Welcome to Disability in Wales and Africa (DWA).
“Disabled People’s Participation Should
Be Expected, Not Just Accepted”
Disability in Wales and Africa (DWA) has a vision of a worldwide society where disabled people are full, equal, and participatory members. It is a Disabled Person’s Organisation (DPO) and a full member of Disability Wales. Central to DWA is a belief that once you have stripped away the social and economic context in which they live, the barriers that disabled people face are remarkably similar. Both individually, and corporately, disabled people need to lead the process to find the way to overcome these barriers.
DWA works to a Social and Rights-based Model of Disability, promoting global solidarity, and takes its direction from the lived experience of disabled people. The organisation has emerged from the Wales Africa Sector. Although DWA seeks to act out its broader agenda within wider disability inclusive development forums its ongoing activities focuses on disabled people in Wales and Africa.
Wherever they live, disabled people have frequently been side-lined, overlooked, and ignored within mainstream development, with stakeholders often believing their needs to be specialist and standalone. However, through international initiatives such as the 2006 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the 2016-2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) the global community of disabled people are starting to assert their rights as equal citizens. Fundamental to achieving this social change is the participation of DPOs and disabled individuals, as equal partners, on the local, national, and international development stage.
DWA supports the Facebook campaign group The Future Is Accessible