Outreach influences policy in Sierra Leone

Young Voices have been spreading the message of inclusion and the UNCRPD by presenting on disability and development issues to the Sierra Leone Association of NGOs (SLANGO) at their AGM. Thanks to Young Voices’ efforts, SLANGO will soon issue a statement on how disability is to be incorporated in its policies. Young Voices have also visited more than 20 schools to talk about the UNCRPD and the rights of person with disabilities, especially in education.

School-to-school project promotes sharing

Young Voices in the Philippines has long been involved with an inclusive youth centre in the capital, Manila. This award-winning centre hosted wheelchair basketball and dancing on wheels demonstrations during its ‘school-to-school project’ that brings together young people with and without disabilities. The Young Voices spoke about disability issues with students, teachers, local government councillors and the mayor to raise their profile among legislators and fellow citizens.

Youth with disabilities campaign in local parade

Young Voices groups from several locations participated in the mall tour and parade in Quezon City. They wore Young Voices t-shirts showing the words “Changing Attitudes to Disability” and negotiated a 20% discount for people with disabilities in the Jollibee fast food restaurant chain. This is a national entitlement that it had been hard for young people with disabilities to use because they lacked the necessary national identity cards.