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International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2015

Theme - Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities

The estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society. As a result, people with disabilities do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others, which includes areas of transportation, employment, and education as well as social and political participation. The right to participate in public life is essential to create stable democracies, active citizenship and reduce inequalities in society.

Persons with disabilities must be able to fulfil their role in society and participate on an equal basis with others. It is important to focus on the ability and not on the disability of an individual. Often, the societal image of persons with disabilities is impacted by attitudes based on stigma and discrimination, as well as archaic ideas about disability and persons with disabilities that are often the greatest barrier to their full and equal participation in society and development on an equal basis with others. It is important to note that disability is part of the human condition, and that all of us either are or will become disabled to one degree or another during the course of our lives.

By promoting empowerment, real opportunities for people are created. This enhances their own capacities and supports them in setting their own priorities. Empowerment involves investing in people - in jobs, health, nutrition, education, and social protection. When people are empowered they are better prepared to take advantage of opportunities, they become agents of change and can more readily embrace their civic responsibilities.

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The questionnaire to research about access of CRPD

Dear friends and colleagues

DPI Korea has conducted a series of activities related with adoption, ratification, monitoring, and implementation evaluation of the Convention since 2006 when the UN CRPD was introduced.

The UN CRPD was adopted unanimously by 192-members at the UN General Assembly held on December 13, 2006. As of 2015, 151 member countries ratified the CRPD which has the contents of ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities in all areas throughout the total 50 articles related with rights protection of WWDs and children with disabilities, protection of mobility and cultural accessible rights of PWDs, education and health rights, and the rights of labor etc.

Also all state parties of the CRPD ensure full protection of rights and basic freedom of PWDs without any discrimination on the basis of disability as well as should have to submit regular reports to the UN CRPD Committee on how the rights enshrined in the Convention are being implemented through UN secretary general within two years of ratifying the Convention.

This questionnaire will be used as a raw data to develop a common proposal in Asia-Pacific to facilitate practical implementation of the CRPD. Also all the information and answers given from you will be used only for analysis and research, and we promise this questionnaire will not be used for anything other than research purpose.

Thanks for taking your time to give your answer and comment out of your busy schedule. Thank you. The deadline is 20th of November 2015 to supawat@dpiap.org

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Request to help our Flood Victims with disabilities and their Families in Myanmar

Help Flood Victims with Disabilities and their Families in Myanmar

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Greetings from Myanmar Independent Living Initiative-MILI (Disabled People’s Organization).

Myanmar people need your attention and support especially for Persons with disability and their Families.

As you all known that Cyclone KOMEN and heavy torrential rains recently brought unprecedented large scale flooding and landslide all over the Myanmar since from late July, 2015. With this severe crisis, it is estimated that over 300,000 people in middle and west part of the country have affected by the Flood: many of them have lost their homes & properties and some of them have died. Currently, some Myanmar CSOs and International NGOs are again at the frontline of the rescue and humanitarian aid, and they are struggling to access flood-hit areas. Humanitarian aid is much urgently needed to save the lives.

Many people are terribly suffering this crisis. Persons with disabilities and their families are also same with this suffering. However, according to our past experiences in disaster management, we found that many disabled persons are still left behind from emergency assistances and humanitarian aids due to several barriers and difficulties. With this lessons learnt, we, MILI has decided to take actions in these areas to save the lives of households with disabilities and their communities.


• To provide food and emergency assistance to flood affected people with/without disabilities

• To facilitate the disability inclusive emergency response and humanitarian aid programs

Targeted beneficiaries: 1,200 Households with disabilities and their community members

Targeted geographical areas

One Township in Sagaing Region 200-Households will be supported

One Township in Magway Region 200-Households will be supported

One Township in Chin State 200-Households will be supported

Two Townships in Rakhine State 400-Households will be supported

One Township in northern of Yangon Region 200-Households will be supported

Steps and Activities which will be undertaken and How

• Make contacts with MILI’s branches in target areas and coordinate for emergency relief

• Send the staffs and volunteers to target areas and work together with branches for data collection and beneficiary selection

• Distribute and deliver the emergency assistances door-to-door (include food, drinking water, clothes, tarpaulins, medicines, assistive devices, utensils and sanitation pads)

• Evaluate on done activities and

• Make a report

Coordination and Collaboration

MILI will closely coordinate with its’ branches and additionally collaborate with government: particularly general administrative department and relief & resettlement department, UN Agencies, International and Local NGOs and CSOs in target areas.

Focal contact person of MILI

Nay Lin Soe, Program Director

Phone: 0943-123-742

Email: nay.lin.star@gmail.com , program.director@mili.org.mm

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DPI General Assembly 2016

Announcement DPI General Assembly 2016

First Announcement

Dear National Council members,

It is a pleasure of the special committee in charge of organizing the coming general assembly of DPI to declare that the World Assembly is to take place in 19th -20th March 2016 in Beirut (Lebanon).

Main theme of the General Assembly: Disability and post 2015 SDG.

Please confirm your participation to Mr. Jean Luc Simon, committee secretary, with the required document for participation.

Jean Luc Simon

Disabled People’s International (DPI)

C/O: Groupement des Personnes Handicapées (GFPH)

45, Rue Riquet, Appt. 664, 75019 , Paris, France

Telephone: +33(0)1-40-05-10-90 / +33(0)6-12-92-90-53

Email: chairperson@dpi-europe.org

Website: www.dpi-europe.org / www.gfph.dpi-europe.org

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The new DPI leaders

Message from the DPI Chair, July 2015

The DPI World Council Members for having elected me as the Interim Chair at their extraordinary World Council Meeting which was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from June 28- June 30th 2015, in order to restore the dignity and lost glory of our beloved organization (Disabled People’s International DPI) on the basis of our shared values and principles, which are democracy and mutual support in respect of each one whatever his/her abilities, origin, gender, religion or social appurtenance.

The DPI member BPKS and the people with disabilities from Bangladesh who mobilized their resources to host this meeting in Dhaka within 29 days, I would like to sincerely thank them for having organized everything including food and accommodation for the participants in an efficient manner.

Decided on May 28 and noticed on May 29 and 30 to all the World Council Members elected by the 6 regional Assemblies, this extraordinary meeting is a clear demonstration of our effort and ability to decide, to act and to engage changes. I would like to also acknowledge and commend the World Council Members from 9 countries who made their travel expenses from their own resources, and 10 others who sent their proxies with their proposals for the future of DPI and with 3 who had participated in the discussions through Internet Communications Systems.

This challenge was followed by the adoption of a clear and determined statement and a list of decisions that mark a new future for our dear organization, and an action plan to reaffirm our common values and to lead DPI through to its next World Assembly. DPI will endeavour to lead disabled people around the world to their inclusion in society through lobbying and advocating for the implementation of the UNCRPD and all other international and national instruments for the building of a sustainable, peaceful and better world for all. DPI will ensure transparency and accountability in all its undertakings/dealings.

Rachel Kachaje

Interim Chairperson of DPI

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