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Newsletter: February 2011 

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In This Issue
Site Deployment
Application Tips
GDRL Intern Note
GDRL Content Highlights

Here are a few samples of the material already included in the GDRL.  Many thanks to our content donors: without you this project would not be possible 


Resource Mobilisation and Fundrising for DPOs - This manual serves as a guide for DPOs to enhance their fundraising and resource

efforts.  Hosted by the Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities.


Being An Unperson

A video by blogger Amanda Baggs describing the
dehumanization of people with disabilities.
Hosted by Ballastexistenz

Persons with disabilities particularly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS -  An audio podcast with transcript.  Hosted by the WHO. 


CRPD Implementation Toolkit  - An interactive resource guide on CRPD implementation.  Hosted by Disabled Peoples' International.


Finding the Gaps  

A Comparative Analysis of Disability Laws in the United States to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  Hosted by the Harvard Project on Disability





GDRL Priority Content

GDRL needs your help in finding resources on the following topics: 

  •  Disability resources in African and South Asian Languages
  • Indigenous people with disabilities
  • Independent Living

If you have

 suggestions, email


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Dear Friends and Colleagues,


We at the GDRL team are thrilled to be able to share with you the first issue of our newly launched Global Disability Rights Library newsletter! We will disseminate fresh issues from time to time as we continue to progress with the project.  As you know, our mission--and passion!--is to consolidate and disseminate digital information that people in developing countries with limited web access can use to advance disability rights. The success of this mission depends on the involvement of hundreds of partners around the world--including people like you. We hope that this newsletter will be helpful, informative, and interesting to you. Please do share your feedback with us at so we can use it to improve future issues of this newsletter.  We hope to be of service to people recommending and contributing content for the GDRL, applicants interested in receiving and sharing use of the GDRL, and others who share an interest in knowledge dissemination.
--Andrea Shettle
Program Manager, Global Disability Rights Library

Global Disability Rights Library Site Deployment


What is the GDRL project?

The Global Disability Rights Library project is currently accepting applications from organizations, universities, government agencies, and individual advocates to receive a free digital Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL).  Read more about the GDRL project at:


What does it mean to be a GDRL Deployment Site?


What will I receive when chosen to become a GDRL deployment site?

  • A hard drive or USB copy of the GDRL (about the size of a paperback book, weighing a couple of pounds)
  • Technical assistance (via email, by phone or Skype) from WiderNet staff
  • Technical training and training on disability issues as it relates to access to information               

Selection as a deployment site does NOT include: 

  • Internet access
  • Computers, keyboards, monitors
  • Funding to pay for staff, rent, computer equipment, etc

What is expected of selected GDRL deployment sites?

  • Dissemination of resources and advocacy for the equal rights of people with disabilities
  • Monthly reports for the GDRL team in the U.S. describing all activities related to the GDRL.
  • Allow the public free access to the GDRL
  • Providing trainings to the public on how to access the information on the GDRL
  • Immediately notifying the GDRL team when you experience technical difficulties

How do we apply?

Interested organizations are encouraged to review the on-line application and full eligibility criteria posted on WiderNet's website at:



Apply by March 1, 2011, to be considered for deployment by June 30, 2011
Apply by September 1, 2011, to be considered for deployment by December 31, 2011
Apply by May 1, 2012, to be considered for deployment by August 31, 2012


For more information about the GDRL Site Deploymentplease visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) at


Questions about the application process or eligibility criteria should be directed to

Tips for Successful GDRL Site Deployment Applications

The GDRL team has received many applications from organizations, universities, government agencies, and individual advocates that wish to receive an off-line copy of the digital Global Disability Rights Library.  It is clear that the application process will be very competitive for everyone: under current funding we can disseminate a free library to 60 locations.  The strongest applications are those that clearly demonstrate how the library will be used and how these resources will be shared with your community.  


What follows are a few suggestions to help you strengthen your applications.  Remember: Any applicant may retrieve your application and edit or update it at any time even after it is "complete," as long as you do this before the application deadline. 


1)       Provide a valid email address. If you have started an application and have not received a confirmation email, please send an email to to inquire about your application ID and status.

                Provide the following in your email:

                Your name

                Your organizations name

                Country you are located in and

                Application ID (if known)


2)      Please provide specific examples when asked to "Describe your commitment to gender equality in providing services and training."  Give details about programs you have already implemented, and specific steps your organization will take in the next few months to improve gender equity in your programs, services, training, or activities. 


3)      Provide specific examples when asked to "Describe your commitment to ensuring that people with a wide range of physical, sensory, and mental disabilities are able to access your services or use your computers."  Give concrete examples of what you have done so far to learn more about the barriers that different disability groups may experience and how to remove them.


We recognize that equity in services is a challenging and complex task.  However, we will consider it a positive sign if we know your organization has taken specific steps to make improvements in these areas and will continue to do more.

To read more about how to improve your application, visit:

A Note from Kayleigh Marshall, GDRL Intern

          My name is Kayleigh Marshall, and I am an intern with the GDRL. I am a senior at American University, in Washington, DC, studying Law and Society. My fields of interest are human rights and disability rights. I accepted this internship because the experience will help me understand what specific necessities are needed for a person with disability to function in the daily life, the workplace, and in the community. At the library, I am working on searching for materials on disabled prisoners' rights inside and outside of the prisons. I have discovered how many different DPOs exist in developing countries but are not accessible to a large section of the population. I am proud of knowing that I might assist someone in a developing country get access to the rights they are entitled to.                                 -Kayleigh Marshall

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The Global Disability Rights Library is a joint project of United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) and the University of Iowa's WiderNet Project and is supported by a three-year grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).