CADUS (Consortium of African Diaspora in the US
'For The Social and Economic Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities')
Many Africans still struggle to get the basic rights and facilities The CONSORTIUM OF AFRICAN DIASPORAS IN THE UNITED STATES FOR THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC INCLUSION OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (CADUS) is a non-profit organization that addresses the common developmental goals in Africa and it the host country.
The Consortium of African Diasporas in the United States (CADUS) subscribes to the African Union’s definition of African Diaspora as [consisting] “of people of African origin living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union.”
CADUS adheres to the African Union’s Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of persons with disabilities in Africa, states that: “Every person with a disability shall be entitled to the enjoyment of the rights and freedoms recognized and guaranteed in this Protocol without distinction of any kind on any ground including, race, ethnic group, color, sex, language, religion, political or any other opinion, national and social origin, fortune, birth or any status.”
The Consortium of African Diasporas in the United States (CADUS) adheres to the objective and mission of the State Department and USAID, to harness the global connections of diaspora communities to promote sustainable development in their countries of heritage, by supporting partnerships around entrepreneurship, volunteerism, philanthropy, and innovation, the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IDEA) and provides a platform for capacity building and a forum for collaboration across sector to expand efforts and to improve lives in countries of origin
CADUS observes the Americans with Disabilities Acts (ADA) which covers both government and private businesses. The ADA protect: (i) Anyone with a disability, whether obvious to others or not; (ii) An individual who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; (iii) An individual who has a record of such an impairment; (iv) An individual who is regarded as having such an impairment; and (v) Any individual associated with persons with disabilities.” (
CADUS endorses the whole UN Convention on the Rights on Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), especially Article 1: “To promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity. Persons with disabilities include 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.”
The mission of CADUS is to encourage cooperation and sustainable engagement between African Diasporas in the fields of research, education, disability, women, children, philanthropy, and development.
With the help of organizations such as DIDEPAS, CADUS is working hard to increase human capacity development in Africa, as well as working to increase economic development and community engagement. They also encourage local philanthropists to cooperate for the social welfare of the African people.
Along with DIDEPAS, CADUS also hosts awareness programs and events to discuss the implementation and protection of disability rights across Africa and the Africa Diasporas in the U.S.
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