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Results from our Global Internet Forum for Post 2015 Considerations for Persons with Disabilities in Africa and Asia.

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  • @hempun31 Hi Hem,

    It's not clear what your first question is, perhaps you can provide more insight on that?

    To your second question, you may find it helpful to view UNICEF's report on the State of the World's Children 2013 to get more in-depth information on how things have gone for children who have a disability and their education options. Generally speaking from a global perspective, children who have disabilities are often miss out on school. If these children are in school, the challenge is having teachers and peers that can support the student.

    More on teaching children in schools: http://www.unicef.org/sowc2013/focus_inclusive_play_spaces.html

    State of the World's Children 2013: Children with Disabilities:http://www.unicef.org/sowc2013/
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  • Are there any tangible example of the employment of disabilities in UN ???? and opportunity for children's education ???
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    February 2013 Global Internet Forum Report February 2013 Global Internet Forum Report Document Transcript

    • EOTO World Global Internet Forum Report Developing a Post 2015 Agenda for Persons with Disabilities in Africa and Asia 28 February ­ 10 March, 2013 The following report is only to serve as a synopsis for stakeholders and beneficiaries of EOTO World. Forums are hosted in accordance with EOTO World’s project EXCHANGE program that connects Human Rights Activists around the globe in online spaces to discuss and build skills to affect the MDGs and a culture of peace. Following every forum, participants receive a customized resource guide related to the forum theme, designed to continue to assist global efforts toward anti­poverty and peace. Please consider the environment before printing this report. If you must print please choose double­sided printing on recyclable paper.     February 2013 Global Forum Report                         1
    • Table of Contents About EOTO World………………………………………………………….3 Intro & Forum Rationale…………………………………………………….4 Forum Goals………………………………………………............................5 Participation Overview................................................................................5­6 Lens 1: Gaps in the MDGs for PWD.…………………...............................6­7 Lens 2: Relating Post 2015 to Community Needs .………………………...7­8 Lens 3: Linking Post 2015 to Post Rio+20 for PWD…………………........8­9 Ways to Use this Report……………………………………………………...9     February 2013 Global Forum Report                         2
    • About EOTO World What We Do EOTO World provides capacity building services for human rights activists across the globe to strengthen anti­ poverty and peace work. We enable safe spaces for activists to publish critical analyses, build vital skills, network, and share resources to transform communities across the globe. Mission EOTO World seeks to provide safe spaces for human rights activists to transmit their knowledge and skills in human rights to a global audience, contribute to global efforts to address the Millennium Development Goals and promote a culture of peace. Vision To live in a world where there is a culture of peace, no extreme poverty, and human rights is a norm. Website and Social Media www.eotoworld.org     Publications & Presentations to Use and Share     February 2013 Global Forum Report                         3
    • Introduction to Project EXCHANGE Human Rights Activists around the world often have key challenges to safety that can include physical, cyber safety, unmitigated access to information and the freedom to critically analyze current happenings in the field. Concerned with the many obstacles that prevent full exploration of Activists to transmit knowledge and skills, in late 2010, EOTO World embarked on a new service to create safe spaces of resource exchange via global Internet forums. This new service, known as project EXCHANGE, began with the first forum in June 2011, of what will continue to be a series of forums to address perspectives and skills that coincide with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and a Culture of Peace (COP). The MDGs are 8 measureable goals designed by the United Nations (UN) in 2000 to combat known factors that cause extreme poverty. EOTO World believes that these measures, which have a projected goal of achievement in varying degrees by 2015, should be consistently worked on until poverty is eradicated. Likewise, COP is a UN concept that suggests that in order to eliminate systematic violence, one must cultivate peace for the environment, between and within nations, as well as within the self. Poverty and violence are inextricably linked. EOTO World believes in promoting a COP to achieve sustainable world peace. February 2013 Forum Rationale Given that the 2015 deadline for the MDGs leaves room for desire in the achievement of goals, there is an agenda to extend the work past 2015. The post 2015 agenda for the MDGs has been underway since September 2012. Consultations online through myworld2015.org has allowed civil society to come together and provide feedback on a grander scale than previously attempted through the United Nations. Whereas the reach of a single online system to capture civil society organization recommendations can be effective, it can also be inadvertently exclusive to organizations already familiar with UN updates. EOTO World seeks to utilize the system to amplify voices of persons and organizations around the globe that do not have access to the online system and/or do not feel comfortable using it.     February 2013 Global Forum Report                         4
