Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI)
Institute Director Marcia Rioux co-directs, with former UN Special Rapporteur on Disability Bengt Lindqvist of Sweden, the Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI) project (www.yorku.ca/drpi). The UN recognizes inequality and discrimination related to disability as violations of human rights, and has enacted an international convention to protect and promote those rights. Through the DPRI project funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), researchers at the Institute for Health Research and in the Critical Disability Studies Program, and colleagues at partner universities, local and international disability organizations and the United Nations, are establishing tools and methods to monitor the human rights of people with disabilities around the world. DRPI has adopted three focus areas for monitoring: an individual experiences focus (human rights fact-finding), a systems focus (assessing government law, policy and programs to protect and promote disability rights), and a societal attitudes focus (examining both the coverage and depiction of people with disabilities in the media).
In October, 2008, with funding from a successful SSHRC International Opportunities Fund proposal, the project held a workshop on media monitoring t o develop a global methodology for monitoring human rights in media depictions of disability.
The project has applied for funding from Sida for its third phase to focus on increasing and strengthening the international network of people with disabilities and disability organizations with the skills to manage, coordinate and participate in disability rights monitoring projects. Rita Samson is the full-time coordinator of this project.
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