A PERSONAL MEMOIR
By Peter Mittler
PART 1: REACHING OUT
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
My first encounter with the International League was in 1975 when I attended an international conference in Dublin to give a talk on ‘parents as partners,’ based on the work we were doing at the Hester Adrian Research Centre at Manchester University.
I knew at once that this was an organisation with which I would like to be closely involved. The atmosphere seemed to be charged with energy, people were determined to effect change in their countries and communities and had come together in an international forum to share ideas and experiences in order to be better informed and more effective… Read More
PART 2: THINK GLOBAL: ACT LOCAL
WORKING WITH UNITED NATIONS ORGANISATIONS
The UN Declaration can be considered a major landmark for the human rights movement as a whole. Not only is it the first UN statement concerning the rights of disabled people but it laid the foundations on which UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities could be built 35 years later.
It seems to me that the process of advocacy and lobbying involved in this Declaration reflects the ILSMH at its best. I know of no other single example in which a national member society of ILSMH has persuaded its government to identify so fully with a statement of human rights drafted by an international NGO and for that government to succeed in securing its adoption by the United Nations… Read More
The above chapters are extracts of Peter Mittler’s book Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: A Personal Journey, out now and available in Amazon. Peter Mittler is an Emeritus Professor of Special Needs Education at Mancherster University and a UN consultant in disability and education