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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Experienced by more than one billion people worldwide, disability is increasingly recognised as a human rights issue internationally. Completely up to date, Disability and Human Rights draws on cutting edge international research and real life examples to explore the global dimension of disability and to critically review progress on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
This book provides readers with an in-depth exploration of disability across key areas of human rights, including health, education, employment, accessibility and independent living. It demonstrates how these issues are integral to achieving full and equal participation of disabled people in human societies across the life cycle. The book analyses the impact of poverty, the importance of support and the relevance of culture and it maps out how to make disability rights a reality in the coming decades.
Together with Daniel Tsengu from Nigeria, Huib Cornielje wrote chapter 16 of this publication: "Equipping professionals with competencies to better support persons with disabilities". Professional advocacy aligned with disability rights is strongly recommended in this chapter that deals with professionals and their attitudes towards disability. CBR is further promoted an indispensable strategy leading to inclusion of people with disabilities in society; an area of work that needs to be highlighted in training of all rehabilitation professionals.
Enablement Publisher’s first book, “The Dream of Inclusion for All”, has been well received for training purposes in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR).
More than 20 partners of Enablement contributed stories of real-life situations related to disability in Africa, Latin America and Asia. These stories have been modified into powerful training materials in Community Based Rehabilitation; all with different methodologies for adult education. Following the domains of the WHO CBR Guidelines, 27 chapters are compiled for use in training settings for fieldworkers and managers at basic and advanced levels.
The title of the book is derived from the preface by David Werner: “If our aim is inclusion – for the disabled child/person and for all who are marginalized or not given a fair chance – we must unite behind a collective radical dream: The Dream of Inclusion for All”.
All stories illustrate the need to adapt solutions to the local environment. Each narrative is followed by assignments for adult education, such as debate, role-plays and suggested activities for the group exploration of “questions that can not be answered from behind a desktop”. The book is extensively illustrated with photographs and cartoons. A DVD is included with all chapters in Word- and PDF-format, as well as some documentaries and a range of publications for recommended reading.
This book tells the extraordinary story of how an innovative method for helping severely disabled children developed and spread in one poverty-stricken area of rural South Africa.
PIE is a new participatory approach for evaluating outcomes and impact of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programmes.
PIE provides a structured but flexible approach for collecting and analysing information about the real changes that CBR has had on the lives of people with disabilities.
The PIE toolkit includes a range of tools (see infographic): supports the whole evaluation process from planning; data collection (from a broad spectrum of CBR players), to data analysis, validation and report writing thus providing a very in-depth impact evaluation. However the approach is flexible so a selection of the tools can be chosen depending on the depth of information required and the specifications of the evaluation, context and resources available.
The evaluation process is seen as one which provides an opportunity to learn about what is going well as well as what needs to change, so it leads into a process of future planning. Find here a snapshot of the entire process.
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