Just on more day until the UNIDPD. Today we look back to December 3rd 2016 where DWA held an event at the Welsh Millennium Centre at the same time as similar activities were taking place in Africa!
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Next to introduce is Matt Congreve.
Matt’s role is Internet, Communications and Social Media intern. Having only recently joined DWA in early September of this year, he is still getting up to speed with the work of DWA. He holds a strong interest in International Development and has studied this as part of his degree at Cardiff University. He is currently in his third and final year of his degree and outside of work and study enjoys sports and travelling, having recently lived in the United States.
Public Health Network Cymru is currently putting together an e-bulletin on the International Day for Persons with Disability.They are welcoming submissions from anyone interested in Disability issues. The deadline for submissions is this Friday the 17th November. Please visit this link for more information and to submit your work.
The pains felt by people living with disabilities in Nigeria is well beyond the physical pains of the disability and the emotional pains of being isolated, it also includes the pains of inaccessibility.
See the powerful photo gallery and stories here
Today we introduce Trevor Palmer!
Trevor is one of the original members of DWA through his involvement with ResponsABLE assistance which he founded in 2004. He is also Director of Disability Wales and involves him self in UK Disability Movement matters.
Trevor runs his own business, GL100SERVICES, which employs mostly disabled people and is a member of The National Partnership Board for Social Care Wales.
Trevor has worked in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Senegal witnessing the gross inequality of disabled people.
As part of our series to put faces to the people behind Disability in Wales and Africa we now introduce Hilary Williams who became chair of the DWA in 2015.
Hilary is a former speech and language therapist who lives in Talybont on Usk and is married with two sons and four grandchildren!
Hilary joined Brecon Molo in 2012 and went to Molo for three months from May to July in 2013 to do Teacher Training. Hilary is trained in Appropriate Paper based Technology (APT) which is a system of making assistive devices for children with Cerebral Palsy out of recycled items such as cardboard, newspaper, and flour and water paste. Hilary is part of a research and development group in Brecon Molo analysing the effectiveness of APT in low income countries and has run multiple training sessions on APT in and around Molo.
Alongside this Hilary is a member of the Talybont Energy Group who look at sustainable energy options amongst other environmental issues and also makes time to play the Surdo drum in a samba drumming group!
Over the coming weeks we are hoping to introduce you to the team behind the DWA, up first is Paul!
Paul Lindoewood is the Founder and the Co-ordinator of Disability in Wales and Africa. He is also a Trustee of the Brecon Molo Community Partnership as well as the Co-Chair of Disability Powys. Paul has been involved in the UK Disability Movement since the mid 1980’s and has fulfilled many roles, both employed and voluntarily, developing policy and practices around Independent Living.
Between 1996- 2005 Paul worked with the Methodist Church in Kenya as a Disability Community Worker. This was in pursuit of a long term interest in disability as an international and community development issue. When returning to the UK Paul looked for opportunities;
- To enable greater understanding, globally, of the barriers faced by respective disabled communities and how they have been overcome.
- To promote worldwide solidarity between disabled people.
- To advocate for disabled people’s organisations to be involved at all levels of social, economic and political development.
This led to the birth of Disability in Wales and Africa appearing from the Wales Africa sector.
A very useful poster about self help groups which can be applied to Disabled People’s Organisations.
You can find more information at: http://www.cbm.org.au/selfhelpgroups#sthash.5gT9l6xM.dpbs