Listen Include Respect at GDS22

Join our Listen Include Respect team for our side event to the Global Disability Summit (GDS22) where they will be guiding governments and development organisations to inclusion. 

Thursday 17 February 12 pm EST / 5 pm UTC

Attend virtually via Zoom


We will talk about the barriers that organisations of people with intellectual disabilities faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will share the work we have done to find out if people with intellectual disabilities and their families were included in development work that governments do abroad.

We will talk about the work we have done on Listen Include Respect and how governments can use the guidelines to better include people.


  • Sue Wenson, President of Inclusion International
  • Chaica Al Qassami, self-advocate
  • Connie Laurin Bowie, Director of Inclusion International
  • Mark Mapemba, Vice President of Inclusion International
  • Dominique Kantor, self-advocate
  • Bridget Sneddon, President of Down Syndrome International



The International Disability Alliance (IDA), the Government of Norway, and the Government of Ghana will host the second Global Disability Summit on 16 and 17 February 2022. The Summit will be mainly virtual.


The Summit will mobilize efforts for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the principle of ‘Leave No One Behind’ (LNOB) and building back better and more inclusive with regards to Covid-19.

There will also be a Civil Society Forum, organized by The International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the Atlas Alliance.

Side events on Inclusive Education

16 February

Inclusive Education: Making It Happen

5.00 PM - 6.15 PM CET

Organised by: GLAD Inclusive Education Working Group (IEWG)

This event will launch the new infographic prepared by the GLAD IEWG which provides guidance on how to move from principles to action in making the inclusion of learners with disabilities in fully inclusive systems a reality. A panel of representatives of donor agencies, multilateral organizations, governments, and organizations of persons with disabilities and their families will discuss the implications of the infographic for their contexts.

You can download the flyer here. You can register here. Contact: Federica Settimi, [email protected]

17 February

Behavioral Barriers to Education Faced by Syrian and Jordanian Parents of Children with Disabilities (CWDs) in Refugee Camp and Host Community Settings in Jordan

10.00 AM CET

Organised by: No Lost Generation

A technical panel organised in the framework of the Global Disability Forum will present the findings of the behavioural barrier analysis research conducted as part of the No Lost Generation’s regional efforts to ensure quality education for children (refugees and from host communities) impacted by the ongoing war in Syria. The event panellists will unlock the behavioural barriers children, parents and caregivers face to address the needed programmatic, policy, and raising awareness gaps, for every child to have access to education and improve the school attendance of CWDs post-COVID-19 pandemic.

You can download the invitation for the event here. You can register here. Contact: Evita M. Jourdi, [email protected]

Advancing Inclusive Education in Post Covid-19 context

12.00 PM CET

Organised by: Action on Disability Rights And Development (ADRAD-Nepal)

The Covid-19 has massively impacted the education of learners with disabilities in the world, particularly in the global south. There are several transformative endeavours done by the OPDs and stakeholders that help advance educational opportunities for learners with disabilities in the post-Covid context. This side event is to discuss such exemplary initiatives. ADRAD-Nepal has carried out a Participatory Action Research that has identified several innovative ideas to promote access to inclusive education, the organizers intend to transfer to the stakeholders in Global South thus the side event is planned.

Contact: Dr. Birendra Raj Pokharel, [email protected]

Every Learner Matters- Sharing Experiences from the World Bank's programs on Disability-Inclusive Education

12.30 PM CET

Organised by: The World Bank

This side session will bring together learnings and experiences from the World Bank programs: “Disability Inclusive Education in Sub-Saharan Africa” and the “Inclusive Education Initiative”. Stakeholders will critically discuss the purpose, process, and implementation modalities of activities financed under these trust funds.

You can download the concept note here. You can register here. Contact: Anna Martin, [email protected]

Priscille Geiser will be moderating this side event.

Exploring Recent Education Data for Children with Disabilities and Next Steps for Strengthening Data for Education Policy and Planning

1.00 PM CET

Organised by: UNICEF 

Contact: Asma Maladwala, [email protected]

Building an Education for All: Learnings from Disability-Inclusive Experiences

1.00 PM CET

Organised by: Global Campaign for Education (GCE), Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE) and Regional Network for Inclusive Education (RREI Latin America)

The event's main objective is to present some of these experiences to generate a constructive dialogue that allows to recover and put in value certain elements capable of illuminating and guiding the processes of change needed at the national level and also to think of ways to address the challenges that are being faced. In addition to this, the dissemination of these experiences serves to break down barriers and misconceptions that usually work as obstacles for advancing inclusive education, mainly, the myth that inclusive education is a utopia or that it is only achievable in high-income countries.

You can register here. Contact: Vernor Munoz, [email protected]

For GDS18 we asked our Ambassadors with Down Syndrome for their views on jobs and employment. This is the statement based on their views and presented by Emeric Jeanjean at the Summit.

What is the Global Disability Summit?

The Global Disability Summit offers a concrete mechanism for collecting new, ambitious, and widespread commitments which are critical to achieving real change for persons with disabilities.

The first Global Disability Summit (GDS18), held in 2018, was a historic event for disability inclusion, co-hosted by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Government of Kenya, and the International Disability Alliance (IDA). The GDS18 inspired unprecedented engagement and generated commitments to action that will help deliver Agenda 2030’s vision to ‘Leave No One Behind’ (LNOB) as well as existing obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

The Global Disability Summit Secretariat was established to monitor the implementation of the commitments made at the first Global Disability Summit in 2018 (GDS18). Housed within the International Disability Alliance (IDA), the GDS Secretariat works to provide substantive inputs and coordination of the organisation of the Global Disability Summits.

The Secretariat has established an accountability mechanism to follow the implementation of commitments, supporting stakeholders to achieve the promises they made. They are working with Governments in planning their future Summits and coordinating the participation of Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) in the preparation of the Summits and mechanisms that feed into them.

In this video, stakeholders talk about the impact of GDS18 three years later.


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