2002.Oct.18th news flash (part.1)
Disability Movement Shakes the World from Sapporo
| It was explained that at first, in 1999, IDA (International Disability
Alliance) organized an informal network of 5 disabled persons・organizations,
with DPI at the center. Then it was reported that IDA, representing the
disabled persons・organizations, conveyed their opinion to the UNECOSOC
that the "convention to protect the human rights of people with disabilities"
should be estblished.
Regarding the history and problems surrounding person with disabilities in japan,even in the newly passed "Fundamental Law for Disabled Persons" the chance to independently participate in society is "given", which shows that [the concept of] "charitable welfare" has not yet been overcome. However, it was also reported that disabled people started the anti-discrimination movement by themselves in the 1970s, which made possible the "United Nations Decade of Disabled persons" as well as the gradual development of movements in comunity.
|Disabled Children-Right to life & Development|
| Suruti Hohaptra(India) reported the project in India that she executes
about art, craft, dance, music, and play. In the project, her group doesn't
attach importance to the competition, and insists on the integration between
disable children and non-disabled children.
Hilda Escalann(Cuba) reported that the healthcare, educational, and rehabilitation systems in Cuba are available for all people including persons with disabilities.
Michael May(France) insisted that all men are humanistically treated. He also maintained that it is necessary for us to create the bridge to freedom, according to Life Esteem, Economic Order, Tolerance for Others, and Equality of the Sexes.
|Asia/Pacific Decades How it worked|
| Setareki S. Macanawai (Fiji): Through understanding and cooperation
of ESCAP,we hope the further improvement of the quality in the next decade,
Yutaka Takamine (Japan): The contributing factor of the "Asia/Pacific Decades" success is our focusing on regional activities
Janjira Ekareechit (Thailand):In Thailand, according to the "Rehabilitation-Law", we made it obligatory that any companies with more than 200 people have to employ more than one person with disabilities. At last, it was confirmed that (1)participation of women with disabilitie, (2)improvements of living conditions for disabled persons in rural areas, and (3)efforts for people with multiple disabilities.
-Information Technology and Digital Divide-
| The first of all, Tanaka Hitachi Ltd introduced a new technology system
machine, Mimehand II, for the deaf. Mimehand II is a long-awaited equipment
for sign language speakers and its multiple functions will open the door
to people with hearing disabilities. The new technology made a possible
to communicate with each-other, between the deaf and hard-of-hearing people,
especially, in a emergency situation.
The direction of Mimehand II is easy. A computer shows animation of sign language by entering a sJapanesen entence . Computer graphic technology realize to show complicated signs through 3D .
Second, Fukuda of IBM Japan presented "Accessibility Technology" She explained automatic Braille tranration , calling off function and a Braille library using networking system.
Third, Isaac Nyathi reported a current situation of information system in Zimbabwe. According to her, people with disabilities in Africa have a limitation to get information because they have a small number of computer engineers, and many people have a poor knowledge for computers.
Finally, participants agreed with four points: 1) establishing of copyright laws which ensure the in formation access for people with visual disabilities, 2) Exemtion of taxes 3) Development of sign language itself and medias forit ,and 4) the solution of Digital Divide by providing IT equipments economically.
|The leader training in the future.|
| The trouble and poor policy expert, Mr. Son Song Hak from Cambodia,
through the Cambodian Organization of Disabled Persons, introduced "Unfavorable
legacy of past deeds" after a current problem.
Isaac Nyathi from Zimbabwe mentioned "Leader training". Leader's ability is also an important element that judged whether to have the ability the group answers, the purpose and the expectation. She emphasized that the leader thinks always about the successor's promotion.
Wendy Potter and David Urquhart talked the disability rights movement. Satoshi Fukusima proposed the leadership training. He claimed, "Disability movements have two goals. One is to provide each other with courage and power to live. Another goal is to fight against discrimination in society effectively. It is important to pursue the goals, and to overcome from difficulties, and to persistent communication."
Interview from Field Ttip participants- Mr. David E. Osunde & Ms. Osunde (Nigeria)
There are high hopes for the future in the challenge of "Ambition"
The afternoon of the third day of DPI, we had a tour of the institution of "Ambitious", a social welfare corporation. On a crystalline autumn afternoon, we passet through the Maruyama-Park, decorated with rich variety of autumnal tints, then we arrived at the institution.
In Ambitious, we had a welcome speech from Michiko Osanai, the president of the institution, and the residents and the staffs explained this institution "in English" which they learned during this whole one-year to welcome DPI participants.
We had comments from Mr. David E. Osunde & Ms. Osunde (Nigeria), participants of the tour. They said "It is wonderful that this institution users can get trained for independent-living and go out into the world in the four years. This gives hopes to disabled person's future. Efforts and management of the institution and coordination with government are very impressive, and I would like to refer to these. The Sapporo Assembly is a very meaningful opportunity for me. After we come back to country we would like to translate them into reality.
|For participants leaving Sapporo today Baggage Clain!|
|Today,the last day of the DPI World Assembly,we open “Baggage” Claim on B1 for participants who go to Chitose Airport directly from the venue.Large and heavy laggage can be accepted there.Please note we don't deliver your laggages to the airport.|
Madiou Diallo (M) & Balde Aissatou (F), from Republique de Guinea
It is our pleasure to join DPI World Assembly. After the Assembly, we will stop by Tokyo that is a bigger city than Sapporo to experience Japanese culture. Our government has not supported DPI yet. Hereafter, we would like to reinforce our country through personal exchanges with DPI-Japan. The World Assembly in Sapporo seems high costs. If countries in West African held DPI World Assembly, we would have financial problems.
Dube Jairos (M) from Zimbabwe
Just "Amazing!" He replied to my question how you feel about Japan. In his country, there are no lift-equipped buses and few public places that wheelchair users can access. Visiting Sapporo, he felt Sapporo is highly barrier free town since wheelchair users can widely access many hotels and roads. She really desires that the idea and feeling of people with psychiatric disabilities will be reflected in the Assembly and influence public opinion in the future.