This view is often implied in discussions about disability, Africa and development. But the case for inclusion is economic, social and above all moral. We should view it as an opportunity rather than an expense.
Is this you? Don't worry, you're definitely not alone.
3rd December is a day of huge significance
This isn’t what you expect any parent to say of their own child. However, in many African communities, when the child in question is disabled, this is not unusual. We heard this particular statement from a father at our most recent Parent Support Meeting in Gunjur, The Gambia. But we have heard it before. And it matters – a lot – because it is these persistent and negative attitudes that isolate and disable people with impairments.
Our Project Development Officer for East Africa explores inequality, poverty and disability in rural Kenya
To allow our projects to become poverty tourism attractions would reinforce the models of charity, unequal relationships and double standards that we reject and deplore.
These terms impose an identity on people that they did not choose.
It’s safe to say that my first week of work at Disability Africa was unlike any other. This was my first trip to Africa and it was great to see the life-changing work that Disability Africa does.
There are disabled children everywhere in Africa; unknown, hidden and desperately deprived. Disability Africa works with people in African communities to develop awareness of the needs of disabled young people and provide services to meet those needs.
I had this Idea about two years ago; thought about it for a week and then shared the Idea with a few people - the ones I knew wouldn't think I was too crazy, and they rallied round to help set up a charity
Disabled young people have it pretty rough in The Gambia. Having said that, during this, Disability Africa's first visit, I met plenty of Gambian people who would have it otherwise.