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Community based inclusive development

Joerg Weber provides overview of community based inclusive development and Maria Zuurmond gives an example from a parent training programme in Ghana.

In this Step, Dr. Joerg Weber from LSHTM and CBM provides an overview of community based inclusive development. Maria Zuurmond (LSHTM) then provides an example of a CBID programme from her research in Ghana.

Community based inclusive development (CBID) is a person centred approach where community members and community based organisations take collective action for achieving disability inclusive development within their communities.

Dr. Weber details some of the following key principles of CBID: ensuring the full participation and empowerment of people with disabilities; working cross disability and cross sectoral (health, education, livelihood and social security etc.) with multiple actors; and working within existing community programmes building on the resources available. He emphasises the importance of twin track so CBID ensures that services in the community (both mainstream and disability specific) are accessible for people with disabilities.

Maria then provides an CBID example of a training programme with parents of children with disabilities from her research in Ghana, Getting to know Cerebral Palsy. She highlights that community engagement is key to change and a key focus of the training is around empowerment.

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