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.
General Resources and Support
- AT2030: AT Research project and grants to fund research in assistive technology. Led by the Global Disability Innovation Hub.
- CLASP: Logistics for shipping wheelchairs around the globe
- Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) is a World Health Organization (WHO) initiative to improve access to high-quality affordable assistive products globally. To achieve this, the GATE initiative is focusing on five interlinked areas (5P): people, policy, products, provision and personnel.
- Global Disability Innovation Hub newsletter disseminates funding opportunities. Scroll down on the website to learn more
- Global Partnership for Assistive Technology provides resources and shares funding opportunities to facilitate appropriate care for those with disabilities.
- International Disability Alliance: UN alliance
- Zero Project: Its mission is working for a world with zero barriers. The Zero Project finds and shares models that improve the daily lives and legal rights of all persons with disabilities. It was initiated by the Essl Foundation in 2008, to support the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) of the United Nations and to work for a world without barriers. See many projects and resources in the Practice Section of the Zero Project’s website.
Evacuation Manual in DAISY Multimedia Format – Easy to understand accessible evacuation manual in DAISY multimedia format (Digital Accessible Information System is a technical standard for computerized text) for persons with intellectual disabilities
- 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.
- CBM Resources: The following resources are from the Christian organization CBM (Christian Blind Mission) to help organizations include people with disabilities in programs and services.
- Dalhousie University Wheelchair Skills
- Enable Ireland’s Certified Foundations in Assistive Technology is a 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) course accredited by Technological University Dublin, through the College of Engineering and Built Environment. The course is delivered via 11 webinars on the Microsoft Teams platform and Moodle. In total, the time commitment is 100 hours: 21 hours via Teams and 79 hours of self-directed learning which includes completion of your course project.
- International Centre for Evidence in Disability: Parent training to reduce disability for children with disabilities, developed by the Disability Centre at the London School of Tropical Medicine
- WHO wheelchair training packages
Vision and Hearing Impairment
- inABLE is a US-based NGO working across Kenya to increase access to assistive technology for students who are blind or have low vision
- FingerTalk, a South African start-up company, launched a free app that enables people who are deaf or hard of hearing to learn and communicate in sign language
- Sonokids: Early-learning technology for children who are blind or visually impaired: Sonokids is an Australian social enterprise that produces Ballyland, a range of gamified educational software programs and apps for children who are blind or visually impaired.
- 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.