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Persons with disabilities often don’t have access to information and public services, but also don’t know or are not able to communicate that they want access. On the other side, the local authorities often do not know how to provide persons with disabilities with information and services, and because they don’t hear from persons with disabilities they might also not be aware of the need to do so. This is a vicious cycle. This communication gap can hinder well intended actions and can prevent those most in need of support from receiving it.

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80% to 90% of young people with disabilities in low-income countries are unemployed. Our Disability Inclusion Lab's report "I am EmployAble: creating access to technical and vocational education for young people with disabilities" has new findings on inclusive vocational training.

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This analysis aims to support development stakeholders in understanding CBR as a strategy for disability inclusive development in line with the Convention and to strengthen CBR programmes.

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Over the last three decades, there has been considerable change in the understanding and practice of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), with the recognition that persons with disabilities have the same rights, and need access to the same services and opportunities, as others in their communities. CBR today is understood as a strategy to ensure inclusion, rights and equal opportunities for persons with disabilities. CBR practice has changed from a medical orientated, often single sector (e.g. health or education), service delivery approach, to a comprehensive, multi-sectoral, rights-based one.

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Integration of ear and hearing care into CBR programmes aims to establish or enhance universal and equal access to prevention, treatment, care, support programmes and services for those with, or at risk of, ear diseases and hearing loss.

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Lessons learned on the inclusion of people with disabilities in a food security project for ultra poor women in Bangladesh.

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Building on existing basic CBR skills set out in publications such as Disabled Village Children (Hesperian Foundation) and the manual Training in the Community for People with Disabilities (WHO), this training manual covers the additional organisational skills, knowledge and attitudes needed when implementing CBR in accordance with the various components of the new CBR guidelines.

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A tool for identifying progress in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) projects.

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