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  • Title: WFDB: WFDB News No. 1 January 2005
    Descriptive info: WFDB News No.. 1 January 2005.. 2005-11-28.. WFDB NEWS.. No.. 1, January 2005.. The three years since the founding of WFDB and the entrance upon office of the first elected Executive Council, have been hectic, to say the least of it.. Needless to say, this fact has delayed the issuing of this newsletter.. However, better late than never.. EDBU.. I will start the account in September of last year when I assumed my position as international secretary of WFDB.. In the beginning of October 2003, the first and founding General Assembly of the European Deafblind Union (EDBU) was held and the first regional deafblind union was established.. WFDB was present, through among others, the president Stig Ohlson, vice-president Daniel Alvarez Reyes and secretary general Lex Grandia.. (for more information, please see: www.. edbu.. org).. African Decade.. In November 2003, Stig undertook a trip to South Africa, partly to meet with André van Deventer of Deafblind South Africa and David Shaba of Tanzanian Society for the Deafblind to discuss a strategy for working within the framework of the African Decade on Disability, proclaimed by the United Nations.. The objective of this work is to identify deafblind people around the African continent and to encourage the founding of independent deafblind organisations.. In a longer perspective, the aim is to form an African regional deafblind union.. DbSA and TASODEB are jointly responsible for the decade work within WFDB.. FLASC.. In Montevideo, Uruguay in the beginning of December 2003, the second ever regional organisation of deafblind people was formed, the Latin American Deafblind Federation (FLASC).. Sonnia Margarita Villacrés, member of the WFDB Executive Council was elected president of the new federation.. United Nations commitments.. Lex Grandia is the WFDB representative on the UNESCO Flagship (working group) Education for All (EFA) where he works to make clear that inclusion is not the same as integration.. (for more information on EFA, please contact.. lex.. grandia@mail.. dk.. ).. Lex is also a member of a working group on A comprehensive and integral international convention to promote and protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.. (for more information about the convention work, please visit the IDA-home page and link to Background Documents or contact:.. You can also visit the.. UN web site Enable:..  ...   to abstain.. On the international day on disability, 3 December, Jamie Pope represented WFDB in a World Bank meeting Disability and Inclusive Development: Sharing, Learning, and Building Alliances.. 8th Helen Keller World Conference and 2nd WFDB General Assembly.. The 8th HKWC and the 2nd WFDB GA will be held in Tampere, Finland 3-7 of June 2005.. The order of events will be the world conference Friday-Sunday noon, when the General Assembly begins and carries on until Tuesday noon.. For more information about these events please visit the official home page:.. http://www.. helenkeller2005.. com/.. or contact: Abstracts and applications for subsidies and other information: Helen Keller Conference 2005; Finnish Deafblind Association; P.. O.. Box 40 FI-00030 Iiris, Finland.. Tel.. +358 9 5495 3513; Fax +358 9 5495 3517;.. E-mail:.. contact@helenkeller2005.. com.. For issues concerning the WFDB General Assembly, please contact WFDB: WFDB c/o FSDB; SE-122 88 Enskede, Sweden; Tel.. +46 8 39 9155; Fax +46 8 659 5042; E-mail:.. stigohl@algonet.. se.. ,.. ; internet: www.. wfdb.. org.. Web site.. Updating the WFDB web site is the next project in line.. Relations.. WFDB has close relations with many international disability organisations.. There are close ties to the regional deafblind organisations, EDBU and FLASC and also to Deafblind International (DbI).. WFDB is a member of the International Disability Alliance, IDA, a network comprised by eight disability internationals: Disabled Peoples' International (DPI), Inclusion International (II), Rehabilitation International (RI), World Blind Union (WBU), World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), World Federation of the Deafblind (WFDB), World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP), and International Federation of the Hard of Hearing (IFHOH).. IDA represents more than 600 million people in the world with a disability and has the following goals: To identify common positions on disability issues and to lobby UN agencies together on those to which there is agreement; To encourage the membership of the international disability rights organizations to collaborate more actively at the international, regional, national and local levels; To develop joint strategies and inclusive positions on cross-cutting issues that affect persons with disabilities; To promote the involvement of people with disabilities in world politics on the world arena; To strengthen existing networks within which the international disability rights organizations actively participate.. internationaldisabilityalliance.. Best regards,.. Charlotta Göller.. International Secretary..

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  • Title: WFDB: Signature Ceremony of the Convention
    Descriptive info: Signature Ceremony of the Convention.. 2007-03-30.. Attending the ceremony will be UN representatives, state representatives, representatives of the disability community and many others.. Read more on the.. UN Enable website!..

