Foundation and Composition

HPD-O was invented by 7 founders with and without disabilities that shared the philosophy and principle of helping as a social activity consisting in professional, humane, moral and ethical responsibility and value that facilitates, promotes, and supports efforts to help achieve the equal opportunity, effective participation and inclusion of PWDs. Hence, the entire membership of HPD-O consists of volunteers who have enlisted shared commitment and optimism, thus enabling them to forge a common vision and sense of duty to work together for the improvement of the lives of persons with disabilities

Although only 2 of the very first founders have been persisting in their voluntary strategic leadership contributions, these guiding principles of commitment, action, and common purpose have been shared, maintained and promoted by a series of generations of memberships that have joined HPD-O to date.

The membership has now grown from 7 to 25 consisting of persons with and without disabilities, who avow and used to abide by the same principles of volunteerism, demanding of them sacrifice of effort, time and financial resources. The members with disabilities include persons with visual, physical, and hearing impairments; and the policy has been to accommodate as many diverse groups of PWDs depending on their voluntary engagements and potentials of contribution. The members without disabilities are either family members and/or committed colleagues of PWDs. In order to maintain the nature and institutional purpose of HPD-O as an organization of PWDs, its policy of governance as stipulated and maintained by its 4 consecutive bylaws has been to ensure majority membership of PWDs and leadership by PWDs in its General Assembly/GA, Managing Board, and Secretariat.

This has been the rule since HPD-O was founded in December 1994. It has been working legitimately within the context of this membership and governance policy, having been first registered with the Association’s Registry Office in 1995. It was also re-registered in November 2009 as an Ethiopian Residents Charity numbered 0318, revitalizing its viability and continued functioning for the purpose its founders had set from the onset aimed at the goal of equal opportunity through the implementation of CBR program.

Strategic Objectives

HPD-O’s vision and mission are well captured in its strategic mandate objectives stipulated by its current registered bylaws that purport to:

  • Endeavor to make awareness the public that disability is an impediment not only to the individual having impairment but also to the society at large;
  • Strive, through education,  to contribute to the gradual elimination of bad traditional values and wrong perceptions towards persons with impairment;
  • Endeavor to help persons with impairment to lead descent standard of living in a spirit of self-confidence and self-reliance that can be attained through the maximization of proper psycho-social personality, sense of dignity and self-worth;     
  • Assist national and local initiatives to prevent blindness and the incidence of other impairments;
  • Devise and diligently engage to implement educational, health and other psycho-social and economic rehabilitation programs generally and positively impacting persons with visual and other impairments and having particular relevance and utility to each category of persons with specific impairment;  
  • Diligently help persons with impairment to become users of adaptive and appropriate technologies;    
  • Participate in and endeavor to the success of the national initiative of poverty reduction by contributing to the creation of conducive environment for the deployment of persons with impairment in income generating and self-help productive interventions.      

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