COSTA RICA NEWS  – Translated from UNED:  Around 60 students from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Dominican Republic were impacted with the Virtual Diploma on Disability and Human Rights, which aims to advance in the conceptual, political and organizational strengthening organizations of persons with disabilities in Central America.

7_images_stories_ECE_Diplomado_vitual_SICA_thumb_medium250_0To carry out this plan, the Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development (IIDI), an organization that promoted the initiative, requested the support of several institutions, among them the State University (UNED), thanks to the immediate availability of its professionals, both the program and the chair of Special Education, as well as officials of Online Learning Program (PAL) was who made the goals.

In the words of Luis Fernando Astorga, Executive Director IIDI, his support was critical to the UNED successfully completing the proposed project. “This global effort has been supported the Second Program to Support Regional Integration (PAIRCA II), and with the support of SICA and UN Program (UNDP) and the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO ), the latter acting as technical secretariat. ”

“To further strengthen this inclusive public policies on the rights of persons with disabilities, and these reach more effectively, in August 2013 we contacted Special Education Career UNED, for support and advice for the online course that IIDI was organizing, which was very well received. Thus, blind, deaf, physically disabled, with psychosocial disabilities, and parents of people with intellectual disabilities or children were enrolled various disabilities, “said Astorga.

“I must emphasize the commitment and support given us valuable Gabriela Marin and Lady Meléndez Career Special Education, with whom the IIDI initiated contacts, as well as the participation of Ana Patricia Vasquez, who served as a mentor and technical advisor to provide Virtual Diploma. Likewise, I must acknowledge the willingness and commitment of PAL UNED, which gave us the Moodle platform to develop this diploma has come to several Central American countries, “concluded Astorga.

Part of the results of this experience were the creation of the Network of Organizations of Disabled People of Central America and the Caribbean (REDODICEC) and production of printed manual No action, no right: What we know and do to make progress rights of people with disabilities.

Remarkably, the text comprises seven chapters, which cover the following topics: Ch. 1 Central American integration systems: proposal, reality and challenge; Cap. 2 Human rights, universal language and to build a better world cement; Cap. 3 People with disabilities: objects of pity and full rehabilitation subjects of human rights.

Other topics also include the Cap. 4 A treaty to build a more inclusive, just and united world; Cap. 5, Public policy and inclusive development; Cap. 6 Advocacy, a way to enforce the rights and Cap. 7 Spaces, tools and strategies: practical application in the case of the rights of persons with disabilities.

Source: UNED

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