If you didn’t know, there are an estimated billion people who live around the world and have some type of disability. Research shows that nearly over 80% of those individuals are living in underdeveloped countries, impoverished areas and have no awareness when it comes to disabilities nor do they get the respect they deserve. When it comes to basic human rights such as getting a job or quality education, many are denied within this group.
Nearly 800 delegates from all across the world attended The Global Disabilities Summit. It was geared toward shining a light on a list of challenges so many faces when having a disability. Before the Summit started, 36 international development organizations brought their leadership together within the UK to create an open letter with signatures expressing optimism and hope regarding the objectives surrounding the Summit.
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It has been a slow process when it comes to the challenges of these people that has been talked about over the decades along with getting commitments in place. The concern was how to implement them within the UN’s convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Summit at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London was designed to bring about four important themes:
Technology and innovation
Dignity and respect for all
Building up to the Summit, Sightsavers had a target vision of what it would be like to see things happen and be accomplished at the event. They created a “Put Us In The Picture campaign, which the company made aware that it wanted to see all attendees make strong agreements on inclusivity pertaining to the disabled. The business also had hoped to see a first-hand accountability pertaining to the agreements spoken about during the summit and how they will be honored by those particular organizations and member states. It didn’t take long for Sightsavers to join with other partners across the globe to form a commitment of success when going about achieving these innovative goals. During the Summit, nearly 300 signatories were there in support of the Global Disability Summit Charter for change. This effort brings them together to make a promise to pursue equality and inclusivity among those people suffering from disabilities in society and in their countries.