with Nils Kastberg

Disabilities, Persons Living with Mental Conditions and Syndromes, and their Human Rights


DATE: Starts October 3, 2020 // LENGTH: 8 weeks // FORMAT: online webinar // LANGUAGES: English, Español // PRICE: Free, Professional Certificate $45

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Disabilities, Persons Living with Mental Conditions and Syndromes, and their Human Rights.

This course increases understanding and provides practical tools to better uphold basic rights of persons with disabilities, more specifically, those living with mental conditions and syndromes. The course, with its hands on, practical focus, will be useful for any professional who in the course of her or his work will encounter persons with mental conditions and syndromes.


The live sessions provide opportunity to ask questions during the Webinar. The live sessions take place on Saturdays

  • Session 1: Physical disabilities, sensorial disabilities, mental conditions and syndromes
  • Session 2 & 3: Characteristics of persons living with mental conditions and syndromes
  • Session 4 and 5: Skills development in how to engage persons with special abilities
  • Session 6: Human resource issues – ways to be more inclusive
  • Session 7: International human rights instruments,
  • Session 8: Concluding Session: interaction on interests of participants.

Meet your Professor: Nils Kastberg

This training course is led by Nils A Kastberg, Executive Director of La Ventana de los Cielos, and Board Member of the Special Olympics International, the world’s largest organization of persons living with mental conditions and syndromes. He provides training to students from four universities in South Florida as part of his work as Executive Director of La Ventana de los Cielos, and has initiated and contributed to the start of Special Olympics programs in refugee camps in Tanzania, Kenya and Pakistan. Mr. Kastberg teaches each year a segment of the Masters in Internationnal Relations of the Faculty of Law of the University of Barcelona.

He has held key functions in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish International Development Authority. He served with UNHCR in four continents, and with UNICEF served as Director of Emergencies, as Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, and as Representative in Sudan until his early retirement from UNICEF in 2012.

"The disabilities training was an eye opening seminar. Although I knew beforehand to incorporate inclusivity into my personal and professional life, the ways of achieving it were unclear. Professor Nils Kastberg is engaging in every session and always brings topics of value into the discussion. I love that he brings in special guests to join in the discussion because they give us insight in their world of perception and dreams. He has dispelled many myths and brought more awareness into how I interact with people with disabilities. This seminar should continue to be incorporated into all student's courses because the knowledge gained will be utilized in both the personal and professional world. - L.Lee"

“I wanted to thank Mr. Nils because he spoke with such a passion that it made me realize how much I love the medical field and how much I can help. It was an amazing experience!” -Deisi Perez, RMA, CPT

Winner of the Edward R Murrow Award - 2020

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