Peruvians with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities face barriers to living independently. Sociedad y Discapacidad (SODIS) helps citizens exercise their legal rights and access civil services that improve their quality of life. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to strengthen governance in Peru. SODIS’ activities encourage civic participation to allow marginalized groups to defend their rights and propel their own development and advocate for government accountability and transparency.
|Project:||Location:||Years active:||IAF grant funding:||Counterpart commitment:||Direct beneficiaries:||Indirect beneficiaries:||Program areas:|
|Constructing support networks for the exercise of legal rights of persons with disabilities||Peru||2016 – 2018||$201,500||$148,900||150 individuals||8,000 individuals||civic engagement
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