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Windsor

Even through the summer heat, the outdoor city pools in Windsor will be open for persons with disabilities (PWDs).

The Atkinson Pool, Central Pool, Lanspeary Pool, Mic Mac Pool, Remington Booster Pool, and Riverside Centennial Pool would be setting up lifts for them, anyway. There would also be amenities such as heated pools, wade pools, skateboard facilities, walking trails, and soccer pitches, among others that PWDs and non-PWDs alike can enjoy.

Lifts or elevators have been a legal requirement in some countries for some time now. It is followed by this state as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Aside from that, Windsor supports the employment of PWDs by maintaining a website that lists the programs that could assist them. These programs include employment preparation, one-to-one assistance, job coaching and maintenance, job trial and volunteer activity placements and vocational life skills training including mobility training and computer training.

It also has services that protects the rights of PWDs in the area. Among these is the Citizen Advocacy, Easter Seals Ontario – Windsor/Sarnia, and Learning Disabilities Association of Windsor – Essex County – PACE (Parents Advocating – Children Excelling).

“Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.” ~Mother Teresa


Video taken from the YouTube Channel of Kevin McShan

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Turning One!

Preposterous it will sound if The PWD Forum would claim a hand on how the welfare of persons with disabilities (PWDs) throughout the world has improved in the last 12 months.

In my home country, various sectors have realized that the disaster risk reduction and management programs currently in place there should be more responsive.

The PWD Forum has written about how necessary these kinds of plans are in the Philippines since the country is almost always plagued by typhoons, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and tsunamis last July 14, 2014. It has 726 readers there.

In the place where I am now, a team has been sent to the United Nations to organize a series of events concerning PWDs and highlight the country’s policies.

The PWD Forum has reported how the United Arab Emirates provides an environment conducive for PWDs like Feras and Wael Al Moubayed last October 28, 2014 as well as Kaltham Obaid Bakheet last April 28, 2015. It has 212 viewers there.

Elsewhere, some corporations have called for “an inclusive society” together with the PWDs. Some educational institutions have taught job skills to them, and some politicians have taken it upon themselves to provide assistive devices.

The PWD Forum has been seen in 43 other countries. Among these are the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, India, Lebanon, Germany, Australia, Japan, Jamaica, Belgium, Singapore, Switzerland, Pakistan, member states of the European Union, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Hong Kong, France, Taiwan, New Zealand, Malaysia, South Africa, Jordan, Bhutan, Spain, Indonesia, South Korea, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Turkey, Thailand, Kenya, Bahamas, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Israel, Puerto Rico, Serbia, Austria, Poland, Vietnam, and Moldova.

Early on, The PWD Forum has wanted special education for all. But after sometime, it began to wonder if what it is advocating for is plausible especially in the third-world countries where PWDs are plenty. It has then thought to compromise: just another kind of special education for non-PWDs if they couldn’t be put together with the PWDs!

But Ashish Goyal didn’t learn numbers in a specialized school. Apolinario Mabini was able to study in two prestigious universities in the Philippines and had even set up a private school on his own. The mother of Tatyana McFadden had still enrolled her daughter in various sports activities even though Tatyana was born with spina bifida.

Special education must really be imparted to everyone then. Even the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has thought so. Disability rates are significantly higher among groups with lower educational attainment among its members, which include 14 countries.

Moreover, the United Nations Development Program found out that 80% of the PWDs in the world live in developing countries. People also spend 8 years of their life span living with disabilities. The aim of The PWD Forum from the start should still hold after all.

 “The PWD Forum aims to increase the awareness of the ‘normal’ people—particularly those in governments—to the true situation of people with disabilities (PWDs). It would just be a plus if there would be PWDs and non-PWDs alike who would join the discussions and/or initiate the conversations themselves.”

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of Perkins Vision

Without Sight or Sound

So that non-persons with disabilities (non-PWDs) will know what it’s like to live without being able to see or hear, the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, Inc. together with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida, Inc. hosted the event “Without Sight or Sound.”

It is held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as the birthday of Helen Keller, the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. But apart from that, the organizations also highlighted the services available in the communities. They held a mini “Dining in the Dark,” free hearing screenings, technology demonstrations, and a chance to experience vision impairment and hearing loss through simulation.

There had also been a summer camp that the persons with disabilities (PWDs) ages 5-13, living in Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties participated in. The two organizations really designed the social and recreational programs to increase the confidence, social skills development, and safe movement skills and techniques of those involved.

“Only when everyone realizes disability does not mean in-ability will we all be able to achieve true equality.” ~Sylvia Stinson-Perez

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of the Lighthouse Guild