II Council member, David Corner, with support from Julia Hawkins, and II Human Rights Officer, Anna MacQuarrie recently helped facilitate a regional Training of Trainers And Leaders (ToTAL) workshop on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Fiji. The purpose of the workshop is to build global capacity to monitor and implement the CRPD and to build a consistent cross-disability knowledge base about the CRPD at a country level. The ToTAL workshop is part of a pilot project by the International Disability Alliance (IDA).
The II team delivered a half-day presentation on intellectual disability and the priorities identified by people with intellectual disabilities and families and their organizations. II enlisted the help of local participant, Safu and her son Elesia, to share the experience of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in the Pacific Islands. It was the first time that self-advocates participated in the workshop!
Workshop participants were extremely positive about II’s participation and grateful for the opportunity to learn more about supporting people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Currently in the Pacific Island region there is little focus on supporting people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Workshop participants identified the need to build family networks and support the development of self-advocacy. Having a self-advocate facilitate and help deliver the training was very powerful.