The work of Network of Callan Services for persons with disabilities is being undertaken by 21 independent institutions that make up the Network of Callan Services for persons with disabilities. 

The Network and the governing body for each of the member institutions makes it clear that:
  • This Network is of national significance in relation to the provision of services for persons with disabilities, particularly for children, and
  • The institutions have been established in such a way that increases the chance of in-country sustainability (i.e. all institutions except one are established under the Education Act of the country and therefore are NOT at risk of being ‘come and go’ non-government organisations)

The Network bases its work within two service delivery frameworks. They are:

Community Base Rehabilitation (CBR) which is a concept that has developed over the last 30-40  years. As noted earlier, in 2010 the World Health Organisation (WHO) published WHO CBR Guidelines that were developed from extensive consultations with interested stakeholders from across the world.  CBR is seen by many as a key ‘instrument’ for implementing the United Nations Convention for Persons with Disabilities in developing nations across the world. CBR has six components: Health, Education, Livelihood, Social and Empowerment.


And, Inclusive Education, which is the underlying aim of the education component within the CBR Guidelines. Within this framework, children with disabilities are to be included in mainstream schooling as far as possible. This means that while both the child and her/his family need to be prepared for education, the more critical process is that the school must adapt its facilities, curriculum, teaching processes and overall environment to ‘include’ the child in the school community.

Three important diagrams that shows the overall implementation of the work of the Network of Callan Services