ADDC Bulletin October 04, 2012

Welcome to the October 04, 2012 ADDC’s Bulletin. 

ADDC highlight:

Improving the lives of people with disability in the Pacific

The Australian Government will help improve the lives of people with a disability in the Pacific through greater access to education, early intervention and further research into non communicable diseases.
Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas said that the Government is pleased to support the Pacific as it takes steps to becoming more inclusive of the regions’ people with disabilities.
Senator McLucas told the Forum Disability Ministers Meeting in Papua New Guinea today that the Australian Government will contribute $4 million to enhance the lives of people with disability in Samoa, through supporting ratification and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
In Papua New Guinea 940 classrooms will be made accessible for girls and boys with a disability, in accordance with international best practice, through the school infrastructure program.
At the regional level, Australia will support the World Health Organisation with up to $250,000 to undertake research into non communicable diseases and disability that will help add to the evidence base on disability-inclusive development.  Australia is also committing up to $2 million over 4 years to use sport as a vehicle to improve the quality of life for people with disability in the Pacific.
Australia has provided support for disability-inclusive development initiatives throughout the Pacific to enable those with a disability to be able to attend school, giving them access to education and improving their lives.
“Our support to date for inclusive education in Samoa has meant that over 330 children with disability now have access to education in Samoa including 129 children with disabilities who have received early intervention support,” Senator McLucas said.
In the Solomon Islands 400 people now have access to appropriate wheelchairs enabling them to participate in the activities they choose.
Senator McLucas said that our support to the Pacific Disability Forum has meant that around 100 people with disabilities have received training.
“We are particularly proud to be supporting the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat who organised this Forum Disability Ministers Meeting as well as the Pacific Disability Forum to ensure that people with disability have a strong united voice on issues which affect them,” Senator McLucas said.
As part of the Australian delegation, the Chair of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, Mr Dean Barton-Smith, and the Australian Disability and Development Consortium representative, Jackie Lauff, will also be attending the meeting with Senator McLucas.


Improving the lives of people with disability in the Pacific 
Annual United Nations Event gives boost to International Treaties, Rule of Law 
With UN-Backed Global Fund’s support Zimbabwe to achieve ‘Universal’ coverage for Aids Treatment 
Big turn-out to advance rights of persons with disabilities 
Prime Minister Julia Gillard named a Global Education Champion at UNGA 
Incoming Ambassador for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria 
Toward a polio-free world 
Congress on teaching strategies for visually impaired students 
Applications open for Disability Leadership Program 
Applications open for Disability Leadership Program 
The Development and Ability Organization (DAO) 
Nepalese with disabilities rally for accessible pubic infrastructure 

Refer to ADDC website: Calendar of Events for new items 
ACFID Inclusive Development Seminar 
Creating New Futures For All: Children, Youth, Disability and Situations of Forced Migration 
There are also 2 exciting exhibitions that will be showcased at this conference 
An ART COMPETITION for children and young people who have experienced loss, disability or displacement 
ADDC Exhibition - Removing Barriers: Creating New Futures for All 
Social Inclusion beyond the Soundbites
Disability and Development: Rights, Politics and Practice 

(CEO) of Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services in Uganda CoRSU 
Researcher Position - Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Toronto, Canada 

The MDG Gap 2012 Report launched 
Rights based Community Inclusive Development 
Better Health, Better Lives - Research Priorities 
Inclusive sanitation with universal accessibility 
Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: A Celebration and A Challenge 
Where Will the World's Poor Live? An Update on Global Poverty and the New Bottom Billion - Working Paper 305 
UNICEF Child and youth participation resource guide 
Promoting the Rights of Children with Disabilities 
See Me, Hear Me 

Mine Action Bulletin-September 2012 
CDMD Newsletter articles 
Eye care education in schools 
Helping government officials learn more about disability law 
Community leader in disability inclusion 
Helping government officials learn more about disability law 
Capacity building 
Strengthening Disable People’s Organizations