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International reach - UNESCO projects

Launched in 2012, our UNESCO programs addressed a range of needs for youth with disabilities which promote gender equality. This suite of programs, were supported by Government and philanthropic funding.

These projects supported young people 12-18 years to access knowledge and experience through social media as well as face to face training opportunities.

The UNESCO projects enabled us to disseminate significant personal and professional experience in leadership of youth with disabilities through experiences that involve young people as role models through film.

These online role model programs were aimed at multicultural audiences and have reached a wide range of learners. Early successes brought new demand, with some programs reaching a combined attendance of over 10,000 online learners.

Our Learning Program with Youth with Disability UNESCO [screenshot below] projects is accessible via the Ted.com platform!

Curriculum and link to the Youth leadership training online course [>6000 students!] 4 sections, 10 role model interviews/stories - 1h25 video contents.

Curriculum and access for the online course for parents of children with disabilities.

Conference presentations and publications:

  • Janson, A. (2015) Stories that build leadership in the disability sector. White paper commissioned by Manawanui in charge
  • Janson, A. (2015) Travel Safe: A guide for being out and about for people with intellectual disability. Available at: www.ihc.org.nz/sites/default/files/Travel-Safe-Guide_0.pdf 
  • Janson, A. (2014) New online resource for parents of diverse backgrounds with disabled children. New Zealand Diversity Action Programme, Human Rights Commission. 
  • Janson, A. (2013) Refugee storytelling project. In: Race Relations Report to the United Nations. Eds: Human Rights Commission. Wellington. 
  • Janson, A., Grosyeux, B., Baaijens, M., Janson, M. Mandelberg, J., Lim, S. and Janson, Y. (2013) From Autistic to Artistic: An artist's developmental pathway through the health and disability sector, UNESCO Observatory Ejournal Vol 3 Issue 3. 
  • Janson, A. (2013) Self Learning Resources for Teachers and Students, Diversity Report, New Zealand Human Rights Commission: Wellington.
  • Janson, A. (2012) Engaging multicultural at-risk youth in transition to tertiary education and the workplace. New Zealand Race Relations Report to the UN convention for Human Rights, Race Relations Commission - Diversity Research, Wellington: 111
  • Janson, A. (2011) Attitude, motivation and agency: The three pillars of transformational teaching for at-risk students, ANZAAE (Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators) Journal, 21(2), Available here.
  • Janson, A. (2011) Integrating curriculum into digital time, space and human dimensions. Agora. 46(3): 47-49.
  • Janson, A. & Janson, Y. (2011) Teacher resource: Including Special Needs Students in Visual Arts to Develop Key Competencies about Environmental Issues. Asia-Pacific Art Hub, UNESCO.

Examples of resources:

We are proud of the work we are doing with the Disability sector. We carry out a variety of applied research projects that demonstrate how people with a disability want to and can contribute to society. This research showed how, when two organisations work together to include people with disabilities in the workplace, this not only happens but also results in significant impact on organisations and people! This short movie was presented at the ASID Conference in Nov 2012. 

The Te Awamutu-based organisation providing these services for disabled people has posted the summary clip from our work below:

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