The 2010 HAP Standard and the Guide to the 2010 HAP Standard is now available in Braille

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from Humanitarian Accountability Partnership
Published on 03 Dec 2013 View Original

To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, HAP has launched the 2010 HAP Standard in Accountability and Quality Management and the Guide to the 2010 HAP Standard in Braille. The translation, which was headed by the ICCO Cooperation team in Pakistan, and reviewed by Light for the World, is the first HAP document to be made available to people with impaired vision, and will help to increase the accountability of aid programmes to affected populations across the world.

Pepijn Trapman, South & Central Asia Regional Manager of ICCO Cooperation said: “The idea of downwards Accountability in humanitarian response will remain incomplete without making it disability inclusive both in theory and practice. Translating the theory of inclusiveness into practice requires adequate practical means and tools; the Braille version of the 2010 HAP Standard and Guide to the HAP Standard is one such example. Our experience of humanitarian interventions in Pakistan motivated us to take this practical step to fill one of the existing gaps in mainstreaming disability in humanitarian response.”

Marian Casey-Maslen, Executive Director of HAP, said: “The Braille version of the 2010 HAP Standard and Guide to the 2010 HAP Standard is a remarkable achievement and brings persons with impaired vision into the information loop. It is vital that all persons with disabilities have access to technology to live life to the full and with dignity. This ICCO Cooperation translation enables persons with visual impairment to read for themselves, at their own pace, and at their chosen time. I congratulate ICCO Cooperation for taking this initiative and for helping to promote inclusion and accountability to affected populations.”

The Braille version of the HAP Standard can be accessed at http://www.hapinternational.org/what-we-do/hap-standard.aspx, with the Guide to the 2010 HAP Standard available at http://www.hapinternational.org/what-we-do/hap-standard/guide-to-the-sta.... The Braille documents are available as a Web Image Format files (.wif), and might require software to view. Should you have any difficulty accessing these documents, please email communications@hapinternational.org.