People with disabilities in southwestern Guatemala, especially women, children, and indigenous peoples, face barriers to participating in their community’s educational, recreational, and civic opportunities. Part of the problem is one of information—people with disabilities and their caretakers are not aware of their rights; public services providers are not aware of their responsibilities. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions that promote social and economic inclusion through increased civic engagement. Our grantee partner, the Asociación de Padres y Amigos de Personas con Discapacidad de San Lucas Tolimán, Sololá (ASOPADIS), is raising awareness among local officials of the rights of people with disabilities and training parents, school officials, and healthcare providers on how to better meet their needs.
This grant is part of the IAF’s efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration in Central America.