Disability Inclusion Project
SAYWHAT in partnership with Oxfam has been implementing the Disability Inclusion Project in 3 Provinces in Zimbabwe namely Midlands, Matabeleland South and Bulawayo. SAYWHAT is targeting students with disabilities in the tertiary institutions – United College of Education, Joshua Mqabuko Polytechnic College as well as Midlands State University. The Disability Inclusion Project (DIP) has an overall goal of provision of inclusive education that promotes, protects and fulfils the rights of persons with disabilities to access services. The project has ensured attainment of this goal by availing empowerment opportunities for students with disabilities in tertiary institutions so they can exercise their rights in HIV prevention, treatment, care and support as well as promotion of disability sensitive HIV responses.
The project has the following objectives:
- To generate and share compatible HIV information packages for students with disabilities
- To develop a body of evidence on the unmet HIV needs of students with disabilities
- To establish a functional coordinating platform that drives disability advocacy issues in institutions of higher learning
The project adopted a trifocal approach in the focus areas of strengthened coordination for disability rights advocates, support of tailor made researches on the implementation of disability related policies and the generation of compatible information packages targeting students with disabilities. The project is informed by the social inclusion model that seeks to challenge society to design and implement programs and infrastructure which allow accessibility including HIV services for people with disabilities. The model is a response to the lack of accessibility to opportunities, services, and the restrictions of choice and self determination in their lives of students living with disability. The project also acknowledges that access to education may leverage promotion, protection and fulfilment of rights.