CDD exists to ensure that persons with disabilities are included in mainstream development activities in Bangladesh. We believe that this can only be achieved by taking a twin-track approach i.e., educating the community in how to be more inclusive and removing the barriers to inclusion whilst simultaneously empowering persons with disabilities to participate in society by providing them with essential supports. The barriers to inclusion need to be removed on both sides if persons with disabilities are to be given the same rights and freedoms as everyone else.
A community that is more understanding and inclusive is aware of disability issues and rights, and has the knowledge and skills to make services and programs more inclusive. This knowledge needs to be built at all levels “with local communities, individuals, organisations and within government” and a commitment made to address the inherent inequities in our systems and processes in order to have maximum impact on the lives of people living with disability.
The second part of the equation concerns building the capacity of persons with disabilities to give them the confidence, skills, equipment and services to be able to participate fully in their communities.
These two strategies are interdependent as neither can succeed in creating a more inclusive society on their own and guide all aspects of CDD’s work to ensure it contributes to the creation of a “society for all”.