- August 31, 2021

Youngsters have many dreams, projects, and ambitions. These aspirations should be pushed forward, realized, multiplied and given way to flourish. Youth is not an age, it is a stage of life where nothing is impossible and everything is yet to be built, like a piece of mosaic. That’s how it should be for everyone, including for the approximate 200 million youth with disabilities worldwide.

200 million youth who have the same dreams, projects and ambitions as their peers. But what happens if youth with disabilities are forced to live in institutions instead of developing into adulthood? If someone else imposes the time in which they eat, have to shower, go for a walk, sleep? If they have no contact with the real world and never interact with their peers? If they are sentenced to evolve between the same walls, with people they have not chosen to live with? What can be the irreversible impacts on their lives including on their education, access to employment as well as other key areas?

These are the questions our speakers will build on, illustrate and answer during a 1.5 hour webinar, which is scheduled for today from 3 to 4:30 PM. There will be simultaneous interpretation in English, French, Spanish and sign language as well as closed captioning.

This initiative is supported by UNICEF as part of a series of webinars IDA is hosting for young persons with disabilities. IDA’s Youth Committee strongly encourages as many youths as possible to attend this webinar. Consider it an opportunity to exchange experiences with your peers as well as representatives from mainstream development organisations.

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