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DBST1000 COURSE OUTLINE 2019

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES
FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
CENTRE FOR DISABILITY STUDIES

COURSE TITLE: Understanding Persons with Disabilities
SHORT TITLE: Understanding PWDs
SUBJECT CODE: DBST
COURSE NUMBER: 1000
CONTACT HOURS: 39
CREDIT HOURS: 3
ACADEMIC CREDITS: 3
LEVEL: UG 1
EFFECTIVE TERM: Semester 1 2018-2019
TERM BEGIN: Semester 1
TERM EXAMINED: Semester 1
EQUIVALENT COURSE: N/A
GRADE MODE: Standard
PREREQUISITE(S): None

TEACHING METHODS

DBST2000 COURSE OUTLINE 2019

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES
FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
UWI CENTRE FOR DISABILITY STUDIES

COURSE TITLE: Disability, Law and Society
SHORT TITLE: Disability, Law and Society
SUBJECT CODE: DBST
COURSE NUMBER: 2000
CONTACT HOURS: 39
CREDIT HOURS: 3
ACADEMIC CREDITS: 3
LEVEL: UG 2
EFFECTIVE TERM: Semester 2 2018-2019
TERM BEGIN: Semester 2
TERM EXAMINED: Semester 2
EQUIVALENT COURSE: N/A
GRADE MODE: Standard
PREREQUISITE(S): DBST1000

TEACHING METHODS

DBST3000 COURSE OUTLINE 2019

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES
FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
CENTRE FOR DISABILITY STUDIES

Press release on visit to the United Nations COSP

Senator Dr. Floyd Morris, Director for the UWI Centre for Disability Studies, at the recently held Conference of States Parties on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities held from June 11-13, 2019, called for special considerations to be given to non-governmental organizations catering to persons with disabilities in the Caribbean. According to Senator Dr. Morris, “With the classification of countries in the Caribbean as middle income earners, grant funding is being shifted to other poorer countries.

CARICOM appoints Special Rapporteur on Disability

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has appointed a Special Rapporteur on Disability, as it works towards an inclusive Region for persons with disabilities. The Thirty-Fifth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) – Health, in September 2018, endorsed the recommendation that Senator Dr. Floyd Morris be appointed to the position, and “urged Ministries of Health to facilitate the Special Rapporteur in the conduct of his duties at the national level”. Dr.

CARICOM appoints Special Rapporteur on Disability

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has appointed a Special Rapporteur on Disability, as it works towards an inclusive Region for persons with disabilities. The Thirty-Fifth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) – Health, in September 2018, endorsed the recommendation that Senator Dr. Floyd Morris be appointed to the position, and “urged Ministries of Health to facilitate the Special Rapporteur in the conduct of his duties at the national level”. Dr.

UWI MONA: A SHINING EXAMPLE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

“Nothing about us, without us” is the mantra for persons with disabilities globally. I have drawn for this quotation amidst a sensationally written article in the Gleaner on Sunday May 21, 2017, captioned: “Disappointing the disabled- UWI plans to make the Mona campus disabled friendly-going at snail’s pace.” In the article, the author sought to assess UWI Mona’s efforts to make the institution friendly for persons with disabilities and in this assessment, basically gave the institution a failing grade.

WHAT MORE CAN WE DO?

Persons with disabilities are an integral part of any society. However, they have not been treated with the level of respect and dignity that they should. After years of advances, many still view these individuals as persons who should be confined to their homes or be placed in infirmaries. They are still being viewed as individuals who should be on welfare rather than being involved with gainful employment.

WE NEED REAL EMPOWERMENT; NOT HANDOUTS

On Monday October 3, 2016, an article was published in the Jamaica Gleaner, chronicling the experience of the National Youth Service (NYS) in getting placements in the private sector for persons with disabilities that they have recruited and trained. It is a heart rending story that was outlined by the NYS because persons with disabilities are willing to make the effort to be trained and ultimately, employed.

Disabling the Disabled – copyright laws cause ‘Book Famine’ among the Blind and Visually Impaired

Hands reading braille

285 million people around the world are visually impaired. Of these, 39 million are blind and 246 million have moderate to severe visual impairment. About 87% of the world’s visually impaired live in developing countries, including Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Pacific region. That’s according to the latest global estimates of visual impairment released by the World Health Organization.

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