Introducing the Team: Abu

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.  

“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. 

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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.

Introducing the Team: Matt

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.

Introducing the Team: Trevor

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.

Introducing the Team: Siân

Next to introduce from the DWA team is Siân Tesni!
 
Siân is co-founder and a member of the DWA Management Committee. She is also Trustee of the Vale for Africa link partnership. Involved in development since 1990, Siân brings a wealth of experience related to different aspects of disability inclusive development. Before working in disability and development she worked as a specialist teacher for learners who are deaf or hard of hearing in Wales for 11 years.
 
She is currently Senior Advisor for Education for CBM (an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world – www.cbm.org)
 
Her work in disability and development has spanned more than 22 years, having been involved in the development of innovative and sustainable inclusive education programmes, as well as the provision of specialist support related to deaf education, ear and hearing health, teacher preparation, early intervention, and community-based services. She is the author or contributor to numerous articles and research.
 
In recent years the focus of her work has been on ensuring disability inclusive education financing as part of the broader agenda of inclusion education. She co-coordinates the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) Inclusive Education Task Group (IE TG).
 
She is committed to inclusion in Wales as well as internationally.
 
 

Introducing the Team: Hilary

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!