Raising Awareness among Key Stakeholders

5. Organize seminars for professional stakeholders


Persons with disabilities are not the only key stakeholders who can contribute to effective implementation of the Persons with Disabilities Rights and Protection Act, 2013 (DPRA). Lawyers, judges, teachers, journalists, researchers, businesspersons, human rights activists and many other members of civil society have important roles to play. But many members of civil society are unaware of the DRPA. Seminars, interactive dialogues, and roundtable discussions, especially when they are chaired by leaders in a field, are excellent ways to introduce professional groups to the DRPA and to explain their role in contributing to its implementation.

The experience of USAID’s EPD program has been that professionals who attend events organized by DPOs are impressed by DPO leaders’ knowledge of the law. Many professionals who are not familiar with DPOs may wrongly assume that persons with disabilities are not well-organized or that they rely on the charity of others. But when DPOs act as resource persons on the DRPA for professionals, their perspective about DPOs’ capacity can change drastically. In this way, DPOs can strengthen their relationships with these groups and lay a foundation for future collaboration.

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