Inclusion Made Easy in Eye Health Programs: Disability-inclusive practices for strengthening comprehensive eye care. The practices described in this user-friendly guide build on and capture innovation from CBM, its partners and others working in eye health globally. These practices have been adopted and endorsed by 17 leading eye health and disability agencies around the world. It is hoped that all working in eye health will adopt the disability-inclusive approaches in this guide.
- A few practical steps can strengthen eye health programs to be welcoming of people from all disability groups, and ensure that those with long-term vision impairment access wider opportunities.
- 22% of people in poverty in the world’s poorest countries have a disability.1
- At least 20% of people who are blind or have severe vision loss cannot have their sight restored.2
- Disability access barriers include physical, communication, attitudinal and policy/ financial barriers.
- Many people with a disability experience exclusion, stigma and discrimination, especially in relation to possible false beliefs about causes of impairment and the capacity of people with a disability.