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WiderNet and the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD) Reveal GDRL Prototype Locations

On Monday, April 11, the WiderNet Project and USICD announced the four prototype deployment sites for the Global Disabilities Rights Library (GDRL). The site locations span four countries: Ethiopia, Nigeria, Peru and Zambia. The four prototype sites were selected based on their ability to use and evaluate the GDRL with ease. Each of the prototype sites are expected to test the GDRL for ease of use and types of content and fill out a structured, written evaluation which will then be used to improve the library’s content for the remaining deployment sites and for other future users. We thank these four sites for their willingness to work with us in evaluating the GDRL and providing critical feedback on its usefulness.

Ethiopia: The Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) presently active in four regions of Ethiopia, as well as the capital city: Addis Ababa. The GDRL prototype will help ECDD to promote and build organizational capacity.

Nigeria:  Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) is a disabled people’s organization (DPO) in Nigeria that serves over 20 million people with disabilities each year. According to their application, JONAPWD aims to level the playing field in job opportunities, education, and political appointments in Nigeria.

Peru:  Centro Ann Sullivan de Peru (CASP) is a non-governmental organization recognized throughout Latin America for the development of the Functional/Natural Curriculum model of education. The GDRL prototype will be a great addition to the CASP model, and will help CASP to further its mission of educating students, regardless of limitations, to become independent.

Zambia: The Zambia Institute of Special Education (ZAMISE) is a governmental organization designed to train in-service teachers to go teach students with disabilities in Zambia. Since 1971, ZAMISE has served all disability populations and will use the GDRL prototype as both a teaching and learning tool.


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