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From Pity to Human Rights to Value Based: The Case for Authentic Inclusion of People with Disabilities

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
11:00 am12:30 pm

Estimates show that there are 1 billion people in the world with a disability, that is 1/7 of the world's population. And yet, this ratio doesn't come close to being represented in any of our spaces. Sara will make the case for the authentic inclusion of the one billion people with disabilities in the world by weaving together her own lived experiences as a blind, Lebanese-American, Muslim woman, and the work of her organization, Empowerment Through Integration (ETI). Sara approaches the inclusion of people with disabilities from a value-based lens, and her mantra that “the inclusion of all is a value for all.” Sara is on a journey to engage every stakeholder in society, and invites every one of us to engage in breaking the cycle of disempowerment, moving from a charity perspective, to human rights, and finally the value-based approach to inclusion.

This presentation is hosted by empowerment and identify speaker, Sara Minkara. Sara a blind Lebanese/American woman who lost her sight at a young age being just seven years old. Sara is the founder and president of Empowerment Through Integration (ETI), which aims to empower and include young people with visual impairment in the Middle East-North Africa region. As a blind woman herself, speaker Sara Minkara knows the struggle of being disabled in our society. She is an advocate in the areas of disability inclusion and social entrepreneurship. Since founding ETI, Sara has continued her work in the social sector while also growing ETI from a summer camp to an organization that today reaches over 3,000 individuals across Lebanon and the United States.