Social inclusion

We believe that people with disabilities such as blindness or visual impairments have an equal right to achieve their full potential, just like everyone else.

A visually impaired man sits in his shop.

Employment rates in the disabled population are quite dismal.

There are several government-initiated schemes for the benefit of people with disability, but poor awareness levels and administrative negligence often results in under-utilisation of the benefits of these schemes.

A lady sits outside her house with her grown up children.

What we’re doing

To enable social inclusion of people with disabilities, Sightsavers has concentrated its focus around three core areas: economic empowerment, strengthening Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) and creating an enabling environment. Sightsavers thus supports people with disability through livelihood interventions and facilitates the formation and capacity building of DPOs to carry out effective advocacy for their rights on all platforms and levels.

We work to change the attitudes of communities, schools and governments by ensuring they adopt socially inclusive policies towards people with disabilities so that they are treated with dignity and are not denied their rights to appropriate healthcare, education and income.

Social inclusion for people with disabilities like blindness or visual impairment means ensuring they get equal rights and face no discrimination, especially with regard to education, healthcare and income.

We work to ensure that the government implements its obligations under international conventions towards people who are visually impaired or blind. Aside from healthcare support, we promote social inclusion through:

Rehabilitation

  • We work to equip people with disabilities with the skills (daily living, vocational training, etc.), tools and assistance they need to earn a living and lead an independent life.
Neeta’s Story

Neeta’s story

After losing her sight, Neeta dropped out of school. But through Sightsavers rehabilitation project, she received training to manage her family's grocery store.

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