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Access Denied is a citizen reporting system enabling young people with disabilities in Palestine flag attitudinal and physical access issues.
Young people with disabilities (YPWD) are among the most socially excluded and vulnerable people in Palestine. They face high levels of poverty and discrimination and lack of access to basic services, particularly education, transportation, health, and employment opportunities. In the YMCA’s most recent survey, 70% of the estimated 85,000 physically disabled young people in the West Bank were unemployed, 73% had recently experienced discrimination and 74% felt unaware of their rights. While there is a recognition of the need for YPWD to access services and meaningful employment, the scale of the problem and the impact this has on young lives is not being captured in any meaningful way. Moreover, YPWD are often excluded from digital projects and generally lack modern tools to push for accountability.
Access Denied will allow YPWD to share SMS and/or voice alerts flagging attitudinal and physical access issues they encounter. Users will be able to submit reports with three elements: the barrier, the impact and their suggested solution. After being checked by an online monitoring team, the information can be shared in different ways including publishing reports to the Access Denied website, sending them as targeted emails to duty bearers, posting to social media, or tagging them for future action. Tools will aid commentary and engagement from groups including other YPWDs, community members, and duty bearers. It will also offer a space to highlight successes and the response, or lack of response, by duty bearers, and to galvanize public pressure via a simple e-petition. Reporters will be kept in the loop via SMS feedback.
This system will offer a dynamic means of recording accessibility issues in real time. It will support both the reporters and the duty bearers to better understand and respond to any rights violations. In addition, it will promote an evidence-based approach to advocacy, capturing public data regarding discrimination which can be used to strengthen campaigning and official reports. Most importantly, it will put YPWDs in control of their own solutions, challenging social stigma and traditional assumptions that PWDs need to be represented by others.
Jen Blackwood, Programme Coordinator at Y Care International
Jen is an experienced project and grant manager, with three years’ experience of working with local partners in Palestine on youth livelihoods and advocacy. Jen will manage this project, ensuring that the YMCA and On Our Radar work together effectively to implement the project in line with best practice and the theory of change. She will provide technical support to monitor the progress and effectiveness of the activities and manage the budget.
Mahran Tawil, Project Coordinator at East Jerusalem YMCA
Mahran manages the disability programme and has strong relationships with local communities, CBOs, and local authorities which will be instrumental in this project. Mahran will manage the project activities in Palestine, focusing on training and support of the advocates and building community support for the initiative. He will liaise with On Our Radar to test the technology, manage the budget in country and monitor the progress with technical support from YCI.
Adam Groves, Senior Programme Manager at On Our Radar
Adam worked for six years managing the design and delivery of mobile and new media projects for OneWorld.org, before joining the Effectiveness Unit at Bond. Adam will oversee the deployment of the hub, supported by CEO, Libby Powell, who worked for five years as Programmes Coordinator for Medical Aid for Palestinians.
Corin Faife, Technical Development Manager at On Our Radar
Corin has 5 years’ experience working in digital media and as an educator in challenging environments. He has responsibility for gathering and synthesising user needs at the design phase, and steering technical projects from concept to development to implementation.
Tobias Quinn, Developer at On Our Radar
Tobias worked for 10 years as a software designer for a digital infrastructure company on TV broadcast engineering and studio automation hardware. He now leads development of the digital systems and service infrastructure for On Our Radar and will code the advocacy hub.
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