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International Day of People with Disability, 3 December

Secretary-General's Message for 2014

This year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities focuses on the theme, “sustainable development: the promise of technology”.

Technology has changed the world, bringing knowledge within reach and expanding a range of opportunities. Persons with disabilities can benefit enormously from such advances, yet too many lack access to these essential tools.

As the international community works to develop an ambitious and inspiring post-2015 development agenda that leaves no-one behind, we must harness the power of technology for development for all.

Through adaptive, assistive and inclusive technology, persons with disabilities can make the most of their potential in their communities and in the workplace. Employers can harness technology to create an enabling environment for persons with disabilities to find productive employment and fully use their skills and capacities.

Technology can also help persons with disabilities caught up in natural disasters by making sure that critical information reaches them. Equally important, technology can help us include the particular needs of persons with disabilities in disaster preparedness and response.

Let us spare no effort to ensure that policies, programmes, guidelines and 21st century technologies are accessible to persons with disabilities, and sensitive to their perspectives and experiences. Together, let us work for a better future that is inclusive, equitable and sustainable for all.

Ban Ki-moon

Source http://www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/2014/sgmessage.shtml

Writing competition award

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Prior to the 4th of ADF Conferences in Myanmar 16-18 December

A writing competition is being organized in conjunction with the annual conferences convened by the ASEAN Disability Forum. This year’s conference, entitled “Disability Inclusive: Sustainable, Peace, Justice and democratization.” The 4th of ADF committee Conference is pleased to offer a ticket and accommodation for the competition winner for four (4) days from 15 to 18 December, 2014.

General Requirements

- Not published paper

- Only for citizen of ASEAN member states

- Winner announcement be committee responsibility and no one can be interfered

Submission requirements

Submissions must be in English and should be between seven (7) and ten (10) pages in length, including footnotes. The text of the paper must be typed and 1,5 spaced pages in 12 point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins. Footnotes may appear single spaced in 10 point Times New Roman font. The title of the paper must appear on every page of the submission. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the submission itself.

A separate document should be provided including (1) the author’s full name, address, telephone number and email address; (2) the title of the submission; and (4) the date of the submission.

Papers must be electronically submitted to:

the committee of ADF writing competition award in adfsecretariat9@gmail.com

Papers must be received no later than 11:59 p.m (Indonesia time in west part ) on December 5, 2014.


Submissions will be judged by a committee of ADF. The following factors will be considered:


- Background and the problem

- Thoroughness and depth of topic

- Contribution to the state of writer


1. Realisation and protection of fundamental rights and freedom of Person With Disabilities (PWDs).

2. Development and effective implementation of disability discrimination laws and mainstreaming disability issues in policy and Planning

3. Employment and decent work

4. Adequate and appropriate education

5. Health care and rehabilitation , including community-based rehabilitation

6. Political participation and access to justice of Person With Disabilities (PWDs)

7. Livelihood, poverty alleviation, and social services

8. Independent living and community inclusion

9. Children with disabilities

10. Women with disabilities

11. Older persons with disabilities

12. Participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport

13. Accessibility (e.g. ICTs, ATs, information, facility,transportation, services)

14. Capacity building of government, Self-Help DPOs, and CSOs

15. Person With Disabilities (PWDs) in Emergencies

Workshop on Rights Sensitization and Disability Equality

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This workshop want to participants understand for disability issue is not As a result of limitations or ability of the body. But disability is from social oppression discrimination exclusion and limitations of participates in society. Social model will be change attitudes from “disability is problem” to “society has barrier”. Social model it great to impact on the disabilities issue in society to knowledge about disability from social model to promote on the rights and disabilities equality


1.The participants change new attitudes to be able to analyze the problem disability issue on social model

2.To development of action plan of barrier free to participate of person with disability suck as work education or dally life.

3.To understand social model for affect the disabilities development and affect the independent living of person with disabilities to influence the attitudes believe language cultural To cause negative to person with disabilities

Report on the situation of violence, The women with disabilities the North and Northeast.

Office of Women's Affairs and Family Development with Association to Empowerment the Potential of Women with Disabilities (AEPWWDs) organization capacity building workshops to be prepare. Report on Violence against Women with Disabilities in Northern Natural Resort. Phitsanulok Province on June 30 - July 2, 2014 and the Northeast at City Park in Nakhon Ratchasima between 13 - August 15, 2014 to see the situation of violence against women with disabilities. This will bring to the development of guide to prevention and solution violence against women with disabilities, including the development of appropriate services for women with disabilities. Moreover, to create and develop a network to work together on issues of violence against women with disabilities.

The participants consisted of
.1. Women with disabilities(vision. Hearing The movement). Which will discuss the issue of violence that occurred. That might tell from experience. Or the experiences of others who are experiencing problems.
.2. Parents and caregivers of women with disabilities.. This will help to reflecting the views of the violence that happens to girls with disabilities.
.3. The staff and volunteers involved in areas. such as staff from the Social Development and Human Security in, provincial and local governments. President of the Center for Family Development And volunteers Which will reflect the situation of violence against women with disabilities overall occurred both in the province and the community.

The results indicated that the women with disabilities confronted violence at both the individual and the violence that occurs in the structure. Violence against women with disabilities encounter There are many variations of .
1.Physical violence. This is the violence committed by causing a physical injury such as beatings from her husband, beatings from family, etc
2.Sexual violence. An act of violence that affect the brutalized damage or loss related to sexuality such as forced sexual intercourse, rape,
3.Mental acuity. An act of violence that results in the victim received. Psychological trauma, such as a parody of their rights, disability, homeless and Marriage
4.Economic violence. An act of violence, deprivation of the rights of the victim in the control of economic resources, such as not entitled to inheritance, and
5.Structural violence. This violence is caused by unfavorable policies, regulations and facilities for the disabled. Including action in practice the result. Disabled have not been fully developed, such as schools reject children with intellectual disabilities to receive. Training and development of students enrolled. Because a special education teachers for the school. The disabled rejected Work due to no potential.

Violence against women occurs despite disability find a pattern similar to women without disabilities. However, when considered in detail, we found that women with disabilities are more vulnerable than women in general due to a disability, that the disabled can not protect themselves from the acts of violence. The actions and attitudes that view women as sex objects also handicapped accessibility has been limited and abuses. Due to the excessive protection of the family. And the shame of the family, it is the belief that the violence would not be prosecuted. Criminalize the act Because of a disability, such as women with a hearing disability. Could not ask for help In addition, the lack of opportunity to access the services of the state to provide assistance and due process. Accessibility is another factor that makes it more vulnerable to violence.

Download the document (Thai version)

International Day of Persons with Disabilities - 3 December 2014

Theme - Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology

This year the International Day of Persons with Disabilities will focus on the role of technology in:

- Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Responses

- Creating Enabling Working Environments

- Disability-Inclusive Sustainable Development Goals

The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

Since 2009, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs organizes a film festival as a part of the events at UN Headquarters to commemorate the Day. The United Nations Enable Film Festival (UNEFF) includes short disabilty-related films selected on the basis of their content and message that can help raise awareness of disability issues and further promote the full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society.

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