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GDRL Application Available

The Global Disability Rights Library Project (GDRL), developed and managed by The WiderNet Project and the U.S. International Council on Disabilities, is now accepting applications from organizations wishing to be considered for one of 60 deployment sites. Funded by a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the GDRL Project plans to select the first 20 deployment sites by June, 2011.  Each site will receive a digital library containing the Global Disability Rights Library portal, varying levels of technical support, and most importantly, training in the best practices of digital information dissemination and use.  Eligible organizations will include disabled people’s organizations (DPOs), decision makers, individual advocates, health care institutions, and other organizations and agencies that support the disability civil rights movement.  These organizations need to be based in developing countries in areas with little or no access to the Internet. 

There will be three selection rounds for deployment site applications. The application deadline for the first selection round will be March 1, 2011 with deployment sites selected and GDRL libraries installed by June 30, 2011.  The second application deadline will be September 1, 2011 with deployment sites selected and libraries installed by December 31, 2011, and the third and final round deadline will be May 1, 2012 with forcasted deployment installations by August 31, 2012.  Once an application has been submitted, it will be eligible for all three selection rounds.  Applicants are urged to apply early in the selection process.

The GDRL will deliver information and educational resources on a variety of pertinent topics including information on how to make buildings, transportation, and information accessible for people with various disabilities, information on how to make education and employment opportunities more accessible for people with disabilities, information on independent living, resources that can help DPOs learn how to strengthen their capacity, as well as the full text of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its accompanying Optional Protocol in multiple languages, human rights training manuals, information about the human rights situation of people with disabilities in many countries around the world, and the full text of disability-related legislation.  Selected deployment sites will not only receive the breadth of disabilities rights information encompassed in the GDRL portal, but will receive the latest version of the complete eGranary Digital Library which contains millions of educational and informational materials, books, videos, Wikipedia, and at least ten other specialized portals dealing with educational curriculum, medical procedures and more.

Applicants must have limited to no internet access at their site, and meet the following criteria:
• Organizational capacity to host GDRL content and to share this content with others;
• Demonstrated commitment to promoting and/or facilitating disability rights; and
• Strong commitment to sharing GDRL content with a broad cross-section of society, especially people with disabilities.

Applicants must commit to ensuring maximum feasible accessibility for people with a wide range of physical, sensory, and mental disabilities as well as a: 
• Clear commitment to gender equality in training and service programs;
• Willingness to provide evaluative feedback and usage reports;
• Creativity, resourcefulness, and innovation in addressing both anticipated and unanticipated challenges; and
• Ability to gain endorsement from the local USAID mission to participate in this program.

To apply to become a potential GDRL deployment site, or to learn more about the application process, go to:


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