Fully Abled Nation campaign for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) #fullyabled

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

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Noemi, Editor of Blog Watch and features editor of Philippine Online Chronicles is a 54 year old mother to three kids and is married to Atty. Luis H. Dado. She loves being a full time mother and homemaker after retiring as a Researcher/Consultant from the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries in 1987. Now that her children are all college graduates, she devotes her time to grief support, blogging, new media events and using her blogs to promote online advocacies. Her personal blog is at aboutmyrecovery.com, which garnered numerous awards such as Best Website, Blog Category during the 9th and 10th Philippine Web Awards. Her blog also won in the Blog- Personal Category of the DigitalFilipino.com Web Awards 2007 and Globelines Broadband Family Blog Award (in honor of family-oriented blogging) 2007 Philippine Blog Award. Globe also recognized her as Digital Elder in the 2009 Philippine Blog Award.

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