The way in which we apply the CBR framework (see last section for overview of CBR) in our work is to encourage its inclusion in the ongoing activities of existing development organisations. Our rationale is that if the resources and capacity of these organisations could be tapped to address disability issues within their general work then a large number of persons with disabilities could be reached more efficiently and effectively than using a separate delivery mechanism. CDD’s aim is to develop the service delivery capacity of existing direct service development organisations to expand and change the focus of their programs to be more inclusive of persons with disabilities and recognise their rights and capacities to allow them to be active participants. Our other key focus area is indirect tertiary service organisations who also deliver services to persons with disabilities, such as national and local government, educational institutions, health organisations etc.
In this way we seek to implement CBR at all levels in society using direct and indirect service delivery organisations as a conduit to reaching local communities. CDD currently has partnerships with over 350 development organisations, disabled people’s organisations, institutional bodies and government departments who have been extensively trained by CDD and are committed to implementing the CBR framework in their communities, and since our inception we have trained over 12,000 development workers in how to apply the principles of CBR in their work.
As this highlights, training is the key to the successful implementation of our approach. Our vision is that development programs at a local, regional, national and international level will focus on activities which change the attitudes of people and organisations to disability in order to:
- Create more equitable sharing of resources and facilitate capacity building, empowerment and community mobilisation of persons with disabilities and their families.
- Eliminate the barriers that result in the exclusion of disabled persons and activate communities to promote and protect the human rights of persons with disabilities.
Support persons with disabilities to maximise their physical and mental abilities, to access regular services and opportunities, and to become active contributors to the community