Information on Disability at International Level

The list below aims to facilitate information on disability related issues, so that organizations, governments and individuals have access to tools that can promote inclusion in their countries.

Although our main concern is helping developing countries to be more inclusive of persons with disability, we chose to provide information in English  because it is a more widely spoken language. In any case, you can use the box on the upper right side of the page to choose in which language you would like to access the information.

Patricia Almeida – Editor


Open Quotes

Today, one billion people globally live with some form of disability, and disability prevalence is higher for developing countries. The social exclusion of persons with disabilities is unacceptable in the face of economic and social progress witnessed around the globe. Close Quotes

Maninder S. Gill
Director, Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience Global Practice, The World Bank (3/12/2014)

Disability and the UN

DISTAT – United Nations Disability Statistics Database
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – 2006
(in different languages and formats)



Ratifications/Accessions: 151
Signatories*: 159

Optional Protocol
Ratification/Accessions: 85
Signatories*: 92

(* Signatories include countries or regional integration organizations that have signed the Convention and its Optional Protocol)

Explanation of disability in the CRPD

Training Guide on the  Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol – 2014



Monitoring the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol – 2010



Millenium Development Goals – MDGs
High-level meeting of the General Assembly on disability and development:
The way forward: a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond



New York

General Assembly
Resolutions and Reports on Disability



From 2010:

69th session, 2014 – 2015



  • Report of the Secretary-General: Realization of the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities: a disability-inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond (A/69/187)


  • Report of the Secretary-General: Status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol thereto (A/69/284)


68th session, 2013 – 2014



 67th session, 2012 – 2013



66th session, 2011 – 2012


  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol thereto (A/RES/66/229)
  • High-level Meeting on Realization of the Millennium Development Goals and Other Internationally Agreed Development Goals for Persons with Disabilities (A/RES/66/124)
  • World Down Syndrome Day (A/RES/66/149)


65th session, 2010 – 2011



Commission for Social Development

2015 – 53rd session

2014 – 52nd session



2013 – 51st session

Special Rapporteur on Disability

Mr. Shuaib Chalklen (Statement)

Panel discussion

Toward a disability-inclusive post-2015 development framework: Regional perspectives (12 February, Conference Room 4, 1.15 to 2.30 p.m..




Experts speak to South-South News during the Commission; watch video:

2012 – 50th session

Panel Discussion

Inclusion of Disability in Development Policy and Programming

2011 – 49 session

Panel Discussion

2010 – 48 session

Other documentation

Secretary General

Special Envoy on Disability and Accessibility – Lenín Voltaire Moreno Garces of Ecuador

Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

– UN Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


UN Human Rights Council
– Committee on the rights of persons with disabilities
Elections for the Committee



The Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on “Rights of persons with disabilities: participation in political and public life” without a vote on 22 March 2012.

Read the draft resolution in word format.

Read the adopted resolution in pdf format.


Human Rights Council – Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities – Catalina Devandas



Last week, during the fifty-third session of the Commission for Social Development, I presented the areas of interest and priority issues of my mandate in relation to disability and development: post-2015 development agenda; social protection; data collection and statistics; and situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies.

Concluding its fifty-third session, the Commission for Social Development approved by consensus a draft resolution on promoting the rights of persons with disabilities (document E/CN.5/2015/L.5):

More information:

Press release:

For information on the Commission for Social Development:

UN Agencies
Towards an Inclusive and Accessible Future for All – Voices of persons with disabilities on the post 2015 development framework, UNPRPD – 2013
ILO – International Labour Organization
UNISDR – Office for Disaster Risk Reduction



