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  • Title: WFDB: WFDB 3rd GA Vice President's Report
    Descriptive info: [.. Download this document.. ].. World Federation of the Deafblind (WFDB) 3rd General Assembly.. The Vice President's Report by Sonnia Margarita Villacres (item 11b).. Expert Panel Representative Report.. By:.. Dr.. Sonnia Margarita Villacrés Mejia.. WFDB Vice President (2.. 005-2.. 009).. Dear Friends:.. Greetings on this opportunity to all of you.. I want to be present with a report as UN Expert Panel representative on the Standard Rules of Disable people.. I started my work as a representative on 2004, when my dear Stig Ohlson was the President at my first meeting in New York I was lucky to met all the representative of the disable groups that were advocating for the rights of the disable people and tried that the governments in their regions supported the work and the activities of the organization of disable people as well as to implement the Standard Rules.. I was lucky to participate in the sessions of the High Commissioner of the Human Rights for the Disable people when they were working on the Convention of the Disable.. That were intense working sections and the presentation of the diverse movements of the world that advocate their governments to support the Convention.. I had the great opportunity to talk, know and share information with the countries representatives at the UN.. The Special Repporteur of the disable Sheika Hissa Al Thani, always so kind introduced us into the work we had to do a regional research on the Standard Rules application in our countries.. I had 3 journeys to New York and one to Doha for UN Expert Panel meetings.. I could not attend other meetings for health reasons and for difficulties to get the visa as well as English interpreters.. We got material in English that were so long reports and not always related with the issues.. On one of the meetings we agree to create a "Special regional  ...   could not attend because work reasons.. In May 2007 (by insistence of my friends form the World federation of the deaf) I was invited to the first Pan American congress in Panama and in it I participated in different meetings.. The regional representative from the WFDB was selected by the WFDB President Lex Grandia to be the representative in the Pan American level, I attend just as an observer, however I participated in different deliberations in which my friends invited me to.. I had the great surprise that the founders as well as other members of RIADIS invited me to be part of the meetings, but I could not because had to be back to my country.. Really this participation experience was so rich and let me know what is to be total deafblind and to aware the person that is a vital stage that requires a lot of support to be able to go forward.. I got support and respect from all the Panel partners and the Special Repporteur living with Lex Grandia and Andree Van Deventer so high the name of the WFDB, that did a very good job in the expositions when had to do that.. I appreciate this nice opportunity offer by WFDB to offer my services as a representative of a sub continent that is poor, go forward as well as a deafblind women group and the total deafblind ones.. Thanks to my dear Stig Ohlson whom was the first one in trusting my capacities to represent, as well to my dear respected Lex that continued giving me the opportunity and trust to represent them.. From year 2007 I had not attend any event of the Panel and its communications had been few.. Hope that will be the next WFDB representative at the Expert Panel will be success and to develop the best work.. Thank you very much.. (2012-02-08)..

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  • Title: WFDB: WFDB 3rd GA Treasurer's Report
