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Live webcasting of the 10th session of the CRPD Committee
Live webcasting of the 10th session of the CRPD Committee

Dear all,

The 10th session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will open tomorrow (Monday) and run for two weeks (2-13 September).

We are pleased to announce that the public sessions will be webcast live at www.treatybodywebcast.org

The following meetings will be webcast at:



Pacific Disability Forum | 9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM

PDF Weekly Update -  30 August 2013
PDF Weekly Update - 30 August 2013

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum!
 
Inclusive education happens when children with and without disabilities participate and learn together in the same classes.
 
The journey to be an inclusive school may be long and challenging, and it benefits will strengthen a school community and benefit all children. "Inclusion" does not simply mean the placement of students with disabilities in general education classes. 
 
PDF believes that this process must include crucial changes in the way a school community supports and addresses the individual needs of each child. As such, effective models of inclusive education not only benefit students with disabilities, but also create an environment in which every student, including those who do not have disabilities, has the opportunity to flourish.
 


Pacific Disability Forum | 9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM

HumanWare Announces Prodigi TM A Breakthrough for People Living Wit...
HumanWare Announces Prodigi TM A Breakthrough for People Living With Vision Loss

Baulkham Hills, NSW, July , 2013 -– HumanWare announces Prodigi, the world’s most advanced, all-digital personal vision assistant for people with low vision conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and other eye diseases.  HumanWare has designed Prodigi to be a more affordable and intuitive visual aid than the traditional CCTV-based electronic magnifier.


Pacific Disability Forum | 8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM

PDF Weekly Update - 23 August 2013
PDF Weekly Update - 23 August 2013

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum!
 
We all need positive attitude in life.
 
PDF believes that positive attitude, positive thinking and optimism are the root cause of many encouraging life benefits.
 
People with positive attitude are optimists and are able to identify opportunities in difficult situations. This is a unique ability that  enables one to fulfil their goals despite the challenges. PDF encourages persons with disabilities to generate positive attitudes so they can overcome the discrimination that surrounds them. 



Pacific Disability Forum | 8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM

PDF Weekly Update - 16 August 2013
PDF Weekly Update - 16 August 2013

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum!
 

Development for all is vital in our small Pacific Island countries.
 
Leaders must ensure that all its policies and development frameworks are inclusive of persons with disabilities. It is also important to include persons with disabilities at the initial decision making process on issues that involves them, right up to the implementation stages. This will ensure that their voices are heard and their needs taken into consideration in such frameworks.
 


Pacific Disability Forum | 8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM

PDF Press Release - Pacific Disability Forum Supports Presidents Ch...
PDF Press Release - Pacific Disability Forum Supports Presidents Challenge on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights

His Excellency the President of the Fiji islands, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau challenged pacific island leaders to listen to the voices of everyone including persons with disabilities in their duty as leaders on development issues.

Pacific Disability Forum | 8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM

PDF Weekly Update - 9 August 2013
PDF Weekly Update - 9 August 2013

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum!
 
The PDF Board Induction and Training concluded today with the PDF board meeting.
 
PDF would like to acknowledge and congratulate all those who have been part of its marathon of meetings in the past 3 weeks. PDF believes that the what you have all shared and learned will initiate the change within your DPOs. The PDF Board also acknowledged the hard work put in by the PDF Secretariat in the preparations before and during these meetings.



Pacific Disability Forum | 8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM

PDF Press Release - PDF Launches New Website
PDF Press Release - PDF Launches New Website

Pacific Disability Forum (PDF), a regional organisation of and for persons with disabilities in the Pacific officially launched its new website today.

Mr Latoa Halatau, the PDF Male Co Chair said that is was another stepping stone for PDF achievement as he launched the website on behalf of the PDF board this morning.

Pacific Disability Forum | 8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM

PDF Weekly Update - 2 August 2013!
PDF Weekly Update - 2 August 2013!

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum!
 
PDF is currently having a marathon of meetings.
 
It started of with the CRPD Resource Team Meeting from the 22 - 26 of July 2013, then the Office Managers Training Workshop from the 29 of July - 2 of August 2013. Then the PDF Board Induction and Training will follow from the 5 - 9 August 2013.

Pacific Disability Forum | 8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM

Pacific Sports Partnerships call for a healthier, inclusive Pacific
Pacific Sports Partnerships call for a healthier, inclusive Pacific

The Gillard Government is supporting Pacific island countries to develop healthier communities through sport.

Senator Kate Lundy, Minister for Sport, and Senator Matt Thistlethwaite, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, today announced the opening of the Pacific Sports Partnerships, a $14 million competitive grants program funded by AusAID and managed by the Australian Sports Commission.



Pacific Disability Forum | 5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM