Philosophy, Mission and Objectives

Philosophy

FDPF adopts the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Disability is defined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as “those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.”

It is our belief that, all human beings, regardless of their differences have equal and inalienable rights to health, education, employment, housing, transport, accessibility and all other opportunities available to the general population. In order to safeguard these rights, FDPF promotes the principle that persons with disabilities must have a strong voice, representation and a major role in the decision-making processes at all levels on issues impacting their lives. FDPF upholds the concept of full inclusion for all persons with disabilities within the services and programs of the general infrastructure of society.

Mission Statement

To support and promote equalizing opportunities for persons with disabilities through advocacy programs and through promotion of an inclusive, barrier free society.

Objectives

  1. To promote the wellbeing of persons with disabilities which will enhance their rehabilitation and comfort in society.
  2. To raise awareness about persons with disabilities regarding their contribution to the development of society and to foster respect for their rights, dignity and needs.
  3. To advocate for the rights, concerns and aspirations of persons with disabilities by working with government agencies and other authorities who can influence legislation.
  4. To build partnerships and cooperate with appropriate local, regional and international organizations for the continuance of the FDPF’s mission.
  5. To encourage and empower the development of affiliates and branches across Fiji.
  6. To publish and spread the philosophy of FDPF through radio, television, print and other forms of electronic media.

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