Ummy Nderiananga's Story.
At just 26 years old, Ummy Nderiananga has already defied the odds to become one of leaders of the Tanzanian disability movement. As the chair of SHIVYAWATA, the federation of Disabled Person’s Organisations in Tanzania, Ummy is the spokesperson for disabled people across the country. With ADD International’s support, she is helping disabled people access the rights they're entitled to, from inclusive education to employment, and challenging stigmatising attitudes.
Now, Ummy is raising these issues on a global platform, at the first ever Global Disability Summit in London, to ensure that powerholders from across the world commit to ending disability discrimination.
It is vital that disability activists like Ummy are at the heart of the discussions at the Global Disability Summit. Through their lived experiences, disability activists know best what their needs are, and can advise on how to address the barriers they face. If we are truly committed to ‘leaving no one behind’, it is vital that disabled people and their organisations are included in the decisions that affect their lives.