We are a small, Toronto-based international development organization celebrating 10 years of work promoting and meeting the rights and needs of children with disabilities, primarily in Peru. Around the world, there are over 200 million children with disabilities growing up in “developing countries”, where services and supports are rare or non-existent. Over 90% of these children never go to school and never receive the health care and support services they need to live full and dignified lives. They are indeed a very marginalized group of children (their circumstances often complicated by poverty), and despite their numerous abilities, many children rarely leave the house or die unnecessary and early deaths.
Our current work in Peru is aimed at providing assistive technology (such as wheelchairs and walkers) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) services to children in need, while also working with families and local professionals to increase knowledge and skills for including children with disabilities in community and school life. We take a rights-based approach, believing that every child deserves respect, support and to be included, and we believe that communities and governments need to play a more significant role in making this happen.
For those interested in doing the half-marathon, we will also be running a half-marathon training clinic (out of Mississauga) that you are welcome to join. (See www.equipkids.org/run.htm for more information.)