#EDDW16: Together for Inclusion


Since the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) came into effect 10 years ago, the lives of many deaf children and young people have changed for the better at home, at school and in the community. But there is still more to do.

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The first week of December, Deaf Child Worldwide (DCW) and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) are organising a week of activities dedicated to disability and international cooperation. The European Disability and Development Week (EDDW) ‘Together for Inclusion’ will begin on Saturday 3rd December, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and conclude on 10th December, Human Rights Day.


During #EDDW16 we want to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the UN CRPD and to raise awareness among EU decision makers and public opinion on the rights of persons with disabilities in developing countries and the barriers they still face.


You can easily get involved by sharing with us, what you hope to see in 10 years’ time for you or for your deaf children.


Please start your video (with mobile phone or video camera) or written message with the following phrase ‘I hope that in 10 years’ time…..’ and then add your message – see some examples below


 … I will be able to order a coffee in sign language.

 … my deaf daughter will be able to put her hand up in classroom and answer the teacher’s question in sign language.

 … I won’t be the last person to get off the train after speaker announcing the change of trains.

 … I will get the job offer that I qualified for and not rejected because I could not hear on the phone.


Send your messages to Deaf Child Worldwide and we will share your messages across the world via our European Disability and Developement Week 2016 and on our @DeafChildWW Twitter during the #EDDW16. We will be targeting decision makers and policy makers to raise awareness on issue of disability in developing countries.


Any video message from children under the age of 18, we will need written consent from their parents/guardian.

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