Happy summer, Humphries!
I wanted to share a fantastic new resource on international development and human rights called the Global Disability Rights Library (http://www.widernet.org/egranary/gdrl). This library is a free, online database containing literally thousands of documents and catalogued websites on human rights and development, both generally and as they relate directly to people with disabilities.
Why is this so cool and important? The World Health Organization (WHO) recently came out with the first ever World Report on Disability (http://www.who.int/disabilities/world_report/2011/en/index.html), which found that over 1 billion people in the world experience disabilities. This isn't to be taken lightly, because people with disabilities all over the world have disproportionately higher rates of poverty and experience deeper levels of impoverishment than the non-disabled.
The international development and human rights communities can no longer afford to ignore 1 billion people with disabilities. The Global Disability Rights Library is a great resource for helping development practitioners, advocates, scholars and researchers bring disability perspectives and issues into their work.
Bottom line: no one needs be an expert on disability or even have a disability to make a big difference for 1 billion people through our work, research and advocacy.
When you check out the library, it is also currently taking feedback from users. If there are resources you think should be included or if you think the site could be improved, let the librarians know! (e-mail: librarian(at)gdrl.org)
Master of Public Policy 2011
Graduate Assistant, Global Policy Area
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota