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Disability Pasifika - Newsletter Issue 19
Disability Pasifika - Newsletter Issue 19

“Technology means that a person who has a disability today may have a super ability tomorrow.”  These were the words of  H.E the Australian High Commis-sioner to Fiji Ms. Margaret Twomey at the commemoration of the International Day of        Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December 2014 at the Pacific Is- lands Forum Secretariat main conference centre.

Pacific Disability Forum | 12/31/2014 12:00:00 AM

Chairperson of IPWDGN's Statement on the Closing Session of the WCI...
Chairperson of IPWDGN's Statement on the Closing Session of the WCIP, UN, New York

Statement by Setareki Macanawai, Chairperson Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network Global Disability Caucus (IPWDGN) on the  Closing Session of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP)
United Nations, New York (Tuesday, 23 September 2014)



Pacific Disability Forum | 9/23/2014 12:00:00 AM

PDF Weekly Update - 19 May, 2014
PDF Weekly Update - 19 May, 2014

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum!

 

 All over the globe, the rate and risk of disability among indigenous people are higher because of hazardous working conditions, lower standards of living, and the poor quality of the preventive medical services available to them. Above all, persons with disabilities belonging to such groups, do not usually have access to suitable rehabilitation services.

 

The first instrument concerning indigenous populations was the 1957 ILO Convention on the Protection and Integration of Indigenous and other Tribal and Semi-Tribal populations in Independent Countries. However, it was ratified by less than thirty countries.



Pacific Disability Forum | 5/19/2014 12:00:00 AM

PDF Weekly Update - 28 April 2014
PDF Weekly Update - 28 April 2014

PDF Weekly Update
 
28th April 2014
 
Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum!
 

Pacific Disability Forum supports inclusive education in the Pacific.
 
Inclusive education reflects the values, ethos and culture of a public education system committed to excellence by enhancing educational opportunities for all students.


Pacific Disability Forum | 4/28/2014 12:00:00 AM

PDF Weekly Update - 17 March 2014
PDF Weekly Update - 17 March 2014

PDF Weekly Update
 
17th March 2014
 
Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum!
 

Pacific Disability Forum, together with the Fiji Disabled Peoples Federation are currently onto the third phase of a project in Fiji that specifically addresses primary prevention on violence for women and girls with disabilities. PDF in its journey has established mutual partnerships and has been working in collaboration with SPC/RRRT and FIJI Women Crisis Centre.


Pacific Disability Forum | 3/17/2014 12:00:00 AM

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Global Accessibility News – March 17, 2014

Global Accessibility News – March 17, 2014


Samsung announces three assistive technology accessories to improve Galaxy accessibility
Asia-Pacific Mar 17, 2014
SEOUL, KOREA: Samsung announced three smartphone accessories that should improve accessibility on certain Galaxy mobile devices for users who are blind or low vision. The Ultrasonic Continue reading the story...

Pacific Disability Forum | 3/17/2014 12:00:00 AM

PDF Weekly Update - 03 March, 2014
PDF Weekly Update - 03 March, 2014

PDF Weekly Update
 
03rd March 2014
 
Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum!
 
The success of the Pacific Disability Forum has been built on the strength of its membership. Our more than 30 Disabled Persons Organisations devote time, skill and energy to projects that enrich the quality of life for persons with disabilities in the Pacific Island countries.

Pacific Disability Forum | 3/3/2014 12:00:00 AM

Paralympics voice needed
Paralympics voice needed

The Fiji Paralympic Association will meet soon to review their constitution to allow athletes to have a say in the running of their organisation.

This was revealed by their president Freddy Fatiaki.

Fatiaki, coach to 2012 Paralympic Games gold medallist, Iliesa Delana, said for many years athletes had been backbenchers in their own organisation.



Pacific Disability Forum | 1/20/2014 12:00:00 AM

Rehab centre plans for homeless
Rehab centre plans for homeless

 

The Inter-Agency Taskforce on Beggars is working with non-government and faith-based organisations in Fiji to build a rehabilitation facility for the homeless and mentally challenged street beggars.


The Permanent Secretary for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta, said the recent profiling exercise compiled information on 40 street beggars in Suva.

 




Pacific Disability Forum | 1/20/2014 12:00:00 AM

Ban appoints former vice-president of Ecuador as envoy on disabilit...
Ban appoints former vice-president of Ecuador as envoy on disability, accessibility

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the 19 December, 2013 has announced the appointment of Lenín Voltaire Moreno Garces of Ecuador as his Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility.

In his new post, Mr. Moreno will help promote the rights of people with disabilities, who number more than one billion, and also advocate on behalf of accessibility for all people.



Pacific Disability Forum | 1/7/2014 12:00:00 AM