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close this bookSustainable Development and Persons with Disabilities: The Process of Self-Empowerment (ADF, 1995, 117 p.)
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Foreword

Coming to terms with rapid global economic change and keeping in step with equally swift evolution in the disability movement has been a dilemma for development workers and disabled people. This has necessitated the need for wider consultation in order for marginalised groups such as persons with disabilities to stay afloat as well as continue to struggle for emancipation.

In a bid for wider consultation, grassroots and mid-level workers and persons with disabilities from all over Africa converged in Entebbe, Uganda to discuss disability issues in the declining economic environment.

This book, which is based on perceptions and experiences of disabled people and various interveners attending the Entebbe meeting, is geared to stimulating new approaches to disability and development. It is not a prescription for solutions but offers direction through the current maze. Disabled people's organisations have a pivotal role to play in influencing the struggle for development for persons with disabilities. We hope they will find this book particularly useful.

The guide gives a broader scope for potential key actors in disability and development who, if adequately tapped, would give new impetus to the disability movement. Government and donor agencies, in their struggle to identify strategies for poverty alleviation, need to give special concern to persons with disabilities if they are going to help the disabled to enter the economic and social mainstream. The recommendations in these pages, if implemented, could change the direction of the disability movement and to an extent, that of other disadvantaged groups as mankind enters the third millennium.

Yash Tandon ought to be congratulated for successfully putting the thoughts of many people together.

Maria Kangere
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