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Inclusive education in resource-constrained environments: good practice examples and learning from implementation, Disability Inclusion Helpdesk Research Report No. 3

LEE, Harri
MYERS, Juliette
January 2019

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This rapid review addresses the query: What are recent examples of good practice in providing inclusive education in resource constrained environments, in terms of:

  • enrolling children with disabilities into mainstream schools
  • creating inclusive environments in schools, for example through teacher training, whole school approaches and awareness raising
  • identifying learning needs for children with disabilities, with a particular focus on intellectual disabilities
  • use of specialist education resources (eg. teachers, resource centres) to support mainstream schools

 

Case studies presented include:

  • DFID’s Girls Education Challenge – How disability disaggregated data can generate knowledge and help ensure education is more inclusive to girls with disabilities
  • Education for All in Bombali District, Sierra Leone
  • Supporting transition from primary to secondary for girls with disabilities in Kenya (2014-2022)
  • CBM’s experience providing inclusive education in Nicaragua
  • ADD International Tanzania

Tikule limodzi: Let’s grow together. The impact caregiver training has on children with disabilities in Malawi - Baseline report

MURPHY, Rachel
et al
December 2017

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Tikule Limodzi (‘Let’s Grow Together’) was a three-year (2015 to 2018) multi-agency study that sought to promote the inclusion of children with disabilities in community-based childcare centres (CBBCs) in a rural district of Southern Malawi. The main purpose of the project was to explore ways of developing the skills of caregivers to support children with disabilities in CBCCs through the use of inclusive strategies and resources. This mixed-method study also sought to share evidence that will aid the Malawi government and other stakeholders to better understand the complex dynamics that ‘enable’ or ‘inhibit’ quality early childhood development (ECD) for children with disabilities. 

This report presents the baseline pre-intervention data from a cluster-randomised controlled trial (CRCT) of a caregiver training intervention targeting CBCCs in Thyolo district in the Southern Region of Malawi. The trial involved 48 CBCCs randomly allocated to the control and intervention arms (24 CBCCs each). The training (intervention) consisted of a two-week training programme based on the basic National ECD Caregiver Training Programme, with additional modules on how to improve the inclusion and participation of children with disabilities in CBCCs. The baseline data was collected between December 2016 and May 2017. The aim of the trial was to measure changes in child development outcomes (equal to actual age), school readiness, caregiver satisfaction and motivation, changes in CBBC environment and routine and structure, as well as caregiver retention.

AuthorAid

AUTHORAID
December 2015

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AuthorAid is a tool to help researchers in developing countries to network and further disseminate their work to a wider audience. The website contains links to find mentors/collaborators, a range of E-learning opportunities, funding opportunities for people working in developing countries, and a plethora of resources on topics ranging from how to write a grant proposal though to the publication process itself

Libraries, literacy and poverty reduction : a key to African development

MCHOMBU, Kingo
2006

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This research paper explores the potential for libraries to empower communities and fight poverty in Africa, through promoting literacy and providing access to relevant information. The author outlines the challenges that libraries and information centres in Africa face; and the potential that linkages with local and international partners could bring. Case studies illustrate how library networks in three countries address the challenges and serve their communities. Recommendations for library networks highlight the need for skilled personnel, partnerships, a remit to create and share local content, appropriate use of technology, and better and more responsive monitoring and evaluation. Recommendations for governments and donor agencies include creating national information policies, filling a 'coordinating' role in the information environment, investing in literacy, and expanding public library networks

The use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in African public library services

ROSENBURG, Diana
July 2004

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This article concerns the use of computers in public libraries in developing countries. To investigate the current level of use of ICTs and plans for the future within the public library environment, a survey was undertaken of 22 public library services in ten English-speaking African countries. The results indicate great disparities in the level of access to computers between the countries, and within country, and indicate a need for more funding and appropriate training

Accessible environments

BELL, Janet A
2004

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This booklet summarises the main architectural aspects that can make museums more accessible. Although it has been produced for the UK, the main principles are relevant to a wider audience. It covers: removing barriers, legislation and guidance; environmental barriers to access; good practice in environmental access; and policy and practice. The Disability Portfolio is a collection of 12 guides on how best to meet the needs of disabled people as users and staff in museums, archives and libraries. It gives advice, information and guidance to help overcome barriers and follow good practice

Blue trunk libraries : selected publications

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) Library and Information Networks for Knowledge
2003

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The Blue Trunk Library is a 'ready-to-use' mini-library designed for district health centres in Africa as a means of compensating for the lack of up-to-date medical and health information. The mini-libraries which consist of more than one hundred books and three journal subscriptions, are contained in blue metal trunks to ensure easy transportation and protection. Priority is given to practical manuals (especially those published by WHO) offering accessible solutions to the medical, public health and management problems medical and health staff may have to face

Brandon/Hill selected list of books and journals in allied health

HILL, D R
Stickell, H N
2003

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A useful list to aid the selection of materials, but with an American emphasis. This list of 434 books and 79 journals is intended as a selection guide for print literature to be used in a library supporting allied health educational programs or allied health personnel in either an academic or health care setting. Because of the large number of and wide variety of allied health professions and occupations, the recommended publications are focused primarily on the educational programs listed and recognized by the American Medical Association and other accrediting bodies. Books and journals are categorized by subject; the book list is followed by an author/editor index and the subject list of journals by an alphabetical title listing. Items suggested for initial purchase (169 books and 32 journals) are indicated by asterisks. To purchase the entire collection of books and journals (2002 subscriptions) would require an expenditure of about US$36,744. The cost of only the asterisked items totals US$14,465

