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

The 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

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado is a social media practitioner with over 10 years experience in blogging, citizen advocacy and online media publishing. Otherwise known as @MomBlogger on social media, she believes in making a difference in the lives of her children by advocating social change for social good. She is the editor of Blog Watch (blogwatch.ph) and the features editor of the Philippine Online Chronicles (http://thepoc.net), a platform for alternative viewpoints and a synthesizer of ideas. She writes about good governance, transparency, parenting, women’s rights and wellness, and digital citizenship . She also blogs at her personal blogs : aboutmyrecovery.com (parenting) , pinoyfoodblog.com (recipes), techiegadgets.com (gadgets) and beautyoverfifty.net (lifestyle).


Organization affiliation includes Scrap Pork Network. Family friends with Senators Pia Cayetano and Senator Alan P. Cayetano. I am not voting for VIce-Presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos because he has not acknowledged the atrocities done under his father’s rule.

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