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IPS Series Examines Omission Of Disabilities From International Development Guidelines

Inter Press Service has published a two-part series “exploring disability’s place in international development guidelines.” In part one, the news service examines the repercussions of omitting disability from the international development agenda, particularly the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and discusses challenges faced in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti as an example (Oakford, 10/1). In part two, the news service asks whether “the lack of attention [was] simply an oversight or due in part to the complex nature of disability,” writing, “Activists say the lack of attention at the international level is not simply an oversight but a product of a confused conception of disability and the unique experiences of different groups of disabled people” (Oakford, 10/2).