3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan from 14-18 March 2015



Sendai WCDRR will be disability-inclusive

UNHCR – UN Refugee Agency



UNICEF – UN Children’s Fund
Disability Senior Advisor – Rosangela Berman-Bieler
Publications and texts
The State of the World’s Children 2013: Children with Disabilities[English] [French] [Spanish ] – Video SummaryThematic Flyers: EducationHealthChild protection; HIV/AIDSNutrition;
Data collectionWater, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); GenderECDTake Us Seriously– Engaging Children with Disabilities in Decisions Affecting their Lives:[PDF] [Easy to Read PDF] [ebook] [HTML – zip file ] [Daisy – zip file]Spanish [PDF] French [PDF]UNICEF Guidelines for Disability Situation Analyses – GuidanceFactsheet on Children With Disabilities – 2013Spanish [PDF] French [PDF]Innocenti Digest No. 13Promoting the Rights of Children with Disabilities – 2007 The Innocenti Digest on Promoting the Rights of Children with Disabilities attempts to provide a global perspective on the situation of the some 200 million children with disabilities. The Digest is based on reports from countries across regions and from a wide range of sources.Monitoring Child Disability in Developing Countries– Results from the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys – 2008Despite the global interest in child disability, relatively little is known about the situation of children with disabilities, particularly in developing countries. As a first step toward addressing this paucity of information, UNICEF recommended inclusion of a disability module, the Ten Questions screen for child disability, in its Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS).Guidance for Establishing a National Partnership on Children with Disabilities (NPcwd)  013HIV and AIDS and Disability – Towards an AIDS-Free Generation: Promoting Community- Based Strategies for and with Children with DisabilitiesThe Right of Children with Disabilities to Education: A Rights-Based Approach to Inclusive EducationEarly Childhood development and Disability. A discussion paper. UNICEF and WHO – 2012It’s About Ability, An explanation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, UNICEF, 2008 This publication explains the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to children. It’s main purpose is to empower children, with and without disabilities, to play their part in challenging discrimination and promoting the Convention’s principles.Disability Prevention Efforts and Disability Rights: Finding Common Ground on Immunization Efforts – UNICEF Working Paper developed with support from Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, University College London
WHO – World Health Organization



WHO Publications and texts on Disabilities
World Report on Disabilities – 2011



WHO global disability action plan 2014–2021



Early Childhood Development and Disability – 2012



Let’s communicate: a handbook for people working with children with communication difficulties (1997)

Joint position paper on the provision of mobility devices in less-resourced settings – 2011



Guidelines for training personnel in developing countries for prosthetic and orthotic services (2005)

Guidelines on the provision of manual wheelchairs in less-resourced settings – 2008

Wheelchair Service Training Package – Basic level – 2012

Guidelines on community-based rehabilitation (CBR) – 2010

Disability and emergency risk management for health guidance Note – 2013

Eliminating forced, coercive and otherwise involuntary sterilization Statement – 2014

UN Awareness 

– Messenger of Peace – Stevie Wonder –  Focus area – persons with disabilities

International Days

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3/12)
World Down Syndrome Day (21/3)
World Autism Awareness Day – (2/4)



International Day for Disaster Reduction – 2013 (13/10)
Living with Disabilities and Disasters

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day – 2008 (17/5)
Connecting Persons with Disabilities – ICT Opportunities for All

International Day of Families – 2007 (15/5)
Families with Disabilities

Trust Fund

UN Partnership to promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Multi-Donor Trust Fund (UNPRPD MDTF)





Civil Society Reactions to the UN Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda


World Bank – Disability and Development


Disability and poverty in developing countries : a snapshot from the world health survey (English) – 2011


Improving accessibility to transport for People with Limited Mobility (PLM) : a practical guidance note (English) – 2013

Data on disability

Global Disability Rights Library


Grants, Prizes and Awards

Zero Project






Social Entrepreneur and disability awarded by European Network for Corporate Social Responsibility and Disability


National Disability Awards




National Learning Disabilities Award

Two Ticks Positive about disability – Awarded by Jobcentre Plus to employers who have made commitments to employ, keep and develop the abilities of disabled staff.

Stelios Award for disabled entrepreneurs

By Recruiting Industry Disability Initiative




Department of Defense Disability Awards

Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Disability Issues in Psychology Award

Viscardi Center award to Influential Individuals with Disabilities



Helen C. Riddle award in field of intellectual and developmental disabilities in recognition of leadership and Jack B. Hefner Award for families, established by NC Council on Developmental Disabilities


Barrier-Free America Award by Paralyzed Veterans of America

Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability
Advocates in Disability Award (ADA) for a young adult with a disability between the ages of 14 and 26 who is dedicated to positively affecting the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families by HSC Foundation
National Learning Disability Award by Eden Futures



Paul G. Hearne Award for Disability Rights by the American Bar Association

InterAction Disability Inclusion Award

Georgia Disability Sports Award by Blazesports

News on disability (Possible Partners)

Dis & Dat – US – News on Disability
Able News – US –
National Center on Disability and Journalism – US – Arizona State University –

Disability Scoop – US – Developmental Disability News –

Disability Now – UK –
Disability News Service (John Pring) – UK –
All Together Now – UK –
Ouch – (Damon Rose) – BBC –

Learning Disability Today –

Disabled World News (and Senior) – Canada –
Disability News Canada –
Disability News and Information Services – India –
Disability Images – Pintrest –
Superando – Italy –
Kobinet – Germany –
Bizeps – Austria –
Disability Alltop – (engine that already concentrates various sources) –
Disability events calendar

