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Human rights and disability : equal rights for all

COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
October 2008

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This paper outlines the international human rights framework for persons with disabilities. It includes a brief description of the situation highlighting key issues for persons with disabilities, which include: the fight against discrimination; the move from institutional care to community living; and the right to take decisions about one’s personal affairs

Out of sight, out of mind

SENGUPTA, Shampa
September 2008

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This article advocates for inclusive education in India where segregation of children with disabilities persists, despite an Act of Parliament that guarantees that three per cent of school places should be reserved for them. This article is available in both HTML and PDF format

Getting away with murder

QUARMBY, Katharine
August 2008

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This report examines the prevalence of hate crimes committed against disabled people in the UK. It defines the behaviour, outlines the legislation designed to alleviate occurrences and describes methods for reporting. This resource would be useful for anyone with an interest in disability, hate crimes and human rights

Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
July 2008

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This report recategorises violence and abuse perpetrated against persons with disabilities as torture or a form of ill-treatment. It is intended that victims and advocates will thereby pursue stronger legal protection and redress for violations of human rights. This resource would be useful for anyone wiht an interest in disability, development and human rights

Disability in the press : how disability and people with disabilities are depicted in print media in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia in 2006

ADAMS, Lisa
June 2008

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This report looks at major trends in disability reporting in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. It investigates some of the main problems concerning negative media depictions of disability issues and people with disabilities themselves. It would be useful for anyone with an interest in representations of disability in the media and promoting attitudinal change

Sex work, violence and HIV : a guide for programmes with sex workers

GREENALL, Matthew
May 2008

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This guide is primarily for organisations implementing HIV and AIDS projects with sex workers and for organisations providing funding and technical support to these projects. It aims to help organisations understand and assess the importance of taking violence into account, and to help design and carry out activities to prevent and deal with violence against sex workers

Disability and HIV & AIDS in Mozambique

DISABILITY AND DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS
April 2008

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This is a report of the findings of a study which measures the degree to which disabled people in Mozambique with HIV and AIDS are socially excluded from policy planning. The survey reveals low levels of knowledge among disabled people about HIV and AIDS issues; that their needs are not adressed in service provision; and that policy-makers do not make reference to disbility in Mozambique

Improving the education response to HIV and AIDS : Lessons of partner efforts in coordination, harmonisation, alignment, information sharing and monitoring in Jamaica, Kenya, Thailand and Zambia

VISSER-VALFREY, Muriel
March 2008

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This report presents the overall findings from case study exercises carried out in Jamaica, Kenya, Thailand and Zambia to examine the quality, effectiveness and coordination of the education sector's response to the HIV epidemic. The report also makes recommendations for improving coordination across agencies in support of country-level and global actions. The case studies were carried out by the UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team on Education

Our future : Preparing to teach sexuality and life-skills|An awareness training manual for teachers and community workers

INTERNATIONAL HIV/AIDS ALLIANCE
January 2008

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The activities in the manual will strengthen teachers' understanding of sexuality, gender, sexual and reproductive health and HIV and AIDS as well as the self-awareness, values and skills that play an effective role in HIV prevention, care and mitigation in their schools and the community. This includes providing supportive, positive role-models, creating a safe environment, reducing stigma and discrimination and teaching sexuality and life skills effectively

Making schools inclusive : how change can happen|Save the Children's experience

PINNOCK, Helen
LEWIS, Ingrid
2008

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This report looks at how non-governmental organisations (NGOs) can help school systems in developing countries become more inclusive. It shares experience of developing tools and approaches that have improved education for the most excluded children in society. Taking examples from 13 countries around the world it describes case study programmes that: target specific groups of vulnerable children; build inclusive school communities; promote change throughout an education system; and address financial barriers to inclusive education. This report will be of interest to policy-makers, managers and advisers in government, donors and NGOs, and to education students

Teachers living with HIV

UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) for Education
2008

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This briefing note considers teachers living with HIV and their role in HIV education and in countering stigma and discrimination, as well as the need for governments to introduce measures to support them and thus mitigate the impact of HIV on the education system

Developing positive identities

BROOKER, Liz
WOODHEAD, Martin
Eds
2008

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This resource builds on theory and evidence about what makes for positive identity, how it can be affected by adversities, social exclusion and discrimination, and how young children’s resilience can be promoted

Know your rights : a summary of disability rights, services and benefits in the United Kingdom

LEONARD CHESHIRE DISABILITY (LCD)
2008

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This report highlights the rights of disabled people in the United Kingdom, as outlined in the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995. It provides information about what disabled people can expect from the law, services available and examples of how to exercise their rights in the everyday life e.g. to health care, social care, education, work, housing, transport, voting and benefits. It would be useful for disabled people in the UK