    Descriptive info: The Treasurer's Report (item 11d).. Economic report to WFDB GA 2009-10-26 and 27.. Part 1.. The report is for the period 2005-01-01 until 2009-02-19.. The economic report for the last 4 years consists of two parts.. One is the report of the money that is founded by the Swedish organization Sida through the frame organisation Shia, as a cooperating project between WFDB and FSDB.. That report is made by Ann Thestrup.. This part of the economic report is for the money that has been kept on three accounts in FSDB's bookkeeping.. Those accounts were earlier handled by Stig Ohlsson, Lotta (Charlotta) Göller and Gunborg Lindström.. I took over as treasure during mars 2008.. Most of the activities on the accounts have been made during 2005 for the WFDB GA 2005 in Tampere, Finland.. The three accounts with account-number 502, 511 and 2987 in FSDB's bookkeeping has been used for WFDB.. Those accounts has been included in the total bookkeeping for FSDB and every year been audit by FSDB's auditor without any remarks.. All recipes have been verified and the original auditors reports for 2005 until 2008 is kept on FSDB's office.. Account 502.. The account has been used for travelling, hotel costs, allowance and con-ference costs for Stig Olsson and Lex Grandia, but also for consulting and premises for WFDB's office in Sweden and Danmark and also for the GA in Tampere.. The opening balance 2005-01-01 was 238 250 SEK.. All was used during 2005 and the account was closed 2005-12-31.. Account description.. (SEK).. Income Grant.. 238250.. Expenditure.. Internal debit.. 47324.. Travel costs, allowance.. 5927.. Education, conferences.. 9266.. Consults.. 9293.. Travel costs.. 55530.. Equipment (for computer).. 2464.. Hotel and food.. 85031.. Premises.. 19004.. Unspecified.. 4362.. Total expenditure.. For more detailed posts, see the ledger.. Account 511.. The account has been used only for travels, allowance and hotelcosts during the Hellen Keller conference 2005 for supported delegates.. The opening balance 2005-01-01 was 63 869,89 SEK.. 126 531,90 SEK was grants during 2005, most from Abilis in Finland.. Total income was 190 401,79.. Most af the money, except 25 021 SEK, was used during 2005.. Rest of the money, 25 021 SEK, was transferred during the beginning of 2006 to FSDB to pay costs that was payed by FSDB for the Swedish WFDB office.. The account should be closed after this, but because there was made a big changing during 2006 in FSDB's bookkeeping.. This was forgotten.. The account still exist, but there is no money on it.. The account will be closed when the financial year is finished 2009-12-31.. 190402.. 17688.. 24844.. 81296.. 39836.. 1717.. 165381.. Results 25 021 SEK that during 2006 has been transferred to FSDB.. Account 2987.. This account has been active during the period 2005-01-01 until 2009-02-19.. In this account have all member fees is being bookkept.. The opening balance 2005-01-01 was 132 718,37.. Member fees on 10 114,77 SEK was paid from 21 member countries and 3 privat members during the GA in Tampere.. At the end of 2005 there was 142 833,14 SEK on the account.. That sum has been transferred to 2006, 2007 and 2008.. No activities were made during 2006 until 2008-02-19, when a bill on 5 000 SEK for electronic equipment was paid from this account.. 2008-12-31, 137 833 SEK was transferred to 2009.. At a board meeting for FSDB 2009-02-05, the board decided to transfer the money that was left on this account to WFDB's own bank account in Denmark.. 2009-02-19, 137 833 SEK was transferred to WFDB's Euro account.. The account shall be closed at the end of the financial year 2009-12-31.. When I checked the accounts in june 2009, I found that the 5 000 SEK that was used for electronic equipment, should have been bookkept on an account for Shia for the DbSA-project.. For the moment it was not possible to correct this in the bookkeeping, but FSDB has decided  ...   agreement with FSDB that FSDB does the financial administration of the WFDB-FSDB-SHIA project accounts.. FSDB has administrated the accounts in 2005- 2006 and the first quarter of 2007.. The project funding was audited as a part of FSDBs account in 2005 and 2006.. Treasurers 2005-2008.. A.. Gunborg Lindstrom was treasurer of WFDB from the General Assembly June 2005 until spring 2006, when she retired for health reasons.. During this period two meetings were held July 2005 and November 2005, both in Sweden between Lex Grandia, new president, Gunborg new treasurer and Stig Ohlson immediate past president and Lotta Goller who was doing the financial administration of WFDB in collaboration with Cecilia Strandell the accountant of FSDB.. B.. After Gunborg retired Stig Ohlson took over the function as treasurer and a meeting was held between Stig and Lex March 2007 in Sweden.. During this meeting it was also discussed how to manage the