Disability Inclusion

Disability inclusion is a critical element of global health program design. Many faith-based organizations providing health care in low-income areas would like to be able to care for children and adults with disabilities they encounter, or those who are hidden members of the people group they serve. Fortunately, more resources have recently become available. Please see below for suggested sites and opportunities to join mailing lists for funding opportunities for support for projects to help people with disabilities.

CBM Resources: The following resources are from the Christian organization CBM to help organizations include people with disabilities in programs and services.

Global Disability Innovation Hub newsletter disseminates funding opportunities. Scroll down on the website to learn more

The Global Partnership for Assistive Technology provides resources and shares funding opportunities to facilitate appropriate care for those with disabilities.

The International Society for Wheelchair Professionals hosts the Wheelchair International Network and has a newsletter and website including resources for training and appropriate care of those with disabilities. See resources

Joni and Friends offers courses and training information to encourage churches to be more inclusive and to open doors for hope through faith in Jesus. See resources

TearFund UK: TearFund Footsteps Magazine Issue on Disability | Issue 108 | This issue of Teafund UK’s Footsteps magazine focuses on disability and the barriers people encounter in society, including inaccessible buildings, misunderstanding and discrimination. If these barriers are identified and broken down, our churches and communities will be more vibrant, diverse and inclusive.

World Health Organization Report on Assistive Technology Consultation; Faith-based Contributions Featured | Global Perspectives on Assistive Technology | Proceedings of the GReAT Consultation 2019 | The development of the Global Report on Assistive Technology (GReAT) was led by a Steering Committee with representatives from the WHO Secretariat, the Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) and UNICEF, and an Ad-hoc Advisory Group of Experts on Assistive Technology. As a first step to inform the development of the Global Report, WHO Headquarters in Geneva hosted the GReAT Consultation on 22-23 August, 2019.  The report includes an article by Karen Rispin of CCIH member Ideas World that explores the contribution of faith-based organizations to global health care and the work of FBO BethanyKids with children with disabilities in Kenya. The article begins on Page 379 of the publication.

The World Health Organization Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology acts as a hub to disseminates many opportunities and has links to many resource. Sign up for their newsletter and network here.