T he Asia Foundation, with the support of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) is implementing a three-year Disability-Inclusive Elections Program in the Philippines. Aptly called Fully Abled Nation, the campaign aims to increase participation of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the 2013 Philippine midterm elections and other democratic processes by:
• heightening voter awareness among PWDs,
• promoting institutional partnerships1 to enhance support and awareness of PWD participatory needs, and
• strengthening the capabilities of disabled peoples’ organizations (DPOs)2 and NGOs supporting PWD advocacies.
The various projects under Fully Abled Nation campaign include a rapid assessment of the situation of PWDs, focus group discussions (FGDs) and dedicated surveys nationwide, piloting electoral reform in a local government unit (Bohol), development and application of a disability- inclusive volunteer management systems (Cebu), online and tri-media campaigns nationwide, reporting on PWD rights and journalism sensitivity trainings, and nationwide roadshows of voters education and offsite registration/updating of records (Albay, Ilocos Sur, Iloilo, Greater Manila Area, La Union, Mindoro Oriental, North & South Cotabato, Palawan, Surigao Del Norte, etc.)
PWDs present are grateful for the Fully Abled Nation campaign.
Here is a declaration of commitment signed by the partners and some PWDs
More about the Fully Abled Nation at their website http://www.fullyablednation.com
Vera files also has a microsite on PWDs