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July 25, 2014 | Africa: Malawi

ADA Becomes First Signatory to the Lilongwe Declaration on Intellectual Disability

By Annemarie van Wieringen

In late May, the African Disability Alliance recently became the first signatory to the Lilongwe Declaration on Intellectual Disability (LDID) and entered into a formal partnership with Special Olympics through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding The African Disability Alliance (ADA) is a technical agency that works in partnership with the African Union, governments, civil society and disability organizations in Africa. They are strongly focused on promoting inclusive development and the rights of people with disabilities, namely to ensure that people with disabilities are represented in the post 2015 Millennium Development Goal framework. The LDID is a call-to-action documenting the Republic of Malawi’s intent to lead development goal-setting for people with intellectual disabilities, and seeks to address various inequalities, including health, education and employment.

About Annemarie van Wieringen: I am the Director of Global Development and Government Relations at Special Olympics.

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