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CBR vital for persons with disabilities in the Pacific
CBR vital for persons with disabilities in the Pacific

Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) services in the Pacific have been part of the life’s journey of persons with disabilities in the region.
 
The 5 components (education, health, livelihood, social and empowerment) of the CBR matrix provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to the development of persons with disabilities in our Pacific communities. 


Pacific Disability Forum | 9/30/2015 12:00:00 AM

Fusi Alofa empowered its members to start their business
Fusi Alofa empowered its members to start their business

Fusi Alofa Association (FAA) conducted week long ‘Start Your Business’ training, from the 21st to the 25th of September in Funafuti, Tuvalu. The training was co facilitated by the Office Manager of Fusi Alofa and the Business Development Officer from the Government and was funded by the New Zealand High Commission Head of Mission Fund

Pacific Disability Forum | 9/28/2015 12:00:00 AM

Weekly Update
Weekly Update

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum
 
Accessing good education is a key contributor to achieving decent employment and independent life and most importantly break the chain of poverty. While education is for all in the pacific, it is not really the case for persons with disabilities due to the numerous barriers they face when accessing education. The significant barriers for persons with disabilities are physical environment is not accessible, their learning aids were not accessible and people’s attitudes towards them was very negative.


Pacific Disability Forum | 8/11/2015 12:00:00 AM

Children with disability missing vital communication aids in Vanuat...
Children with disability missing vital communication aids in Vanuatu

The Disability Promotion & Advocacy Association (DPA) says that children with hearing and vision impairments must have extra communication aids and trained teachers to be part of an inclusive education in Vanuatu.
 

Pacific Disability Forum | 8/10/2015 12:00:00 AM

Fusi Alofa CRPD Resource Team in Action
Fusi Alofa CRPD Resource Team in Action

More Tuvaluans enhanced their knowledge and understanding on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as the Fusi Alofa CRPD Resource Team went out in full force this month on its first ever awareness raising assignment, creating awareness on the rights of Persons with Disabilities in communities.

Pacific Disability Forum | 7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM

Minister’s visit boosted morale of FAA Tuvalu students and members
Minister’s visit boosted morale of FAA Tuvalu students and members

The 7th of July 2015 was a date never to be forgotten by Fusi Alofa Association (FAA) Tuvalu as it was the first time for a government minister to visit the office of the Association since the day it was established. The Minister of Education Youth and Sports visit, to Fusi Alofa Special School boosted the morale of the students and made everyone in the office excited.

Pacific Disability Forum | 7/7/2015 12:00:00 AM

Youth’s active participation is vital
Youth’s active participation is vital

Fusi Alofa Association (FAA) Tuvalu youth members gathered at the Fusi Alofa office on 29 June 2015 in which they were empowered on the importance of the Association for persons with disabilities in Tuvalu, its function and the importance of being a youth member of the Association.

Pacific Disability Forum | 7/2/2015 12:00:00 AM

Weekly Update
Weekly Update

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum
 
Enabling environments play a critical role in a life of a person with a disability. The presence of an enabling environment guarantees the enjoyment of an independent successful life for persons with disabilities and live life like anybody else in the community. 


Pacific Disability Forum | 6/9/2015 12:00:00 AM

PDF Co- Chair Mr. Latoa Halatau Awarded the Member of the New Zeala...
PDF Co- Chair Mr. Latoa Halatau Awarded the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)

The Pacific Disability Forum would like to congratulate PDF Co- Chairperson (male) Mr. Latoa Halatau for being awarded the Member of New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) during the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for his  services to the blind and the Pacific community. PDF is proud of Mr. Halatau for receiving the award and believes that it is a well-deserved award.  

Pacific Disability Forum | 6/8/2015 12:00:00 AM

We are part of the community
We are part of the community

The members, teachers and students of Fusi Alofa Association in Tuvalu celebrated the closing of Environment week on 5th  - 6th June, 2015 with the theme “Seven Billion Dream, Planet, Consume with Care”.  They celebrated on the streets of Funafuti by holding banners, placards and wearing costumes that depicts the theme of the week.

Pacific Disability Forum | 6/6/2015 12:00:00 AM