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SEEING BEYOND A PERSON’S DISABILITY

(Editor’s Note: This blog is the second of a series by Handicap International Goodwill Ambassador Jessica Cox, a motivational speaker, pilot, wife, and disability rights advocate who was born without arms. Reposted with permission from Handicap International United States.) Last month, I traveled to Rome to attend the Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival. I…

Stakeholders involved with the REBUILD Project walk around the Baras Accessible Resource Center, further cementing the project's advocacies in the municipality. © Kevin A. Santos/Handicap International

REBUILD officially ends, urges stakeholders to sustain its project’s advocacies

RIZAL PROVINCE – After three and a half years of assisting sectors at risk in pursuing various developmental opportunities, the REBUILD Project of Handicap International (HI) Philippines has officially ended its implementation in the municipality of Baras, Rizal last June 30, 2015. Delivering concrete livelihood support to more than 250 vulnerable families in the municipality, the…

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THE POWER OF “I CAN”

(Editor’s Note: This blog is the first of a series by Handicap International Goodwill Ambassador Jessica Cox, a motivational speaker, pilot, wife, and disability rights advocate who was born without arms. Reposted with permission from Handicap International United States.) “You can’t do that!” I’ve heard this line more times than I can count—from kids on…

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Handicap International issues survey on inclusion of persons with disabilities during emergency response

Handicap International is inviting persons with disabilities, members of disabled peoples’ organizations, and humanitarian actors to complete a survey on inclusion of persons with disabilities in emergency response. The results will consist in a detailed report which will be part of the World Humanitarian Summit official consultations. The survey is open until June 15, 2015.…

One of the REBUILD Project's facilitators guiding stakeholders in crafting their action plan. © Handicap International

Stakeholders, partners of REBUILD commit to sustain project’s initiatives

RIZAL PROVINCE – Ensuring the sustainability of its initiatives of the past three years and a half, stakeholders and partners of Handicap International’s outgoing REBUILD Project have signified their commitment in assuming responsibility of future activities and plans that are in line with the project’s advocacies. Their vow was solidified during the project’s exit workshop…

Adeza, outside of the local town hall, which she also calls her home.  © Kevin A. Santos/Handicap International

Adeza: ascending from isolation

RIZAL PROVINCE – For the first ten years of her life, Adeza San Jose was a victim of disdain, abuse and discrimination because of her inability to hear and talk since she was born. I was unwanted, she writes, with her mother taking abortion pills while she was pregnant with her. She was always angry, she…