We once thought the world was flat. Then we looked at it from a different viewpoint.
We can only move forward by challenging assumptions, overcoming limitations and seeing things from someone else’s perspective.
It’s thought that one in seven people around the world has some form of disability, while many others contend with specific learning difficulties.
This could affect their vision, hearing, movement, memory or thinking. Yet they still have a right to enjoy the same opportunities in life as everyone else and to participate fully in society. This means we must intentionally design the world to include everyone, regardless of their ability, and make sure no one is excluded.
At Sightsavers, we want to make sure inclusion and diversity are at the heart of our organisation. To achieve this, we established a social inclusion group dedicated to ensuring we are as inclusive as possible. The group has members from across the organisation, and aims to:
Promote and encourage inclusion among our staff
Monitor our inclusion efforts and identify any gaps
Enable Sightsavers to become an employer of choice for people with disabilities.
On our journey to learn more about social inclusion, we’ve hosted a series of talks from guests working in the fields of diversity and inclusion. We have also achieved Disability Confident employment accreditation.
Fighting for equality around the world
We work in 30 countries worldwide. Our programmes aim to champion disability rights and ensure everyone has a chance to participate equally in society.
Sightsavers works in 30 countries worldwide to protect sight and fight for the rights of people with disabilities. Our vision is of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes, and where people with disabilities participate equally in society.
We aim to prevent avoidable blindness and restore sight in some of the poorest parts of the world by diagnosing and treating conditions such as cataracts.
We’re fighting to eliminate neglected tropical diseases such as river blindness and trachoma, which affect more than a billion people around the world.
We empower people with disabilities so they can go to school, get a job and access healthcare, and we campaign to reduce discrimination and stigma.
Every year, we support our partners to carry out millions of eye examinations and refer people for treatment to prevent blindness and restore vision.