The global disability crisis.

It's time to act.

There’s a global disability crisis. Disabled people living in poverty are among the most stigmatised and marginalised people on earth. They often live in isolation and are excluded from their communities, from the education system, from healthcare and other vital services. Sometimes, they’re even hidden away by their families. Many disabled women and children face a heightened risk of domestic and sexual violence.

1 billion people

An estimated 1 billion people, around 15% of the world's population, live with a disability. 


80% of disabled people live in the developing world. Poverty and disability fuel each other and disabled people are often the poorest.

Left behind

People with impairments are often the last to benefit from the very programmes designed to reduce poverty and marginalisation.


Disability inequality is a complex problem that requires urgent action on multiple fronts. Our work is one strand of focused action that tackles the following key barriers to inclusion.


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Attitudes that oppress.

Stigma is present in every society but in parts of Africa and Asia it can be deadly.

2. The cycle of poverty and disability.

Disability and poverty fuel each other.

This brutal cycle of hardship and deprivation is hard to escape.

3. Disabled people left behind.

Excluded from development programmes.

Aid programmes often fail to consider the needs of disabled people.

Taking Action

Millions of disabled people are still condemned to a life of poverty and exclusion. Right now, we are supporting disability activists fighting discrimination and ensure every disabled person gets a fighting chance at living their best life.

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Our approachHow we support disability activists

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Our Mission

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