Young Voices are groups of talented 16 – 25 year old “youths with disabilities” (YWDs) who work to advocate and promote equal rights for the disabled community and to raise awareness of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (UNCRPD). Young Voices is a global project of Leonard Cheshire Disability and there are Young Voices groups in 19 countries around the world. In the Philippines, Young Voices is one of the core programmes of the LCD Philippines Foundation, and there are currently active groups in Manila and in Iloilo.
We educate our members on their rights as laid out in the UNCRPD, and empower them to campaign and advocate for the UNCRPD to be fully realized in the Philippines. We aim to raise awareness and to change attitudes, behavior and responses to disability, creating an enabling environment where there are equal opportunities for all.
At the same time we support disabled young people to participate fully in sports, social and cultural activities according to their interests, and we have also set up the Inclusive Youth Centre, an organization that brings together disabled and non-disabled youth to campaign together for an end to poverty and social marginalization in the Philippines.
For more information about the program, email [email protected]