project funding and it was decided that the financial management should move to the presidents office in Denmark, since there was nobody employed anymore in Sweden to do that.. WFDB has no paid staff since October 2006.. Lotta Goller did the financial administration until October 2006, when her contract expired ( she was paid by a specific funding to support Stig Ohlson as president) Ann Thestrup and Cecilia Strandell did the financial report of 2006 together with assistance from Stig and Lotta.. Lex Grandia is employed by FDDB Denmark as international consultant with Ann Thestrup as his full time personal assistant.. A part of this job is to fund raise for international activities.. All the administrative and financial work of WFDB is done by Lex and Ann on a voluntary unpaid basis.. In 2007 the financial administration was done by the president office in Denmark and a separate account for the Shia funding was opened in Denmark.. An auditors report is available for 2007 and 2008.. C.. In December 2007 Christer Nilsson took over as new treasurer and a meeting was held in Denmark between Christer Nilsson, Stig Ohlson and Lex Grandia.. In September 2008 a meeting was held between Anneli Joneken Shia, Lex Grandia, Christer Nilsson, Stig Ohlsson, FSDB chair Pontus Degsell discussing present and future funding from SHIA for WFDB and other FSDB projects in developing countries.. Narrarative summary of WFDB FSDB- Shia financial reports for the project funding of 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.. Audit and admin SEK 10000 USD 1282.. Travel and other costs UN Meetings New York President, Vice-President and Secretary General SEK 66801 USD 8564.. Personal assistance (travel cost) 66801 USD 8564.. Office cost Sweden SEK 21635 USD 2773.. Office cost Denmark SEK 39048 USD 5006 USD.. WSIS TUNIS Andre van Deventer SEK 61360 USD 7866.. Information activities web SEK 20000 USD 2564.. Conference proceedings SEK 20000 USD 2564.. Transfer of presidents office SEK15107 USD 1937.. Other costs Sweden 4 445 USD 570.. Total spent 2005 SEK285024 36618.. Auditing SEK 10000 USD 1282.. Travel and other costs SEK 79598 USD 10205.. Personal assistance (travel cost) costs SEK 79598 USD 10205.. Office cost SEK 13486 USD1729.. African meeting Mombassa SEK 79862 USD10239.. Information activities SEK 22363 USD 2867.. Other costs SEK 499 USD 64.. Total spent 2006 SEK 285024 USD36542.. President Travel and other cost SEK 94135 USD 12069.. Information activities SEK 22886 USD 2934.. Postage and telephone SEK 18941 USD 2428.. Off cost 9349 USD 1199.. Partner activities FSDB-WFDB SEK 25000 USD 3205.. Total spent 2007 SEK 180312 USD 23117.. Auditing SEK 8245 USD 1057.. Presidents office travels including travel cost of assistant SEK 95518 USD 12267.. Advocay work presidents office SEK 49203 USD 6308.. Organisational support to regions and countries SE 26565 USD 3405.. Seminar in Uganda SEK 249387 USD 31972.. Information activities SEK34545 USD 4429.. Planning meeting Uganda 95704 USD 12145.. Partner activities FSDB-WFDB SEK 10000 USD 1282.. Total spent 2008 SEK 559165 USD 71688.. Ann Thestrup, Personal assistant to Lex Grandia..

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  • Title: WFDB: WFDB 3rd GA Auditors Report
    Descriptive info: Auditors Report by Geir Jensen and Robbie van Eck (item 11e).. Report.. To:.. WFDB's third General Assembly, October 26-27, 2009.. From: Auditors Geir Jensen and Robbie van Eck.. Our task have been to examine and report on the management of WFDB's finances according to article 5.. 5.. 6 point G in WFDB's laws.. We have controlled WFDB's financial structure and the financial report for the management of WFDB's finances for the years 2005 till 2008.. We have looked upon both the presentation of the  ...   2005 till 2008.. We have also had access to internal email correspondence about financial affairs, membership fees and other things.. Auditor Geir Jensen had a meeting with Treasurer Christer Nilsson during a conference in Stockholm, Sweden, June 4.. Nilsson oriented about the financial work.. In our opinion the financial report gives a defendable expression of the economic situation for the period 2005 till 2008.. We recommend the WFDB's third General Assembly to approve the financial report.. September 30, 2009.. Geir Jensen.. auditor.. Robbie van Eck..

