15 episodes

People who have disabilities are the best people to report on the issues that affect them.

Hear directly from our citizen reporters, a group of young people who have disabilities living across the world. By producing their own audio reports, exploring the work being done to improve the lives of people with disabilities, and asking challenging questions to people on the streets where they live, they're unearthing views, attitudes and perspectives of disability.

Together with Inclusive Futures, an initiative working towards disability inclusion, they'll bring you one-on-one interviews, conversations, round table discussions and radio style documentaries.

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People who have disabilities are the best people to report on the issues that affect them.

Hear directly from our citizen reporters, a group of young people who have disabilities living across the world. By producing their own audio reports, exploring the work being done to improve the lives of people with disabilities, and asking challenging questions to people on the streets where they live, they're unearthing views, attitudes and perspectives of disability.

Together with Inclusive Futures, an initiative working towards disability inclusion, they'll bring you one-on-one interviews, conversations, round table discussions and radio style documentaries.

Subscribe now to receive regular audio updates from our reporters around the world.

    Ep.15: FROM KENYA Small business owner Henry Thuo’s COVID-19 story

    Ep.15: FROM KENYA Small business owner Henry Thuo’s COVID-19 story

    Many small businesses in Kenya have been adversely impacted or even been forced to shut down due to the effects of COVID-19, including businesses run and owned by people with disabilities.

    In this 11-minutes audio report, Inclusive Futures citizen reporter Alan Herbert speaks with Henry Thuo, an entrepreneur with a disability and the founder of Hemuth fabrications.

    Listen to this audio report to hear about how COVID-19 almost wiped out Henry’s business and how the assistance he received from Light for the World’s InBusiness initiative gave his business a lifeline during the pandemic.

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    • 11 min
    Ep.14: IN DEPTH From field to pint: how farmers with disabilities are leading an inclusive business revolution

    Ep.14: IN DEPTH From field to pint: how farmers with disabilities are leading an inclusive business revolution

    Farmers with disabilities are growing the vital ingredient for beer as part of an innovative project in western Kenya.

    In this 11 minute episode, our global reporter Kimberly Middleton explores how one farmer has spent days chasing birds, and challenging negative stereotypes of disability, to supply sorghum to East African Breweries Limited.

    Kimberly also talks to the brewery about their pledge to be inclusive of people with disabilities, and to national representative body United Disabled Persons of Kenya about why projects like this one are essential.

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    • 10 min
    Ep.13: IN DEPTH Supporting disability inclusion at the FCDO

    Ep.13: IN DEPTH Supporting disability inclusion at the FCDO

    In this episode, three disability experts who have been seconded to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to promote inclusion share their views and experiences.

    Shikuku Obosi, Susie Rodgers and Tom Palmer discuss what more needs to be done to ensure people with disabilities are not left behind, as well as the impact of both COVID-19 and the merger of Department for International Development (DFID) and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on disability inclusion.

    In this 26-minute conversation, medal-winning Paralympian Susie shares her concerns that working from home will further segregate people with disabilities from society, Shikuku outlines why disability discrimination is the “mother of all human rights violations”, and Tom explains that humanitarian organisations must respect people with disabilities in crisis responses, both as recipients and leaders.

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    • 26 min
    Ep.12: FROM KENYA Citizen reporter Alan Herbert in conversation with Eric Ngondi, United Disabled Persons of Kenya

    Ep.12: FROM KENYA Citizen reporter Alan Herbert in conversation with Eric Ngondi, United Disabled Persons of Kenya

    Alan Herbert, our citizen reporter based in Kenya, speaks with Eric Ngondi from United Disabled Persons of Kenya about realising the dream of disability inclusion in the workplace.

    Alan and Eric discuss Eric’s experiences as a person with a disability, particularly in the areas of jobhunting and employment. They also talk about Eric’s involvement in the Inclusive Futures initiative, which includes training private companies to become more disability confident, and look at the progress that’s been made towards disability inclusion in Kenya.

    Listen to this 20-minute audio report to hear Eric speaking candidly about the violent circumstances in which he lost his sight, and how he set out on a ‘second season’ of his life.

    Eric also reveals some of the concerns held by the employers he works with, as they look to include people with disabilities in their workspaces, and why the participation of people with disabilities and the organisations representing them is crucial to success.

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    For the disability-confident employers’ toolkit mentioned by Eric in this programme, visit: www.inclusivefutures.org/toolkit

    To find out more about Alan, our citizen reporter for Kenya, visit: www.inclusivefutures.org/alan

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    • 19 min
    Ep.11: IN DEPTH Getting the work done: meeting the challenge of disability inclusive development

    Ep.11: IN DEPTH Getting the work done: meeting the challenge of disability inclusive development

    In this candid interview International Disability Alliance executive director Vladimir Cuk and Sightsavers deputy chief executive Dom Haslam discuss the progress of disability inclusion over recent years.

    They touch on moving from “nice words and pictures” to implementing programmes in line with human rights, and the challenges they’ve experienced when development organisations truly work in partnership with people with disabilities.  They also discuss the “harsh wake-up call” when the COVID-19 pandemic struck and revealed that “disability discrimination is so much alive, and well, and kicking.”

    In this 26-minute report, the pair also share their vision for an inclusive world and their personal highlights to date that prove that change is happening.

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    • 25 min
    Ep.10: Grace, programme participant, Nigeria

    Ep.10: Grace, programme participant, Nigeria

    In this 11-minute audio report, Rasak Adekoya, from the Inclusive Futures Nigeria team, speaks to Grace, a newly recruited employee of the British Council in Abuja, who received training and support through the Inclusive Futures formal employment programme.

    Grace, who holds an MSC in pharmaceutical microbiology, shares what life was life growing up as a person with albinism in Nigeria, and describes the difficult and pervasive superstitious beliefs that continue to affect people with albinism in Nigeria and other African countries.

    Listen to this audio report to hear Grace explain how the Inclusive Futures training helped her to break through the barriers she faced in her job search, and secure a new role within three weeks.

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    • 11 min

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