More than a billion people - one in seven of the world’s population - have some form of disability and this group is chronically undrer represented at almost every level.
One Young World is determined to try and address this at Summit and is partnering with Include Me TOO to provide a new 1 in 7 Scholarship for five of the world’s most inspiring and impactful leaders in the disability space.
Include Me TOO is a charity that works with disabled children and young people, and their families, to support their rights, equality and social justice. The organisation was behind the National Charter of Rights for Disabled Children & Young People, which has been backed by consecutive Prime Ministers in the United Kingdom.
Meet the 1 in 7 Scholars attending One Young World’s 2018 Summit in The Hague:
With a Psychology Masters Degree from Delhi University, Devika is the founder of Wheeling Happiness, which promotes disability sports, raises funds for people with disabilities and promotes better access and equality for those facing physical, emotional and social challenges.
Wheeling Happiness has advised central government on inclusive sports policy and has advised a domestic airline and its entire ground staff on good practice for wheelchair-user passengers. It has helped 50 people with disabilities to become sports people. It gives workshops in schools and colleges and has impacted thousands of people across India.
CEO of Giving a Hand, an organisation which develops highly-functional custom prosthesis for hands and fingers manufactured by 3D printing. The prosthetics allow amputees to re-enter the labour market. Beneficiaries are people of low economic income who have had partial hand amputation due to congenital conditions or accidents. Enzo works as a Research Assistant at the Biomechanics & Applied Robotics Laboratory - Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.
Works as Sensitisation and Awareness Officer for SHIVYAWATA (Tanzania Federation of Disabled People’s Organisations), challenging the myth of poor beliefs concerning people with disabilities especially people with albinism, such as himself.
As well as being a lobbyist, advocate and mentor, Joseph provides teacher and parental training to improve inclusion practices in schools and families. “In my life, I have seen a little change happening,” he says. “It gives me hope that people understand that equality doesn’t mean sameness. I think the more challenges we have, the more innovative minds there will be to tackle them better.”
The Australian Youth Co-ordinator for the Royal Commonwealth Society, Jack is committed to improving transition from education to employment for young people with disabilities. He has been a leader for children and young people with disabilities at grassroots, national and international levels.
Jack took part in the first ever Commonwealth Youth Roundtable event during the Commonwealth Youth Forum in London this year. He was invited to attend the Global Disability Summit and develop the drafted Global Disability Children and Young Person’s Charter.
The Youth Council Advisor for the Global Business Coalition on Education, Sarah, who has a Masters Degree from Italy’s University of Pavia, works to close the skills gap for young people with disabilities.
She is also Co Founder and Programs Director of the Gifted Community Centre, a community organisation that works with young people with disabilities. “I draft petitions, press statements, memos to duty bearers demanding provision, respect, and protection of our rights.”