About our foundation
The Queen’s Young Leaders programme is a dynamic programme that recognises the work of young people across the Commonwealth who are making a difference in the lives of others. As alumni, the Queen’s Young Leaders programme offers a Legacy Grant which is a grant and mentorship to implement an initiative that helps the community across more than two regions. A team of Queen’s Young Leaders: Yaaseen Edoo (QYL, 2015), Kartik Sawhney and Angelique Pouponneau (QYLs, 2016) submitted a proposal that was both ambitious but exceedingly valuable to persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth. The initiative is the creation of an online platform with three key features with the overall goal to increase inclusion and accessibility for persons with disabilities and defeating the perceptions of persons with disabilities.
Services and civil society Organisations for PWDs (People with Disabilities)
This would lead to the creation of a database for each Commonwealth country of the different services available to persons with disabilities such as sign language interpreters or braille readers and civil society organisations such as Association for the Hearing-impaired. The information required will be the name, brief 30 words description, contact details and if possible, website. This will increase ease of access of such services and organisations to the PWDs and also assist other QYLs who organise activities in different countries to ensure that events are inclusive.
PWDs and livelihoods:
With the objective of economic empowerment of persons with disabilities by removing the perception that persons with disabilities are unable to contribute in the workplace or it is an onerous task to do so. This feature will profile employers who are ‘disability friendly/confident’ to showcase the reasonable adjustments they have made and profile their employees as a means to sensitise people about the work that PWDs can do.
Inspire and Network
Many people underestimate just how much persons with disabilities have already been able to achieve as community leaders and role models on the national and international level. This feature will create a wall to share the stories of role models and also a means to network with these outstanding Individuals.