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Guiding Questions for Consultations and Inputs for Preparatory Work for the HLMDD

29 January 2013

 High-level Meeting on Disability and Development

On 23 September 2013 the General Assembly will hold a High-level Meeting on Disability and Development, with the overarching theme “The way forward: a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond”, at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Meeting will present a historic opportunity to translate the international commitment to disability-inclusive society and development into concrete action and changes on the ground, and to mainstream disability in the global agenda towards a post -2015 development framework.

As determined by General Assembly Resolution 66/124, the High-level Meeting will result in a concise, action‑oriented outcome document in support of the aims of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilitiesand the realization of the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities.

The present form is intended to encourage and guide inputs from various forms of consultations and stakeholders to contribute to the outcome document of the High-level Meeting. Inputs may be submitted via email to and

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mildred omino from
Thu, April 4, 2013 at 01.06 pm
mainstreaming disability in the evaluation of each of the millennium development goals.
Involving Youth with disabilities and women with disabilities in the development of disability policies.
Julia from
Wed, April 3, 2013 at 10.50 am
Inclusive development, can only be achieved if the beneficiaries are put at the forefront in the all processes. From initiation all the way to evaluation. The PWDs should be consulted; their various needs and issues of concern critically take into consideration.
Further to this awareness raising and sensitization of the general public should be done. Ignorance of the needs of PWDs has proved the key contributor to their exclusion.
There is a need to set indicators at every level that measure and include PWDs.
For instance an inclusive school setting is the one where all facilities are accessible to every learner. There should be sign language taught as a subject in that school to all learners especially in the lower levels. There is need for inclusion in leadership of learners with disabilities so that their needs are always take note of. Nothing for us without us, goes the saying among PWDs.
I n Uganda m there is an inclusive school although it caters for Deaf . its located in western Uganda in Kabale-TheScvhool-Dhild of Africa international has over 40 deaf children. All teachers so know sign language. All pupils know basic sign language. During assemblies in the morning prayers and singing of national anthem is done in signlanhuage.Deaf are on the school prefect body. In lower level Deaf are taught separately because they have not ,mastered sign language. In upper they are taught in the same class by teacher who uses sign language and speech. Students also sign for the deaf or teach them if they fail to understand well.Outside during sports and extracurricular activities sign language is the major language. If you went there during break time you could think its a special school for the Deaf. All teaching materials in classrooms are very visible for the benefit of the Deaf

UN high level needs to include PWDs themselves at all levels of inclusion programs. Needs to prevail on nations to consider disability as a priority and set it as benchmark. Should ensure all nations have indicators on disability in their various reports to UN.

Joseph Mbulamwana
Boardmember of UNAD (Ugandese National Association of the Deaf)
afshin por fekr moghaddam from
Thu, March 28, 2013 at 12.52 pm
My name is Afshin por fekr moghaddam. I am 43 years old and was born in Tehran. Graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering (Electronics) I am. Graduated with a degree in electrical engineering (electronics) and 15 years in the Society's activities persons with disabilities and will now be Inspector of the Iranian handicapped Society. Persons with disabilities and associations between Iran, Georgia, Armenia would work. I am disabled Rey Community Administrator (
Mohammad Morshedul Quadir from
Thu, March 28, 2013 at 08.26 am
1. What are the major obstacles encountered and challenges faced in relation to implementing policies and programs for the realization of the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities? • Most of the persons with disabilities are living below the poverty line and not able to earn as much as 1 dollar a day, even for most of them it is almost nil.
• Physical challenges restrict the PWDs from earning.
• Working environment is not disabled friendly.
• Access to education of children with disabilities is extremely limited. An un-equal educational system, a rigid and unfriendly school curriculum, ignorance and lack of awareness of parents, compounded with the inadequate knowledge of teachers and the unfriendly school environment are obstacles to promoting the education of children with disabilities in Bangladesh.
• Lack of awareness, ignorance and wrong beliefs about disability.
• Disabilities due to natural calamities and road traffic accidents imply that the prevalence of people having disabilities in Bangladesh is likely to continually rise over-time.
• Lack of continuation of funds for DPOs.
• Less priority for the development of PWDs.
• Lack of accessibility expert and their implementation.
• Lack of participation of PWDs in decision making process in the planning commission of Govt.
• Limited access to building DPOs and donor are not agreed to provide fund to the small organization.
• Country policy is not clear to implementation development plan of PWDs and differences of understanding between govt. to PWDs level.

