Persons with disabilities comprise an estimated 15% of the world's population, or one billion people, 80% of whom live in developing countries and are over-represented among people living in absolute poverty. Persons with disabilities often face discrimination and exclusion on a daily basis.
The situation is even worse if they live in rural areas, are women, young people, belong to ethnic minorities and/or other discriminated groups.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes persons with disabilities and has therefore opened the door for their participation and recognition as active contributing members of society: that they should not face any discrimination or be left out or behind. Persons with disabilities should be recognised as equal partners and should be consulted by governments, the UN, civil society and other stakeholders. Of the 169 targets of the 17 Goals, seven have an explicit reference to persons with disabilities.
Furthermore, all of the Goals and targets are applicable to persons with disabilities by the simple virtue of universality, which applies to all people, and the overarching principle of "leaving no one behind". Persons with disabilities strongly believe that only by using the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as a guiding framework in the implementation of the SDGs will ensure that exclusion and inequality are not created and perpetuated. This includes institutional, attitudinal, physical and legal barriers, and barriers to information and communication, among others.
COCEMFE Seville, in its commitment to achieve the inclusion of people with physical and organic disabilities, is aligned with this strategy and is committed to strategic actions where training for employment and adult education plays a significant role.
Training for autonomous and independent living involves an educational orientation that, starting in the family, is extended over the years in the different learning scenarios through which the person passes (schools, associations, job training centres, other educational centres, third sector organisations). This educational guidance must have an impact on the development of autonomy and independent living, on social inclusion and on the self-determination of these people.
Since 2018, Cocemfe Seville has been working to improve the quality of training for adults with disabilities. We are currently implementing several projects in this regard, focusing on quality training to improve active participation, independent living, accessibility and access to employment for people with disabilities with fewer opportunities: unemployed adult women, people with disabilities in rural areas, young people with disabilities at the time of access to the labour market, among others.
Here is a brief overview of these projects: