This puts them at higher risk of accidents and disability.
People with disabilities are less likely to escape poverty, as their chances to earn a living are limited by stigma, discrimination and a lack of accessible workplaces. To break this cycle, it’s vital for people with disabilities to be empowered and financially independent.
Sightsavers helps people with disabilities to gain this independence by providing vocational training and skills. This opens up new opportunities for work and self-empowerment. We also work with private-sector employers to provide employment opportunities and training, and to change attitudes around disability.
Our goal is to show that people with disabilities can be valued, productive employees and to provide them with sustainable access to work.
This programme, part of the Inclusive Futures initiative funded by UK aid, focuses on training people with disabilities in Bangladesh, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda, and helping them to find formal employment.
This innovative programme in Kenya offers young jobseekers with disabilities the chance to train and get hands-on experience in the IT sector, so they can compete equally in the jobs market.
We’re working with partners in Kenya to give young people the skills and practical experience they need to begin a career in IT.
In Rajasthan in northern India, an initiative run by people with disabilities is providing fresh food for the community at low prices.
As part of our Connecting the Dots project in Uganda, we tested a new way of boosting employment rates by influencing communities, families and businesses to act more positively toward people with disabilities.