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Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies 2016 of the Zero Project

Dear DPI Colleagues,

Once again, the Zero Project team is inviting leading experts and organizations to nominate innovative practices and innovative policies concerning this year’s topics: "Inclusive Education and/or ICT (Information and Communication Technology".

As you may be aware, DPI is a partner organisation and therefore, we would strongly encourage you as DPI members to fill out the nomination form well before the deadline and send it to us.

The “Innovative Practices and Innovative Policies 2016” will be selected by the Zero Project network of experts in a multistep process, and will be

- featured in the Zero Project Report 2016, on its website www.zeroproject.org and on social media platforms; and

- their representatives will be invited to speak at the Zero Project Conference in Vienna (Austria) in February 2016.

Submitting a nomination is easy: Read the instructions first and then complete the nomination form. Enclosed is the nomination form (in accessible format as well) and the instructions for your kind reference. This will also be available in other languages from June 26 at the following link http://zeroproject.org/downloads/

Anyone can nominate any project, and self-nominations are also accepted! This is an extremely important survey, please consider it as top priority!

Kindly send the completed nomination form to me at aarti.dpi@gmail.com with a copy to nomination@zeroproject.org by July 10, 2015; 23:59 Central European Time (CET)

We are looking forward to receiving your nomination!

Kind regards,


ASEAN Disability Forum Open Call 2015 for Research Studies Regarding Sexuality and Reproduction Health’s Policies.

The ASEAN Disability Forum (ADF) is a network composed by Disabled People Organizations (DPOs) of the ASEAN region. It is a platform, where DPOs coordinate actions to advocate for disability inclusive policy formulation and implementation. ADF works in all areas, aiming to the mainstream the rights of Persons with Disabilities to enter their perspectives in the policy framework of ASEAN.

The ADF (ASEAN Disability Forum) is seeking a qualified candidates for the researcher anddata collectors. The research will be held in three ASEAN state member: Indonesia, Vietnam and Laoswithin 6 (six) months period from in the middle of June to December 2015.For data collector, we only need for 3 (three) month from July to Sept 2015.This research will explore all the policies and country’s regulations regarding reproduction health’s policies in the country to provide a compherensive studies to prepare an advocacy team in order to mainstream disabilities issues.


The researcher will work as a part of a team that provides direct management and field research. Responsibilities will include research development, research management, data analyzing, report management, and presentation.

Data collector

Data collector will work as a part of a team. Responsibilities including collecting research data for each country, enumerate and data counting process, data input and reporting.

How to apply :

• Cover letter responding to each selection position

• Curicullum vitae/resume

• Name and contact detail

• For reseacher attached one “10-pages article” on Sexuality and Reproduction Health.

Qualified applicants can submit their application to: secretariat@aseandisabilityforum.org . Please cc to adfsecretariat9@gmail.com

with subject “Researcher-ADF “ or “Data Collector -ADF”. Maximum date: June 15, 2015

Application that do not addressed all the requirements stated above will not be considered.

More information

8th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 9-11 June 2015

Quick links:

• Watch the Live Webcast

• UN Press Release: Deputy Secretary-General Tells States Parties 2006 Disabilities Convention Marked Conceptual Shift from Charity to Human Rights-Based Approach

UN Decoded: Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Vox Pops with participants at COSP8 , including in English, French, Arabic and Korean

The UN News Centre asked participants what more needs to be done to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms and are included in all aspects of society?

Documents (CRPD PaperSmart Portal)

List of side-events

Civil Society Participation (Monday, 8 June: Civil Society Global Forum programme)

Participation of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)

Media participation

Accessibility (Accessibility Centre at UNHQ and Accessibility Resources)

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted by the General Assembly by its resolution 61/106 of 13 December 2006. It came into force on 3 May 2008 upon the 20th ratification. Article 40 of the Convention stipulates that “The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.” Since 2008, seven sessions of the Conference of States Parties have been held at United Nations Headquarters, New York.

The 8th session will take place at the United Nations Headquarters from 9 to 11 June 2015. The theme of this year's Conference is "Mainstreaming the rights of persons with disabilities in the post-2015 development agenda".

States Parties and observers, including DPOs, are called upon to support and encourage the participation of young leaders in the Conference of States Parties.

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G3ict-DPI Side-Event at the Eighth Session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP8) to the CRPD

New York, NY, USA

June 8, 2015

Time: 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Venue: Conference Room 4, UN Headquarters

The Role of Technology and Innovation in the Post-2015 Development Framework

Organized by: The Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) in collaboration with Disabled People's International (DPI).

Details: A discussion of the imperative for the Post-2015 Development Framework to factor in assistive technologies and accessible Information and Communications Technologies including television, web sites, mobile phones and services, electronic kiosks or public access points. Possible benchmarks for Disabled Persons’ Organizations to advocate for the full implementation of Article 9 of the CRPD will be presented.

For further information about COSP8 side events, please visit: www.G3ict.com

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)

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