Saying Goodbye – Changes at IAPB

Communications Coordinator
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB will be saying goodbye to two of our colleagues this month. Johannes Trimmel, IAPB’s Director, Policy and Advocacy has accepted a new position as the Director of a new programme on Disability Inclusive Development at Sightsavers. John Trevelyan, IAPB’s Fundraising and Partnerships Development Manager will be retiring after seven years at IAPB. Johannes will be…

ATscale: A Global Partnership for Assistive Technology launched

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is an alliance of civil society organisations, corporates and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.
Organisation: IAPB

Today, over one billion people need assistive technology (AT), yet more than 900 million people do not have access to the wheelchairs, eyeglasses, hearing aids, prosthetics, and other life-enhancing AT they need. Access to AT is critical for improved health outcomes, inclusive education, economic empowerment, and civic participation. Progress in accelerating access to AT has…

Reflections on the launch of DFID’s new ‘Disability Framework’

President
Organisation: Royal National Institute of Blind

On 3rd December – International Day of Persons with Disabilities – I was fortunate to chair an event in Parliament at which the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development, Baroness Northover, launched the UK Department for International Development (DFID)’s first ever ‘Disability Framework’. This is a crucial step forwards in ensuring that persons…

New UK Govt report focuses attention on disability

President
Organisation: International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)

The UK House of Commons’ International Development Committee has recently released a report on its inquiry into disability and development. The report includes a number of recommendations to strengthen the UK government’s response to disability in its development and humanitarian work.  One element of any successful medium term strategy for mobilising more global resources for…