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Global Disability Summit

The Global Disability Summit was held on July 23 in London and co-hosted by the Department for International Development (DFID), the International Disability Alliance and the Government of Kenya.

The Global Disability Summit (GDS18) will raise global attention on a long-neglected area, mobilize new global and national commitments on disability inclusion and showcase good practice, innovation and evidence from across the world.

The event brought together more than 700 delegates from governments, donors, private sector organizations, charities and organizations of persons with disabilities. Andrew Lamb, Field Ready Innovation Lead, attended the summit and connected with many allies and partners supporting this initiative. He had the chance to speak with UNHCR Innovation and the International Confederation of Amputee Association and learn how some of our work overlaps.

Lastly, Field Ready signed the Charter for Change and pledged to support people with disabilities by working to create jobs and economic opportunities in humanitarian relief. This is something we are actively incorporating into our programs, such as our current work in Jordan, where we are creating livelihood opportunities for people with disabilities. The humanitarian sector has a long way to go until it is fully inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities, but this summit is a step in the right direction to encourage other organizations to have a more inclusive approach.

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