INDIA, 2013. Students pose for photograph inside their classroom at government primary school. © UNICEF/INDA2014-00070/DHIRAJ SINGH
INDIA, 2013. Students pose for photograph inside their classroom at government primary school. © UNICEF/INDA2014-00070/DHIRAJ SINGH

New York City | June 13, 2014

The NY Activate Talk on Disability will be part of the Youth Council for GPcwd (Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities), bringing together 20 influencers with and without disabilities from around the world.

The talk will convene a diverse group of talented children and young people with and without disabilities for a discussion on how to address lack of access, negative attitudes and social and cultural norms to generate inclusive and participatory societies for all. They will demonstrate synergies among innovative approaches – in progams, products, processes, and partnerships, and explain the role of social media, ICT and assistive devices as means for participation and civic engagement with their peers.

Speakers include:

  • Crystal Nguyen Phuong Anh (Vietnam): Performer and UNICEF advocate for children with disabilities
  • Lucy Meyer (USA):  Spokesperson for Children with Disabilities, Southern California Special Olympics athlete and longstanding UNICEF supporter
  • Ivory Duncan (Guyana):  Advocate for the Young Voices Guyana, volunteer at the National Commission on Disability of Guyana and contributor to  the 2013 State of the World’s Children report on children with disabilities.
  • Kartik Sawhney (India): Recipient of the prestigious National Child Award for Exceptional Achievements, first blind student in India to pursue Sciences in grades 11 and 12, and singer.
  • Ashura Michael (Kenya):  Lawyer and advocate for the rights of people with hearing impairments and other disabilities. 

The event will be held on June 13, 2014 at UNICEF House in New York City.

Watch the talk live here. Follow on Twitter #UNICEFActivate.

More information about the talk here

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