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  • Title: WFDB: WFDB President Lex Grandia's address to the UN Human Rights Council
    Descriptive info: WFDB President Lex Grandia s address to the UN Human Rights Council.. Download.. rtf.. or read statement below.. Statement on behalf of the International Disability Caucus in the special meeting of the Human Rights Council on the Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities.. March 26, 15,00 Geneva.. by:.. Lex Grandia, president of the World Federation of the DeafBlind.. MR.. president, Madame High Commissioner, distinguished members of the Human Rights Council, ladies and gentlemen.. I would like to continue a tradition, I started in New York, every time I was speaking, to start with a little poem.. It is in fact only one sentence.. It says:.. "Eyes and ears? my body senses best".. Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to speak.. I am speaking on behalf of the International.. Disability Caucus, IDC, a network of more than 70 international, national and local disability organisations, developed during the process of negotiations on the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities and on behalf of the International Disability Alliance, IDA, a network of representative international disability organisations, that functions as a part of IDC.. This process of negotiations on the convention has been very interesting for all participants.. In the beginning we, persons with disabilities in IDC, felt like a group of unknown people, delegations in the adhoc committee needed to talk about.. At the end we were consulted as experts, as persons, fully capable of speaking for ourselves.. This development is clearly reflected in the text of the convention.. Now the text  ...   non-person, poor inside and outside.. You will also see, that it is inappropriate and injustice, that human beings, with legal capacity, including the right to make their own decisions, are marginalized like this.. Your new hearing aids will hear the abilities, the capacities of persons with disabilities and their organisations, being able to contribute to society on an equal basis with others.. You will also understand how diverse human beings can be and how rich society becomes, respecting this diversity.. All human rights are equal, so I will not make any preferences here.. The convention has to speak for itself.. IDC hopes and expects that this convention will influence the future work of the Human Rights Council and that changes of attitude towards persons with disabilities also will take place here.. This convention is now the normative standard of all the monitoring and decisive actions of this Council with regard to human rights of persons with disabilities.. The rights of persons with disabilities should become a regular item on the agenda of the Council, for example once a year.. The rights of persons with disabilities should appear in the peer review mechanism, in all actions addressing discrimination.. IDC expects inclusion of disabled person's organisations, an effective relationship between the Council and the new treaty body.. IDC hopes, that all the special rapporteurs take the eye glasses and hearing aids of this convention on, when making reports.. Most of all IDC hopes not to be forgotten, marginalized and discriminated anymore in the future.. "Nothing about us, without us"..

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  • Title: WFDB: Press release December 13, 2006 (WFDB)
    Descriptive info: Press release December 13, 2006 (WFDB).. 2006-12-14.. Press release December 13, 2006.. World Federation of the Deafblind.. Today the Convention on Human Rights for People with Disabilities has been passed by the General Assembly of the UN.. The BBC World Service flagship human interest programme Outlook , with more than 42 million listeners around the world, will produce a special broadcast on disability.. World Federation of Deafblind (WFDB) President Lex Grandia will participate in this programme to be broadcast on Tuesday January 2, 2007.. WFDB has participated actively in the Drafting Group commissioned to draft the text of the Convention, as well as in the work in the UN AD HOC Committee for the past 4 years.. To tune in and hear the radio programme, check www.. bbc.. co.. uk/worldservice/.. If you cannot receive the program and want to hear it, WFDB will try to send it to you in electronic form on request.. Please mail your request to:.. ann.. thestrup@mail.. The Convention will now be for ratification and implementation by the 192 member states of the UN.. It will enter  ...   inclusion, the right to education, health, work and employment as well as social protection.. Most importantly, the Convention recognises that a change of attitude in society is necessary if persons with disabilities are to achieve equal status.. The text of the Convention is available at.. un.. org/esa/socdev/enable/.. Although persons with disabilities are technically endowed with the same rights as everyone else, in practice they are discriminated against in virtually every facet of life including employment, education, health care and the exercise of their legal rights.. Yet they contribute to society in countless ways, and could contribute even more if they were fully included in their communities.. Countries that ratify the treaty agree to enact laws and other measures to improve disability rights, and also to abolish legislation, customs and practices that discriminate against persons with disabilities.. For more about what the new Convention will mean for deafblind people worldwide please contact the President of World Federation of the Deafblind.. Lex Grandia, Snehvidevej 13, 9400 Noerresundby, Denmark.. Cell Phone + 45 23 26 91 52 , Phone + 45 98 19 20 99,..