International Organizations

IDA – International Disability Alliance


Organizations that are part of IDA


IDA currently comprises eight global and four regional organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs):

  • Disabled People’s International (DPI) is a network of national organizations or assemblies of disabled people, established to promote human rights of disabled people through full participation, equalization of opportunities and development.
  • Down Syndrome International (DSI) is the international organisation promoting the rights of persons with Down syndrome.
    DSI video presentation
  • Inclusion International (II) is a grassroots organization of persons with an intellectual disability and their families which advocates with its member societies in over 115 countries for the inclusion of people who have an intellectual disability in all aspects of their communities, based on shared values of respect, diversity, human rights, solidarity and inclusion.
    II video presentation
    Inclusion International held the International Forum – Achieving Inclusion Around the World on 25-28 October 2012. More information on this event.
  • International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH) is an international non-governmental organization of national associations of and for hard of hearing and late deafened people. IFHOH provides a platform for co-operation and information exchange among its members and interested parties. As an umbrella organization and through its individual organizations, IFHOH works to promote greater understanding of hearing loss issues and to improve access for hard of hearing people worldwide. Established in 1977 as a registered non-profit organization, IFHOH currently has 47 general and associate members in 30 countries.
  • The World Blind Union (WBU) is the sole voice speaking on behalf of approximately 160 million blind and partially sighted persons in 178 individual member countries, representing approximately 600 organizations. The WBU advocates for human rights of persons who are blind and partially sighted and seeks to strengthen their organisations and advance the participation of all persons who are blind and partially sighted including women and youth.
  • The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) is the international non-governmental organization representing Deaf people worldwide. A non-profit organization, WFD works for human rights and equal opportunities for Deaf people everywhere. WDF World Congress Resolution (July 2011)
  • The World Federation of the DeafBlind (WFDB) is a non-profit, representative organization of national organizations or groups of deafblind persons and of deafblind individuals worldwide. The aim of WFDB is to be a forum of exchange of knowledge and experiences amongst deafblind persons and to obtain inclusion and full participation of deafblind persons in all areas of society.
    WFDB video presentation
  • The World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP)is a democratic organization of users and survivors of psychiatry that represents this constituency at the global level. In its Statutes, “users and survivors of psychiatry” are self-defined as people who have experienced madness and/or mental health problems, or who have used or survived mental health services. Founded in 1991, WNUSP currently has members in over 50 countries, spanning every region of the world.
  • Arab Organization of Persons with Disabilities (AOPD) is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1998 in Cairo, Egypt. It is a regional organization composed of DPOs operating in the different Arab Countries. AOPD’s main objectives are to promote the rights of people with disabilities, to empower people with disabilities and to represent Arab people with disabilities in the world at large.
    AOPD video presentation
  • European Disability Forum (EDF) is an independent European non-governmental organization (ENGO) that represents the interests of 50 million disabled people in the European Union and stands for their rights. It was created in 1996 and is based in Brussels.
    EDF video presentation
  • The Latin American Network of Non-Governmental Organizations of Persons With Disabilities and their Families (RIADIS) is a network formed by organizations of persons with disabilities from 19 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Formed in 2002, RIADIS represents more than 60 national organizations as well as several NGOs acting as technical collaborators.
  • Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) is the Regional Response to addressing disability issues in the Pacific. The PDF was established in 2002 and officially inaugurated in 2004, to work towards inclusive, barrier-free, socially just, and gender equitable societies that recognize the human rights, citizenship, contribution and potential of persons with disabilities in Pacific Island Countries and territories.

IDA’s Position papers and Statements

CRPD in general:

Understanding The UN Convention On The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities: a Handbook on the Human Rights of Persons with disabilities, September 2009. (Author: Marianne Schulze. Edited by: Handicap International).

National implementation and monitoring of the CRPD (Article 33):

  • September 2009: IDA submitted a contribution to the OHCHR on national implementation and monitoring of the CRPD with special attention to article 33 of the CRPD.
  • Human Rights Council 13th Session (March 2010): IDA made a statement on national implementation and monitoring frameworks of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. English and Spanish.

Non Discrimination:

IDA Statement on Non Discrimination (January 2013)

Article 12 on Legal Capacity:

  • In 2008, the Legal Capacity Task Force undertook an innovative effort to recognize the aspirations of people with disabilities in decision making. To learn more about the IDA’s work in implementing Article 12 on Legal Capacity, please download the Principles of Implementation.
  • Legal opinion on Article 12 signed by more than 30 distinguished international legal experts.
  • IDA has submitted in June 2010 a document on the functional capacity to the CRPD Committee: English / Spanish.