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  • Title: WFDB: WFDB 3rd GA Regional Report Africa
    Descriptive info: Regional Report Africa by David Shaba (item 14).. The Situation Of Deafblind Person In Africa.. First of all let me welcome you to Africa region a land rich in Africa culture, a land full of super natural wild life reserves, a land with beautiful Africa art and home of poorest Deafblind person in the world.. Secondly, I heartily thanks world federation of the deaf blind for organizing the Hellene Keller word conference and the WFDB General Assembly to be held for the first time in history in Africa within the tick forests and Painless over head sun burn of the equatorial climate, equator is just a few kilometers from Kampala, I hope you shall enjoy the warm atmosphere and the Natural hospitality of the people around you in Kampala.. Deaf blind persons in Africa are still living in a very miserable life without being cared by the Government and the community where they belong.. There is no Deaf blind organization to advocate for their rights and care for their well being until to day.. Africa with more than fifty countries only 15 countries has started Deaf Blind activities.. These countries are:.. Algeria.. Elitria.. Ethiopia.. Ghana.. Ivory Coast.. Kenya.. Libya.. Lesoth.. Malawi.. Mali.. Mozambique.. South Africa.. Tanzania.. Uganda.. Zambia.. However among these country very few have managed to form organizations of the Deaf blind and even these organizations are very weak due to luck of finance..  ...   blind have been finalized and we made a declaration that during the word federation of deaf blind general assembly in Kampala we must also have our first general assembly of the Africa federation of the Deaf blind.. I am taking this opportunity to thank WFDB and the Africa decade secretariat for funding and monitoring all activities towards the information of this continental Deaf blind organization.. The major challenges which Deaf blind people in Africa are facing:.. Bad altitude of the community including with their family members.. Ignorance of the community on Deaf blindness.. Lack of Deaf blindness syllabus in institutes of special education which is causing Deafblind children to be rejected in schools because there are no skilled teachers on deafblindnees.. Lack of Deafblind organizations in many African countries.. Lack of finance to support Deafblind activities in African countries both from local donors and foreign donors.. Undemocratic political situations which are causing war and violence in such bad situations Deafblind person suffer the most in the community.. I highly hope that the new born continental Deaf blind organization will work very hard to argue Africa government to help deaf blind persons to unite and form Deafblind organization and most importantly to argue Africa government departments of education to include deaf blind syllabus in all teachers colleges in African countries so that the poor Deafblind children should be accepted in school.. David Shaba.. Africa Region Representative.. (2012-02-09)..

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  • Title: WFDB: WFDB 3rd GA Regional Report Asia
    Descriptive info: Regional Report Asia by Satoshi Fukushima (item 14).. Report from the Asia Region.. By Satoshi Fukushima (Japan).. My name is Satoshi Fukushima.. I am a Board Member of the Japan Deafblind Association (JDBA).. My report will introduce current movements related to deafblind persons in Japan, and international cooperation projects undertaken by our country, especially in the Asia Region.. (Current Movements in Japan) In Japan,JDBA was established in March, 1991 through two private sector projects to dispatch two deafblind students(Fukushima and Kadokawa) with interpreter-guides in 1980's so that they could be involved in their university education respectively.. Since then, JDBA has been striving to promote the social participation of deafblind persons in Japan (estimated to be about 20,000 in number) by dispatching them with interpreter-guide services.. In the year 2000, this service became a government project to be executed by each prefecture.. By April 2009, as a result of our continued endeavors, interpreter-guide services for deafblind persons became available in all 47 prefectures throughout Japan.. Another major activity of JDBA is the National Deafblind Conference held once every year.. Deafblind persons who lived isolated and lonely lives have come to the annual National Conference and have been empowered.. They often return to their homes to look for other deafblind people living in the same local area.. Such endeavors by deafblind persons and their supporters have led to the formation of deafblind groups and organizations in many local districts of Japan.. Backed by such movements, the social participation of the deafblind advanced rapidly in Japan.. Local organizations of deafblind persons were established one after the other in different parts of the country.. Today, there is a Deafblind Clubs in 42 of the 47 prefectures of Japan.. However, we are still confronted with many challenges.. We have so far registrated only about 800 deafblind people in our country.. The vast majority of deafblind persons still live lonely lives, isolated in their homes, hidden away from the world.. Also, there is a large disparity among local districts in the quality of the service for dispatching interpreter-guides, such as in the number of hours that a person can use the service, and the amount paid to the interpreter-guides.. Even if deafblind people want to work, society is not ready to take us in, so we can't go to work.. In order to solve such problems, we deafblind need to increase networking among ourselves and establish our own organization.. This will enable us to become more aware of our own needs and rights, and to advocate for these rights in society.. The nationwide organization of the deafblind in Japan the Japan Federation of the Deafblind (JFDB), was established in 2006 at the Annual National Conference of the Deafblind.. JFDB works in close collaboration with our organization to gather the voices of deafblind people through the network of local organizations and groups, and advocates  ...   