Friday, June 24, 2011


This was my third week interning with the United States International council on Disability where I have been assigned to research resources for the Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL).

Many of us don’t have some information of what is happening with the Global Disability Rights Library. As I mentioned in the previous blog this library came to fill the gap which was existing in terms of advocacy and in terms of claiming disability rights. You can’t do advocacy of something you don’t know and you can’t claim your rights while you don’t know them.

The United States International Council on Disability is trying to make the information available. As you know only knowledge has the power to transform society. And we hope that from this knowledge transmitted through this library; disability rights advocators will be more effective because they will have the required information to develop projects, fight poverty, formulate policy arguments, or create social change.

You don’t need to have internet connection to use this Library. This is also a solution to the lack of internet connection in many of developing countries where less than 5 percent has any internet access.

In some countries where some people have internet connection they were also limited by finding resources written in their own languages. The United States international Council on Disabilities trough this Library is trying to have the information in different languages. Now the Library has some resources in English, French, Swahili, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, and Spanish…. And we hope to have at the end of the Library building more languages like Akan, Amharic, Bangla (Bengali), Bemba, Dari, Hausa, Hindi, Kiswahili, Luganda, Mongolian, Orominga, Pashto, Quechua, Shona, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Spanish, Swahili, Urdu, international sign, and national signed languages.

We know that DPOs managers in different countries need to build their capacity in terms of Human resources, project design and implementation, projects monitoring and evaluation. This library planned a lot of resources to build the capacity of DPOs.

Gain a new information and knowledge from GDRL Library. Below is the link

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