What is CBR?
CBR is a strategy within community development for the rehabilitation, equalization of opportunities, and social integration of all people with disabilities. It is implemented through the combined efforts of disabled people themselves, their families, organizations and communities, and the relevant governmental and non-governmental health, education, vocational, social and other services” (WHO, 2004).
What is CAN?
CAN is an independent non governmental organisation set up to facilitate information sharing on different CBR experience and initiatives across Africa. CAN aims to collect and distribute information on CBR in order to enhance development of better CBR practice with the end result of improving the quality and human rights of people with disabilities in Africa and beyond.
Are there other CAN offices elsewhere in Africa?
No, CAN only has a Secretariat in Uganda so far. However, CAN is working to build regional representation into its structure with Regional Ambassadors in North, East, West, South and Central Africa that will serve as information links for CAN in the different regions.
What does it take to become a CAN member?
CAN membership is absolutely free and open to all interested in, and involved in CBR in Africa with a willingness to give and receive CBR information.
What are the benefits of CAN membership?
• Your organisation will be listed in the CBR directory.
• You will also have the opportunity to post some of your current information on the CAN website.
• As a member of CAN you will be able to enter into constructive long term exchange of ideas and views on the best way forward for CBR in Africa with the end result of improving the quality of life and human rights of people with disabilities in Africa and beyond.
• You will be part of a team helping to promote access to appropriate information on disability and development and facilitating the documentation of community initiatives and good practice in CBR.