Are persons with disabilities absconding with masses who don’t have mercy with them?
Author Mugambi Paul
Several studies have indicated lack of participation of persons with disabilities in decision making processes [carol 2018, carol 209 IDA 2020[
This is evident in both public and private sectors.
Moreover, Persons with disabilities are not consistently or adequately valued by other local, regional, global and community actors as contributing members and leaders.
For example, many parastatals
or corporates board do not have representation of persons with disabilities.
If it’s there they do not have quality voice of representation. Where did the rain decide to hit the disability crew?
Given the current political context of democratic backsliding especially in the global south, school closures, and social distancing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, persons with disabilities are facing increased barriers to developing their democratic identities, learning how to be active citizens, and exercising their rights to participate in civic and political life.
In other words, this is what they are calling the new normal of real exclusion! Now more than ever, development practitioners and the international community need to shift their approach to engaging persons with disabilities in democracy and governance programs from one that views them as recipients to one that treats persons with disabilities as partners and considers the unique environments in which they live. As disability sausage media we argue that civic education programs that apply a positive disability development (PYD) approach can inform and shape how persons with disabilities develop democratic identities and habits and directly link these identities and behaviors to building and sustaining democracies. Will the election bodies in the global south entice and create an honest sharing of the cake to persons with disabilities? The disability sausage media YouTube channel will illuminate good practices and lessons learned through an exploration of global civic education programs demonstrating the utility of a PYD approach. We shall also identify areas to consider for the expansion and future of civic education programs to ensure their effectiveness and better link them to the Sustainable Development Goals.
15 % of the population should never be ignored at any public or private decision making processed!
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The views expressed here are for the author and do not represent any agency or organization.
Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
Australian Chief Minister Award winner
“Excellence of making inclusion happen”