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  • Title: WFDB: UN GA adopted new convention!
    Descriptive info: UN GA adopted new convention!.. Press release from UN News and Media Division:.. Download as.. or.. access UN website.. General Assembly.. GA/10554.. Department of Public Information News and Media Division New York.. Sixty-first General Assembly.. Plenary.. 76th Meeting (AM).. GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS GROUNDBREAKING CONVENTION, OPTIONAL PROTOCOL.. ON RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.. Delegations, Civil Society Hail First Human Rights Treaty of Twenty-First Century.. The General Assembly adopted the first new human rights treaty of the twenty-first century today, marking the culmination of nearly two decades of work on protecting and promoting the rights of persons with disabilities and a major shift in the way the world treats its 650 million disabled people.. Adopted alongside an optional protocol (document A/AC.. 265.. 2006/L.. 7 and Corr.. 1), the final version of the historic Convention on Protecting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities had been agreed upon last week following protracted negotiations involving the Arab Group and the European Union over the term legal capacity.. A footnote in the Arabic-, Chinese- and Russian-language translations defined the term as the legal capacity for rights rather than the legal capacity to act.. The Ad Hoc Committee decided, without a vote, to delete that footnote, thereby clearing the final hurdle.. In opening remarks today, Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa ( Bahrain), President of the General Assembly, said all Member States had now committed to promoting and protecting the human rights, freedoms and dignity of all persons with disabilities.. The Convention was an opportunity to reaffirm the universal commitment to the rights and dignity of all people without discrimination that could likewise provide the much-needed impetus for wider cultural changes in the world s perception of disabled people.. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in a message delivered by Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown, said today was the dawn of a new era for people with disabilities, who, for far too long, had been relegated to the margins of society and denied the rights that others took for granted.. The Convention was the most rapidly elaborated instrument ever, accomplished in just three years because of the dedication of its supporters, including a large segment of civil society who had lobbied heavily both in person and over the Internet, including with Governments.. Nothing will change overnight but change comes more rapidly with law behind it, he added.. Don MacKay ( New Zealand), Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, said that, theoretically there was no need for a new Convention as existing human rights instruments already applied to persons with disabilities in the same way they applied to everyone else.. Unfortunately, however, that was not the reality.. The Convention was a benchmark for future standards and action.. The key would be effective implementation, which required coordinated action by disability organizations, cooperation among States and the mainstreaming of disabilities issues into development assistance programmes.. Several delegates echoed the need for effective implementation, with Israel s representative saying that, once celebrations had ended, the Convention would be judged solely on the basis of its implementation.. Chile s representative noted the need for legislative changes, adding that Governments would have to make arrangements for requirements related to the physical environment.. Legislation will also be required to ensure equal and non-discriminatory treatment, even when the discrimination comes from a protective approach, he added.. Delegates expressed appreciation for the monitoring mechanism put in place to ensure the promotion and protection of disabled persons rights, with Mexico s representatives, noting that it was on the level of other such mechanisms.. Canada s delegate said the rights of persons with disabilities would be best ensured through a linking of the existing treaty bodies via a system of experts.. However, several representatives, including some from the African and Latin American and Caribbean regions expressed concern that the Convention should not include new rights and stressed that references within the draft must apply within the general national laws and legislation.. At the same time, all delegations agreed that the Convention s adoption ushered in an important paradigm shift towards recognizing disabled persons as rights holders and active  ...   housing, services and assistance for disability-related needs, and assistance with disability-related expenses in case of poverty (article 28).. Also by the Convention, discrimination relating to marriage, family and personal relations would be eliminated.. Persons with disabilities would have equal opportunity to experience parenthood, marry and establish a family, decide on the number and spacing of children, have access to reproductive and family planning education and means, and to enjoy equal rights and responsibilities regarding guardianship, wardship, trusteeship and adoption of children (article 23).. States would ensure equal access to education, vocational training, adult education and lifelong learning.. Under article 25, persons with disabilities had the right to the highest attainable standard of health without discrimination on the basis of disability.. They would receive the same range, quality and standard of free or affordable health services as provided other persons and not be subjected to discrimination in the provision of health insurance.. The 18-article Optional Protocol on Communications allows petitioning by individuals and groups to the Ad Hoc Committee, once all national recourse procedures had been exhausted.. Speaking in explanation of position, on behalf of the Arab Group, Iraq s representative said that his delegation had joined the consensus on the Convention on the basis that, under article 12, on equal recognition before the law -- by which States