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Mobile Training that is Custom Designed to Each Community

Design a program that gives a person with disability the opportunity to train in a skill needed in the community that they belong to.

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What problem does your idea solve?

Some communities around the world located in remote areas do not have access to schools and programs that specialize in educating and training people with disabilities. Being able to bring training to an individual or individuals with disability that will help them learn a trade needed in their specific community will empower them and give others the opportunity to learn that a person with disability is able to contribute to society just as much as a person without a disability.

Explain your idea

The idea is to create a training program that is able to travel to remote areas to provide services for people with disabilities. The training program could be carried out by a nonprofit organization or government program. The trainers would have to have experience working with people with disabilities, as well as be able to study a community to determine what skills a person with disability would need to function as part of their community.

Who benefits?

The person that has a disability would benefit from this idea because he/she would learn a skill that he/she can use to earn income as well as feel included in society. The caretakers of a person with a disability would benefit from this idea because the person with a disability will not completely depend on them to sustain themselves, and it is extra income for their household. The community would benefit from having extra people available for labor.

How is your idea unique?

This initiative is different because it takes the training to where it is needed. A lot of families in remote areas cannot afford to take their family member with disabilities to a place where they can learn a trade. Sometimes they do not have the time available to train their family member with a disability because they all have to work to sustain their family. Sometimes they are not aware of the potential that a person with disabilities has because they have never seen it in their communities, and if they have, they have seen that a person with a disability is stigmatized.

Tell us more about you

I am a graduate student from Boston with big dreams. I do not have the funds to carry out my idea but would love to see any organization use it to benefit people around the world who live in a community that has excluded them from contribution and self-sustainability just because they have a disability.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

Will it be possible to find a group of people that will be able to do two jobs at once. what background will they have? economics, psychology, sociology, education, special education?

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Burma
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Pakistan
  • Rwanda
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • No, not yet.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've not yet worked in a sector related to my idea but am excited to learn more.

Organizational Status

  • We are not formally registered but are a formal initiative through a school / university.

Idea Maturity

  • Research & Early Testing: I am exploring my idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it.

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I like your emphasis on developing skills that are relevant to the trainees location. It would be interesting to explore how you could partner with organizations already working within the communities where your trainees lives so that their knowledge of local needs could be utilized. So you could think about what resources, knowledge or tools you might provide through a partnership with local training organizations that would allow them to expand their reach to include individuals with disabilities. Good luck on your idea!