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11/08/2011

Bridging the Knowledge Gap: The Global Disability Rights Library

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How much of your valuable time do you spend thinking about how to find answers to your questions? If you have easy Internet access, you probably just fire up your laptop or grab your smartphone and Google it without a second thought. How often have you been blocked from accessing information that you know could benefit hundreds, or even thousands, of people with disabilities? That’s the dilemma confronting disability rights advocates and policy makers in developing countries who don’t have Internet access or have access that is too slow, expensive, or unreliable.
 
Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) logo The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict) is doing its part to support an initiative - the Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) project - that is working to close this knowledge gap.

The GDRL project is a joint initiative of the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) and the WiderNet Project at the University of Iowa with funding from USAID. The GDRL is part of a massive digital library called an eGranary. The eGranary has an interface that allows users to access websites, documents, videos and more without requiring Internet connectivity. G3ict is proud to help the GDRL become a more valuable resource for organizations and policy makers fighting for the human rights of people with disabilities by allowing the use of its website in GDRL’s offline digital library.

In addition to the offline version of the library, online users can visit the GDRL to explore its rich collection of resources at http://gdrl.org . Both the offline eGranary Digital Library and the online version of the library have been designed to be accessible to users with disabilities.

If you would like to learn more about this innovative project that has the potential to change the lives of thousands of people with disabilities in developing countries, please visit http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/global-disability-rights-library.

If you would like to be aware of future opportunities to apply for a free, offline digital copy of the GDRL for organizations in developing countries, then sign up to be notified at http://www.widernet.org/digitallibrary/GDRLSiteSelection/.

Please feel free to email us at GDRL@USICD.org with questions and suggestions with information to include in the GDRL, or to learn more about how you can be involved.