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This section highlights most of CCDS’ international-level projects since the beginning of the organization. If you have a question about any of these projects, please contact us.
This publication documents Canada’s considerable international experience in seeking to eliminate the significant disadvantages experienced by disabled people around the world, and places these activities in the context of social changes in Canada. This book fills the gaps among previous writings and presents new information and analysis concerning disability issues, both in Canada and internationally. Affiliates included the University of Calgary, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, the Canadian Association of Community Living and other disability-related organizations. Human Resources Development Canada, the Mennonite Central Committee, and the Canadian International Development Association provided funding.
This program promotes citizenship by pursuing the social inclusion of Russians with disabilities. It was approved by CIDA in December 2002 for implementation in three regions in Russia – Stavropol, Omsk and Moscow. The Program focus is on:
In Uganda, as in other African nations, disability is a wide spread phenomena and continues to rise as a result of malnutrition, disease, environmental hazards, natural disasters, motor and industrial accidents, civil conflict and war. The vast majority of Africans with disabilities are excluded from schools and opportunities to work, virtually guaranteeing that they will live their lives as the poorest of the poor. School enrolment for children with disabilities is estimated at no more than 5-10 percent. As many as 80 percent of working age people with disabilities are unemployed. Only 1 percent of disabled women living in developing countries are literate. The social stigma associated with disability results in marginalization and isolation, often leading to begging as the sole means of survival (USAID 2005).
This research project provided the research team with a fascinating glimpse in the live of women and girls with disabilities in Uganda. The project has been extremely successful in its methodological approach of training women with disabilities to act as qualitative researchers in both the data collection and data analysis processes.
The project’s focus is on development and implementation of demonstration models of inclusive education at 4 local schools in Stavropol Krai, Russia. Two exchanges, including training and development of action plan took which included: on-site needs assessment; strategy development and education of community, teachers, social workers and students with disabilities and their parents; identifying the barriers, solutions and recommendations.
Begun in 1999, the North American Exchange Project between Canada, the United States and Mexico involves two universities from each country and CCDS as a partner of the University of Manitoba. This program facilitates multilateral exchanges of social work students between all three partner-countries.
The IYIP is an employment program for young Canadian professionals that offers post-secondary graduates the opportunity to gain valuable international development work experience. CCDS developed the program to organize and host the international internship program in area of disability studies and related issues, as well as to initiate a worldwide research and knowledge-based network.
The goal of the project is to promote democratic development and the development of civil society in Ukraine by reforming the social work profession and the delivery of social services, and strengthening disability organizations. The program achieved its goals through extensive exchange opportunities between Ukraine and Canada.
50 Russian participants attended fieldwork training sessions in Winnipeg and Stavropol, Russia, delivered by Canadian University, Community and Provincial Government representatives. The success of the project and its impact in both countries are acknowledged and visible.
Olga Krassioukova-Enns was invited to join a Team Canada mission to Russia in February 2002. CCDS and the University of Manitoba School of Social Work developed partnerships with the Moscow State Social University during the Team Canada visit to Moscow.
This joint Research-International Program project was completed in June 2002. The CCDS Research program conducts, encourages, and participates in research projects that promote the full and equal participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of society. There was a follow up presentation at the DPI 6 Assembly in Sapporo in October 2002 by Olga Krassioukova-Enns.
CCDS has completed an international internship placement in Trinidad through UNEVOC (part of the UNESCO program). Martial Caron, a University of Winnipeg graduate worked with the disability organization DAWN, in Trinidad from October 2002 until January 2003.
Network among women with disabilities and the development of training programs.