I am Norm campaign

Interesting campaign started earlier this year.

National Campaign To Challenge Disability Stereotypes, Promote Inclusion

In January 2010, twenty young people, with and without disabilities, flew from various locations across the United States to meet each other for the very first time in Washington, DC.

We want the world to abandon its perceptions of normalcy, and to learn to embrace and appreciate diversity among individuals. We want to show people to see that real inclusion can only happen by bringing together diverse groups of people and ensuring that everyone is supported, understood, and respected.

We are an initiative designed by young people to promote the acceptance, respect, and full inclusion of youth with disabilities in schools and communities.

Count Down to the launch of the World Report on Disability

News alert from the Disability and Rehabilitation Team at WHO

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2010, the count down began to the launch of the World Report on Disability on 9 June 2011 in Geneva.

This major report, published jointly with the World Bank, provides evidence on the current situation of people with disabilities, and identifies ways of removing barriers to the participation of people with disabilities in their communities.

They want to hear from people with disabilities about what can be done to overcome barriers. To start the debate, we asked Faustina Urassa, a woman with disabilities from Tanzania, “What’s disability to you?”

See what she told us at youtube.com/WHO or at the World Report website, http://www.who.int/disabilities/world_report/en/index.html

Sign up at the World Health Organization Facebook page – http://on.fb.me/fX1iN8 – to join the debate and receive regular updates on the global and country launches of the World Report. Facebook will be our main channel for disability dialogue. In the months ahead, we will post three more films, featuring women with disabilities from Lebanon, United Kingdom, and Bolivia.

In the run up to the launch, we welcome your photographs, stories and short films on the theme “This is disability to me”,

Please share this email with your disability community, and ask them to join ours.

For further information, please contact Tom Shakespeare: shakespearet@who.int

International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 Dec 2010

2010 IDPD logoThe annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December was established by the International Year for Disabled Persons (1981). The Day aims to promote a better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the rights of persons with disabilities and gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities. The goal of full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society and development was established by the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1982.

Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, Judy Huemann, in partnership with the US International Council on Disability, is hosting an event at the State Department on December 3. Panel discussions and presentations will address HIV/AIDS and disability, violence against women and girls with disabilities, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. For details see: http://www.usicd.org/detail/event.cfm?event_id=59&id=92.

Police Intervention More Common For Students With Disabilities

Police Intervention More Common For Students With Disabilities

It’s 2009… this shouldn’t be the case… most police officers must not be trained properly, which is a joke when there are FREE online tutorials available from the federal government (through the Department of Justice)–meaning ALL police officers across the country, regardless of their home state, should respond in similar manner to people with disabilities. Good cops should not want more arrents under their belt, they should want to serve and protect the people… arresting citizens with disabilities at a higher rate than those without is the same as arresting more blacks than whites for similar crimes… oh whoops, that still happens!

Police Response to People with Disabilities, Eight-Part Series- Designed for use in roll-call training, this videotape addresses law enforcement situations involving people who have mobility disabilities, mental illnesses, mental retardation, epilepsy or seizure disorders, speech disabilities, deafness or hard of hearing, and blindness or low vision. The eight segments range from 5 ½ to 10 ½ minutes in length.