Mental Health:

International Cooperation:

  • November 2009: IDA contributed to the consultation undertaken by the OHCHR following Human Rights Council Resolution 10/6 on Enhancement of international cooperation in the field of human rights. IDA contribution.
  • October 2010: IDA submitted a contribution to the OHCHR thematic study on article 32 of the CRPD, International Cooperation.

United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF):


  • Human Rights Council 17th Session (June 2011): IDA made a statement on education.
  • July 2011: IDA elaborated a position paper on education as part of efforts to ensure inclusion persons with disabilities in the Annual Ministerial Review of ECOSOC focused on education, 4-8 July 2011.
  • Contribution to 2013 OHCHR thematic study on the right of persons with disabilities to education. IDA Contribution_2013

Implementing Inclusive Education (A Commomwealth Guide to Implementing Article 24 of the CRPD, second edition) by Richard Rieser. Inclusive Education_PDF or Inclusive Education_Word

Work and Employment:

Participation in Political and Public Life:

Women and Girls with Disabilities:

Standard Interpretation of the CRPD from a female perspective (Prepared by Dr. Sigrid Arnade and Sabine Haefner).
Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA), July 2011 Policy Paper: ‘Assessing the situation of women with disabilities in Australia: A human rights approach’.

Violence Against Women with Disabilities:

INWWD: Document on Violence against Women with Disabilities: English, French, Spanish, Albanian and Chinese

Children with Disabilities:

Liberty and Security:

Access to Justice:

Right to Sexual and Reproductive Health:

Harmful Practices:

  • In response to a call out for papers by the CRC and CEDAW Committees which are elaborating a General Comment/Recommendation on harmful practices, IDA made a submission highlighting the harmful practices targeted at persons with disabilities, and in particular women and girls with disabilities. IDA Submission on harmful practices.
  • IDA participated in formulating a briefing paper which was jointly presented by Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA), Human rights Watch (HRW), the Open Society Foundations as part of the Global Campaign to Stop Torture in Health Care. The paper gives a background to the issue of forced sterilisation, outlines various international human rights standards that prohibit forced sterilisation, and offers several recommendations for improving laws, policies, and professional guidelines governing sterilisation practices. Sterilisation Disability Briefing Paper.

Amicus Curiae briefs to the European Court of Human Rights:

  • HP v Denmark: On 20 January 2014, together with the European Disability Forum, IDA submitted joint written comments to the European Court of Human Rights in the case of HP v Denmark (Application no 55607/09).  This case concerns a victim of torture from Iran who was granted refugee status in Denmark where he has been living for over twenty years.  Due to the effects of being tortured, he has memory loss and difficulties in communicating and applied for an exemption regarding language requirements to obtain Danish nationality.  While the regulations governing naturalisation permitted the granting of an exemption for the language requirement “where the person in question… proved unable to learn Danish to a sufficient degree due to mental disorder, for example as a result of torture”, the Applicant’s exemption request was refused.  As a result of the refusal, he was denied citizenship and complains that his continued statelessness breaches his right to private life and constitutes disability based discrimination in violation of Articles 8 and 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights. HP v Denmark joint written comments
  • Guberina v Croatia: On 20 December 2013, together with the European Disability Forum and the Croatian Union of Associations of Persons with Disabilities, IDA submitted joint written comments to the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Guberina v Croatia (Application no 23682/13).  This case concerns a family with a child with multiple disabilities which bought a house owing to the inaccessibility of their former fiat (no lift) and the increasing difficulty in transporting their growing child. The law foresaw tax exemptions for buying property which met “hygiene and technical housing needs” but did not take into account accessibility needs related to persons with disabilities. Applying the letter of the law, the Croatian authorities refused to grant tax exemptions and subsequently dismissed the applicant’s appeals without addressing the issue of the child’s disability and related housing needs.  The Applicant claimed violations of Article 1 of Protocol no 1 (right to property) as well as Article 1 of Protocol no 12 (general non-discrimination clause) of the European Convention on Human Rights. Guberina v Croatia joint written comments
  • Stankov v Bulgaria: On March 2013, together with the European Disability Forum, European Network of (ex-) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry and the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, IDA submitted joint written comments to the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Stankov v Bulgaria (Application no 25820/07) brought by a man with psychosocial disabilities who was deprived of his legal capacity, forcibly placed in successive social care institutions and subjected to ill-treatment on account of the poor living conditions and physical violence. The rights invoked are freedom from torture & ill treatment, right to liberty, access to justice, right to private life, and right to an effective remedy. Stankov v Bulgaria joint written comments
  • Koroviny v Russia: On March 2013, together with the European Disability Forum, European Network of (ex-) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry and the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, IDA submitted joint written comments to the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Koroviny v Russia (Application no 31974/11) brought by a man who was arrested for a crime and detained for compulsory psychiatric treatment, the order for which was renewed on several occasions by a court following the finding that the applicant could not be held criminally responsible as it was deemed he was “mentally incapacitated”. He complains of the unlawfulness of his detention, ill-treatment including by being subjected to restraints, unfair trial, and violation of his right to private life covering censorship of his correspondence. Koroviny v Russia joint written comments
  • Semikhvostov v Russia: On 31 January 2013, together with the European Disability Forum, IDA submitted joint written comments to the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Semikhvostov v Russia (Application no 2689/12) brought by a wheel chair user prisoner who was subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment due to conditions in prison and the denial of reasonable accommodation, claiming violations of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Semikhvostov v Russia joint written comments.
    On 6 February 2014, the judgment in Semikhvostov v Russia (Application no 2689/12) was rendered public in which the Court concluded a violation of Article 3 on account of the inhuman and degrading conditions of the applicant’s detention, as well as a violation of Article 13 of the Convention due to the absence of an effective domestic remedy with which to raise claims of inadequate conditions of detention.  In coming to this judgment, the Court referred to EDF & IDA’s amicus brief (a summary of which it cited over two pages of the judgment), and highlighted the failure to provide reasonable accommodation to the applicant as a central issue resulting in inhuman and degrading conditions.
    This builds on the Court’s caselaw, notably:
    ZH v Hungary (November 2012) in which the failure of the State to take “reasonable steps” to address the applicant’s condition (in this case, obtaining appropriate assistance for the applicant’s communication needs), resulted in a violation of his right to liberty.
    DG v Poland (February 2013) in which EDF & IDA, together with the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, had submitted a third party intervention which resulted in the first of the Court’s judgments which referred to the need for efforts to “reasonably accommodate” the special needs of the applicant which reached the threshold of severity and constituted degrading and inhuman treatment contrary to Article 3 of the ECHR.
    In the present judgment, the Court appropriates the term and concept of reasonable accommodation as a central element to its finding of inhuman and degrading treatment:
    Semikhvostov v Russia (February 2014): “The Court cannot but conclude that the restrictions on the applicant’s personal mobility in the facility and lack of reasonable accommodation during his three-year long detention must have had a dehumanising effect. The domestic authorities failed to treat the applicant in a safe and appropriate manner consistent with his disability.”
    It is significant that the European Court of Human Rights has taken up reasonable accommodation in its jurisprudence, and it represents a step toward increased CRPD recognition and compliance.  While there remain issues of conflict and contention between the European Convention and the Court’s case law and the CRPD, it is a positive sign that the Court is adopting this key concept which helps pave the way to raise the obligation to provide reasonable accommodation in other contexts given its far reaching applicability across all rights.
    European Court of Human Rights judgment in Semikhvostov v Russia (Application no 2689/12)
    Extracts of the judgment in related to the third party intervention
  • DG v Poland: On 2 July 2012, together with the European Disability Forum and the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, IDA submitted joint written comments to the European Court of Human Rights in the case of DG v Poland (Application no 45705/07) brought by a wheel chair user prisoner who, in the course of carrying out his sentence, was subjected to ill-treatment in prison due to the lack of provision of reasonable accommodation. DG v Poland joint written comments.
  • Mihailovs v Latvia: On 13 February 2012, together with the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, the European Disability Forum and the European Network of (ex-) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, IDA submitted joint written comments to the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Mihailovs v Latvia (Aplication no 35939/10) brought by a man with a psychosocial disability who was placed under guardanship and forcibly institutionalised and subjected to forced treatment and arbitrary detention for more than ten years. Written comments.
  • Gauer and Others v France: On 16 August 2011, together with the European Disability Forum, the Centre for Reproductive Rights, Interights and the Mental Disability Alliance, IDA submitted joint written comments to the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Gauer and Others v France (Application no 61521/08) brought by five women with intellectual disabilities who were forcibly sterilised upon the decision of their guardian. Gauer and Others v France joint written comments. The European Group of National Human Rights Institutions also submitted comments to the Court, they can be read here.

