What are the challenges to providing quality higher education for persons with disabilities in low and middle income countries and what would be the effective approaches to eliminate barriers to reduce dropout and improve quality higher education?
Author: Dr. Kamal Lamichhane In the past two decades, the world, particularly low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have made great advances in education, most notably in enrolling and keeping children in school and reducing gender inequality. Despite these successes to expand access to education, critical challenges remain towards increasing access in quality higher education for […]
Holding Governments Accountable for Inclusion
Author: Mr. Bagival Pradeep Kumar I would like to thank all the participants who have responded to the question of the month for their brilliant comments As rightly concurred by the participants, governments have a crucial role to play in developing countries in making societies inclusive and their responsibilities range from evidence based planning to meaningful […]
What are the external and internal barriers for organizations of persons with disabilities, and especially women with disabilities, to be involved in policy discussions impacting on gender equality at national and global levels?
Author: Diana Samarasan The April Forum focused on the intersection of gender and disability. Contributors responded to the question, “What are the external and internal barriers for organizations of persons with disabilities, and especially women with disabilities, to be involved in policy discussions impacting on gender equality at national and global levels?” Given the news […]
How should data be used to inform policy that addresses the disability gap in accessible affordable housing for people with disabilities? Should subsidized housing be restricted to certain types of disabilities?
Author: Andrew Lange The November forum discussion was intended to highlight the important role of government to provide affordable and accessible housing for people with disabilities, and how data can help identify participants and at which rates. The discussion began with clarifying how people are identified as having a disability and if they need to […]
What do climate-focus agencies need to be doing to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in their work, and what should disability organisations need to be doing to ensure a focus on climate in their work?
Author: Dr Maria Kett Thank you to all of you who contributed to the discussion around what climate-focus agencies need to be doing to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in their work, and what disability organisations need to be doing to ensure a focus on climate in their work. This issue has already […]
What are the main factors behind the successes or failures of efforts to promote inclusion?
Author: Dr. Mohammed Ali Loutfy Fifteen years after the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, there is no doubt about the level of progress taking place regarding the recognition of persons with disabilities as one of the major marginalized groups around the world. This recognition appears through the progress governments […]
What strategies work for ensuring persons with disabilities get access to livelihood or employment opportunities?
Author: Tom Shakespeare, Professor of Disability Research, LSHTM. Thanks to everyone who contributed to our discussion of interventions to remove barriers to employment of persons with disabilities. It was very interesting to learn from Kamal Lamichhane how high the wage returns on investment in education for students with disabilities could be. This makes sense to […]
How can we best support the education of children with disabilities in low and middle income countries?
Author: Nidhi Singal Education of children with disabilities General Comment No. 4 on Article 24 issued in 2016 by the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities defined inclusion as, “a process of systemic reform embodying changes and modifications in content, teaching methods, approaches, structures and strategies in education to overcome barriers with a […]
How can we best provide community supports in low- and middle-income countries?
Researchers, advocates, and policymakers often cite statistics about the relative income of people with and without disabilities. The idea being that barriers to participation in the labor market limit the ability of people with disabilities to secure an adequate level of economic well-being.