parties would recognize that persons with disabilities enjoyed legal capacity on an equal basis with others in all aspects of life - legal capacity referred to the capacity of rights not the capacity to act , in accordance with the national laws and legislations of those States.. Syria s representative said her delegation had joined the consensus on the understanding that none of the Convention s provisions would contradict her country s religion or culture and that its implementation would take culture and background into account.. Syria also understood article 12 to refer to the capacity to enjoy rights rather than capacity to exercise , as determined by the laws of the State.. Also speaking in explanation of position, the representative of the Marshall Islands said he understood that such language as guarantees the right to life of disabled persons from the moment of conception, throughout their natural lives until their natural deaths and references to sexual and reproductive health services did not include abortion, or abortion rights, or create any new rights or obligations that contravened national laws.. The Observer for the Holy See said his delegation interpreted all the terms and phrases regarding family planning services, regulation of fertility and marriage in article 23, as it had done in its statements of interpretation at the Cairo and Beijing International Conferences.. In addition, it understood access to reproductive health to be a holistic concept that did not consider abortion or access to abortion as a dimension of the terms within the Convention.. Following the Convention s adoption, the Assembly heard statements by the representatives of Egypt, Peru, Iran, Honduras, Nicaragua, Libya, United States, Republic of Korea, Finland (on behalf of the European Union), Brazil (on behalf of the Southern Common Market, or MERCOSUR), Croatia (on behalf of the Group of Eastern European States), Costa Rica, South Africa, Chile, Uganda, Argentina, Philippines, Indonesia, Ecuador, Israel, Liechtenstein, Colombia, Canada, Japan, Algeria, El Salvador and San Marino.. In an informal segment, a representative of Rehabilitation International said she was pleased the paradigm for those with disabilities had shifted to include women and children, and that legal capacity had been established.. Disability was a global phenomenon and it was expected that Governments would swiftly sign and ratify the Convention and its optional protocol in order to encourage the continuation of the partnerships that had resulted in today s success.. A representative of World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry also spoke of the important partnerships that had gone into making the Convention possible and facilitating participation in the process, including by removing physical barriers and installing ramps for physical access.. The text of the draft Convention is at:.. org/esa/socdev/enable.. [For further information, please visit the above website or contact: Edoardo Bellando, United Nations Department of Public Information, tel.. : 212 963 8275, e-mail:.. bellando@un.. ]..

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  • Title: WFDB: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
    Descriptive info: UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.. 2006-09-07.. Since the adoption of a resolution of the UN General Assembly in 2001 to prepare this convention, intensive negotiations have been taken place between all UN member states.. Remarkable is the growing influence of international and national disability organisations themselves, united in the International Disability Caucus.. This convention, an international legal document, will bring, as it was often called, a total "paradigm shift" in the attitude towards all persons with disabilities.. We, deafblind persons in all stages of life, are also involved.. We will get the right to individual autonomy, including the right to make our own decisions, legal capacity, respect for the dignity of the person, accessibility rights and, generally spoken, full participation in society.. The convention articles cover all areas of life.. This draft text will now go to a drafting  ...   General Assembly, hopefully in November-December 2006, the process of ratification by individual or groups of states begins.. After 20 states have ratified the convention, it will come into force.. This will take time, because states have to change national legislation first, before ratifying, unless they have made reservations.. An international committee of experts with disabilities will follow the implementation of the convention.. Also on a national level such mechanisms will be put in place.. Please, find below a downloadable document with the articles, where deafblind people clearly are involved.. Sign languages, Braille and tactile communication will be internationally recognised and also the right for deafblind people to have education in their own settings.. A link to the full convention text can also be found below.. Download documents.. Articles related to deafblindness (.. rtf).. Draft Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (..

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  • Title: WFDB: Sobre la Convención de los Derechos de Personas con Discapacidades (Port/Esp)
    Descriptive info: Sobre la Convención de los Derechos de Personas con Discapacidades (Port/Esp).. Recibimos la convocacion para hacer esta analise de la Secretaria Especial de Acessibilidad i Inclusion Social, de la Prefeitura de Porto Alegre.. Analisamos alguns articulos que nosotros consideramos pertinentes i passivos de reflexion.. La analise, asi tambien la integra del Documento de la ONU puedes acessar en:.. Aprovada na ONU Convenção dos Direitos  ...   de comentarios, contradicion, contestacion de ustedes.. Tiendo en vista que la analise no supõe excelência, pero una reflexion.. Destacando siempre la busca i la qualificacion de nuestras actitudes friente las comunidades de Discapacitados de Rio Grande, Brasil i Mundo, muchas gracias.. Atentamente.. Alex Garcia.. Especialista em Educacion Especial.. Sordociego.. Presidente de AGAPASM.. Miembro de la WFDB.. agapasm@yahoo.. br.. ;.. alex_gaucho2000@yahoo.. Fone:.. 55 55 96171507..

