Welcome to the first episode of the Inclusive Research with PIRL podcast. In this episode, we set out to understand what is meant by Disability Inclusive Development. On our panel, we have Dr. Louis Mbibeh, Ph.D., an Independent international researcher and consultant and Mr. Sama Chic, an advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities and the president of the Coordinating Unit of Association of Persons with Disability(CUAPWD) in the North West Region of Cameroon.
We discussed what is meant by Disability Inclusive Development, explored how it is or can be in research and why it matters. We also looked at the concept of ‘them’ and ‘us’ and how they are used when it comes to discussions on disability and inclusion.
For the full transcript please check out our podcast website: https://inclusiveresearchwithpirl.buzzsprout.com/
Where to find us
Dr. Louis Mbibeh is currently a lecturer at the University of Bamenda and one of the PIRL project coordinators. He is an international researcher and consultant with over 10 years implementing research, evaluations, and development projects for national and international organizations. His research works and project evaluations focus on inclusive education, Disability Inclusive Development, language development, health service delivery and others. He is an editor and reviewer in several academic journals.
Mr. Chick Sama Fru is President of the Coordinating Unit of Associations of Persons with Disability (CUAPWD) in the North West Region of Cameroon. He is an advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities and focuses his energy on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in community-based activities, in schools, and in working environments. He has led advocacy missions to both governmental and non-governmental organizations recording key successes. He is a specialist in Braille and has been instrumental in transcribing examinations and texts from print to Braille. He teaches learners with visual impairments and teachers working in inclusive schools on how to use Braille. He has done many presentations in both national and international conferences on inclusion, especially of persons with visual impairment and of persons with disability in general.