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 Content Strategist with over 11 years experience in blogging, content management, citizen advocacy and online media publishing and over 21 years in web development. 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 a co-founder and a member of the editorial board of Blog Watch . She is a resource speaker on social media , blogging, digital citizenship, good governance, transparency, parenting, women’s rights and wellness, and cyber safety.

Her personal blogs such as aboutmyrecovery.com (parenting) , pinoyfoodblog.com (recipes), techiegadgets.com (gadgets) and beautyoverfifty.net (lifestyle) keep her busy outside of Blog Watch.


She was a Senior Consultant for ALL media engagements for the PCOO-led Committee on Media Affairs & Strategic Communications (CMASC) under the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council from January 4 -July 5, 2017. Having been an ASEAN advocate since 2011, she has written extensively about the benefits of the ASEAN community and as a region of opportunities on Blog Watch and aboutmyrecovery.com.

Organization affiliation includes Scrap Pork Network. I do not support or belong to any political party . Family friends with House Representative Pia Cayetano and Former Senator Alan P. Cayetano. I did not vote for any presidential candidate in the 2016 elections.

Updated July 30, 2017

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