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  • Title: WFDB: New organisations in East Africa – Kenya and Uganda
    Descriptive info: New organisations in East Africa Kenya and Uganda.. 2005-12-07.. In November 2005 two new organisations of deafblind have been founded in East Africa.. In Kenya, the Kenya National Association of the Deafblind (KNADB) was formed.. The interim committee of KNADB is composed of:.. President: Mr.. Joash Imbwana.. Secretary: Mr.. Wilson Masinza.. Treasurer: Mr.. Paul Opondo.. In Uganda, the National Association of the Deafblind in Uganda (NADBU) has had its first and founding general assembly.. The chair of NADBU is Mrs.. Agnes Abukito..

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  • Title: WFDB: East Africa Deafblind News April 2005
    Descriptive info: East Africa Deafblind News April 2005.. 2005-11-16.. East Africa Deafblind News.. April 2005.. COMMENT.. Deafblind work has progressed slowly but steadily in eastern Africa in the last few years but it is still beset by a number of hurdles, which will take time to surmount.. As highlighted in the main article there is still negative societal perception about disability which consequently affects even how the family of those unfortunate to be born disabled view them.. Most tragically though, is that there are no strong institutional and policy structures that can help change this perception and aid in the rehabilitation of people with disability.. For example the governments of the three east African countries of Kenya Uganda and Tanzania have made primary education free.. However deafbind children do not benefit from this so-called free education because governments have not made any financial provision to cater for their special circumstances and in most cases their parents cannot afford the added cost of taking them to schools far away from home.. Parents are sometimes forced by their circumstances to choose between using the limited resources they have to take care of their able-bodies children or waste it on their disabled ones.. Your guess is as good as mine what is likely to happen.. Anyway all is not gloom and as we have stated somewhere, the Tanzanian government has blazed the trail by setting aside some funds to cater for transport costs to school for children with disability which we hope will be replicated elsewhere.. The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.. Governments in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are working hard towards Education for all and great strides have been made in increased school enrollment in the last few years.. In all three countries education is now free and many children who had never seen the inside of a classroom are now enrolled, but what is the situation for children with a disability and more specifically those who are deafblind?.. The Ministries of Education in the three countries have recognised that deafblind children need their own school programmes and have illustrated this by helping to train and post teachers to the various deafblind programmes.. In spite of this however, there are still many deafblind children who, even though they have been assessed and placement made, are not in school.. Why is this?.. When parents first understand that their child is deafblind, acceptance can take a long time.. Some parents will never accept that reality and there are many examples where it results in separation or divorce when one parent decides to leave the family.. In such cases the remaining parent is left to cope alone.. In a society where witchcraft is still a potent force the community may also be hostile and accusations are flung at the family so that they believe and blame themselves as the cause of the child s disability.. In such cases it is unlikely that the child will ever move out of the home.. The shame and fear can cause the child to be hidden away from view but fortunately many parents choose to accept the child and start to look for information and advice on how to cope with the situation.. The first step is often medical intervention, which can be traumatising and also costly.. Parents are often told that the child will never be able to do anything for himself or don t waste time on this one.. Others pay out large sums of money for corrective eye or heart surgery and even much more to buy adaptive devices.. All this is a financial strain on the family.. Many parents give up at this stage but others, at least in Kenya and Uganda where it is available, do persevere and find their way to the education assessment services where thorough assessment of the educational needs of the child are carried out.. In Tanzania assessment of children with a disability is only available at some medical centres or in a few special schools.. Again costs are involved.. The assessment may take place a long distance from home, where they are sometimes told to come back another time, meaning more transport costs; many never go back! At the end of the assessment there should be a referral letter for education placement, which in the case of deafblind children in Kenya can be at one of four places or in Tanzania at only one place in the country.. For many deafblind children their chance of any education ends here.. Unlike children with no disability, deafblind children cannot go to the local school.. Deafblind services may be 50 km, 250 km or even further away, and if financial support is not available, either due to total lack of money or negative attitudes within the family, then the child will never go to school.. Take the case of Rose.. Rose is 9 years old and lives with her father in Embakasi, a Nairobi suburb in Kenya.. Her mother lives back in the