Disability justice activists are amazing.
In the face of discrimination, lack of access, and exclusion, they come up
with innovative and effective ideas to unlock real and lasting change in their
communities. No one understands the challenges faced by disabled people better than those who live them.
But there is a problem.
Disabled people’s own ideas to make their lives better are dramatically
underfunded. And too often it is not disabled people themselves who get to decide how little funding available is used.
Together, we can change this.
This Christmas, donate to our Unlocking Change appeal to fund disability justice activists in making their brilliant projects for change a reality. In these projects, young disabled people decide how funding it used based on their own lived experience. Together, we can help unlock real and lasting change.
Breaking down barriers through song.
Eva is a young, determined disability justice activist who has faced discrimination and exclusion. Her idea? To tackle stigma in her community
through the power of music.
I want to engage bus drivers and conductors to raise awareness and change their attitudes and perceptions towards persons with disabilities.Eva
But even with a brilliant plan, Eva faces a hurdle: funding. That’s where your support can become Eva’s tool for change.
With funding, she can reach a wider audience with her music, ensuring that disabled people all over Tanzania can realise their right to use public transport.
Unlocking Opportunity Online.
Yumna, Jamila and Fakihat are training disabled people in their community in digital literacy skills, so that they can get online to access opportunities and tackle digital discrimination.
Giving us the power to decide what projects to implement and how, gives us the chance to address the actual problems that persons with disabilities face. This is because we are the ones being affected, hence understanding the desired solutions.Yumna, Jamila and Fakihat.
Through their project they are training peers who will go on to train even more people in their communities. But they need funding to keep their project going.
Eva and the group of young activists from Zanzibar all received funding from ADD through participatory grant-making. This means that other young disabled people decided that their ideas were the best and should be funded.
Zenna was one of the people on the deciding panel, who recognised the power in these projects and helped make sure they receive funding.
People with disabilities are very skilled and should be given a chance to lead. In my country, it’s not very easy for Organisations of People with Disabilities to get funds.Zenna.
When people with disabilities decide how funding is used they ensure that the most pressing issues are addressed based on their own experiences, and that the projects most likely to succeed are the ones which go ahead.
Support Disability Justice this Christmas.
There are so many more young people like Eva, Jamila, Yumna and Fakihat who are facing discrimination and stigma, and know what needs to be done to change this. With your support, we can make sure they receive the funding they need to make these ideas a reality.
By donating to our Unlocking Change appeal this Christmas, you can help address discrimination and stigma, and make sure that young disabled people are the ones who decide how this is done.
Disability discrimination can disrupt education, lack of access to work and independence and being closed out of society. Help us fund the ideas that can change this, and bring about real and lasting change for disability justice.
How songs are unlocking access to public transport.
How digital training is helping to tackle disrimination.
Donate to support our campaign for disability justice.