Disability: Get Informed Protect Children
Stigma, ignorance, neglect, superstition and communication barriers for children with disabilities are among the social factors that explain their discrimination and isolation from society. Disability is a social issue — it results from the interaction between people with “long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which, in interaction with various barriers, may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others” (Article 1, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability). It is not the impairment itself, but rather attitudes and environmental barriers that result in disability. Children with disabilities are often ‘invisible’ to service providers and they are at greater risk of violence than their non-disabled peers. Children with disabilities are often disproportionately placed in alternative care, rather than remaining with their families. These raise concerns for their protection.
UNICEF’s strategy is to promote the recognition of all children as full members of society and the respect for all of their rights without any discrimination. We work with partners to promote the inclusion of children with disabilities into society by stimulating changes in attitudes and practices of the general public and service providers toward children with disabilities. Further, UNICEF works with governments to help ensure that family members of persons with disabilities, who are often the primary caretakers, and children with disabilities themselves, receive assistance from the State for disability-related expenses, adequate training, counselling, financial assistance and respite care. We also support efforts to ensure that all programmes, including recreational programmes, public services, facilities and relevant buildings are accessible.
For more information, please visit: http://www.unicef.org/sowc2013/
Beautiful and powerful video by UNICEF. Find out more about achieving universal education and giving children with disabilities an equal opportunity to learn.
Andy singing ‘ABCs’
My Summer internship in a few short clips.
America don’t give a DAMN about black people
Until it’s time for the Olympics. Then they will drape us in the American flag, call OUR stories “the American Dream” and flaunt America’s “diversity” to the world.
I see you America. I SEE you
The proceeds also go to the other community center, Glen Haven.
Two of the boys from my class and their books. They are awesome artist!
Today was the beginning of our summer school. I was excited and hesitant all in one. There were a few last minute changes done just so we could better serve the community, as a result of this change I am now teaching 3-5. I was originally teach 4&5. There are only boys placed in my group and for a long time now, I have been trying to find ways to better serve the male refugee population. There are various task force that are also seeking ways to do so. It seems as thigh many young boys are committing delinquent acts. There was a study conducted a few years ago that shows the effects of writing and how valuable storytelling in any form may be.
I hope to encourage these young boys to tell stories even if they are not their own. In order to do so, I am allowing them to create a storybook. This story book is based around nature. Nature is the theme for summer school this year. In the end, I hope that they will share this with their peers and their classmates.
I will also be working on a min-documentary that will showcase my friends, family, strangers, and some of the young people at the center telling their stories.