rural area.. Rose is deafblind and has additional disabilities which means she needs help with many things including feeding, dressing and toileting, but in spite of this she still has the capacity to learn if given the chance.. Rose has been assessed and recommendations made that she attend a programme for the deafblind.. The options available are Kilimani Unit, a day programme in Nairobi, or Kabarnet School for the Deafblind, which is a boarding school, based in the Rift Valley province.. To access Kilimani Rose needs someone to take her to school and fetch her each day plus money for the transport which amounts to at least ksh 100 per day.. Much of the time this money is not available.. To access Kabarnet, Rose would need a list of requirements including personal effects such as soap, oil, clothes, and also money for transport.. The family are not able to manage this so Rose is kept at home without any programme that can help her to get skills to make her more independent.. Rose is just one of many children with a disability who, because of poverty, cannot access school.. Other parents choose not to send their disabled children to school due to lack of awareness and culturally based negative attitude towards disability.. In Tanzania the government has set aside funds to cover transport costs for children with disability who attend schools outside their locality.. This is a great step in the right direction and we would like to see this duplicated in Kenya and Uganda.. Parents shouldn t have to incur extra costs just because they happen to have a child with a disability.. If more information to increase awareness on disability was available, as well as extensive counselling services for some parents with disabled children, in this region then parents could see their children in a more positive light and appreciate the value of medical assessment and educational placement.. News from the Region.. KENYA.. School Programmes.. There are currently six school programmes catering for deafblind students in the country, four at primary level and two offering vocational training.. All offer boarding facilities except the Nairobi programme, which is day facility.. In addition to this there are a few deafblind students receiving specialised services in other educational programmes.. Parents are advised to take their deafblind children firstly for medical assessment and then to the nearest Educational Assessment Resource Centre.. At the centres, found throughout the country the children will be assessed and referred to the nearest programme for the deafblind.. School programmes for the deafblind are found at the following places:.. Kabarnet School for the Deafblind.. P.. Box 128, Kabarnet, Tel.. 053 22107.. Headteacher: Mr W.. Amdany Located off the main Kabarnet Iten road within Kabarnet Town, Baringo District.. There are currently 25 students at the Kabarnet School and a teaching staff of 23.. In recent months the school has undergone a facelift and its physical facilities have improved greatly.. The school has a farm, which not only provides much needed food for the children but is also a valuable teaching asset.. All students are involved in caring for the animals which include cows, poultry, rabbits, and turkeys as well as tending the cereals, fruits and vegetables grown on the farm.. In addition to farming activities, students are trained in activities of daily living, while some also follow basic academics.. Last year the school introduced a transition class to cater for those students who are ready to leave primary level training but who, due to the level of their disability, are not able to proceed to higher levels of training at the vocational centres.. This class concentrated on activities of daily living including fetching water, bathing and personal hygiene, basic farming, cooking and other related skills.. Maseno Deafblind Unit.. PO Box 11, Maseno.. Tel- 057351383.. Headteacher: Mrs Monica Okwaro.. Teacher- in- Charge Deafblind Unit: Mrs.. Eunice Aoko.. Located at Maseno School for the Deaf within Maseno Town, Kisumu District.. There are currently 10 students at the school and a teaching staff of five plus one class assistant.. The unit enjoys good cooperation with the local assessment centre and many children are referred to Maseno for further assessment and then referred to other appropriate programmes.. The unit s staff are active in carrying out home visits to the students and encouraging parental involvement which is very important for the development of the children.. The deafblind children interact well with the deaf children at the school and play an active role in the school community.. Kwale Deafblind Unit.. Box 89, Kwale.. Tel: 040 4052.. Headteacher: Mr.. Ali Juma Teacher-in-charge  ...   back while one or two people control everything, which so often is the case with organsations of disabled persons in Kenya.. It is for the above reasons that we have been trying to support deafblind persons to come together at least once a year so that they can start to learn and understand what is expected of them.. Interpreter Training.. One of the greatest challenges when bringing together a large group of deafblind persons is to ensure that everyone can follow what is being said.. Unlike the cases for deaf persons where only one interpreter can stand at the front and interpret all that is said, many deafblind persons need one to one interpretation.. An interpreter for the deafblind needs skills not just in following what is said and conveying the message to the deafblind person, but also in guiding and informing the deafblind person what is going on and the context around the person.. At the recent Ukweli meeting