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Notes to broadcasters on children with disabilities

Farm Radio Weekly published the following stories which touch on the issue of persons with disabilities:

Congo-Brazzaville: Growing cassava is not just for the sighted (FRW 135, November 2010) http://weekly.farmradio.org/2010/11/15/congo-brazzaville-growing-cassava-is-not-just-for-the-sighted-spore-syfia-international/

Niger: Woman with disability proves her productivity through gardening (FRW #36, September 2008)

http://weekly.farmradio.org/2008/09/15/niger-woman-with-disability-proves-her-productivity-through-gardening-un-integrated-regional-information-networks/

The same issue of FRW highlighted a resource called Key principles for the disability conscious journalist. See:

http://weekly.farmradio.org/2008/09/15/key-principles-for-the-disability-conscious-journalist/

There are many international statements and declarations which validate the human rights of persons with disabilities. For example, the United Nations’ 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 25(1) states: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

The UN has designated December 3 as the annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities. See the website of UN Enable for more on the UN’s work with persons with disabilities: http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=17

Farm Radio International’s broadcasting partner agreement form states that, to be a partner, a station must oppose and not condone using radio to promote or spread hate or intolerance based on “ethnicity,  race, language, gender, religion, political affiliation, disability, or other general characteristic or attribute.” http://farmradio.org/english/partners/corner/join_e.doc

Disabilities can be an emotionally charged issue, and there may be strong and differing opinions. If you want to do programming on this issue, one option is to start by giving a general overview of the conditions in which disabled people live. You could also invite a knowledgeable person from government or an NGO who advocates for the rights of disabled people to the studio. Be sure that you and your guests use appropriate language when discussing this topic.

Does your national or regional government have policies on the rights and the treatment of disabled people? If so, ask government spokespeople whether these policies are being honoured. If not, what are the barriers and how can they be overcome? What are the traditional beliefs in your region about people – including children – with disabilities?

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  1. Farm Radio Weekly » Farm Radio Weekly Archive » Notes to broadcasters: Co-operatives and disabilities Says:

    […] Posted in: Issue #236, Notes to Broadcasters, Past Issues ShareThis week’s story about Mrs. Sabela and what she has accomplished for herself and for her community shows that the ability to push through a successful venture is not dependent on having a strong body. By identifying a gap in the market and combining their skills, small-scale farmers can earn more income than if they work alone. Farm Radio has produced a lot of information about co-operatives. Script package #94’s issue pack on co-operatives, published in December 2011, has stories, background information and radio production ideas. It can be found at http://www.farmradio.org/radio-resource-packs/package-94-african-farm-radio-research-initiative-afrri/issue-pack-agricultural-co-operatives/ In script package #83 in March 2008, there are further Notes to broadcasters, and a script on the subject. It is available here: http://www.farmradio.org/radio-resource-packs/package-83/cooperative-farm-labour-many-hands-make-work-easier/ July 6, 2013 marks this year’s UN International Day of Co-operatives (IDC). The day’s goals include increasing awareness of co-operatives, as well as strengthening and extending partnerships between the international co-operative movement and supporting organizations, including governments. Take this opportunity to bring the International Day of Co-operatives to your listeners’ attention. You might want to mark the build-up to the day with a series of programs designed to highlight the importance of working together for small-scale farmers. You can find the website for the IDC here: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/international-day-cooperatives Many farmers in Africa suffer from one form of disability or another. The success of the Ikhwezi co-operative shows that being disabled is not necessarily a disadvantage. FRW #36 (September 2008) features the story of a Nigerian woman who learned to supplement her family’s diet and income with the food she grew. The relevant Notes to broadcasters are available here: http://weekly.farmradio.org/2008/09/15/notes-to-broadcaster-on-disabled-gardener/ In August 2010 (issue #122), FRW published a list of key principles for the disability-conscious journalist (http://weekly.farmradio.org/2010/08/02/key-principles-for-the-disability-conscious-journalist-2/ ). Adapted from The Invisible People: A Practical Guide for Journalists on How to Include Persons with Disabilities, it provides guidelines for journalists who wish to support and promote the human rights of people with disabilities. And finally, from July 2012 (issue #208), there are Notes to broadcasters concerning children who are disabled: http://weekly.farmradio.org/2012/07/16/notes-to-broadcasters-on-children-with-disabilities/ […]

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