Mirriam standing in front of a crowd of people.
Mirriam standing in front of a crowd of people.

Photo © Peter Caton

What inclusion means to us

We believe people with disabilities deserve to participate fully in every area of life:

Education

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.

Economic empowerment

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.

Health care

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.

Political participation

Many people with disabilities are kept from voting because of inaccessible polling stations and materials, or because they aren’t properly registered as citizens. Inclusion can allow all people to exercise their right to have a voice in political processes.

Women’s empowerment

Women with disabilities often face discrimination on the grounds of both gender and disability, and a report by Women Enabled finds that violence against women with disabilities “remains at shockingly high rates”. Empowerment and education on rights can help change this.

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.