there was a one-day training for interpreters.. A group of twenty, mostly sign language interpreters but also family members and teachers, attended.. They were able to get first-hand experience and training from Mrs.. Mona Britt Broberg who is deafblind and Chairperson of the Association of the Swedish Deafblind (FSDB) and her two interpreters.. Tactile signing is still new to most of the interpreters but over the past few years we have seen the emergence of at least four interpreters who are deaf persons and skilled at tactile signing.. They have been able to interpret for those who are totally deafblind and were able to share their experiences with the group.. Some deafblind persons are not sign language users and need other forms of communication such as speaking close to their ear or through writing Braille or large print.. The interpreter must master all these skills.. Many of the deafblind persons at the Ukweli meeting had very low levels of understanding and therefore cannot benefit from the more formal signing used by most deaf persons.. In such cases the interpreter had to try and adjust the level of signing to meet the individual needs of the client.. Guiding of the deafblind person is also an important skill for the interpreter to acquire as, unlike in some western countries where there are both interpreters and others who act as guides, in Kenya we do not have such resources.. When the meeting broke for lunch it was the interpreters who had to assist in guiding to the dining room and assisting in serving the food.. It is hoped further training sessions for the interpreters as this will be arranged as it is a vital service which needs to be available especially when the time comes when the deafblind persons will run their own affairs.. Parents Activities:.. In conjunction with the meeting for deafblind adults at Ukweli, a parallel meeting of the Kenya Parents of the Deafblind Association took place.. Approximately 65 parents from the whole country took part in the meeting conducted by Mr Joseph Aluda the national chairman and his committee.. It was decided to divide the members into local groups who could meet on a regular basis.. Sense International has agreed to give the group funding beginning 2005 to assist them in their activities.. It is hoped that with this financial support the group can increase their membership and develop further.. TANZANIA.. The Tanzania Society for the Deafblind (TASODEB) is the organisation in Tanzania that is working to develop services for deafblind people in the country.. Although still young it is now fully recognised by the disability movement as the official voice for deafblind persons.. David Shaba the current TASODEB chairman represents the organisation on a number of national committees dealing with disability issues in the country and in this way awareness of deafblind issues is increasing.. For more information on TASODEB please contact:.. David Shaba: TEL: 0741 265303.. Box 25147, Dar es Salaam.. afdbtz@yahoo.. TANZANIA.. School Programmes.. Uhuru Deafblind Unit.. The deafblind unit at Uhuru, which has full boarding facilities, now has students not only from the Dar es Salaam region but also from Tanga, Morogoro, Tabora, Moshi and Singida.. As awareness spreads, more deafblind children are being identified and plans are already underway to start a unit for the deafblind at Mugeza School for the Deaf in Bukoba, North West Tanzania.. A screening exercise was carried out in Bukoba and several young deafblind children were identified.. Iringa has also been identified as another possible place to start deafblind services.. Anyone needing assistance or advice concerning deafblind children can contact the following places:.. Mrs.. Angelica Mtwale, Teacher-in Charge, Uhuru Deafblind Unit, Uhuru primary School, Uhuru Street, PO Box 2051, Dar es Salaam.. Tel:.. 0744 288298 E-mail:.. uhurudbu@yahoo.. For medical assessment of visual impairment please contact the Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation Hospital (CCBRT) located at Namanga in Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre(KCMC) in Moshi, Mvumi Hospital in Dodoma or any district hospital.. For hearing testing please contact Muhimbili Medical Centre in Dar es Salaam, KCMC, Moshi or any district Hospital.. PARENT ACTIVITIES.. Up until now the membership of the parent association has been mainly confined to Dar es Salaam, but with the increased enrolment of deafblind children from other parts of the country the membership is set to expand.. The parents have been engaged in an exercise to visit the homes of all the children at Uhuru and in doing so have travelled to many corners of the country.. They also took this opportunity to visit health centres and the local administration to spread awareness on deafblindness and the existence of their organisation.. At the beginning of 2005 there are plans to hold a national parents meeting in Dar es Salaam.. For more information concerning the Tanzania Parents of the Deafblind Association please contact:.. Ausi Achimota, Chairman, Chama Cha Wazazi Wa Watoto Viziwi Wasioona Tanzania, P.. Box 1804, Dar Es Salaam.. Tanzania.. Tel: 0744 049432 UGANDA.. There are currently four non- governmental organisations working together to develop services for the deafblind in Uganda and therefore a number of new developments have taken place.. School programmes continue to expand especially after a screening that took place in the western part of the country where a unit in that part of the country to cater for these children has been identified.. St Marks School for the Deaf near Masaka has been identified as a suitable location and efforts are now being made to