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Our Story.

For over 30 years ADD International has been supporting organisations of disability activists to fight discrimination and ensure every disabled person gets a fighting chance at living their best life.

What we do.

1. Supporting activists. We partner with disability activists in Africa and Asia to help them build powerful movements for change. Disability activists tell us the change they want to make and what they need to make it happen. Together we develop a tailored package of long term support to help activists access the tools, skills and resources they need to make change happen.

2. Building movements. We support organisations of disability activists to build strong and sustainable organisations that can have an ever increasing impact. We then help these groups connect with each other to build wider movements and we work with them to promote the rights of disabled people.

3. Influencing for change. We work with organisations of disabled activists to influence governments, international development actors and the private sector to design policies and services at a local and global level which take into account the needs of disabled people.

Our Key Documents

Disability activists in Bangladesh

Safeguarding at ADD International.

ADD International Trustees

Meet the team.

ADD International's staff and board is made up of passionate people who want to make a difference. Get to know them.

Our Ambassadors

Meet our ambassadors.

Say hello to our passionate ambassadors, who help us raise the profile of disability activists in Africa and Asia.

The journey so far.

For 30 years ADD International has been working alongside disabled people living in extreme poverty fighting for independence, equality and opportunity.

ADD International was founded as ‘Action on Disability and Development’ in 1985 by Chris Underhill, following a trip to Zimbabwe. Chris was blown away by the disabled people he met who were successfully changing attitudes and policies.

Our global partners.

Working together is the most effective way to ensure no disabled person is forgotten. That's why we partner with national and international organisations, to ensure that the voices of disabled people are heard. We are an active member of the following organisations:

We also work with the International Disability Alliance (IDA), a network of organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) and their families, to ensure the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is effective and fully implemented worldwide. 

We rely on public support to fund our vital work. We are members of the following organisations, to guarantee best practice to our donors: