Today we introduce another DWA member in Donald.
Donald is an experienced leadership and team building facilitator working extensively with UK and international organisations with expertise in board development and leadership strategy. He is a director of a number of businesses managing property and property rental to provide community space for meetings and local activity. He is married and lives in Wales. He has a passion and focus for developing human potential reflected in his work for Susila Dharma Britain.
Abu joined the DWA management committee in 2012. Born and raised in Nigeria, Abu has a very good understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing disabled people in Africa. Abu currently works in the public sector, prior to this he worked for five years as a Project Officer with Disability Wales, on a project supporting disabled people into self-employment. Continuously driven by a passion for achieving equality and inclusion for disabled people, Abu volunteers his time to mentor disabled people on the Disability Rights UK, Leadership Academy Programme and is also a Trustee of Able Child Africa.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org to add your organisation to the page.
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!
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.
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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.