In December 2018, Inclusion International became part of a consortium led programme, called Inclusion Works! The programme is funded by UK Aid (DfiD) will create and test innovative approaches to improve the long-term economic empowerment and inclusion of people with disabilities. The programme will be delivered in four countries (Bangladesh, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda) over 3 years. Self-advocates will play a leading role in the project and working with the employers, policymakers and DPOs to understand the barriers that people with intellectual disabilities face in accessing employment.
KAIH, UPPID and Inclusion Uganda took part in our first Inclusion Works! Development Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya on 19 March – 21 March 2019 in partnership with Inclusion Africa. Across three days, we discussed the existing attitudes towards employment of people with intellectual disabilities and what types of project activities could work in participants’ countries. We also discussed how the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities works with specific attention to Article 27 and how it is applied at national level.
People with intellectual disabilities are disadvantaged in the labour market due to attitudes and stigmatisation of wider society. Changing attitudes of employers and the public towards people with intellectual disabilities can be achieved by their inclusion in the wider labour market. Whilst physical accommodations and adjustments can help some people, the barriers that people with intellectual disabilities face often cannot be solved by the adjustment of the physical environment.
This project aims to develop the capacities of Inclusion International’s members in country to work with employers, policy makers and other DPOs to help develop their understanding of how include people with intellectual disabilities when developing policies and implement inclusive practice. We will also work with our members to develop advocacy strategies to ensure that people with intellectual disabilities are not left behind.