Disability-inclusive development envisions a society that values and enfranchises all persons with disabilities. Disability-inclusive practices aim to contribute to equal opportunities and equitable outcomes for all. Moving towards disability inclusion provides insights into how disability perspectives may be incorporated into policies, laws, services and programmes and the essential elements for sustainable and inclusive growth and development of societies.
The ILO has described persons with disabilities as the world’s largest minority group, with 80 per cent living in developing countries. The WHO and the World Bank estimate that over 1 billion people (about 15 per cent of the world’s population) have disabilities, and 785 million are of working age (15-59 years old).
BRAC recognises the existing and potential contributions made by persons with disabilities to the overall well-being and diversity of their communities.
For over 40 years, BRAC has been empowering communities to harness their own human and material resources to rise out of poverty.
Our holistic approach geared towards inclusion gives poor and marginalised groups the chance to seize their own lives and make a lasting change. Inclusiveness is one of BRAC’s four core values, the others beings,
integrity, innovation and effectiveness. BRAC strives to internalise these principles, which is reflected in the outlook of our staff, as well as various components of our development programmes. We aim to make a visible commitment by embodying a culture of inclusiveness in all our endeavours.
Promoting human rights, fundamental freedoms and full participation of persons with disabilities can result in their enhanced sense of belonging and make significant strides in human, social and economic development while eradicating poverty. Thus with its core value of inclusiveness in mind, ensuring equality, accessibility and awareness for persons with disabilities is a top priority for BRAC’s employment practices and overall development strategy.