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Rights of people with disabilities

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Date of publication: 2012
Description/subject: Conclusion: "This participatory study concludes that whilst a wide range of organisations in Myanmar are attempting to understand the challenges faced by, and are providing for; people with disability living in the country, there are many gaps in the understanding and awareness of disability in Myanmar. Particularly, understanding as to what is and what is not classed as disability and a lack of qualified people and knowledge of supporting and accommodating disability in society, is delaying the development of a strong foundation on which to build an inclusive society. The survey found that the majority of service provision for people with disability in Myanmar is based in the Yangon area, and is therefore greatly inaccessible to people with disability living outside of the city, especially in rural areas. Service provision in Myanmar tends to view people with disability through a narrow lens, as beneficiaries and receivers of services, rather than as employees and participants in strategy development and implementation. Additionally, whilst many service providers are aware of community-based rehabilitation as an effective approach for improving the lives of people with disability, none provide the full compliment of services. Inadequate educational provision creates the greatest hurdle to inclusion in society for people with disabilities. The majority of people with disability and their families who were surveyed desire to see nationwide, inclusive educational programs in mainstream government schools. Finally, a lack of networking amongst organisations and international parties greatly hinders the work of organisations working with people with disability, and the building of bridges between PWDs, families and service providers is necessary to improve communication, information sharing and collaboration between people affected by or supporting disability."
Author/creator: Salai Vanni Bawi
Language: English
Source/publisher: Salai Vanni Bawi
Format/size: pdf (522K)
Date of entry/update: 11 August 2012

Title: Cautious hope for Burma’s ‘second-class citizens’
Date of publication: 12 December 2011
Description/subject: "No one knows how many people have been affected by landmines in Burma, the only state to consistently lay mines since 1997. Some who step on mines die immediately, but most will survive to live with severely disabling injuries. For the latter there is little in the way of immediate or long-term medical assistance available from the country’s impoverished medical system. Hope is on the horizon, however. On Friday last week the UN announced the accession of Burma to the Convention on the Rights of Disabled People (CRPD). This rights-based document could bring about a significant improvement in the quality of life for landmine victims and other people living with disabilities in the country. For that improvement to happen in the lifetime of current survivors, the convention needs to be implemented, meaning Burma must focus on generating necessary services in the areas where survivors live – given that landmines are mostly laid in the country’s remote border regions whose development has never taken place, this will be no easy feat..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 July 2012

Title: CRC 2012: Suggestions for disability-relevant questions to be included in the list of issues for Pre-sessional Working Group, CRC 58th Session
Date of publication: 01 February 2011
Description/subject: "Suggestions for disability-relevant questions to be included in the list of issues for pre-sessional working group CRC 58th session. IDA submissions to the CRC Committee highlight the rights of children with disabilities and aim to promote and mainstream the standards of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into the Committee’s work. "
Language: English
Source/publisher: International Disability Alliance (IDA)
Format/size: pdf (218K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.crin.org/resources/find.asp?country=35&categoryID=Any6
Date of entry/update: 17 January 2012

Title: Disabled Village Children - A guide for community health workers, rehabilitation workers, and families
Date of publication: 1999
Description/subject: "Disabled Village Children is a guide for community health workers, rehabilitation workers, and families. With more than 4,000 line drawings and 200 photos, this is an exciting book of information and ideas for all who are concerned about the well-being of disabled children. It is especially for those who live in rural areas where resources are limited. But it is also for therapists and professionals who assist community-based programs or who want to share knowledge and skills with families and concerned members of the commnunity. The book gives a wealth of clear, simple, but detailed information about most common disabilities of children: many different physical disabilities, blindness, deafness, fits, behavior problems, and developmental delay. It gives suggestions for simplified rehabilitation, low-cost aids, and ways to help disabled children find a role and be accepted in the community. Above all, the book helps us to realize that most of the answers for meeting these children's needs can be found within the community, the family, and in the children themselves. It discusses ways of starting small community rehabilitation centers and workshops run by disabled persons or the families of disabled children..."... PART 1. WORKING WITH THE CHILD AND FAMILY: Information on Different Disabilities...PART 2. WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY: Village Involvement in the Rehabilitation, Social Integration, and Rights of Disabled Children...PART 3. WORKING IN THE SHOP: Rehabilitation Aids and Procedures with the help of many friends Drawings by the author
Author/creator: David Werner
Language: English
Source/publisher: Hesperian Foundation
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 17 February 2005