    • February 2013 Forum Goals EOTO World embarked on a mission to host a forum on how to develop an inclusive agenda of persons with disabilities from Africa and Asia post 2015 to: ● Provide an open forum for activists that identify as a person with a disability or work with the population to share their experiences ● Understand the gaps between what is understood in the international community and the realities on the ground                                              And ● Identify solutions that can be integrated in EOTO World’s advocacy towards the Post 2015 agenda that includes use of the myworld2015 online system. Forum Participation Overview: 50 individuals/organization representatives had access to the forum space. Participants were able to view video, text and reference links for their perusal. Some questions were asked to address each topic. Participants were encouraged to upload information regarding the state of treatment and thoughts of the way forward to eradicate poverty for persons with disabilities in their country. Most participants used the space to gather information about the post 2015 process, including African and Asian organization representatives. One participant decided to expand the online topic decisions to persons with disabilities and organizations the participant was in contact with throughout Brazil. This report includes the participant’s responses within the forum as well as the summary of responses received from persons within organizations in Brazil and individual persons that either have a disability or work with people that do.     February 2013 Global Forum Report                         5
    • Whereas we had some response rate for this forum, we caution that the opinions expressed should not be attribted to voices from our target markets of Africa and Asia. For this forum, the responses were from Brazilians. Most perspectives given were presented to speak to the general work that needs to be done for developing regions as well as some items specific to Brazil. Highlights of the opinions expressed within the forum are detailed within each lens that EOTO World posed to the group. Lens 1: Gaps in the MDGs for Persons with Disabilities The following list was identified as barriers for people with disabilities as it relates to the overarching goal of the MDGs to eradicate extreme poverty. 1. Financial constraints 2. Social prejudice 3. Lack of enforcement of laws for persons with disabilities 4. Lack of community participation of human rights organizations connected to the work of disability to enforce national compliance on inclusion standards 5. Lack of adapting sustainable development practices 6. Less support/ resources for rural areas to address the needs of people with disabilities 7. Lack of quality education and awareness about disability rights 8. Inadequate government projects/initiatives that support development at the expense of equal rights 9. Inability of civil society organizations to obtain funds, participate in meetings and meet deadlines for submission. Organizations also lack technology to keep their communications up to par. Solutions to address barriers were identifed as follows: 1. Create universal targets for all persons with disabilities. Global parameters, indicators and indexes should reference national and international best practices as well as be topic specific.     February 2013 Global Forum Report                         6
    • 2. Provide awareness of the legal rights of persons with disabilities so citizens can influence law makers to reform antiquated laws that generate social injustice. 3. Encourage research via greater access to science, technology and modern medical treatments. Expertise should include improving transplants, neurosurgery, prosthesists and physiotherapy. 4. Ensure labor laws that guarantee the rights of persons with disabilities at work. 5. Train employers on the labor laws guaranteeed to persons with disabilities on how to integrate these rights as priorities within their administrative routines. 6. Improve the use of trained animals for the blind. 7. Remove bureaucratic barriers that impede quality of life for persons with disabilities. Lens 2: Relating Post 2015 to Community Needs Participants identified the following priorities for education and employment for persons with disabilities: 1. Strengthen human rights in each country via assistance programs and professional training at the national, regional and international levels. 2. Keep local access to hospital, libraries, places for the arts, shopping areas, banks and government agencies open with education materials on disability rights and support. Participants identified other solutions to address quality of life for persons with disabilities, which are outlined in the list below: 1. Promote compliance and improvement of national and international legislations. 2. Expand the structures of areas already designed to improve access via the installation of ramps, holding bars, Braille signs, and hearing devices for the hard of hearing in restaurants, public spaces, transportation systems and housing.     February 2013 Global Forum Report                         7
    • 3. Promote the participation of persons with disabilities in sports. 4. Establish safe places for children with disabilities to play, including playgrounds, paraolympic games and community­led events. 5. Provide free schooling for children with disabilities and free psychological support to families raising children with disabilities. 6. Provide education for families on how to make homes safe for people with disabilities 7. Establish more social communities on and offline for persons with disabilities. Lens 3: Linking Post 2015 to Post Rio+20 for Persons with Disabilities 1. Facilitate greater participation of persons with disabilities in the UN Major Groups for sustainable development. 2. Encourage effective participation within the UN Major Group processes for persons with disabilities via associations and discussion groups that address community questions about disability, the needs of the people and to cross­check progress on development claimed to be achieved. 3. Ensure jobs for people with disabilities that meet sustainable practices for external and internal (company) environments. Criteria should include transportation and accommodation, compliance with quality of life, adequate treatment and access to health technologies. 3. Encourage social impact projects across sustainable development topics related to education, technical training and job creation, all with spots reserved for persons with disabilities. 4. Provide incentives for consumers to buy cars that reduce harm to the environment with lower costs. 5. Provide government incentives for citizens to be more green with lowered taxes and adapt safe environmental practices throughout government services to model behavior.     February 2013 Global Forum Report                         8
    • Ways to Use this Report Thank you for reading our global forum internet report. We hope that you will use this information to advance your activism surrounding the topics in ways that breaks silos and creates a more safe, healthy, decent, peaceful world for all. Ways that you can incorporate these opinions are to create community dialogue, propose, initiate, share with policy makers and support solutions suggested in your locality, country or region. Onward! EOTO World     February 2013 Global Forum Report                         9