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Disability Support and Inclusion

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Besides offering state-of-art resources and services, the NU Library strives to create a venue for knowledge-sharing and discussion on inclusive education in the NU community and beyond.

In line with this, the library regularly hosts thematic events and develops its outreach programs including assistive technologies trainings, disability-friendly communication workshops, and presentations of prominent books on inclusive education.

In furtherance of the Nazarbayev University’s commitment to inclusion of persons with disabilities, the NU Library in cooperation with NU Alumni Public Union launches the 2020 Disability Talks series themed around three key concepts: disability, society, and inclusion in the context of Kazakhstan. 

Timed to the 5th anniversary of the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Kazakhstan, this series of public talks aims to offer an opportunity for the exchange of ideas, reflection on the country’s pressing issues around disability and learning
from experiences of other CRPD signatories. 

Within this series of monthly talks, the NU library will provide a venue for open lectures, public talks and discussions to engage and give voice to various Stakeholders including prominent disability rights advocates, activists, leaders of Kazakhstan’s disability community, human rights defenders and experts from Central Asia and Commonwealth of Independent States.

in February 2015, the Republic of Kazakhstan joined the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), thus assuming a commitment to ensuring disability rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities in the country’s development agenda.

During the past five years Kazakhstan achieved significant progress in some areas and disability rights witnessed a palpable rise in the public discourse. However, in many other areas progress has been debatable and Access to public services and institutions, physical and digital spaces,
quality education and employment are challenges on the national and the local level alike. National institutional framework for disability rights remains week and barely compliant with the CRPD. Consequently, a system-wide reform is required to strengthen national policies and
institutions to ensure that the policies do not exacerbate discrimination, but rather promote inclusion.

We invite all interested parties - experts, human rights advocates, researchers, activists with or without disabilities - to contribute to and engage in a public conversation around the inclusion of persons with disabilities and different approaches to overcoming barriers towards an inclusive
society in Kazakhstan. 

Please see the Calendar for the schedule of events.

The Human Library is a worldwide movement for social change through conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices. The event provides a space where real people (human books) are on loan to readers. The goal is for the books to open up and share their stories. The readers ask valid questions to fully appreciate the life of the human books. Eventually this is expected to lessen discrimination, promote understanding and acceptance in the society.

Nazarbayev University Human Libraries started on March 30, 2016, and became a regular event. So far, we were able to invite people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+, young women in science among others.

“Inclusive Teaching in South Africa” by Tsediso Michael Makoelle

In 2017, the NU library hosted a book launch of “Inclusive Teaching in South Africa” by Tsediso Michael Makoelle, Professor at NU Graduate School of Education.
The book provides insights on inclusive practices in South Africa’s context and enables discourse useful for comparative study in Kazakhstan. 

"Только не говорите, это слишком" by Gulnara Bazhkenova

In 2018, the NU Library hosted a presentation of the non-fiction book "Только не говорите, это слишком" by Gulnara Bazhkenova, a prominent Kazakhstani journalist.
The book features outstanding but often underappreciated work of teachers, mentors and activists who devote themselves to the inclusion of children with disabilities into mainstream schools around Kazakhstan.

UNDP Social Good Summit

In October 2017, library assistive technologies team participated in the annual Social Good Summit organized by the UNDP Kazakhstan at Nazarbayev University. The library staff delivered a presentation “Assistive technologies make education accessible” thus contributing to raising public awareness of accessibility and assistive technologies in the educational context. 

Summit on Global Challenges of Youth with Disabilities 

In July 2018, Ziyat Abdykaimov, Expert Manager for assistive technologies and accessibility at the NU Library, participated in an international forum Global Challenges of Youth with Disabilities in Seoul, and presented at the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea on Kazakhstan’s policies and practices of including persons with disabilities in education. The program provided delegates with excellent opportunity to discuss and learn about Korean practices in the field of education, employment and independent living of persons with disabilities. Participants visited government agencies such as the Ministry of Health and Welfare, National Institute for Special Education as well as non-governmental organizations and private businesses which address welfare policy issues, conduct educational research and engage in other initiatives aimed at increasing employment and independent living for the disability community.
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