We are continuing to strategize future growth and expand institutional capacity to better serve persons with disabilities. Our goal is to create impactful programs that multiply benefits with your generous initial donations. We see our growth in transforming the landscape of inclusion by investing in the lives of people with disabilities.
Across the globe, people with disabilities have poorer health outcomes, lower education, less economic participation and higher rates of poverty. In most developed countries the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is at least twice that for those without any disability.
These difficulties are exacerbated in less advantaged communities, says the World Report on Disability . The same report further states that if people with disabilities and their households are to overcome exclusion, they must have access to work or livelihoods, to break the links between disability and poverty. There are over a billion people with disabilities around the world with similar outcomes and challenges. In developing countries, 80% to 90% of people with disabilities of working age are unemployed, whereas in industrialized countries the figure is between 50% and 70%. In most developed countries the official unemployment rate for people with disabilities of working age is at least twice that for those who have no disability.
Considering the employment and poverty gaps among people with disabilities, EquallyAble had launched the GiveHope1000 initiative, aimed at creating 1000 small business tailored to the skills and tools available to those with disabilities, and was successful in creating financial and social inclusion in a number of families and communities.
Encouraged by the success of GiveHope1000 initiative, EquallyAble is expanding the GiveHope1000 initiative to create another 1000 small businesses, and improve this initiative further with the lesson learned and best practices to generate other avenues and pathways to eradicate poverty among people with disabilities globally and extend the impact to people with disabilities and their families.