2. Based on your experience, what approaches or actions have proven successful promoting the inclusion of disability in development? • Early identification of disability and access to medical and rehabilitative care;
• Increase use of proper equipment for carrying loads.
• Taking safety precaution.
• Formation of DPOs.
• To follow Community Based Rehabilitation and twin track approach.
• Local and National level advocacy.
• Ensure participation of PWDs in all level of development activities for more inclusion.
• Accessible education and vocational education more helpful for PWDs.
• Participation and right based services should be continued for PWDs.
• Individual support more essential than group support.
• Involve PWDs in socio-economic development activities.
• Ensure develop equipment to develop mobility of PWDs.
• Make awareness and campaign programme at school, college, and university and community level.
• Make more scope for employment of PWDs.
• Govt. level services should be expended significantly
• Communication system should be improved as per need based of PWDs.
• Taking initiative to provide employment of PWDs as per ability

3. What specific steps or actions should be taken to promote the goals and objectives of the CRPD to promote inclusive society and development?
• To take more attention to the development of PWDs and services should be extended.
• Accessibility should be ensured for any development activities at community level to city areas.
• Communication should be easier between service provider and service receiver.
• Ensure development parameter of implementation of progress.
• Disability services should be mandatory in every development project.
• Access in higher level education of PWDs.
• Ensure low cost education for PWDs in all level of degrees.
• Ensure participation of SCI people in every development activities.
• Establish a development cell of PWDs as well as SCI people in every country for their betterment.
• Establish educational institute both private and public should be friendly for PWDs.
• Strong monitoring system should be developed of performance of implementation of country wide.

4. What specific measures should be taken to promote accessible environment for equal opportunities for persons with disabilities (including physical environment, information, communication and technology and transport)?
What kind of policies and programs may be implemented to ensure equal opportunities for persons with disabilities (for example, policy on education, employment and other economic opportunities)?
• Necessary actions to ensure the continuation of necessary funds for DPOs over the world, specially Asian and African countries.
• Enhancing the demand of participation to the general and political election process to make disabled peoples’ people representative and policy maker.
• Take more technological and country based actions for ensuring the accessibility of assistive devices used by the PWDs.
• Allocating full opportunities of micro credit facility and accessibility to loan facility in all classes.
• Ensuring full accessibility to water and sanitation work by multiple GOs/NGOs over the world.
• Primary education should be more accessible for all children. Some extra benefit could be provided to children with disabilities.
• Women and girls with disability can get priority at all activities for disabled people.
• More strong and useful rules and punishment for road traffic accident to reducing it to reduce the incense in number of disability.
• More inclusion the disabled people into the climate change recovery policy and its movement line.
• Physical environment, helpful improved assistive device and ensure information, technology based services for PWDs as well as SCI people.
• PWDs will get access without barriers for their movement and participation.
• Mandatory police should be taken to include PWDs in every sphere of life without hesitation.
• Infrastructure and accessible transport should be ensured by Govt. which should be mandatory for PWDs.
• Access for education and employment should be ensured by Govt. and it should be mandatory.
• Priorities all of police to include PWDs and it should be mandatory for all of member county

5. What actions should be taken to improve the quality and availability of disability data and statistics that is vital to formulate disability-sensitive development policies and programs at the national level? How can we improve internationally comparable disability data and statistics?
• Take necessary action for different research/study regarding disability.
• Make database for PWDs and DPOs.
• Include a defined portion for the identification of disability into SENSUS.
• Development statistic should be followed on allocating UN fund to the GO/NGO in developing or less developed countries.
• Initiative must be taken to decrease the special education system and schools over the world except of mental and blind disability.
• Disabled people should be included all poverty alleviation programmes.
• Disabled people should be included in all social business concepts (a very new social change concept by business).
• Conduct special survey in country wide and collection all kind of disabilities data. It should be reviewed after five years.
• Open an International web side and putting data in the web-side for all. All member countries should be stored their disability data on internet.
• Increase resource in this chapter for data analysis.

6. What specific steps or actions should be taken to strengthen the capacity of all stakeholders to upgrade knowledge, develop expertise and skills to promote disability inclusion in development policies and programmes? • Some national or international under graduate level or graduate level technical training or education institutes are needed.
• Urges to developed countries, international standard universities/research institute, related donor agencies to take initiative and allocated necessary fund for more research and higher study, and disabled people, scholars, NGO specialist can get priority on these initiatives.
• More initiative to enhance existing DPOs and more opportunities to create new DPOs in less developed and developing countries.
• Support DPOs/federations at the union, district and national level providing grants and training.
• Assist to build capacity of DPOs/ SHGs in organizing Workshop & seminar with Government agencies, Business sector, local government, & civil society.
• Monitor implementation of disability law and UN standard rules and violation of disabled people’s rights.
• Consultation meeting with all kind of International, UN donors and include disability development policy, strategic plan in their own work.

