131008 Inclusion Made Easy in Eye Health Programs
Disability inclusive practices for strengthening comprehensive eye care
People with disabilities constitute the world’s largest minority group. As such, this ‘guide’ is a very important resource for all people working in eye health. It addresses the specific steps needed to ensure people with disabilities have equal access to eye health programs, and also the need to ensure that those with permanent vision loss access wider opportunities.
While we have seen considerable success in addressing the primary causes of avoidable blindness – cataract, trachoma, onchocerciasis (river blindness), vitamin A deficiency and refractive errors – there remain significant issues that Community Eye Health programs face. These include lack of resources, the need for better integration of eye care into general health care, how to address at community level the emerging problems of glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, and how to ensure access and opportunities for all members of communities.
Collectively, we need to find solutions to these issues so that all people who are under-served benefit from the momentum created by VISION 2020.