Footsteps 108 - Living with disability

Footsteps 108 is full of practical advice on how to make our churches and communities more inclusive of people living with disabilities.


Previous Footsteps 

Visit to download a free copy, or contact us to order paper copies in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish. 

Where there is no psychiatrist

By Vikram Patel (2nd edition)

This practical guide provides a basic understanding of mental health and how to assess and support people with mental health conditions. Download free of charge from or write to Cambridge University Press, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge, CB2 8BS, UK. 

Compendium of accessible WASH technologies


This manual is packed with low-cost ideas to improve the accessibility of water, hygiene and sanitation facilities. Download free of charge in English, Spanish or Portuguese from or write to WaterAid, 47–49 Durham Street, London, SE11 5JD, UK. 

Engage Disability Toolkit

This toolkit covers all aspects of disability inclusion including health, education, empowerment and employment. Download free of charge from Alternatively email 

Hesperian guides

Disabled village children available in English and Spanish. 

Helping children who are blind available in English, French and Spanish. 

Helping children who are deaf available in English, French and Spanish. 

A health handbook for women with disabilities available in English, Spanish and Nepali. 

These practical and informative guides can be downloaded free of charge from Printed copies can be ordered by emailing or writing to Hesperian Foundation, 1919 Addison Street, Suite 304, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA. The manuals cost between 15 and 25 USD. 

Useful websites

Available in English unless otherwise stated.
To download information about CBMs Gaibandha model for disaster risk reduction (discussed in Disability and disasters), visit the website above and search for ‘Gaibandha’.
This CBM initiative uses videos, stories and other resources to help explain the relationship between disability and poverty. Available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
This is a good place to start if you are interested in learning more about intellectual disabilities. Available in multiple languages.
For comprehensive information about eye health, independent living, inclusive education and disability rights, spend some time browsing this website.
WaterAid has produced an excellent guide on how to analyse the water, hygiene and sanitation barriers faced by people with disabilities. Visit the website above and search for ‘barrier analysis’.

Book review

Setting up community health and development programmes in low and middle income settings 

Fourth Edition. Edited by Ted Lankester and Nathan J Grills 

‘This book contains all a health worker needs to know when setting up a community health programme in a rural or urban setting. I strongly recommend this book and congratulate the authors.’ Professor David Morley 

Across the world, millions of people do not have access to adequate health care. As a result, children and adults suffer from illnesses that could be prevented or treated, if they knew what to do. 

This book provides clear and practical advice on how to start, develop and maintain health care programmes in poor areas of the world. It places the community at the centre, focusing on how people can work together to identify and solve their own problems. It also discusses how communities can work effectively with existing health providers to improve local services. 

This fourth edition of the book includes chapters on disability and mental health. There is also a chapter on helping communities manage disaster risk. 

The book is published by Oxford University Press in association with Arukah Network for Global Community Health ( Visit to buy or download the book. Or write to Oxford University Press, 198 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, USA.