Nellie Caleb is the National Coordinator for the Vanuatu Disability Promotion and Advocacy Association (VDPA). Aunty Nellie has built her career supporting people with a disability, like herself, to overcome the challenges she has faced as part of everyday life in Vanuatu. Nellie is a passionate advocate for change and is seeing important changes in women and girls and with the support of VDPA are willing to have their voices heard with
Nesther Nemtaken, VDPA Vanuatu
John Sese, VDPA Vanuatu
Anna Varegali, VDPA Luganville Vanuatu
Disability advocacy is available to people with a disability living in Vanuatu. Advocacy provides assistance and support to ensure that the rights of people with disability are upheld as valued members of the community, can actively participate in decision making processes (particularly those where the outcomes impact on their lives), and the needs and views of people with disability are presented to government, service providers and the broader community.
Including people with disabilities in everyday activities and encouraging them to have roles similar to their peers who do not have a disability is disability inclusion. This involves more than simply encouraging people; it requires making sure that adequate policies and practices are in effect in a community or organization. The VDPA works tirelessly to ensure that all persons living with a disability are included in all aspects of society.