An estimated one billion people live with disabilities, but pervasive stigmas and stereotypes often lead to exclusion and isolation, and eventually to society losing out on the immense value these individuals bring to the table. The cycle of disempowerment is self-perpetuating and can only be broken when a value-based narrative of disability replaces the prevailing pity-based one and a mandate of authentic inclusion is embraced across all societal spaces and sectors. Youth, especially those in developing countries including refugees and those experiencing conflict, are at particular risk of marginalization and missing out on reaching their full potential as empowered, independent changemakers in their communities.
ETI works tirelessly to disrupt the narrative around disability by implementing programs holistically targeting three levels of society: individuals, institutions and the general public
Direct service programs that empower youth with disabilities, their families and community - currently in Lebanon.
Customized education and training programming that advances inclusion across sectors- including our 'In The Dark' program featured at The Summit series.
Public engagement and advocacy that promotes a value-based narrative of disability worldwide.
My Personal Hero
My mother, who, the day I lost my vision on my 7th birthday told me "You are going to be all right" - and because of her love, empowerment, and support...I have been! Also, famed disability rights activist, and my personal mentor, Judith Heumann.