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Disability rights

Senator Robert Oyono in his wheelchair in front of some steps.

Robert’s story

Robert Oyono is Cameroon’s first senator with a disability, and is calling for people with disabilities to be included in the political process.

Nanny Powers holds her voting card.

Nanny’s story

“I didn’t know that disabled people have the right to vote. I didn’t know if it was for a certain class and a certain age.”

Eveline’s story

“People have a lot of misconceptions about blind women. They think that people with visual impairments cannot do anything at all.”

Floreal Serge Adieme wearing dark glasses and holding a white cane.

Adieme’s story

“I think if there is a wide mobilisation of the vote among disabled people, it can change things in our country.”

Faiyyazan sits in a waiting room

How partnerships help us reach marginalised communities

In Pakistan, we work with disabled people’s organisations to ensure our new eye health programme is inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities.

Visually impaired children sitting at a classroom desk.

Leaving fewer people behind: our progress on disability inclusion

Great progress has been made in the past five years on disability-inclusive global development, but it’s critical we don’t lose momentum.

Dominic Haslam, December 2018
Close-up of hands reading braille.

Conservative peer urges UK to lead on disability-inclusive development

Lord Shinkwin has called for the UK to play an instrumental role in changing the lives of people with disabilities in the world’s poorest countries.

December 2018
In Malawi, a group of students receive Early Childhood development education.

Sightsavers welcomes DFID disability strategy

The strategy, which Sightsavers campaigned for, recognises that there has been insufficient progress on disability inclusion in global development.

December 2018
A young woman wearing a plumber's overall and holding a wrench.

Sightsavers celebrates five years of disability campaigning

On International Day of People with Disabilities, Sightsavers is celebrating the five-year anniversary of its campaign calling for disability rights.

December 2018
Four women chatting on a dirt road in Uganda. One uses a white cane, one has restricted growth and one uses a wheelchair.

The little campaign that has made a huge difference

As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of our disability rights campaign, Sightsavers’ Natasha Kennedy looks back to when it began.

Natasha Kennedy, November 2018
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