Association for Rural Development and Action Research organises conference
Speakers at the ‘International conference on persons with disabilities', organised by ARDAR (Association for Rural Development and Action Research), a voluntary organisation, held at Poosapatirega in the district on Thursday, felt that multi-sector approach covering education, health, livelihood, social and empowerment under community-based rehabilitation is necessary because the disabled often experience discrimination in education and job opportunities.
The conference dealt at length on UN Convention on the rights of disabled, community based rehabilitation and development goals related to persons with disabilities.
Ms. Anne Legeland, Director of Friends Indeed from The Netherlands presented an overview on UN Convention and millennium development goals.
M. Pavan, rights based activist from Swadhikar, spoke on rehabilitation at family and community level, laws, customs and possible ways and means to work at community level.
Ms. Meena Kumari of Lilane Fonds, France, shared her experiences in Asia and how they support community based rehabilitation activities in developing countries. “Some 5 to 15 per cent of persons with disabilities in developing countries have access to assistive devices. Further, they tend to experience higher unemployment and lower earnings than normal people.” V.V. Ramana, Director of ARDAR, presented community based rehabilitation activities being taken up by his organisation.