We hope to reproduce our Inclusive Development approach in many places.
In order to do this we are developing a ‘replicable template’ of community engagement and service development, which we call our Template for Action. It will be rolled out in the first instance in communities in Zambia, and The Gambia.
As a framework for our template we have adopted the 9 Recommendations of the World Health Organisation’s “World Report on Disability” and will focus our programmes to deliver the following Action Points as recommended by the WHO:
- Support disabled children and their families to ensure inclusion in education.
- Represent the views of their constituency to international, national, and local decision-makers and service providers, and advocate for their rights.
- Contribute to the evaluation and monitoring of services, and collaborate with researchers to support applied research that can contribute to service development.
- Develop individual service plans in consultation with disabled people, and their families where necessary.
- Promote public awareness and understanding about the rights of disabled persons – for example, through campaigning and disability-equality training.
- Carry out access audits, in partnership with local disability groups, to identify physical and information barriers that may exclude disabled people.
- Ensure that staff are adequately trained in disability, implementing training as required and including service users in developing and delivering training.
Support for Communities
We will support communities to:
- Challenge and improve their own beliefs and attitudes.
- Promote the inclusion and participation of disabled people in their community.
- Ensure that community environments are accessible for disabled people including schools, recreational areas, and cultural facilities.
- Challenge violence against, and bullying of, disabled people.
Support for Disabled People and their Families
We will support disabled people and their families to:
- Support other disabled people through peer support, training, information, and advice.
- Promote the rights of disabled people within their local communities.
- Become involved in awareness-raising and social marketing campaigns.
- Participate in forums (international, national, local) to determine priorities for change, to influence policy, and to shape service delivery.
- Participate in research projects.