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Disability can no longer be ignored

26 June 2014

Global deafblind charity Sense International has today responded to the report from the International Development Select Committee on disability and development.

James Thornberry, Director of Sense International, said:

"Today's announcement of a new focus from FCDO on social inclusion comes not a moment too soon for the one billion disabled people around the world. It is a step in the right direction to ensuring equal rights and opportunities for disabled people. But there is still work to be done.

"We know from our experiences of supporting deafblind people in developing countries that many do not experience the benefits of aid. Disabled people need specialist and targeted support and without this they will continue to be excluded from society and the benefits of development.

"It is vital that the support framework which is due to be released in November 2014 outlines key priorities addressing the needs of disabled people across the countries where DFID works. It must include a clear vision of how disabled people will benefit from its programmes and the funds to back it up."


First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019