Global Disability Rights Library launches

People with disabilities in developing countries now have a new database for accessing knowledge to promote human rights and fight poverty worldwide.

The Global Disability Rights Library aims to build a large collection of educational and organization resources for people with disabilities around the globe lacking internet availability. The information is disseminated through an “innovative form of off-line digital storage technology, called eGranary units, to reach people beyond the reach of the internet.”

A test version of the website launched Tuesday.

“We are excited to be able to begin sharing the prototype version of the Global Disability Rights Library with the public because we need everyone’s help in making it an outstanding resource,” says Andrea Shettle, GDRL program manager at the U.S. International Council on Disabilities, in a news release. “Disability rights advocates, policy makers, and other stakeholders in developing countries deserve easier access to a rich body of digital knowledge. These websites, videos, and electronic publications can support their work in improving the lives of people with disabilities in developing countries.

“The GDRL is still very much a work in progress. We need disabled people’s organizations, service providers, government personnel, families, and people with disabilities around the world to start using it and telling us how they want us to improve the library.”

The library, a collaboration with the USICD and the University of Iowa’s WiderNet Project, began in March 2010 with a three-year 1.6 million grant from USAID.

Twenty seven deployment sites have been selected so far, including locations in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Peru and Zambia. Another 33 sites will be selected after the final September 1 deadline. Applications can be downloaded here.

2 responses to “Global Disability Rights Library launches

  1. Hi,

    I was wondering if you could point me to a report about various digital libraries for people with disabilities around the world. I am presently trying to research if such a report exists and if there is a need for one. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

    All the best,

    Yelena Gyulkhandanyan

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