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Handicap International is sharing its expertise with disabled people’s organisations in Morocco. Together, we run projects to promote the inclusion of adults and children with disabilities in society.

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Handicap International is sharing its expertise with disabled people’s organisations in Morocco. Together, we run projects to promote the inclusion of adults and children with disabilities in society.
Handicap International is sharing its expertise with disabled people’s organisations in Morocco. Together, we run projects to promote the inclusion of adults and children with disabilities in society.

Our actions

Mindful that its role is to complement, not take the place of local organisations, Handicap International is committed to sharing its expertise with these groups and building their capacities to represent people with disabilities and promote their cause. By way of example:

  • Training is provided to organisations in the city of Salé to enable children with disabilities to attend school;

  • Local agencies in Tetouan are being supported as they seek to make the city more accessible (access ramps in public buildings etc.);

  • In the Souss-Massa-Drâa region, para-medical staff are given technical training in the specific needs of people with disabilities, and organisations receive guidance on setting up support and career advisory services for people with disabilities, etc.

Finally, Handicap International supports Morocco’s community network to ensure that people with disabilities can participate in the electoral and legislative process.

Areas of work

Change a life

Background

In this country which is moving towards democracy, disabled people’s organisations are mobilising to make their voices heard.

During the Arab Spring in 2011, the constitutional monarchy found itself up against the February 20th Movement. This movement succeeded in bringing about reform of the constitution, which now formally provides for non-discrimination on the basis of disability.

However, policies to improve the social participation of people with disabilities are still applied very inconsistently, mainly due to a lack of funding. Disabled people have very few dedicated services (care assistants, building access etc.) and their participation in civil society remains limited.

However, disabled people’s organisations are gearing up to push through rapid change and ensure that people with disabilities are fully taken into account within the national reform process.

Key figures Morocco - Handicap International
Key figures Morocco - Handicap International
WHERE your support HELPS

Partners

  • Universal accessibility to advance the rights of people with reduced mobility

    • Colombe Blanche organisation for the protection of young people with disabilities in Tetouan.

    Improving the professional inclusion of people with disabilities

    • Enfance Handicapée Association.
    • Souss Massa Draa Initiative Association.
    • The public and private sector stakeholders involved in professional training and inclusion. Enfance Handicapée Association.
    • Souss Massa Draa Initiative Association.
    • The public and private sector stakeholders involved in professional training and inclusion..

    Promoting and implementing the rights of disabled children without families

    • Moroccan League for the Protection of Children
    • Enfance Handicapée Association.
    • Tazzanine Abandoned Children’s Association
    • Collective to Advance the Rights of People with Disabilities in Morocco.

    Inclusive education

    • Regional Education and Training Authority (AREF).
    • Moroccan schools management support project (PAGESM).

    Capacity-building for disabled people’s organisations

    Collective for the advancement of the rights of people with disabilities; Network of organisations working in the field of disability in Northern Morocco; Regional union of disabled people’s organisations in the region of Guelmim-Smara; Network to promote the rights of people with disabilities in the South East of Morocco; Ministry for Social Development, the Family and Solidarity; Association of people with disabilities in Ouarzazate assisted for at least the first three years of the project, from 2010 to 2012; Southern Morocco Paralysis Organisation in Safi; Disabled children’s organisation in Agadir, supported since 2010.

    Developing a local social action scheme

    • Bouregreg Association Disabled People’s Club (CHAB).
    • RBC programme support association in Khemisset.
    • Association of teachers involved in school mainstreaming in Khemisset (A.P.I.S.K).
    • Entraide nationale (public-sector body).

    Improving access to employment for young people with disabilities

    • Moroccan Disabled People’s Association (AMH).
    • National Association for the Integration of People with Learning Difficulties (Anaïs).
    • Moroccan Association of Hearing Impaired Children (AMES).
    • Collective to promote the rights and citizenship of people with disabilities in the Casablanca-Settat Region.

    Improving the quality and sustainability of medical-social services in Morocco

    • Five pilot medical-social services facilities.

    Go to the vote: Encouraging people with disabilities to vote and get involved in the legislative process

    • Collective for the advancement of the rights of people with disabilities
    • National Democracy Institute (IND)

    Increasing the socio-economic and political inclusion of people with disabilities
    Regional project run in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia

    • Collective for the promotion of the rights of people with disabilities

    Inclusive education and inclusive local development
    Regional project run in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia

    • Club des Handicapés de l’Association Bouregreg (CHAB – à Salé)
    • Association de l’Enfance Handicapée (AEH – à Agadir)