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Mainstreaming disability manual VSO


Mainstreaming disability manual VSO

KEY MESSAGES
• Disability, and disability mainstreaming, are essentially matters of rights.
• It is essential that disabled people and their organisations play an active role in all mainstreaming activities.
• Mainstreaming is about building disability into existing agendas, frameworks and processes, not adding on separate disability activities.
• Effective mainstreaming requires strong management commitment. It needs a clear structure, with ongoing activities and follow-up, and appropriate budget and time allocated to it. It cannot be a ‘one-off’ activity, or left to individuals with no wider support.
• Remember that disabled people are not a single group – they have different priorities and face different levels of discrimination. In particular, disabled women and girls may face double discrimination based on both disability and gender.
• It is necessary to address both people’s specific needs as a result of their impairment, and also the wider social issues of discrimination and exclusion.