Mainstreaming disability in development
The discrimination and marginalisation of people living with disabilities in some societies often maintains them in a cycle of poverty. Mainstreaming disability as a cross-cutting issue in development programmes is therefore essential if interventions are to equitably benefit all.
Therefore I always encourage course participants and project stakeholders, to consider the most appropriate measures to mainstream in their project proposals the inclusion of people living with disabilities , and also other marginalised groups such as the aged.
Inclusive education is a first step to ensuring that the next generation will not be dis-benefitted. Support for parents who experience stigma because they have disabled children is also vital. Underpinning this, awareness-raising it is necessary to:
The links between disability and poverty are extensively explored in a book: ‘Poverty and Disability’, edited by Tanya Barron and Jabulani Manombe Ncube, published 2010 by Leonard Cheshire Disability.