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Social inclusion

Globally more than one billion people are living with a disability. Between 110-190 million of these people – about 15 per cent of the global population – experience significant difficulties.

Approximately 426 million people with disabilities in developing countries live below the poverty line. In all countries the prevalence of disability is growing due to population ageing and the rising burden of non-communicable disease.

Social inclusion means making sure everyone in society is included and treated equally. This means that people with disabilities have the same rights and entitlements to participate in and contribute to the social and economic development of their communities.

The challenge is that many people with disabilities face barriers to their inclusion in society and cannot contribute to development efforts. Sightsavers’ policy work promotes the full and equal participation of people with disabilities in development decisions that affect them.

Stories

A woman looking forwards.

"I just feel like it can’t happen"

Dallu

Chadrakumar

A passion for music

Chandrakumar

A man looking forwards.

'I want to support people with disabilities'

Bhagirath

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How one amazing woman transformed a community

Mirriam

Our social inclusion research is guided by Sightsavers’ empowerment and inclusion framework. Our current priorities include:

  • developing and testing tools for assessing the disability and gender inclusiveness of mainstream health programmes.
  • exploring the dynamics of and barriers to economic inclusion of people with disabilities.
  • Identifying and testing strategies for improving the voice and participation of people with disabilities in local and national governance structures and institutions.

We develop culturally appropriate tools to assess the impact of interventions on general and disability-specific quality of life. We also explore the barriers and facilitators of different aspects of social inclusion among people with visual impairment and other disabilities.

Stories

A woman looking forwards.

"I just feel like it can’t happen"

Dallu

Chadrakumar

A passion for music

Chandrakumar

A man looking forwards.

'I want to support people with disabilities'

Bhagirath

mirriam_circle_2

How one amazing woman transformed a community

Mirriam

Stories

A woman looking forwards.

"I just feel like it can’t happen"

Dallu

Chadrakumar

A passion for music

Chandrakumar

A man looking forwards.

'I want to support people with disabilities'

Bhagirath

mirriam_circle_2

How one amazing woman transformed a community

Mirriam

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