Information Centre On Disability (ICD) Tanzania
Information Centre on Disability (ICD) is a Trusteeship with a national focus established in Tanzania in 1998. Its mission is to echo the voices of disabled people in Tanzania, given that their plight is rarely heard or heeded. The bottom line is to ensure that attitudinal, environmental and institutional barriers are significantly dismantled and disabled people occupy their rightful place within the social fabric of society.
Since its founding, ICD has remained a staunch exponent of the school of thought that: information is power. ICD champions the bridging of the existing knowledge gap where the above mentioned barriers keep disabled people in the fringes of development. This endeavour is attempted with a strong conviction in inclusion which regards disabled people as part of the larger society who should not be given services in isolation, but opportunities to fully participate in socio-economic, civil, political and cultural activities within the mainstream settings by using the same equitably distributed resources. ICD engages in research on issues pertaining to disability and advocates for encompassing contextual issues that recognise the rights of disabled people.
ICD is proud to have spear headed a number of initiatives, most recently working with the Law Reform Commission on drafting the Persons with Disabilities Bill which has been adopted into a law (the Persons with Disabilities Act No 9 of 2010), and creating forums where the unaware and latent constituents in 72 districts of Tanzania Mainland are enlightened on the Convention for Disability Rights and other related instruments.
Since 2005, ICD has directed much of its efforts to promoting educational rights for disabled children and youths and indeed all children who are marginalized by education system which ignores their individual needs. This is done by asserting for policy change where inclusion is to be embraced to enable all learners to enrol and learn.
In order to garner empirical experiences of the feasibility of the inclusive education concept, ICD supports a couple of primary schools where the concept is in practice. The inclusive education concept involves the adaptation of the built environment; access to resource materials; changing attitudes within schools, surrounding communities and families; and extending moral, technical and financial support.
For more information visit ICD’s website.
To support our work with ICD, please donate by clicking here or text ‘ICDT15‘ and the amount you want to donate (e.g. £2, £5, £10) to 70070.
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