7. In addition to the areas identified above (in questions 3 to 6), what other elements should be addressed in the outcome document of the High-level Meeting particularly in view of the emerging post-2015 development agenda?
• Main causes of disability in third world special poor socio-economic community are road traffic accident, work place injuries which is preventable by changing practice and obeying rules
• Among all vulnerable people disabled people are the most vulnerable group, it is need to specify disabled people’s group according to the ability or severity of disability. E.g. Spinal cord injury person need special attention and care, if we want to ensure development for all, we need to plan more specifically to address all groups’ need/problems.
• To increase donor commitment for the development of PWDs.
• Global meeting can be organized through UN for the development of PWDs

8. What are the roles of the relevant stakeholders [(a). civil society including organizations of persons with disabilities and other NGOs; (b). international organizations; (c). development agencies and (d). academic institutions]? • Advocacy and Networking to local and national level.
• Develop new and effective module for the PWDs to be incorporated into education.
• Research/Study related to formulation of new and effective equipment, idea, tools etc. to be helpful and economical for the PWDs.

9. What specific role could the private sector assume in order to promote the goal of disability-inclusive society?
• Advocacy and networking to change the negative attitude of the people towards PEDs.
• Encourage to establish industry where PWDs have access work and development opportunity.
• Establish High level research oriented Hospital and rehabilitation Centre of PWDs.
• Establish electronic assistive device and modern treatment facilities ensure for the PWDs.
• Encourage employment of PWDs in private sector significantly

10. Please provide any additional suggestions or recommendations you may have for the High-level Meeting.
• Rich County can take more care for the development of PWDs in South Asia Regional or Asian poor countries.
• Development of electronic devices in South Asia Country to improve mobility of PWDs.
• Regional level conference should be highly appreciated to carry those activities by country wise.
• Prime minister level meeting can be happened for their commitments on disability development issues.
• Global meeting can be organized through UN for the development of PWDs
• Regional and Global motoring cell can be encouraged for update development issues and evaluation should be essential for progress of PWDs development.

Thank you so much for this type of initiative to promote a barrier free society for the PWDs. This is a great opportunity for us to take part in this online consultancy programme and it should be circulated regularly to identify the problems and barriers faced by the PWDs.
Gwynnyth Llewellyn from
Tue, March 26, 2013 at 09.05 am
With regard to question 6 an encouraging first step is the action being taken by some donor agencies to examine their own practice on disability inclusiveness as well as require disability inclusive approaches in the organisations/ agencies which they support. As in the early days of inclusion of women in development programs where there were many principles, statements of purpose and objectives to achieve a focus on women, there was often lacking attention to agencies 'own organisation practices'. Disability inclusiveness practised within an agency leads to experience of staff within that agency in working with, thinking about, adapting (if necessary) work practices, getting to know people with disabilities as people first - in other words embedding disability inclusive practices in their everyday work lives. This takes leadership, time and commitment of organisations to be self-reflective; it is in my view an essential task to develop expertise and skills to promote disability inclusion in development policies and programmes? How can staff promote that which is abstract/ unknown/ unfamiliar to them? Even with good will and high motivation this is hard to achieve. Disability awareness training has its place: nothing is more powerful than the presence of people with disabilities within stakeholder organisations. Quotas particularly employment quotas can assist in this capacity strengthening activity.
Gwynnyth Llewellyn from
Tue, March 26, 2013 at 08.53 am
The major challenge is a lack of a specific MDG on disability. Although the attempts to address this by discussing disability as a cross -cutting issue (which surely it is) regrettably governments do not pay attention to unnamed issues. And as a cross cutting issue disability remains unnamed. Evidence for this is in those countries which have ratified the UN Convention and now need to produce reports - this often leads to focused activity for example on national disability legislation or on updating current legislation such that disability is obvious and included. While disability remains a hidden issue as it does as a cross cutting issue then it is hard to be optimistic of change for the better in addressing the needs of people with disabilities post 2015. Strong arguments need to be mounted for a disability inclusive world post 2015.

A second challenge is the paucity of reliable data in many countries. The release of the World Report has assisted in noting the 15% prevalence figure worldwide. Most countries in the development context where figures are available suggest between around 3% to around 8%. It is clear on examination of the definitions used and methods to collect data that these figures under-estimate national populations of people with disabilities. The tension then lies in countries accepting the World Bank/ WHO prevalence figure in the absence of reliable national data. There seems to be two difficulties (i) concern to have country accurate figures leading to efforts often poorly resourced to iteratively improve definitions and data collection methods and (ii) concern that acknowledging the World Bank/ WHO figures will lead to excessive cost burden. A third concern seen recently in some countries in South East Asia is the apparent lack of inter-sectoral discussions between the ministries responsible for national statistic collection and the ministries responsible for people with disabilities and the ministries responsible for health and education - all of whom bring valuable perspectives to developing robust and rigorous data methods to determine the numbers of people with disabilities. A related challenge is the lack of disaggregated data where disability data does exist. It is rare to find e accurate data which represent to take one group only - for example women with disabilities or expanded to women with disabilities in different age ranges or expanded to women with disabilities in different geographical locations and so on. As the ICF makes clear functioning (and activity limitations and participation restrictions) is an outcome of the impairment or health condition in interaction with the environment and personal characteristics and is not static, uniform or one-dimensional.
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