Aging of populations and disability are social issues that affect societies and economies on a global basis. The number of people with disabilities is growing due to aging populations and an increase in chronic illnesses related to higher life expectancies (World Health Organiziation 2013). Negative imagery and stereotypes affect the lives of persons with disabilities around the world. Disability is not the impairment itself, but attitudes and environmental barriers that „disable“ people and hinder their full participation in society (Source: Worldbank – Inclusion matters, 2013) Inclusion matters for the individual but also for society as a whole because „social exclusion [...] can lead to lower social standing, often accompanied by lower outcomes in terms of income, human capital endowments, access to employment and services, and voice in both national and local decision making.“ (Source: Worldbank – Inclusion matters, 2013).
Dialogue Social Enterprise has established the programmes Dialogue in the Dark, Dialogue in Silence and Dialogue with Time to address these relevant topics and to serve as a catalyst for change with consistent impact across all cultures.