Teresa de jesus costa D`amaral
This profile was prepared when Teresa de jesus costa D`amaral was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.
The New Idea
Teresa D'Amaral's organization, the Brazilian Institute to Defend People with Disabilities (IBDD) is unique in combining advocacy at the national level with the incubation of real working models at the local level. With the help of her staff, half of whom are people with disabilities, Teresa brings a deep knowledge of the national policy arena and a life-long dedication to the rights of the disabled to the operations of the IBDD, an organization which works both sides of the issue: government-mandated legal rights in employment and transportation with locally-supported civil rights to socialization and acceptance.