Access for All: USAID’s Commitment to Accessible Programs

Linked with Susan Sygall – USA, with Mobility International USA, MIUSA, and with Resources for Disabled Travelers.

Published on WorldBank.org, by Lloyd Feinberg and Rob Horvath, November 2003.

(Mobility International USA and USAID Work to Build Inclusive Development Community).

People with disabilities represent a vast and relatively untapped resource for international development and the U.S. Agency for International Development USAID recognizes that in order to be most effective in our development efforts, the needs of people with disabilities must be taken into consideration. To that end, USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios sent a message asking all USAID personnel to review the Agency’s programs to determine if we were doing all we could do to include people with disabilities in the design, implementation and evaluation of our development efforts. Over the past year, a number of actions have taken place within USAID in pursuit of this goal.

Accessibility in USAID-financed construction: …

… Inclusion in development–training for USAID:

personnel USAID recognizes that to build an inclusive development community its personnel must have the awareness, tools, and strategies on how to best include people with disabilities in its development programs.

Later this summer, USAID will launch an e-learning platform that will educate USAID personnel as to how they can incorporate disability-related issues into their work. The course will cover topics such as misconceptions about disability, removing physical and social barriers, inclusive program design, as well as monitoring and evaluating strategies. The disability community as well as key USAID partners are an integral part of the design and implementation of this course.

Disability and foreign policy: … (full text).

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