CREATE is a disability-inclusive organisation based in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, underpinned by community based rehabilitation (CBR) and disability rights
Who is CREATE?
CREATE is a non-profit organisation (NPO) based in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. The focus is on advocacy for disability rights and community based rehabilitation (CBR) in its broadest sense. The work is with disabled people’s organisations (DPOs), groups of parents with children with disabilities, groups of youth with disabilities, and includes engagement with communities, municipalities and government departments as well as other NPOs and businesses.
CREATE has expertise in training and advocacy work to facilitate the participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in society. The staff are skilled at developing participatory training courses supported with interactive materials for participants at a variety of literacy levels in both English and isiZulu. The advocacy and lobbying activities take place at local, provincial, national and even international levels. In 2010 CREATE spearheaded the writing of the first shadow report on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) from South Africa. A section of this report was read to the United Nations Conference of State parties in New York in September 2010 by the UN Special Rapporteur on Disability, Mr Shuaib Chalklen.
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Community Based Rehabilitation
Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) has been promoted internationally for more than 30 years as a strategy for improvement in the quality of life and services for people with disabilities: “Community Based Rehabilitation is a strategy within community development for the rehabilitation, equalisation of opportunities and social inclusion of all adults and children with disabilities. CBR is implemented through the combined efforts of disabled people themselves, their families and communities and the appropriate health, education, vocational and social services.” ILO, UNESCO, WHO Joint Position Paper 2004.
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