Ability Beyond Disability

SOCIAL

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 Notes for the preamble

  • Commitment to implement standard rules and outcome.
  • Access to places of worship.
  • Removal of discriminatory laws and regulations e.g. right to open bank account and insurance coverage.

The following need to be included in some way:

  • Protection of people with disabilities, especially children caught up in conflicts and emergencies.
  • The need to add ‘volunteers’ as an element and list its contents.
  • ‘Personal assistance’ [not ‘Care giver’] including sign language interpreters.
  • Clear definitions of independent living, self determination and freedom of choice – from the perspective of the low income countries.

Elements and their contents

Legal protection

  • Independent living.
  • Home working.
  • Sexual and reproductive rights.
  • Land and inheritance rights.
  • Protection of disabled children.
  • Financial support for legal advice.
  • Enforcement of laws.
  • Protection from negative cultural beliefs.

 

Culture and Religion

  • Participation in cultural and religious activities.
  • Society’s attitudes to disability.
  • Religious attitudes to disability.
  • Resources and support from cultural and religious groups.
  • Using religious and cultural activities to remove stigma.

 

Sports and leisure [social activities]

  • Integrating young people and adults into mainstream provision.
  • Physical activity for people with disabilities.
  • Parallel sports activities for people with disabilities.
  • Promotion of sports as a therapeutic measure.
  • Inclusion in public and family social gatherings.
  • Access to recreation facilities e.g. cinema.

 

Relationships, marriage and family

  • Marriage and family.
  • Sex education and HIV/AIDS preventive education.
  • Sex reproduction and health issues.
  • Peer counselling among married and non-married people with disabilities.
  • Support for single mothers and mothers neglected and deserted by husbands after the birth of a disabled child, or after a mother acquires disability.
  • Counselling and capacity building for women with disabilities.
  • Awareness with religious communities on disability and relationships / marriage / sexual relations between people with disabilities and between a person with a disability and a non-disabled person.
  • Compensation in cases of divorce or separation.
  • Trauma and psycho social counselling.

 

Personal assistance

  • Daily living skills.
  • Protection of the young, older people, and those with severe communication impairments from exploitation and abuse.
  • Persons with disabilities using the programmes have a decisive influence.
  • Interpretation services.
  • Access to information.
  • Training – supervised / provided by people with disabilities.

 

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