USAID announces commitments at World Disability Summit – International
For Immediate Release Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Today at the Global Disability Summit (GDS22), Administrator Samantha Power announced a series of commitments consistent with the United States Government’s long-standing support for development and action inclusive humanitarians. Responding to the GDS22 call to mobilize targeted, concrete actions to achieve real change in the lives of people with disabilities, USAID is making 16 commitments to achieve by 2026.
USAID’s GDS22 commitments encompass concrete activities and investments in the following areas:
Building on USAID’s innovative work to promote inclusive education, USAID, in partnership with the disability community, will strengthen disability data and evidence for education programs, promote the approach Universal Design for Learning in all new education programs and will increase inclusive initiatives at all levels of education, from pre-primary to higher education.
In the areas of health systems strengthening and access to physical rehabilitation and life-changing assistive technologies, USAID will strengthen: “Rehabilitation for All”(link is external) through the Global Alliance for Rehabilitation; the implementation of national programs for the sustainable provision of assistive technologies; and maintain its $25 million commitment to ATscale, the Global Partnership for Assistive Technology.
In line with the “Year of Action” for Inclusive Democracy stemming from the Democracy Summit, USAID will support the empowerment of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations to actively participate in civic engagement and political and public life of their country. .
USAID will advocate for inclusive climate action, not only to build the resilience of persons with disabilities to extreme weather events, but also to empower them to contribute to climate change responses as positive agents of change and sources of solutions. .
USAID will advance disability inclusion as a cross-cutting requirement in our humanitarian assistance program, using best practices and standards, and helping disability organizations address the underlying causes of inequities that are aggravated by humanitarian emergencies.
Recognizing that persons with disabilities, particularly women and girls with disabilities, are too rarely recognized as the actors of community change we know, USAID will support persons with disabilities as peacemakers and essential contributors to prevention conflict and violence and stabilization efforts. USAID will provide USAID staff and partners with the knowledge, data, skills, and tools needed to be better partners in the disability community.
For specific details on commitments made by USAID and others at GDS22, please visit the World Disability Summit Commitments Portal.