This project is to raise the final funding needed to finish the translation of Hesperian's "A Handbook for Women with Disabilities" in Mongolian and print 1,000 copies. The translating NGO is Mongolian National Association of Wheelchair Users (MNAWU) which services all 13,000 people in wheelchairs across Mongolia with social services, empowerment of members & legal advocacy. The books will be accessible in public places and thus help all women with disabilities.
Mongolian society views women in wheelchairs as if they cannot do things for themselves. Health workers in Mongolia have no idea about specific health issues related to their handicaps, and other people don't see wheelchair users as people with feelings. There is no book available in Mongolia about these issues, which means that health workers and social workers have few resources to help women in wheelchairs to improve their lives.
Hesperian's "Handbook for Women with Disabilities" will be the first health book in Mongolian to help healthcare/social workers & family members understand the physical/mental conditions of women in wheelchairs. The book will empower the women themselves with knowledge. The book will be in public places such as libraries, hospitals, community centers, and with health workers who serve all types of disabled women.
MNAWU needs $3,600 to complete translation; $3,600 to print 1,000 books.
1) Improve physical and mental health for women with disabilities, and support these women in taking care of themselves.
2) Support changes in social attitudes about the abilities of women with disabilities.