Urged to support needs of deaf-blinds
In light of the topic discussed here today, namely the inclusive development, we recognize that there are, also within the disability movement, marginalized groups. I am referring especially of the group of people with deafblindness. In this regards I have been given a few minutes to present a short statement which my interpreter will read on my behalf.
Capacity development is of great importance for all groups of persons with disabilities, in order to conduct advocacy work. But I would like to draw attention to a group to whom capacity building means much more, namely people with deafblindness.
People with deafblindness are entirely dependent on assistive services and devices tailored to their specific needs in order to function in their everyday lives and enjoy full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with other.
Thus capacity building for people with deafblindness and their organizations also entails capacity building on an individual level, tailored to suit their unique disability and needs.
It is our hope that deafblindness is mentioned and mainstreamed throughout all development plans and programs for disabled and in the post 2015 development agenda.
I am grateful for the opportunity to share this statement, and thank you all for listening.
March 6th: Break-out focus working groups: What African DPOs want from post 2015 agenda
Geir Jensen also participated in a working group on: “Living independently and being included in the community with focus support services in the community (mainstream and disability specific services),” during which he presented the following:
Deafblindness is an isolating disability which vastly restricts, or even precludes, access to information, knowledge and communication with others, in addition to reducing mobility.
People with deafblindness are therefore dependent on easy access to a variety of support services and assistive devices, such as guide/interpreter, assistive technology etc. in order to function in everyday life and enjoy full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with other.