raise funds to put up two more classrooms at the school where the deafblind children can be housed.. Education services for the deafblind are currently to be found at the following places:.. Kampala Deafblind Unit.. Located at Uganda School for the Deaf, Ntinda, Kampala.. Jackson Mbusi.. Tel: 220882 or 220784.. Buckley Deafblind Unit.. Located at Buckley High School, Iganga Town.. Headteacher: Mrs.. Florence Mutyabule.. Ngora School for the Deaf Located in Ngora, Kumi District.. Headteacher: Tel: 077495092.. Regional Workshop for House-parents.. Uganda School for the Deaf hosted the first ever workshop for house-parents working with deafblind children in the region.. The group had the chance to interact with each other, exchange experiences and ideas and also learn new knowledge on various subjects including hygiene, nutrition, communication, and team work and leisure activities.. Participants came up with a list of recommendations which have now been dispersed to the deafblind programmes for further discussions.. Parent Activities.. The Parents of the Deafblind Association in Uganda has managed to secure funding to help them carry out their activities.. The organisation now has branches in Iganga, Kampala, Masaka, Mbarara and Koboko.. They have been busy meeting and planning their programmes for the coming year.. The main activities carried out have been following up of children through home visits and medical screening, awareness raising, and identification of income generating projects.. With increased awareness a number of deafblind children have been identified and school placement is now the problem facing many parents.. Many of the children have additional handicaps and the current schools do not always have adequate staff to cater for their needs.. While the government provides teachers it does not give funds for caregivers at special schools.. This is a problem faced by most schools in East Africa and it is usually left to non -governmental organisations to fill in the gaps.. INTERNATIONAL.. Meeting of Africa Leaders of the Deafblind.. Nairobi was the venue for the first meeting for leaders of deafblind organisations in Africa.. The meeting was organised by Mr.. Stig Ohlsson, President of the World Federation of the Deafblind and took place from 22nd to 24th November 2005 at Silver Springs Hotel, Nairobi.. Deafblind leaders from nine African countries took part in the meeting and gave reports on the current status of deafblind activities in their respective countries.. Plans were also laid down to establish an African Federation of the Deafblind where Mr.. David Shaba from Tanzania was elected as interim chairman.. For more information please contact:.. David Shaba, P.. Box 25147, Dar es Salaam Tanzania.. TEL:.. 0741 265303.. E mail:.. Forthcoming Events.. The 8th Helen Keller World Conference and the 2nd General Assembly of the World Federation of the Deafblind (WFDB) will be held from the 3rd to the 7th June 2005 in Tampere, Finland.. The theme of the conference is Our Right to be Deafblind with Full Participation in Society.. For more information contact:.. Or visit www.. com.. For any news or views on Deafblind or reaction to the material contained in this newsletter please contact:.. Penny May-Kamau Regional Coordinator, East Africa Deafblind Programme, P.. Box 63168, Nairobi, Kenya.. Tel/Fax 254 20 630069.. Mobile 254 722 725278 E-mail:.. shiapmk@wananchi..

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  • Title: WFDB: A regional deafblind organisation in Africa?
    Descriptive info: A regional deafblind organisation in Africa?.. 2005-10-10.. The group met again in Finland in June in connection with the Helen Keller World Conference and WFDB 2nd General Assembly.. The next meeting is planned for February 2006..

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  • Title: WFDB: September news from Deafblind South Africa
    Descriptive info: September news from Deafblind South Africa.. Hello all!.. Greetings from a beautiful springtime South Africa!.. Here is some news of what is going on here in South Africa and especially at Deafblind South Africa.. On the capacity building side, the good news is that, I can now tell you that we have established two new branches one in the Free State province and one in the Mpumulanga Province and now count with 5 branches in the 9 provinces of South Africa.. Yes we have strange names here in South Africa!.. The new branch in Mpumulanga is definitely the fastest growing branch in Deafblind SA with already some 50 members within a year! While this may not sound too many, you must realise that the Mpumulanga Province is very big with many rural areas.. The Chairperson of this new Mpumulanga branch is Mr.. Thulani Ndluli.. He  ...   cannot even reach people by using a four wheel drive!.. The branch in the Orange Free State is headed by Mr.. Willem Taylor.. Willie, as we all know him, is also blind and hard of hearing.. He worked as a switchboard operator for many years and now has his own business manufacturing detergents for cleaning.. The Vice-Chairperson of this branch is Ms.. Lucy Magella, a young woman who is Deaf and partially sighted.. So now we have five branches in the nine provinces of South Africa i.. e.. Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Free State and Mpumulanga.. Anyone of you who wants to contact us for further information or even just for a friendly chat, please mail me at.. natdir@deafblindsa.. za.. It will be wonderful to hear from you!.. Until we meet again!.. Greetings again from springtime South Africa.. André van Deventer.. National Director.. Deafblind South Africa..

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