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Resource Library for People with Disabilities

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Inclusive WASH and Disability - AskSource

More than 60 papers, manuals, case studies, guidelines and general resources on disability inclusive development and WASH. This key list has been produced in partnership with WaterAid and builds on the Dewpoint study carried out by Ms Hazel Jones of the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University. The website is updated periodically and managed by Handicap International. 

Literature Items

Ch 2: Why should the water and sanitation sector consider disabled people? Ch 2: Why should the water and sanitation sector consider disabled people? (2139 KB)

Authors: Hazel Jones and Bob Reed, from the publication Water and sanitation for disabled people and other vulnerable groups (WEDC, 2005). The main focus of the book is on facilities for families in rural and peri-urban areas of low- and middle-income countries, but many of the approaches and solutions may also be applied in institutional settings, such as schools and hospitals and in emergency situations. The remaining chapters can be downloaded from the WEDC Knowledge Base. (To download the

Ch 9: Case studies - facilities and equipment for accessible WASH Ch 9: Case studies - facilities and equipment for accessible WASH (11725 KB)

Authors: Hazel Jones and Bob Reed (2005) Water and sanitation for disabled people and other vulnerable groups, WEDC. The main focus of the book is on facilities for families in rural and peri-urban areas of low- and middle-income countries, but many of the approaches and solutions may also be applied in institutional settings, such as schools and hospitals and in emergency situations. The remaining chapters can be downloaded from the WEDC Knowledge Base. (To download the pdfs you will need to r

Designing a pit latrine slab - group activity Designing a pit latrine slab - group activity (718 KB)

Try out this fun activity and post your feedback in the discussion forum (link at top of page). This activity is designed to engage people in discussion of technical issues. Does everyone use a toilet in the same way? What about the disabled, children, elderly and pregnant women? What else are latrines used for? From: Reed, B and Coates, S (2007)

Disability and WASH (UNGA Flyer 2013) Disability and WASH (UNGA Flyer 2013) (125 KB)

Equal Access for All 2: Water and Sanitation for people with motor disabilities Equal Access for All 2: Water and Sanitation for people with motor disabilities (197 KB)

Author: WaterAid Ethiopia, 2006

Global report on WASH and disability Global report on WASH and disability (698 KB)

Author: Jane Wilbur/WaterAid UK, 2011 This report gives an overview of the information relevant to the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in the world’s first report on disability. It also highlights how WaterAid is addressing the recommendations in the report, as well as where we could develop our approaches further.

How the WASH sector can consider people with disabilities in Timor-Leste How the WASH sector can consider people with disabilities in Timor-Leste (113 KB)

Author: WaterAid Timor-Leste, 2011

How to build an Accessible Environment in Developing Countries: Part 1 How to build an Accessible Environment in Developing Countries: Part 1 (2577 KB)

Author: Handicap International, 2008. From Manual 2 Access to water and sanitation facilities. Part 1 addresses toilets and showers.

How to build an Accessible Environment in Developing Countries: Part 2 How to build an Accessible Environment in Developing Countries: Part 2 (2498 KB)

Author: Handicap International, 2008. From Manual 2 Access to water and sanitation facilities. Part 2 looks at open washing areas and water points.

Inclusion Made Easy - A quick program guide to disability in development Inclusion Made Easy - A quick program guide to disability in development (5059 KB)

This is a brief, introductory guide to mainstreaming disability into international development programs. It is a starting point to assist development practitioners to recognise and understand the relevant disability related issues in any given program context. Links to more detailed resources are provided throughout this guide.

Session 3: Disability and WASH (Hazel Jones) Session 3: Disability and WASH (Hazel Jones) (8784 KB)

Session 3: Disability and WASH 2 (Clare Hanley) Session 3: Disability and WASH 2 (Clare Hanley) (3318 KB)

Travelling together: including disabled people in development Travelling together: including disabled people in development (5643 KB)

Disabled children and adults are left behind when projects and programmes start their journeys. And that’s despite the fact 80 per cent of them in developing countries live below the poverty line. With the UN estimating around 650 million disabled children and adults worldwide, why do they continue to be excluded? By using this book, you can start a process of transformation within your work – to bring about positive change for disabled people in the communities you work with.

Water, sanitation and disability in rural west Africa (The Hilton Report) Water, sanitation and disability in rural west Africa (The Hilton Report) (3863 KB)

Author: Ray Norman (Messiah College), 2010

What the Global Report on Disability means for the WASH Sector What the Global Report on Disability means for the WASH Sector (379 KB)

Briefing notes

Inclusive design of school latrines – how much does it cost and who benefits? (1934 KB)

Why should the water and sanitation sector consider disabled people? (3586 KB)

What the Global Report on Disability means for the WASH Sector What the Global Report on Disability means for the WASH Sector (379 KB)



Upcoming Events and News

Two new films from WaterAid on Inclusive WASH

26-Sep-2013 to 26-Sep-2013

Two New films on Inclusive WASH from WaterAid. WaterAid Nepal has produced a new film (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQYfjUM74A0&feature=youtu.be) focussing on the barriers disabled people face in accessing WASH. It touches upon environmental and institutional barriers and stigma in Nepal. WaterAid Uganda has produced a new film (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJShp0TG8SQ&feature=..

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WA at the first United Nations High Level Meeting on Disability and Development

25-Sep-2013 to 25-Sep-2013

Disability and WASH at the UNGA WaterAid has participated in the first United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on Disability and Development. Disability Rights Activist Sagar Prasain attended the event on behalf of WaterAid to highlight the importance of WASH for disabled people. You can download the flyer we created to raise awareness on the issue at this event below...

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New Training Materials from WEDC and WaterAid

17-Apr-2013 to 17-Apr-2013

Overview A set of materials (produced by WEDC and WaterAid) can be used for training a wide range of audiences on making WASH inclusive. The materials consist of 1. Practical and enjoyable activities that stimulate discussions on the issues. 2. Structured presentations with facilitators notes, that explain how to analyse barriers and adapt WASH programmes to make them more inclusive. 3. Practi..

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