Approximately 1 billion people, or 15%, of the global population are people with disabilities; 80% of whom live in less resourced nations. USAID is committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities in all Agency programs and activities.
USAID's Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) and the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance within the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA/DRG) developed a new online course titled Disability Inclusive Development 101 (course with captions only | course with sign language interpretation). The course provides a global snapshot of disability and its critical implications for international development. Learners will learn about the common challenges faced by people with disabilities in accessing international development programs and will be provided with tips and tools to mitigate these barriers and mainstream disability throughout the program cycle.
If you are interested in learning more, please check out UNICEF's 40-minute, web-based Disability Orientation, which includes interesting and thought-provoking statements, resources, and good practices from UNICEF and partners from across the globe. The objective of the orientation is to strengthen understanding of, and capacity to support, programming for children and women with disabilities.
Finally, visit USAID and Disability Inclusive Development, and join the USAID Disability Google Group at: DisabilityChampions@usaid.gov to learn more and get involved!