In the fight against poverty, the 800 million people with disabilities who live in the world’s poorest countries are invisible at every level: in schools and workplaces, and in global discussions.
That’s 11 per cent of the global population being left behind.
It’s a huge injustice, and a huge loss to the world – financially, politically, academically and socially…
Here’s what we do
We call on the global community to make sure people with disabilities are empowered to participate fully in life. That can mean anything from raising awareness of disability rights, to lobbying politicians and governments, to supporting people with disabilities in developing countries to share their stories.
You make the difference
You have the power to make politicians listen (they act on the wishes of the people who vote for them). Your signatures on petitions, your tweets and posts, your emails and your voice can help spread the word about inclusion and hold leaders to account. When you take action, we get one step closer to making a disability-inclusive world a reality!
Our four campaign calls
We lobby politicians, governments and international organisations like the World Bank to keep disability-inclusive development on the global agenda.
We want to make sure people with disabilities in developing countries are heard, and share their stories as widely as possible.
We call for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities to be upheld (this states that people with disabilities should have the same rights and freedoms as everyone else).
We highlight the need for stronger data on disability, so that support can be directed where it’s needed. Current global data is inconsistent (although work is already in progress to change this)
What inclusion means to us
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.
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.
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.
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.