Ryan with a Virtualahan user. ©


“I came to the summit because I wanted to help put the Philippines and the voices of people with disabilities into the global arena, especially from a social enterprise perspective,” Ryan Gersava tells us. Ryan became a social entrepreneur after being unable to work, due to a disabling medical condition.
Ryan started Virtualahan, which gives digital skills training to people with disabilities, enabling them to participate in the digital economy. As such, he was one of the young leaders with disabilities supported by the British Council to attend the Global Disability Summit 2018 in London. Ryan tells us that "the whole idea of making your own money for social impact, rather than depending on someone to fund you, appealed... one thing I don’t like is the idea of becoming professional beggars."
Ryan and other delegates at the Global Disability Summit 2018 in London © British Council

The forum is organised by the Department for International Development (DfID) and International Disability Alliance (IDA). Kate Dempster, Senior Civil Society and Governance Adviser at the British Council, attended to better understand the role that social enterprise plays in delivering inclusion for people with disabilities, so that it can inform our work worldwide.

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