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Highly Successful Institute Launch

On Wednesday, October 3rd, the ISDB was successfully launched to the public. Attended by a wide range of advocates for people with disabilities and advocacy organizations, the Institute's headline panel included former US Attorney General John Ashcroft, Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell, ACLJ chief counsel Dr. Jay Sekulow, Bobby Schindler, brother of Terri Schiavo and founder of the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation, and high-profile disability-rights attorney Jerri Ward. Learn more | See ISDB launch photo gallery

Mostert to be Part of Israeli Medical Working Group

Dr. Mostert has been invited to become a member of a medical working group at Israel 's University of Haifa 's International Center for Health, Law, and Ethics. The UNESCO-funded center consists of 16 departments, including The Department for Healthcare, Ethics and the Holocaust, which promotes education and research on medicine and the Holocaust. The working group, led by the department's chair, Dr. Tessa Chelouche, aims to educate medical and other healthcare-profession students and qualified professionals in on-going ethical issues generated by holocaust-era medical events. The working group will also compile and publish a formal curriculum to be distributed worldwide to academic institutions.

Mostert Addresses International Symposium

In late November, Dr Mostert, delivered a keynote address at the First International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Toronto, Canada, in late November. His address, The Nazi T4 Program: A Blueprint for the Current War Against People with Disabilities was well received by the 400+ members of the audience. Dr. Mostert was also interviewed by Canada's Salt and Light TV, and was quoted in a National Post article about the conference.

Other speakers included issue experts Margaret Somerville, Rita Marker, Wesley J. Smith, and Bobby Schindler.
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Mostert Consults at the United Nations

In early November, Dr. Mostert attended the week-long session of the UN's Third Committee, which deals with international social, humanitarian, and cultural issues. Dr. Mostert met with representatives of several delegations (including the ambassadors from Haiti and Burundi, as well as high-level first/second secretaries of Egypt, Pakistan, Benin, Botswana, South Africa, Kenya, and Zimbabwe) to share the aims of the ISDB. The members were unanimous in understanding the need for help with disability issues in their countries, especially because most countries have recently signed the UN Declaration of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which obligates them to begin providing advocacy and services for their citizens with disabilities, which are sorely lacking or non-existent. He has been invited to return to the UN for further work and meetings in late January.

International Conference Development Continues

Formulation of an international conference, Inclusion for All: Central African Education Summit on the Educational Future of Children with Disabilities, continues with planning efforts underway with several disability organizations, universities, and NGOs in Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa.