Here are just a few quick links that relate to this subject:

Disabled Peoples International http://www.dpi.org/

International Disability Alliance http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/

Seeing DisABILITIES from a Different Perspective (website by elementary school kids about changing perceptions of the disabled in their community) http://library.thinkquest.org/5852/homepg.htm

Anyone have anything else to add? Or maybe any books that shed some light on the topic?

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Thanks for sharing these links! I've really been enjoying the children's stories from the Seeing DisABILITIES site. What a cool project!

Warmly,

Lisa

My favorite book on disability rights is Nothing About Us Without Us. Have you read it? It is a good description of the disability rights movement-how far we have come and how far we have to go.

In friendship,

Jenna

I'm the American mother of a Japanese/American nine year-old daughter who has cerebral palsy and is deaf. We live in Japan. Last year I put together an anthology of literature (poetry, short fiction, essays) called Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs. While most of the viewpoints represented are American, I've also inlcuded my own essay on raising a child with special needs in rural Japan, and an essay by Indian writer Darshan Perusek. Perusek lives in the States now with her daughter who has cerebral palsy, but she contributed an essay about her brother, who is still in India, and his developmentally disabled son.

Perusek is the former editor of Kaleidoscope, a literary journal dedicated to writing about disabilities. Sometimes the journal features international perspectives. Here's the link: http://www.udsakron.org/kaleidoscope.htm

Also, Deaf in Japan: Signing and the Politics of Identity by Karen Nakamura is a veyr interesting study of deaf culture and public policies concerning the disabled in Japan.