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Zambia Association of Parents for Children with Disabilities is a membership organisation made up of parents of children and young people with disabilities to advocate on their behalf.
ZAPCD seek to promote and protect the social inclusion, human rights and fundamental freedoms of children and young people with disabilities.
ZAPCD are a key member of Zambia Federation of Disability Organisations (ZAFOD), a partner of Standard Chartered Bank, which is legally constituted national umbrella organisation for disability organisations in Zambia. ZAFOD has a long history of work in the legal reform and human rights sectors. With a membership of 12 organisations, ZAPCD realise a shared goal of advocating for the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities.
Together with ZAFOD, ZAPCD shares a vision of a society where persons with disabilities enjoy equal rights and opportunities that are generally available in society and are necessary for the fundamental rights including education, employment, health, housing, financial and personal security. ZAPCD has delivered projects focused on supporting the employment of young people with disabilities in partnership with Sani Foundation, a programme that primarily supported youth with intellectual impairments.
Able Child Africa created a partnership with ZAPCD in 2020 following a detailed needs assessment that identified Zambia as an area of focus. Together, plans are underway to carry out an in-depth national review of the availability and accessibility of Early Childhood Education (ECE) services for children with disabilities in Zambia.