myself and Mr.. Kadokawa, went to Korea.. We held a Seminar on issues confronting deafblind persons, and campaigned widely by visiting the Government Ministries in charge of education and social welfare, and visiting members of the National Assembly.. In such ways we supported the establishment of the "Korean Association to Support the Independence of the Deafblind".. Another delegation of 11 persons, also including Mr.. Kadokawa and myself, was dispatched to Nepal from March 3 to 9, 2009.. There, we held the "Nepal-Japan Deafblind Seminar" in Kathmandu on March 5 and 6.. This Seminar was jointly hosted by our organization and the Nepal Association for the Welfare of the Blind (NAWB).. The Seminar was attended by 112 persons.. We were honored by the attendance of the Vice President of Nepal, and the Japanese Ambassador to Nepal.. After the Seminar ended, we made a courtesy call on Nepal's President Yadav and were able to make an appeal to promote welfare for the deafblind.. During our stay in Nepal, we were able to meet and exchange information with several deafblind persons, deafblind children, and members of "Society of Deafblind Parents" Nepal.. In such ways, we paved the way for the future establishment of an organization of the deafblind in Nepal.. We have also been actively attending important international meetings and conferences.. In December, 2006, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted by the UN.. As a member of the Japan Disability Forum (JDF), a coalition of different organizations of persons with disabilities in Japan, our organization sent Mr.. Kadokawa and others to the 8th UN Ad Hoc Committee Meeting for the drafting of the Convention, held from Aug.. 22 to 24, 2006 in New York.. There, our delegation energetically advocated and lobbied for the rights of the deafblind.. Today, in Japan, the government is revising domestic laws and preparing new laws as a step toward the ratification of the CRPD.. We are taking this opportunity to make inputs to the government from the standpoint of the deafblind.. We sent 3 persons to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) High-level Intergovernmental Meeting held in Bangkok from September 19 to 21, 2007 to gather information.. We also sent a delegation of 3 persons to the 3rd Asia Pacific Disability Forum (APDF) General Assembly held in Bangladesh from February 27 to 29, 2008.. Many countries of Asia do not yet have a deafblind organization.. We feel an urgent need to expand our activities to reach out even further to be able to establish a stronger network of deafblind persons in the Asia Region.. In Japan, we are beginning preparations to host the 10th Helen Keller World Conference and the 4th General Assembly of WFDb in Japan in 2013.. I look forward to meeting all of you in Japan 4 years from now!..

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  • Title: WFDB: WFDB 3rd GA Regional Report Europe
    Descriptive info: Regional Report Europe by Sanja Tarczay (item 14).. Activities of the European Deafblind in the years 2005-2009.. 1.. EDbU events.. a) 2nd EDbU General Assembly.. Zagreb, Croatia.. April 28-30, 2008.. Present representatives of 14 national members + 3 new national members.. New members: 3 national, 1 associate and 1 individual.. Elected: new Executive Committee, new Auditors and new Election Committee.. For details see appendix A.. b) 6th EBU Deafblind Conference.. "Deafblindness: Equality and Diversity".. April 25-27, 2008.. Present more than 50 deafblind persons from 24 countries.. New resolution.. For details see appendix B.. 2.. European Deafblind events.. a) European Deafblind Holidays.. 8th European Deafblind Holiday.. Varna, Bulgaria.. July 3 - 10, 2005.. Deafblind participants from 11 countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic (with an interpreter-guide from Canada), Finland, France, Italy, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.. 9th European Deafblind Holiday.. Ro nov pod  ...   Italy, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.. 11th European Deafblind Holiday.. Sopron, Hungary.. August 4-11, 2008.. b) deafblind sports and cultural events.. 1st World Individual Deafblind Chess Championship.. St.. Gallen, Switzerland.. July 19-31, 2008.. 1st European Festival of Specific Abilities of Deafblind People.. September 1-9, 2008.. 2nd European Chess Championship for Deaf-blind People.. September 1-4, 2008.. Participants: Bulgaria, Russia, Norway, Scotland.. 1st European Amateur Art Festival for Deaf-blind People.. September 5 2008.. Participants: Russia, Norway, Bulgaria.. 1st European Track-and-Field Athletics and General Physical Branches Competition.. September 6-7 2008.. 1st Scientific Conference.. "Sports and culture - means of social integration of deaf-blind people".. September 8, 2008.. 20 participants from 5 European countries: Bulgaria, Russia, Norway, Croatia and England.. International Sports Federation of Persons with Deaf-blindness.. Establishing Assembly's 1st session.. September 8 2008.. 15 participants from 4 European countries: Bulgaria, Russia, Croatia and Norway..

