The COVID-19 pandemic has a profound impact on everyone, yet the most vulnerable in our society – including people with disabilities – are even more affected. In the countries where Light for the World works, we see this every day.
64% of persons with disabilities are unemployed and skills gaps contribute to this high rate. Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) transmits relevant skills for economic empowerment, but students with disabilities often have no access to TVET. This Issue Brief provides recommendations for governments and development actors to plan, fund and support accessible and inclusive TVET.
Displaced persons with disabilities face violence, discrimination and barriers to services at a higher rate than other refugees and internally displaced persons. Humanitarian actors have to protect the rights of persons with disabilities in contexts of forced migration. This Issue Brief provides recommendations for disability-inclusive responses to forced migration.
To support the community work during the Covid-19 pandemic, Enablement and Light for the World developed tip sheets on four main topics: eating and drinking, epilepsy, nodding syndrome and medication, active lifestyle and communication.These are meant to support those working with and/or caring for children and adults with disabilities and can also be used to develop a home rehabilitation plan together with the family, keeping a focus on activities that can be done as part of daily routine and the skills that a child or adult with disabilities can learn at home.
While the COVID-19 pandemic threatens all members of society, people with disabilities are disproportionately impacted due to attitudinal, environmental and institutional barriers that are reproduced in the COVID-19 response. The Let's Talk Report contains the results of a poll conducted in Uganda on a show called Let's Talk and phone interviews in April and Mai 2020. More than 36.000 Ugandans with and without disabilities participated.
Persons with disabilities are particularly affected by and vulnerable to climate change. Yet, they are largely marginalised in climate debates and action. Governments, international organisations and donors must urgently ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities at all levels.
Partnerships are of crucial importance and a necessary foundation for any successful and sustainable programme. Based on many years of experience, Light for the World is convinced that partnerships can be highly effective, can ensure the achievement of joint goals, can generate major improvements in human capacity, can bring about systemic change, and can give a greater voice to partners – if approached jointly and managed well.
Around 15% of the global population are persons with disabilities – 19.2% women and 12% men respectively – and in low-income countries the percentage is as high as 18%. With just over one billion people with disabilities and the still prevailing issues of discrimination and invisibility, it is evident that strong representation of persons with disabilities is needed.
Contrary to the universal principle of human rights, a significant percentage of the global population faces discrimination. Persons with disabilities are disproportionally affected by human rights violations and inequality.
Inclusive education transforms education systems in order to increase access, acceptance, participation and learning achievement of all children by removing barriers and enhancing the capacity of the education system to accommodate diversity. Inclusive education is about ensuring all children learn and flourish.
Light for the World is an international disability & development organisation, breaking down barriers to create an inclusive society where everyone’s potential is unlocked
At Light for the World we strive for accessible eye care services and support inclusive education, empowering persons with disabilities to participate equally in society.