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs):

  • IDA position paper on the MDGs: English

Social Protection:

Human Rights Education and Training:

The Right to Drinking Water and Sanitation:

Maternal Mortality:

  • In November 2009, IDA contributed to the OHCHR consultation on maternal mortality. Document.


  • In November 2009, IDA contributed to the consultation following Human Rights Council Resolution 12/7 on Elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members. Document.

The Right to Adequate Housing:


Older Persons:

Universal Periodic Review:



  • March 2012, Final IDA submission to CRPD Committee’​s call for papers on Article 9 of the CRPD (Accessibility). IDA submission
  • October 2010, IDA submitted a contribution to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Day of General Discussion on “Accessibility”.
  • World Blind Union: Guidelines to powerpoint presentations. Document.

Documents produced by IDA on UN Treaty Bodies:

  • Guidance document on parallel reporting:

English Word* or PDF
Spanish Word* or PDF
French Word* or PDF
Arabic Word*

Disabled People’s International



World Institute on Disability


International Program

WID’s International Program builds leadership and capacity in disabled persons organizations (DPOs) in post conflict and developing countries to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities into all aspects of society.

International Disability and Development Consortium



Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES)



National Organizations

– Espana
Mencap – UK –
Disability Now – UK –
Scope – About Disability –
Association of university centers on disabilities – US

United States International Council on Disabilities

MIUSA – Mobility International

Australia Network on Disabilities for employers –
Disability Rights UK –
Disabled Go (for accessible places) –
Disability Studies
Journal – Review of Disability Studies – Hawaii –
Society for Disability Studies – Buffalo, NY –
List of programs in North America



Universities – Some have programs, some are just centers
Hawaii – Center on Disability Studies –
Southern Mississipi –
Canada, Toronto – York University –
Canada, Windsor – University of Windsor –
Canada, Toronto – Ryerson –
Canada, Winnipeg – University of Winnipeg –
Adelaide – Flindres University –
UK, Leeds – University of Leeds –
Center for Culture and Disability Culture (Education)  – David Bolt – –
Kolhn – University of Cologne
University of Iceland –
Ireland –
Nederlands –
Guide on Disabilities Studies – University of Maryland
Grants for students


scholarships for students with disabilities studying at Canada’s colleges and universities
Rolling around in my head –
Lifekludger – Apps for disability –
Low Visionary –
Disability Links – Social Security disability claimants – latest news and info! –
Simply Accessible –
Accessibility indicators
Social Indicators


Innovative Practices


Guidelines to make events accessible –
Making Infographics Accessible




Text is text

Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments –

Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs –

Web accessibility

Starling Access services –
Association of university centers on disabilities – US –
Center for Disability Information – Indiana Institute on Disability and Community –
Calendar on Disability Rights – Australia (and international) –
(Australian Human Rights Commission)
Texas  Assistive Technology and reabilitation –

Meetings, events & workshops

13th session of the Committee, 25 March-17 April 2015

3rd Pre-sessional Working Group of the Committee, 20-24 April 2015


Awareness campaigns of inclusion and acessibility

Good manners


‘End The Awkward’ Chat Up

Amputee –

Wheelchair user –
Deaf –

Quizz – How awkward are you?


See the person, not the disability

Katie’s disability awareness video (How Katie got a Voice – child storybook)

There is no need to be awkward

Disability Sensitivity Training Video

Down syndrome

Instituto MetaSocial

Awareness videos –!campanhas-e-vdeos/c236o

A World of Wheelchairs (EDF ad – France)

Convention (in Portuguese)

Dear Future Mum (Down syndrome) – Coordown

Teen Disability Awareness – Famous disabled people and numbers in the UK

Moving Wheelchair ad (basketball game)

Carly’s cafe – Experience Autism Through Carly’s Eyes

Like everyone else by Disability Forum (autism, DS)

UNICEF – Awareness for teachers

People with different types of disability give tips on what to do around them – CPS Office of Diverse Learner (Chicago Public Schools)

ILO – The Ability Factor – International Labour Organizaton

TED Talks

PC and New Jersey

Andrew Salomon

Australian advocate


NICK VUJICIC – No arms, No legs, No worries!

Inclusive ads (listed by country)


Media & Disability


Media & Disability Resources


Media Representation of Disabled People


Disability and Media Matters

National Center on Disability and Journalism


Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts


Disability Rights Promotion International



Reporters with disabilities

Reporting about disabilities


Reporting about something else