Status: Recently completed
The primary focus of this review was to identify studies that describe the effectiveness of interventions to tackle disability-related stigma and discrimination. The secondary set of objectives focused on understanding the individual, interpersonal, organisational, community and public policy factors that are associated with stigma and discrimination.
We sought to identify the various ways in which stigma and discrimination have been reported to manifest, the extent and range of their outcomes on the lives of people affected, and how they may intersect with other individual characteristics and types of stigma.
Finally, we sought to identify toolkits and good practice guidelines for addressing stigma and discrimination, as well as validated tolls and metrics for measuring them.
This study has a number of implications for Sightsavers’ programme design and for the global disability research community more broadly:
Finally, the review confirms the complexity and heterogeneity that surrounds stigma and discrimination, which provides a useful basis for furthermore nuanced research into linkages between different types of stigma (for example, internalised, felt and enacted), as well as the complex relationships between the stigmatisers and those who are stigmatised.
This review can help to inform the design of future social inclusion programmes and makes a number of recommendations that need to be taken into account in the design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of future programmes, which aim to tackle disability-related stigma and discrimination.
2020 - 2021