Established in 1991, the Lesotho National Federation of Organisations of the Disabled (LNFOD) is an umbrella body of organisations dealing with disability in Lesotho.
Its mission is to protect the rights of people with disabilities Lesotho by providing support for disabled people’s organizations and empowering their members with life-skills, financial and material resources and representing their needs to the government, development partners and wider society.
Its membership consists of the Lesotho National Association of Physically Disabled (LNAPD), Intellectual Disability Association of Lesotho (IDAL), Lesotho National League of the Visually Impaired Persons (LNLVIP) and National Association of the Deaf in Lesotho (NADL).
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LNFOD holds a guest Lecturer for students of the Lesotho College of education
The realization of inclusive education for learners with disabilities in Lesotho is still facing many challenges, amongst them the lack of and National Inclusive Education Policy that would ensure uniformity of approached towards inclusive education. One of the many challenges is the lack of sensitization on the rights of persons with disabilities and the continuing discrimination faced by persons with disabilities. The lack of assistive services, devices and technology needed for learning by learners with disabilities is also another major challenge.
In order to sensitize teachers in training on disability rights LNFOD held a guest Lecture Series at the Lesotho College of education coordinated by the Department of Special Education on the 12th September 2014. The Lecture was attended by over 500 students of the college together with lecturers from various departments within the college and the Dean of Social Sciences.
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The government of Lesotho appoints disability focal persons and the Ministry of Social Development holds a capacity building workshop on disability mainstreaming.
LNFOD has advocated for the appointment of disability focal points within Government Ministries as a strategy for the roll out of disability mainstreaming advocacy. This model is being practiced in public administration in several countries and is a strategy to implement the UNCRPD.
Disability Focal Points are appointed government or public officers in Ministries, departments, agencies or parastatals.
They are assigned disability mainstreaming and advocacy roles as part of their performance contracts. For effectiveness, focal points are persons with decision making powers and the current focal persons are directors, head of departments and Deputy Principal Secretaries to ensure decisions are easily implemented. Ministry of Social Development in collaboration with LNFOD held a capacity building workshop on the 11th August 2014 forthe ten appointed disability focal persons.
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