Agencies working within the WASH and disability sectors in Timor-Leste organised a visit from Huy Nguyen, an engineer and wheelchair user from Australia, in order to assist with understanding how the needs of people with disabilities could be incorporated into WASH projects, especially in rural areas. A limited awareness of the rights of people with disabilities and persistent poverty are identified as key barriers to inclusive WASH in Timor-Leste. However, the authors demonstrate that an approach that embraces inclusive standards for WASH policies, capacity-building through training workshops, committed advocacy and awareness campaigns as well as the promotion of accessibility, can positively transform community attitudes. This paper presents a great example of how WASH organisations can work with disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) as partners throughout their programming, both within communities and also with project staff and government to build the sector’s capacity to respond to and understand the WASH needs of people with disabilities (PWD). Likewise, the project is an example of how the sector can build the capacity of DPOs to consider WASH in their daily interactions with PWD and advocacy work. [authors abstract]
This case study is one of sixteen from the Towards Inclusive WASH series, supported by AusAID’s Innovations Fund.
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