Women who parent or are married to persons with disabilities share a unique experience. They do not live with disabilities but are affected by the disabling conditions their children or husbands live in. In some cases they lose their essence in the process of serving as a bridge for their relatives. In other extreme cases they live as if their disabled relatives do not exist and stand the risk of being stigmatized as wicked.
Therefore, there is a need to bring together non-disabled persons who are members of the community (by choice) to share and strengthen one another through their experiences. Also, the network will afford the platform to mentor these women to become disability rights advocates to bridge the gap between the disability community and the society.
This necessitates the need to train these women to use technology as a platform to speak and inspire each other.
WHO WILL I INVITE: I am inviting parents of children with Cerebral Palsy whose children are been catered for by Cerebral Palsy Center.
WHAT IS MY GOAL FOR THE TRAINING: My goal is to strengthen the parents voices to enabled them speak up, share their experience, provide a community support for each other and becoming advocate on inclusion of persons with disabilities.
FOCUS OF TRAINING: During the training I will introduce the mothers to various perspectives of disability, explore how disability affect their lives and the need to take action and speak. I will introduce them to World Pulse through the digital empowerment manual titled “World Pulse, Join the Vocal Uprising” and facilitate them in discussing how they can engage other social networking sites to raise their voices.
RESOURCES NEED: I will need a meeting venue which will be provided by Cerebral Palsy Center. From my World Pulse stipend I will provide refreshment, training and writing material.
I will ensure that the participants’ comments are kept confidential and teach them how to be safe while using the internet to protect themselves and children.