“Disabled People’s Participation Should Be Expected, Not Just Accepted” Campaign

The following organisations have accepted the invitation to join in us arguing that “Disabled People’s Participation Should Be Expected, Not Just Accepted”, and have become members of DWA.

These organisations agree with, and have supported the following statement:

“Disability in Wales and Africa (DWA) has a vision of societies where disabled people are full, equal, and participatory members of their community in Wales, and particularly in Africa.In the past the needs of disabled people, and their families, have often been sidelined within mainstream development, with actors believing it to be a specialist, standalone, issue. DWA believes that disability should be part of every development initiative. Therefore, Wales Africa Sector activists are invited to sign a pledge to explore, and implement,ways in which this aim can be achieved.”

Why don’t you consider joining us too? Email: dwanetwork@gmail.com to add your organisation to the page. 

Our Supporters

 

Winning Slogan!

Today is December 3rd and the International Day of Person’s with Disabilities. Following our week long campaign looking back at activities from previous years we are happy to announce the winner of our poll for our campaign slogan is “Disabled People’s Participation Should Be Expected, Not Just Accepted” with 53% of the vote! When disabled people appear at an activity, we welcome them, but when they are not there do we ask why? We will shortly be announcing this campaign and keeping you to date with UNIDPD activities. 

Looking back at past UNIDPD – 2015

In 2015 on December 3rd DWA joined with Hub Cymru Africa to celebrate the UNIDPD in the Tŷ Hywel building of the National Assembly for Wales.  The event attracted visits from Welsh Assembly Members and included speeches from Rhian Davies, CEO of Disability Wales, and Jonah Sialumano the Manager of Health Help International (Zambia). 

 

Looking back at past UNIDPD – 2014

Today we cast our minds back to the 2014 celebrations of the International Day of Persons With Disabilities!

After a year going around different locations within Wales, and being shared with our Kenyan colleagues, the DWA photographic exhibition finished 2014 in the public foyer of the Welsh Senedd.  DWA also received an award recognising its work promoting disability inclusion within Wales Africa.

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM: December 4 2014. Disability in Wales and Africa Network receive an award at the Africa Gold Star Awards at the Senedd. © Craig Redmond – Photojournalist

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM: December 4 2014. Disability in Wales and Africa Network receive an award at the Africa Gold Star Awards at the Senedd. © Craig Redmond – Photojournalist

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM: December 4 2014. Disability in Wales and Africa Network receive an award at the Africa Gold Star Awards at the Senedd. © Craig Redmond – Photojournalist

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM: December 4 2014. Disability in Wales and Africa Network receive an award at the Africa Gold Star Awards at the Senedd. © Craig Redmond – Photojournalist

Call to Action for Disability-Inclusive Education and Newsletter sign-up

The failure to reach children with disabilities is one of the biggest stumbling blocks standing in the way of success for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which promise to ensure ‘inclusive and equitable quality education’, for all, by 2030. We are in a great position now to change the situation.

We need to get governments at all levels including development cooperation, foundations, and NGOs to increase investment in disability-inclusive education. In order to make this happen, we need to stay informed about advocacy opportunities, strategically organise ourselves and share experience about our efforts.

Please sign the Call to Action (CTA) to Invest in Disability-Inclusive Education to help to rectify this.

The EduInvest Quest newsletter, which will be launched on during the week of World Disability Day will help us stay connected, together and informed. It will also show-case good practices of those answering our call to make inclusive education for children with disabilities a priority. 

Would you like to keep in touch and get more tools and information to bolster your advocacy on international, national and local levels? Simply register by clicking on here.

Looking back at Past UNIDPD – 2011

As part of our celebrations in preparation for the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December the 3rd we are looking back at past UNIDPD days that DWA has been involved in.

In December 2011, its founding year, DWA circulated Christmas Greetings to its supporters using the attached picture showing an African perspective on disability inclusion.

United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (UNIDPD) 2017

Since 1992 the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (UNIDPD) has been celebrated on December 3rd, the world over.  It is a day when disabled people can celebrate their humanity and highlight their rights and needs. 

Disability in Wales and Africa (DWA) promotes disabled peoples participation and inclusion, most notably within a sector of organisational and community “links” known as Wales Africa.  It also promotes global solidarity of disabled people, particularly between Wales and Africa. The UNIDPD is a key day within our annual calendar.  

DWA was founded in December 2010 and during the lead up to December 3rd 2017 we invite you to take a look at how we have previously celebrated the UNIDPD.  During this week we are also inviting you to vote on the slogans below.  The winner will then be released on December 3rd with an invitation for people to respond.

The slogans are

  1. “Disabled People Must Not Get Left Behind”

So often the manner and pace of social, economic and political development means that disabled people, and other groups, get left behind and don’t gain the benefits of the changes taking place.  

  1. “Disabled People Say – Nothing About Us Without Us”

Disabled people want to be part of the decision making process, particularly where it affects their lives.

  1. “Disabled People’s Participation Should Be Expected, Not Just Accepted”

When disabled people appear at an activity, we welcome them, but when they are not there do we ask why?

To vote on please follow this link. Voting is open for one week until December 3rd!