We believe people with disabilities deserve to participate fully in every area of life:
As many as 90 per cent of children with disabilities in developing countries miss out on an education. When schools are inclusive – with resources like braille materials, sign language teachers, accessible toilets and trained support staff – it means children with disabilities can attend and learn with their peers.
People with disabilities in developing countries often struggle to find jobs and support themselves and their families. They are often denied access to bank accounts and other financial services. But when opportunities to work and manage money are available, the difference can be incredible.
Being able to access health care is a basic human right. But for all people to benefit, hospitals and health services need to be disability-inclusive – that means accessible buildings, staff who don’t discriminate, and equipment, information and treatment appropriate for the people who need them.
An end to discrimination and stigma
In many countries, attitudes towards disability are overwhelmingly negative and based on fear and superstition. Inclusive schools and employment programmes have a huge impact on communities: as people see with their own eyes that disability is no barrier to learning or working, their attitudes are transformed.