ERIC Number: ED423642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Keeping the Promise: Reflections on a Global Workshop on Children with Disabilities in Developing Countries.
Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.
This paper summarizes the "Global Workshop on Children with Disabilities in Developing Countries" held in Washington, D.C. in February 1997. The conference focused on children with disabilities in developing countries which encouraged networking, linkages, and partnerships. The conference was attended by representatives of more than 30 nations, people with disabilities, advocacy groups, nongovernmental organizations, governments, universities, and donor organizations. The two days of pre-workshop meetings, site visits, and presentations for participants from developing countries are briefly described. The workshop itself is summarized in the context of its four recurring themes: (1) family involvement for children with disabilities; (2) coordination of education and health programs; (3) public awareness and information sharing; and (4) protection and rights of children with disabilities. These themes are also addressed in summaries of the workshop's working groups, which focused on obstacles and gaps in services, resources, and strategies/next steps. Among the meeting's recommendations are worldwide implementation and enforcement of doctrines of equality and full access, disability awareness as a dimension of every development assistance program, public awareness campaigns, increased partnerships within and among nations, and a shift from a civil rights to a human rights perspective. A list of participants is attached. (DB)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Child Advocacy, Children, Childrens Rights, Civil Liberties, Conferences, Cultural Influences, Developing Nations, Disabilities, Family Involvement, Integrated Services, International Educational Exchange, Intervention, Public Opinion, Public Policy, Workshops
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.