Factors shaping attitudes towards physical disability and availability of rehabilitative support systems for disabled people in rural Kenya

MONK, Julie
WEE, Joy
2008

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This study examines the range of attitudes towards persons with physical disability in a rural community in western Kenya. It also evaluates the availability of services for persons with disabilities in the community. Qualitative data analysis of interview material led to the generation of a model describing the attitudes towards people with disabilities. Availability of services was explored through interview questions and document collection. Perceived cause of disability, perceived characteristics and activities of people with disabilities by the community and perceived role of society, appear to shape the attitudes towards people with disabilities in the community studied. The opinions within these categories contribute to enabling and disabling features of the environment in which people with disabilities live. It appears that services available are underused by disabled members of the community due to poor accessibility and financial barriers. The results yielded relatively enabling attitudes towards PWD. The responses suggest that this community may be ready to support increased participation by its members, possibly through a community based rehabilitation programme.

 

Asia Pacific Disability Rehabilitation Journal, Vol 19, No 1

Disability and development: is the rights model of disability valid in the Arab region? An evidence-based field survey in Lebanon and Jordan

NAGATA, Kozue Kay
2008

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This paper reviews the process and outcome of constructing a "rights model of disability" which is culturally specific to Jordan and Lebanon. The objective of the empirical part was, to survey the current level of attitudes of non-disabled people towards their disabled fellows in Jordan, and to compare the attitudes of Lebanon's university students towards five different categories of disabled people (mentally disabled people, psycho-socially disabled people, physically disabled people, hearing impaired people and visually impaired people) to highlight the variations and diversity among them. It also examined the relationship between the attitudes and various demographic and social characteristics of the respondents. The set of findings was further tested and triangulated through meta-analysis of individual views expressed in the qualitative studies.

In Jordan, the attitude of 191 randomly selected non-disabled people was studied, using a Scale of Attitudes towards Disabled Persons (SADP). The participants from 4 communities of Jordan, exhibited overall negative attitudes towards disabled people. Socio-economic-demographic characteristics showed almost no difference regarding their attitudes towards disabled people.

In Lebanon, a more complex scale, composed of four sub-scales, namely a, "Baseline Survey of Student Attitudes towards People with a Disability" was used, to survey 94 university students' attitudes towards five different categories of disabled people, and a set of indices for future comparison was constructed. The results indicated the same pattern of gradations of attitude differences (found in other countries) towards persons with physical or sensory impairments (better), intellectual impairment (middle) and mental illness (worse). The main findings of this empirical field research showed particularly negative public attitudes towards people with intellectual impairment and mental illness in Lebanon.

Finally, the validity of the proposed rights model of disability and the empirical findings of this study, were further examined and co-validated through analysis of the collective views of those who took part in the questionnaire surveys and the participatory focus group discussions, which took place in Lebanon in 2005 and 2007, and in Jordan in 2005, as well as a series of intensive on-line and/or telephone interviews of a few informants comprising of disabled persons and experts. The policy implications of the findings are discussed.

 

Asia Pacific Disability Rehabilitation Journal, Vol 19, No 1

Disability, gender and intimate partner violence : relationships from the behavioral risk factor surveillance system

SMITH, Diane L
December 2007

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"Research on women with disabilities has found that the most common perpetrators of violence were current or former intimate partners. This article examines intimate partner sexual and physical abuse experienced by women with disabilities compared to women without disabilities and men with and without disabilities through chi square analysis and regression analysis using data from the 2005 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Results show that women with disabilities experienced almost twice the rate of all forms of abuse compared to the other populations. Variables increasing the likelihood of abuse include being female, disabled, not employed, uncoupled and younger age. Implications for future research, screening and intervention for rehabilitation professionals are discussed"
Sexuality and Disability, Vol. 26, Issue 1

Torment not treatment : Serbia's segregation and abuse of children and adults with disability

AHERN, Laurie
ROSENTHAL, Eric
BAUER, Elizabeth
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November 2007

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This report exposes human rights abuses in Serbia. It contains images that portray the extent of human rights violations against disabled children and adults in health care centres and institutions. The report aims to raise awareness, promote advocacy and foster legislation to protect disabled peoples' rights. It useful to anyone with an interest in human rights violations, and disability and development generally

From exclusion to equality : realizing the rights of persons with disabilities.|Handbook for parliamentarians on the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities and its optional protocol

BYRNES, Andrew
et al
October 2007

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This handbook is the result of extensive collaboration between the UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. It aims to raise awareness about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, disseminate information and help stakeholders understand the key elements of the Convention as they put the articles into practice. Extensive insights and a range of examples are designed to aid parliamentarians as they promote and protect the rights of disabled people. It would be useful for anyone with an interest in human rights and disability and development. It will also be available in Arabic, French and Spanish

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