Making PRSP Inclusive
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7.1.4 Other key elements

Not everything can be included in the PRS. It is therefore important that organisations seeking to “make PRS more inclusive” reach consensus on priorities and formulate realistic proposals about the means and possibilities of including disability in the national PRS. The basis for identifying a vision, the objectives and activities is knowledge about the identity and potential of the organisation itself, which can be gained with the help of an organisational self-assessment. The analysis of the stakeholder system then helps in a second step to understand the identity and the relations of all the stakeholders involved. The next step is the establishment of a joint strategy. This requires the national disability movement to show a minimum level of unity with a common vision, clear objectives and concrete activities in order to establish a joint strategy.

Vision

A vision will usually be unachievable, because it is either too ambitious or too vague to be attained, e.g. “improving the living standard of all people with disabilities”, or “people with disabilities will be fully integrated into society”. Nevertheless, a vision is essential because it gives guidance in the long term, provides the necessary motivation for all activities, and serves as a driving mechanism and unifying force for any group.

Objectives

An objective, on the other hand, is the translation of one part of the vision into reality. This by contrast may be achieved within a specific period, e.g. “convince decision-makers to formulate a law against discrimination” or “improving educational facilities for children with disabilities within the next three years”. A vision consists of several objectives that lead closer to the achievement of the vision. Every organisation, alliance, network or partnership needs clearly defined objectives. All concerned, either the persons within an organisation or the key persons representing an alliance, need to agree on and understand the objectives to be achieved. From the beginning it is important to find realistic objectives and valid indicators (for addational information on indicators, please click here).

Activities

Finally, activities are even more specific, contributing to the achievement of one or several objectives, for example: “invite decision-makers to a day-care centre for children with disabilities” or “contact and visit decision-makers and explain your point of view to them”.

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