This edition of the Disability inclusion helpdesk summarises the major announcements, events and reports published on 3rd December 2019, International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
In Kenya, the employment rate for persons with disabilities is about 1% compared to 73.8% for the general population, and the situation is even worse for persons with mental disabilities. Persons with mental disabilities are often regarded as “mad”, and stand little or no chance of employment. An exploratory study was undertaken with employers and potential employers to understand factors that hinder or facilitate their employment and to gain insight into employers’ perceptions of mental disability.
A mixed method study design was adopted, including in-depth interviews (n = 10) and questionnaires (n = 158) with (potential) employers in Kenya to explore the barriers and facilitators of employment for persons with mental disabilities
Disability and Rehabilitation, https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2018.1534006
Wheelchair user, Tom Shakespeare, reflects on what it feels like to be dependent on others.
He says care often leaves the recipient in a devalued state.
He calls for society to respond to the challenge of delivering help "without creating domination and infantilisation" and for care to be funded properly.
Producer: Adele Armstrong.
"People with disabilities are often amongst the poorest in the developing world. Yet they are usually left out of development projects. This is not because of ill-will. Development organisations simply do not know how to include them. This book offers suggestions based on the experience of organisations that participated in a two-year learning programme. It is full of useful tips on how to launch inclusive programmes and projects, how to prepare your staff for working with people with disabilities and how to adapt your organisational processes and systems"
Available in Braille, high resolution, low resolution and word formats.
Available in Portuguese: "Inclusão de pessoas com deficiência nos projectos de desenvolvimento: Um guia prático para organizações do Norte e do Sul".
Available in French: "Tiens compte de moi - L'inclusion de personnes en situation de handicap dans les projets de développement"
Available in Spanish: "Cuenta conmigo - Incluir a las personas con discapacidad en los proyectos de desarrollo"
Daniel Kaufmann and Mushtaq Khan debate the role and importance of tackling corruption as part of a development strategy. Daniel Kaufmann led the work on governance at the World Bank Institute until November 2008, and is currently a Senior Scholar at the Brookings Institution. Mushtaq Khan is Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. The session is facilitated by Owen Barder, a former UK Department for International Development (DFID) official, now working for Development Initiatives
In this recording Dr Suwit Wibulpolprasert of the Thai Ministry of Public Health talks about Thailand's experience when it issued compulsory licenses for two antiretroviral medicines in order to be able to treat more patients. Despite being put on a 'trade black list' by the US Government, the move was a success in public health terms, enabling the Thai Government to purchase more medicines and dramatically increase the availability of treatment for people living with AIDS
This programme looks at the rapid spread of freedom of information (FOI) and asks whether the many countries now introducing FOI laws are are really acting more in theory than in practice
This resource contains an audio version of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The recording provides a general overview of the convention, the specific articles of the CRPD and the steps for implementation
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