Inclusion International is one of the largest international non-governmental organizations in the field of disability recognized by the United Nations. Through its national members, regional level organizations and global organization, II works with international agencies including the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Bank, United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and regional bodies to promote inclusive approaches to policy, practice and investment strategies
Inclusion International is one of the founding members of the International Disability Alliance (IDA). The IDA provides an opportunity for II to contribute the perspectives of people with intellectual disabilities and their families to the collective work of the disability community particularly with reference to monitoring the Convention and relations with the Committee of Experts. One specific example is in the development of guidelines for NGOs to prepare parallel reports through the CRPD monitoring process. II will conduct consultations with our members on the draft of this document to ensure that it reflects the particular perspective of our membership. In addition, II has specific expertise in the areas of legal capacity (article 12), inclusive education (article 24) and living in the community (article 19) to contribute to the process. Initiatives such as the development of this guideline document also provide a means for II to encourage its national members to work in collaboration with other disability group in their countries. Through the international organizations, links are being made and collaborations encourage at a country level. Diane Richler, Past President of Inclusion International, served as Chair of the IDA from June 2010 through June 2011. Klaus Lachwitz, President of Inclusion International, is currently the Secretary General of IDA.
Inclusion International is a member of the Global Campaign and has for several years tried to raise awareness about the systematic exclusion of children with disabilities from education.
“A third of all children out of school have a disability. Without making sure these children get a good education the cycle between poverty and disability will never be broken” (from a presentation of children who’ve been excluded from education. Compiled by the UK coalition)
The GCE working group on inclusive education of which Inclusion International is a member, held its First phone meeting in December 2009, and discussed terms of reference and upcoming opportunities. The group will be working to identify some core advocacy messages on inclusion and will provide Input for GCE involvement in key EFA processes.
As a member the Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD) Inclusion International is closely involved in their initiative to accelerate inclusion of people with disabilities and their families into development policies and practices.
The GPDD was formed to increase collaboration among development agencies and organizations to reduce the extreme poverty and exclusion of a substantial number of children, women and men with disabilities living in poor countries. This population includes those born with disabilities and people who become disabled through wars and other violence, traffic or work injuries, diseases, disasters and other causes.
Inclusion International has for many years been in official relations with WHO collaborating in mutually agreed objectives. Inclusion International provides expert knowledge about the issues affecting people with intellectual disabilities and their families worldwide. The health and living status of people with intellectual disabilities is impacted by global issues such a poverty, environmental factors etc. The WHO’s work in these areas are of critical importance to people with intellectual disabilities and their families.
- Reviewing and monitoring education policies in selected countries to ensure the inclusion of disadvantaged children in quality basic education
- Training education officials to promote improvement and implementation of education policies on inclusive quality education
- Analyzing and disseminating good practices on inclusive quality
Inclusion International has been a member of the NGO Committee of UNICEF and was instrumental in establishing a sub-committee focused on children with disabilities. Additionally, Inclusion International has had Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations since 1975 and was actively engaged in the development and negotiations of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Inclusion International continues to work with our members and partners around the world to make the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities a reality.
Promotes pathways to opportunities for societies most disadvantaged groups so that they are more likely to become engages in work that is open, inclusive and accessible. The right of people with disability to make a living by working, emphasizing the importance of economic empowerment and based on the pinciples of equal opportunity and equal treatment, is recognized in Article 27 of the Convention of the Rights of persons with disabilities (2008). This article reinforces the ILO Convention No 159 which aims to promote vocational rehabilitation, employment opportunities and fair treatment for people with disabilities.