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4th PRCD News Update Day 3
4th PRCD News Update Day 3

Fijian Prime Minister Hon. Mr. Voreqe Bainimarama in opening the 4th PRCD urged every participant throughout the region to return to their homes with determination to improve the position of persons with disabilities in our societies.

“A disability inclusive Pacific means bringing people with disabilities from the margins to the centre of our national lives, it means implementing programs and providing services that cater to their needs and it also means bringing them from the margins of decision making to the centre of national policy formulation.” Hon. Prime Minister of Fiji Mr. Voreqe Bainimarama 



Pacific Disability Forum | 2/18/2015 12:00:00 AM

4th PRCD News Update Day 2
4th PRCD News Update Day 2

Accessing quality education and proper employment opportunities is still a challenge for youths with disabilities in the Pacific. While the protection and promotion of disability rights and interest for persons with disabilities in the Pacific is progressing, there is still more that needs to be done to ensure that youths with disabilities in the Pacific have full access to education and employment opportunities.
 


Pacific Disability Forum | 2/17/2015 12:00:00 AM

4th PRCD News Update Day 1
4th PRCD News Update Day 1

The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) will be hosting the 4th Pacific Regional Conference on Disability (PRCD) at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi, Fiji on the 16th to the 20th of February 2015. The biennial conference is a platform to dialogue and, discuss issues pertaining to the advancement of a disability inclusive development in the region.


Pacific Disability Forum | 2/16/2015 12:00:00 AM

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