout all project cycles.

Towards the end of the meeting, the World Bank representatives showed a significant interest in Loutfy's comments. They assured that disability is going to be one of the major issues to be integrated in the Bank's Safeguards Policy. Furthermore, all relevant policy documents and suggestions that were previously submitted by the Campaign will be considered throughout the next drafting phase.

For any questions regarding the World Bank Safeguards Review process, please write to Mr. Mohammed Loutfy at loutfy.lphu@gmail.com or to the DPI Chairperson's Office at secretariat.dpi@gmail.com

Chairperson's Office

Disabled People's International (DPI)

C-43, South Extension Part II

New Delhi - 110 049, India

Tel.: 91-11-26265647 / 26265648

Fax: 91-11-26265649

Website: www.dpi.org

DrawDisability

DrawDisability is a global campaign launched by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), in partnership with the Global Observatory for Inclusion (GLOBI) and the United Nations Global Education First Initiative Youth Advocacy Group (GEFI-YAG).

The campaign has two main goals:

-to encourage dialogue and raise awareness on disability and related issues among teachers and students within educational environments

-to create a global art project focused on disability

Schools from all over the planet will be encouraged to get involved in the project. Teachers will receive guidelines containing information about disability and inclusion, and will be invited to promote critical reflections and awareness on disability within the classroom. Children with and without disabilities will then be encouraged to #DrawDisability. Drawings will portray their understanding and feelings towards disability and related issues, such as accessibility, inclusion and discrimination. The best drawings will be showcased at the World Education Forum in May 2015 in Incheon, South Korea, and the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP-CRPD) in June 2015 New York, USA.

Download the full description of the project

DrawDisability – Guidelines for Teachers

More information http://www.globi-observatory.org/drawdisability/

The Pacific Rim International Conference

Pacific Rim 2015

The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

Essential Definitions

Deep—of penetrating intellect, extending far from some surface or area, characterized by profundity of feeling or quality

Impact—the force exerted by a new idea, concept, technology, or ideology the force of impression of one thing on another; a significant or major effect

The 2015 conference theme is Deep Impact. Recognizing our shared responsibility, how can we strengthen the positive impact we already have on our communities, regions, and countries and in the world? By attending the conference, you will be part of a wide network of individuals and communities who strive to make a positive difference in the world for our hundreds of millions of fellow human beings who just want a shot at living to their own full potential. Be there and share your brilliance with the world.

ENGAGE

Take your first steps to the islands by submitting a call for proposal. We welcome your ideas, suggestions and enthusiasm. Then join us in Waikiki, Hawaii, May 18 & 19, 2015.

The Pacific Rim International Conference, considered one of the most ‘diverse gatherings’ in the world, encourages and respects voices from “diverse” perspective across numerous areas, including: voices from persons representing all disability areas; experiences of family members and supporters across all disability and diversity areas; responsiveness to diverse cultural and language differences; evidence of researchers and academics studying diversity and disability; stories of persons providing powerful lessons; examples of program providers, and; action plans to meet human and social needs in a globalized world.

In 2015, new topic areas will promote thoughtful discussion and suggest new ways to integrate education, technology, advocacy, activism and interdisciplinary research. We all strive to strengthen communities and enhance the lives of all human beings. Together, we can harness the tremendous synergy generated by the intermingling and cross-fertilization of diverse perspectives, and ‘spread the word’ as we continue our professional and personal life journey.

Read more http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/

Warm Regards,

Conference Team

Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii

(808) 956-8816

prinfo@hawaii.edu

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