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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.

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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.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
    Ep.9: Naome, jobseeker, Uganda

    Ep.9: Naome, jobseeker, Uganda

    In this nine-minute audio report, global reporter Kimberly speaks to Naome, a wheelchair user and jobseeker who is receiving training and support through the Inclusive Futures formal employment programme.

    Naome shares how she’s had to make the heartbreaking decision to turn down job offers, because roles are based in inaccessible buildings which would be ”like living in prison”. She also outlines the impact of COVID-19 on her life.

    Listen to this audio report to hear Naome explain how COVID-19 might have a positive impact on jobseekers with disabilities, and how the mindsets of people without disabilities need to change to achieve inclusion.

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    • 9 min
    Ep.8: Simon Brown, Inclusive Futures employment programme

    Ep.8: Simon Brown, Inclusive Futures employment programme

    In this 10-minute audio report, Inclusive Futures global reporter Kimberly Middleton speaks with Simon Brown. He is the global technical lead for economic empowerment at Inclusive Futures partner Sightsavers and uses his expertise to shape the Inclusive Futures formal employment work.

    With a focus on getting more young people with disabilities into jobs, Simon explains how the programme is working to create lasting change by improving the disability confidence of employers as well as building the skills of jobseekers.

    Listen to this audio report to hear Simon explain the barriers for jobseekers with disabilities and employers, the financial and moral case for workplaces to be disability inclusive, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on jobseekers’ hunt for work.

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    • 9 min
    Ep.7: Kimberly Middleton, Inclusive Futures global reporter

    Ep.7: Kimberly Middleton, Inclusive Futures global reporter

    In this six-minute report, Sarah from the global reporting team speaks to Inclusive Futures global reporter Kimberly Middleton.

    Kimberly’s work will explore the complexities of disability inclusive development, as well as the challenges and the successes of the Inclusive Futures work. She will be joined by citizen reporters, people with disabilities who will explore the barriers to disability inclusion and speak to people about their experiences and uncover perceptions of disability.

    Listen to this audio report to hear Kimberly explain why conversations about Inclusive Futures will be useful for everyone in development and disability inclusion.

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