Disability in context

DELIN, Annie
2003

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This leaflet introduces the series Resource Disability Portfolio for libraries, archives and museums. It summarises the major aspects of the series. Although it is produced for the UK, it is also relevant for other countries

Training for equality

PLAYFORTH, Sarah
2003

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This brochure explains the major point of equality training for staff who work in museums and libraries. Although this brochure was produced for the UK it would also be very useful for people outside the UK

Information and communication technologies in Africa

ADEYA, Catherine Nyaki
2001

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[From foreward:] This literature review and annotated bibliography explore the evidence for the potential of ICTs (information and communication technologies) to assist in Africa's development, and the extent to which ICTs are changing the 'shape' of Africa. The review begins by introducing ICTs and the information economy in the African context. The literature selected for the bibliography is then reviewed thematically under a number of headings: Overview of ICTs in Africa; Information infrastructure; Information economy; Information management; Socio-cultural and political issues; Education and training; and Gender. The review reveals that, despite many constraints, the use of ICTs is growing in Africa and there have been successful developments in infrastructure, information management, networking and gender-related issues. However, the literature has also revealed considerable variation between different African countries in their adoption and use of these technologies. The literature reviewed relates primarily to anglophone Africa and generally excludes telecommunications issues, as these are already well documented in other publications. In essence it is hoped that this publication will act as a window of opportunity for more nationally and locally focused empirical research and will make a contribution to understanding the research opportunities and challenges that still face most African countries

List of basic sources in English for a medical faculty library

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO)
1999

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A list of key materials with an emphasis on paper, and low-cost editions of classic and universally acceptable texts, covering 57 health sciences subjects in addition to dictionaries, directories, librarianship and information science. It includes a total of 1568 titles. This latest edition emphasises health development within a developing country setting and avoids highly specialised clinical publications. The list is also held on a database on the EMRO website , or on disc in a variety of formats including ASCII and MS Word

Documentation made easy : a library manual for nongovernmental organizations specializing in appropriate technology and rural development

PHILIPPS, Eva
1990

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This is the work of a practitioner who is well acquainted with her subject, and who gives those in charge of documentation in development associations many examples and tools as well as a general filing layout for the small libraries of grassroots organisations. The manual is aimed primarily at readers with no previous experience in librarianship and documentation

International Directory of Libraries for the Blind

THE JAPANESE SOCIETY FOR REHABILITATION OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (JSRDP)

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Provides information about libraries for blind people throughout the world. A basic search offers the choice of searching by country and/or institution. An advanced search offers the additional option to select type of materials held - braille or talking books and magazines - and in which languages

National Rehabilitation Information Centre (NARIC)

NATIONAL REHABILITATION INFORMATION CENTRE (NARIC)

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Hosts three databases that can be searched by subject. These are: the NARIC Knowledgebase containing 2800 organisations, agencies, publications and internet resources; REHABDATA an extensive database of disability and rehabilitation literature abstracts spanning more than 50 years of research; and the NIDRR program directory listing 400 disability and rehabilitation research projects across the US. Visitors can search each database by author, keywords, publisher or year of publication, or can browse through pre-selected material on key topics. Although of the literature referenced originates in the USA, the topic 'International Rehabilitation' is a good starting point to identify journal articles and reports relevant to the developing country context. Full text documents are not available, though NARIC does offer a document retrieval service for certain journal articles referenced in REHABDATA. The cost for this service is US$0.05 per page for copying plus shipping and handling

The AIDS Resource Center

ARC

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The AIDS Resource Center in Addis Ababa serves as Ethiopia's premier source of AIDS information. The ARC provides up-to-date and accurate local and international multimedia materials on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis. The website offers access to the 'AIDS in Ethiopia' database, publications, fact sheets, and a monthly update on antiretroviral therapy in Ethiopia

Disability news service

PRING, John

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"This website offers an archive of the UK’s most important disability-related news stories. The aim is to provide a useful resource for disabled people, disability rights campaigners and disability organisations in the UK ....On this site, you can use a searchable archive containing every disability-related news story produced by the service since it was launched in April 2009"

FIRAH resource center : applied research and disability

INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION OF APPLIED DISABILITY RESEARCH (FIRAH)

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This resource centre develops and disseminates applied research on disability. The centre’s aim is to facilitate the establishment of collaborative applied research projects between researchers and people in the field; raise awareness and share new concepts and approaches with project starters and the public; and promote the results of applied research and share knowledge to facilitate their use on the field. The website has a documentary database, a section to facilitate the setting-up of research projects, which includes proposals for collaboration and a list of organisations supporting research, and general disability information 

Medbox : the aid library

MEDBOX

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Medbox is an online library aimed at improving the quality of healthcare in humanitarian action. An independent internet platform supported by international agencies and scientific institutions active in humanitarian assistance and development, this resource collates online professional guidelines, textbooks and practical documents on health action.

 

Resources are divided under the following main headings: Key resources (subheadings include Disaster Preparedness, WASH, Project Cycle Management), Clinical Guidelines, Pharmacy and Technologies, Women and Child Health, Public Health, Countries and Toolboxes

ICF education

WHO FUNCTIONING AND DISABILITY REFERENCE GROUP (FDRG)

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A web portal for the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) education materials. The portal is for sharing resources as well as for finding materials, and resources are available in a variety of languages including English, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese and Finnish

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