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Advocacy for Disability Rights course manual

While most advocacy courses and manuals are directed at lobby and advocacy at national levels, little seems to be done about building capacity at a community level. The Liliane Foundation with its partner Enablement work to build capacity at exactly this community level. Together with local non- governmental organisations, faith-based organisations, disabled peoples organisations (DPOs) and other community based organisations we aim to make a lasting change in the lives of children and (young) adults with disabilities. This does not mean that lobby and advocacy on national level is of less importance to us: on the contrary! We feel that the local more community-based advocacy is complementary to the national lobby and advocacy for disability rights. Yet, we also sense that we cannot wait until international treaties, national law and legislation becomes operational. Moreover, we feel an obligation to all our local partners to help them build their advocacy capacity and to ensure that we create a situation where rights - enshrined in national policy or not – become reality! This means amongst others that we want and need to make sure that local partners can help the child with a disability to go to the local school; that situations of gross human right violations will not be ignored; that a solution will be found for parents who chain their child to the wall of their house; that neglect of children with cerebral palsy will be discussed and reversed, and more.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, Enablement developed tip sheets on four main topics for Light for the World:
- Eating and drinking
- Epilepsy, Nodding Syndrome and medication
- Active lifestyle
- Communication
These are meant to support those working with and/or caring for children and adults with disabilities. The tip sheets include visuals and some supporting text.

The book of flip charts carries the same content as the tip sheets, with visuals on one side for the caregivers of people with disabilities to see, and slightly more elaborate text on the other page for the fieldworker.

This manual was developed as part of the Economic Empowerment Project in Myanmar. It includes all the tools that were developed for, revised or created after an audit visit, based on experiences and information from the field. This was done by Enablement, in collaboration with TLMM and two students from the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam.

With this manual, we hope to ensure the sustainability of these tools to enable countries such as Myanmar to have inclusive marketplaces.

During our involvement in the Economic Empowerment Project in Myanmar, we have been involved in accessibility audits of marketplaces and the development of a tool to give guidance on the different adaptations that make a marketplace more inclusive, as well as to help people understand why it is important to create inclusive marketplaces.

The flashcards contain six categories: entrance, pathways, displays, facilities, directions and rules and regulations. Every category has a few topics. Within the topics, two situations are described: the DO and the DON'T. 

On each card is also specified what type of marketplace (e.g. new or existing) the adaptation is meant for.

The flashcards are freely available in English and are currently being translated into Burmese.

For enquiries or any interest in translation, please consult info@enablement.nl.

In addition to the RehApp mobile application, Enablement has developed flashcards for those preferring paper-based tools. All the information from the RehApp chapters can be found on these paper-based flashcards.

More chapters and translations are currently being developed, so keep an eye on this page for new additions!

The flashcards are available for free download on this page.

Tajikistan, November 2020
Tajikistan, November 2020
Tajikistan, November 2020

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