While disability policy may exist, implementation is lacking resulting in unequal experiences for persons with disabilities in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is limited data on disability. Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (DPOs) lack capacity to engage in disability-related monitoring thereby affecting their ability to
7th – 11th May 2018, Intercontinental Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia
Theme: CBR for resilience building and sustainable development: Leave no one behind
World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), celebrated each year on April 2, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized with its own day by the United Nations. WAAD activities increase world knowledge of autism and impart information about the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism around the world.
World Water Day, which falls on 22nd March of every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. This year’s theme is ‘Nature of Water’- exploring nature based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. Read More
Language shapes the way we view the world. The words we use influences community attitudes – both positively and negatively – and impacts on the lives of others.
How we write and speak about people with disability can have a profound effect on the way they are viewed by the community and themselves. Some words, by their very nature, degrade and diminish people with disability. Other words perpetuate inaccurate stereotypes.
Cindy (*not her real name) is a young girl aged 13 years of garden compound in Lusaka with a disability. She has speech impairment and can’t walk properly. This little girl was sexually abused by her own father, who took advantage of her disability. The father was doing this for ritual purposes in order to boost his business. He started abusing this little girl since the age of five. Since the girl could not talk, all she did was cry but her family mistook the crying to be as a result of her disability. Read More