International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Research Meeting Inclusive Goals

This Sunday is the 25th International Day of Persons with Disabilities, celebrated by the United Nations to promote the rights and well-being of people with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of people with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life. The theme for 2017 is transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all which builds on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.  The UN identified five “disability-inclusive” goals, with language aimed at addressing disparities for people with disabilities in the global community. The research and development activities of the NIDILRR grantee community tie into many of these goals. Below are just a few of the projects currently or recently working in these areas as well as information and research publications available online or from the NARIC collection.

Goal 4: Quality Education includes equal access to all levels of education and vocational training; transition including university access, technical, and vocational education; inclusive learning environments and technology; and capacity building of scholars in minority groups such as scholars with disabilities. Several current and recently completed projects focus on education, the important period of transition to college or work, vocational training, and building capacity for scholars with disabilities. These include:

More current and completed NIDILRR-funded research on

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, including promoting inclusive economic growth, and full and productive employment allowing persons with disabilities to fully access the job market. Improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities is a significant focus of NIDILRR-funded research. Current research projects include:

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Goal 10: Reduced Inequality, including emphasizing the social, economic and political inclusion of persons with disabilities. NIDILRR-funded research includes significant focus on participation in the community, from removing physical barriers to spaces to fostering inclusion in work, school, play, and worship. Current research projects focused on reducing disparities include:

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Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, including creating accessible cities and water resources; affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems; inclusive disaster preparedness and relief; and providing universal access to safe, inclusive, accessible, and green public spaces. NIDILRR-funded research toward this goal includes:

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Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development, including underlining the importance of data collection and monitoring of the sustainable development goals, emphasis on disability disaggregated data. NIDILRR-funded research in this area includes

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Over the next few days, we’ll look at the other 12 goals to see where NIDILRR-funded research fits and share more resources from the NIDILRR community and the NARIC collection! Watch this space or get in touch with an information specialist to learn more!

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