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  • Title: WFDB: WFDB 3rd GA Regional Report Latin America
    Descriptive info: Regional Report Latin America by Beatriz Vallejo (item 14).. June 24th , 2009.. Final Report As Latin American Regional Representative On The WFDB.. By: Beatriz Vallejo.. During my four years as the Regional Representative, I worked as a channel of communication (and translation) between Latin American and other members of the WFDB.. I had the opportunity to participate in different international meetings, discussing important topics referring to the Human Rights Convention of Persons with Disabilities, the Optional Protocol and the Ratification.. The meetings in which I participate were:.. Panamá - January 2007.. Geneva - September 2007.. New York - February 2008.. México - April 2008.. Costa Rica - May 2008.. New York - October 2008.. In February 2008 in New York I gave a presentation on Disability and Poverty in Relation with Inclusion in Education.. I sent to FLASC members a report of this conference.. I was active during this four years resending and translating some articles I found on the web, about topics of interest: woman with disabilities and their legal capacity, Deafblindness related to AIDS, Toxoplasmosis, and The Approval of the Deafblindness as a unique disability in Colombia.. Also I sent some projects that I developed about Prevention of Blindness, Community Challenge, Communication between people with deafblindness, et all.. All the information was transmitted to the members of SURCOE.. In Bogotá we continue working for social inclusion, accessibility and rehabilitation of deafblind people; to seek to be a model Organization for other Colombian regions.. Actually, SURCOE has a technology area, thanks to the Communication Ministry donation of 15 special computers - (Magnified screen, Display Braile and Jaws Software).. Training programs for this technology need special attention.. Achievements.. The most important achievement during my time was to meet and interact with the deafblind  ...   the importance of the Human Rights Convention of People with Disabilities, between deafblind people and others different with disabilities.. Difficulties.. The biggest difficulty was communication, unknown to me some recipients of the mails said they did not receive information.. Everybody was sent complete recompilation of mails up to March 2009.. This generated some discontent among colleagues.. Fortunately this problem was completely clarified.. Propoals.. To form a Committee of Latin American leaders, to promote the Ratification of the Convention and Protocol in the countries of Central and South America, that still do not have them.. E.. g: Bolivia, Uruguay, Guyana, Suriname, Cayenne, Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Cuba and other Atlantic islands.. Including they could work on sharing the Convention and the importance of its Ratification including the only Country that does not signed - Venezuela.. There are many people with disabilities in Latin America that deserves the respect of their Fundamental Rights.. Develop statistical projects regarding the needs of disabled people - in each of the Countries named above - and designate persons responsible for the Ratification of the Convention.. In the case of countries that have ratified the Convention and its Optional Protocol, they delegate supervisors, to ensure commitment with these rights, not only in major cities in each country, but including rural areas.. To establish in each country, with the help of the government and other organizations, an Annual Exposition of Artists with disabilities, with the participation of everyone who make handcrafts, panting, etc.. The recourses listed in this Fair, could be used for the operating expenses of Latin American leaders to promote the Convention.. Finally, I want to thank you for the opportunity to work with you, and convey my good experience working with the deafblind people in Latin America..

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  • Title: WFDB: WFDB 3rd GA Proposals
    Descriptive info: Proposals (item 21).. A) Proposal to establish working groups in WFDB.. June 2009.. Proposal from the president to the WFDB General Assembly to create working groups in WFDB.. The idea is to involve more persons with deafblindness in our work, also if they do not have a function elsewhere in an organisation.. It gives WFDB a possibility to develop political statements, that can be used on regional and national level, especially thinking about the implementation of the CRPD.. Here is a proposal for "terms of reference":.. Participants in WFDB working groups are working on a voluntary basis, without any salaries or allowances.. The communication between participants needs to be performed by e-mail or other accessible for all electronic forms.. WFDB can not provide resources for face-to-face meetings of working groups.. The language of the working groups is English.. Participants need to be able to provide translations into English if needed.. WFDB can not provide resources for interpretation and interpreters.. Working groups in WFDB can be established around subjects that are of common interest of certain groups of persons with DeafBlindness or a majority of members of WFDB.. Proposals for the establishment of Working groups can be made by the WFDB General Assembly, the WFDB Executive Council or any individual person with DeafBlindness, but the establishment needs the approval of the Executive Council.. Each working group in WFDB is free to involve any person they consider important for the subject the participants are working on.. Messages and documents used in the internal communication between participants in WFDB working groups are considered working documents and not eligible for further publication.. Working groups in WFDB report to the Executive Council at least every six months on the progress of the work done.. WFDB working groups make proposals on policy papers to be approved by Executive Council.. Each working group needs to have a convenor and person responsible for the reporting.. Each working group needs to describe the theme, the goal and final result, the group is expecting, including a timeframe of the working period and a deadline for the final result.. Any change in these Terms of Reference  ...   