Disability Inclusive Development
Persons with disabilities on average as a group are more likely to experience adverse socioeconomic outcomes than persons without disabilities, such as less education, worse health outcomes, less employment, and higher poverty rates. Poverty may increase the risk of disability through malnutrition, inadequate access to education and health care, unsafe working conditions, polluted environment, and lack of access to safe water and sanitation. Disability may increase the risk of poverty, through lack of employment and education opportunities, lower wages, and increased cost of living with a disability.
Inclusive education, inclusive health services, access to decent work and employment and inclusive social protection are the key elements of SeeYou disability inclusive development. Because of the relationship between disability and poverty, the integration of disability issues in development is critical for the elimination of poverty, achievement of social inclusion and equitable, fair and sustainable development. Indeed, as has been emphasized by the United Nations General Assembly, it is impossible to genuinely achieve internationally agreed development goals without the inclusion and integration of the rights, well-being and perspective of persons with disabilities in development efforts at national, regional and international levels. Inclusive development engenders empowerment, through which persons with disabilities move from being considered “vulnerable groups” to becoming resource groups in society and contributors to development. SeeYou and partners are working hard to ensure that development processes at all levels become more inclusive of the voices and needs of persons with disabilities. Our ambition is that persons with disabilities should, at all stages of life, have access to public goods and services, realize their rights and participate in all aspects of society and development on an equal basis with others.
Through this thematic area SeeYou set for itself four results areas.
- Inclusive education- that children with disabilities are included in general education, as well as in early childhood quality learning, and that accessibility of educational infrastructure and provision of reasonable accommodation is ensured.
- Inclusive health services- that health facilities have accessible buildings and equipment, appropriately trained health care providers and accessible information and comprehensive early assessments is be provided, and identification and referral systems is in place.
- Access to decent work and employment- that persons with disabilities have access to vocational training, skills development and other employment-support programmes funded by governments and other stakeholder. Decent work opportunities in the rural and informal economies, where persons with disabilities frequently seek their livelihoods, is improved.
- Inclusive social protection – is available to persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others, and that social protection floors and systems take the specific requirements of persons with disabilities into account in defining benefits.
- Disability mainstreaming
The concept of mainstreaming disability in development is broadly defined as the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of development efforts. Mainstreaming is a method of ensuring that persons with disabilities can participate on an equal basis in all services or activities intended for the general population, including education, health, employment and social services. Mainstreaming requires a paradigm shift – or a new way of thinking – in approaches to disability and to all development planning. There are many benefits to adopting this approach, as mainstreaming is recognized as the most cost-effective and efficient way of achieving equality for persons with disabilities. Indeed, persons with disabilities can be included in mainstream programmes with minimal adaptation.
- Providing Disability-Specific initiatives
To achieve the full inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in development, it is often necessary to provide targeted support to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others. For this reason SeeYou and its partners are implementing projects dedicated to addressing the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities, in education, training, employment and health sectors. Supporting specific initiatives to ensure disability-inclusive development and the equal enjoyment of human rights by all persons with disabilities.
- Strengthening Youth with disability- serving systems
In partnership with key stakeholders, SeeYou develop and strengthen local, holistic, and sustainable youth with disability-serving systems in target countries to measurably impact the lives of those youth. SeeYou develop and test local models and expand expertise and best practices to reach a wider youth with disability audience. Through partnerships with disabled people organizations, SeeYou connect youth with disabilities– with an emphasis on the most vulnerable – to economic opportunities, social services, health, training, and investments (such as bursaries, national ID cards, etc.) by the local and national government, higher education institutions, the private sector, or other development partners. We leverage existing resources such as the Youth with disability lead platform to connect youth with each other and to provide peer support and mentorship. If needed, we establish youth with disability organizations in regions that do not have organizations that represent youth with disabilities.
- SeeYou Disability Inclusion Helpdesk
The SeeYou Disability Inclusion Helpdesk is managed by the Disability Inclusion Resource Organizations for government agencies, development actors and private sectors partners in education, skills training, employment, livelihood and health sectors. The help desk provides different services that include: on demand advice and practical support with programme design, disability inclusion mainstreaming and mini clinics to help organizations apply good practice/guidance to specific problems; and pragmatic training delivered to equip and incentivise staff and potentially wider partners to implement disability inclusive development. The helpdesk services are delivered a group of well-trained Disability Inclusion Resource Persons (DIRPs). These are young people with disability trained and qualified by SeeYou.
- Disaster preparedness and response
In our focus countries, we strengthen resilience and disaster preparedness, and we support disability- inclusive disaster response. We explore strategic partnerships with mainstream emergency actors. In our partner countries and beyond, we engage in case of an emergency depending on the magnitude of the emergency, our experience and network within the countries, and requests by mainstream organisations to provide expertise.