changing.. The world news is often dominated by conflicts, natural disasters or economic problems.. The United Nations has therefore appointed dates during the year with special focus on issues, that need awareness raising.. There is the UN International Women's day, March 8, UN International Aids day on December 1, The International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3 and not so long ago the UN International day of Autism April 2.. (See more about this on.. http://www.. un.. org/News/Press/docs/2007/gashc3899.. doc.. htm.. ).. In 1989 at the Helen Keller World Conference in Stockholm it was decided to make the week before Helen Kellers birthday June 27 the International Deafblindness Awareness week every year.. There are countries, where organisations of and for persons with deafblindness organise a deafblindness awareness week around the birthday of Helen Keller, June 27 and countries who do not celebrate it.. It would therefore be quite logical, to take the birthday of Helen Keller as a possibility, to raise national awareness about deafblindness in those countries, where it does not happen yet and to raise regional and international awareness, also within the UN system.. To achieve an international UN day like this, is a long process.. WFDB needs first support from all its member organisations on a national level, support from our partners, from other disability organisations, and then we all have to convince the 192 governments, who are member of the UN to approve this after first finding one or more friendly governments to prepare and present the proposal to the UN general Assembly.. The final approval of such an international UN day happens in the UN General Assembly.. In the process it is important to get as much exposure as possible of the existing arrangements around the International Deafblindness Awareness raising week, and also be prepared to show our joint capacities to do something substantial in every country on that day.. I am asking your approval for this idea and the mandate to the Executive Council to start this process.. If the GA agrees, you all should bring this to your national organisations and national partners to start a national campaign..

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  • Title: WFDB: WFDB 3rd GA Resolution
    Descriptive info: Resolution by Beatriz Vallejo (item 23).. Resolution.. of the 9th Helen Keller World Conference.. and the 3rd General Assembly of the World Federation of the DeafBlind.. Munyonyo, Uganda.. We, the members of WFDB gathered in Munyonyo, Uganda, representing all people living with deafblindness, considering the historical moment in which the 3rd General Assembly of our organization takes place; taking into account the challenge that the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities represents, we share the following resolution:.. WFDB is committed to the necessity that every country in the world ratifies and implements the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.. Persons with deafblindness and their organizations have to take the lead in the process of implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in all parts of the world.. We identify education as a primary issue, being essential to enable inclusion of persons with deafblindness in all aspects of life.. In developing  ...   a national level, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities should be translated into national languages and specific guidelines should be developed in plain language.. Governments should address rubella as an important public health matter that is one of the main causes of deafblindness.. Policies aiming for inclusion of persons with deafblindness in work and productive activities have to be promoted at international organizations like the ILO.. The WFDB should facilitate the formation of women groups and promote the inclusion of women in different areas as education and health care, promote the legal capacity and access to information of women with deafblindness.. Research and data collection that can favour the life conditions of persons with deafblindness must be supported.. The WFDB should advocate setting indicators in the Millennium Development Goals, as these measures influence all living conditions of persons with deafblindness, especially in developing countries.. The resolutions committee, Presented by:.. Agnes Abukito.. Reinaldo Romeu.. Beatriz Vallejo.. Munyonyo, October 27 2009..

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  • Title: WFDB: Resolution of the 9th HKWC and the 3rd GA of the WFDB
    Descriptive info: of the.. 9th Helen Keller World Conference and the 3rd General Assembly of the World Federation of the DeafBlind.. In developing countries special attention should be given to the specific needs of persons with deafblindness in education, including provision of technical aids, proper materials and adequate numbers of qualified teachers and guide/interpreters.. (2010-10-25)..

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    Descriptive info: Resolution of the WFDB 2nd General Assembly 7 June 2005.. We, deafblind people from all over the world, meeting at the General Assembly of the World Federation of the Deafblind in Tampere, Finland, on the 7th of June 2005,.. urge all states parties to ensure that all deafblind  ...   human rights, including:.. the freedom of expression in every individual's own language and mode of communication,.. the right to qualified education according to our needs,.. the right to accessibility to.. information,.. information technology,.. interpreter and guide services.. and the social environment.. and the right to exercise our own cultures..

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