Inclusion & rights

Women sitting together at a self-help group for people with disabilities and their family members.

Our impact last year

  • 375k people with disabilities were empowered to have a voice and an influence in their communities

In many countries where CBM works, people with disabilities face stigma and discrimination. They are often excluded from their communities and denied their rights and opportunities to fulfill their potential.

We help to equip people with disabilities and their families with the tools that they need to speak out and claim their rights, and to show that we all benefit when disabled people are included and empowered.

How we help

CBM programmes help promote disability inclusion and rights by:

  • Training and supporting people with disabilities and their families to speak out for and claim their rights;
  • Supporting self-help groups and disabled people’s organisations to provide peer support and give people with disabilities a stronger voice;
  • Influencing Governments and decision makers through policy and advocacy work, encouraging them to recognise the rights of people with disabilities and the valuable contribution they can make.

For more information about our advocacy and rights work, visit our Policy section.

In action


Helping people with disabilities claim their rights

In Malawi, we have been helping people with disabilities to claim their rights, challenge prejudice and be active in…

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Supporting families and schools to keep children in education

In India, only 1% of children with disabilities have access to school. Our ground-breaking programme in Chamrajnagar…

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Transforming lives

Yahraj lost his right arm in an electrical accident in India.


“I was asked to form a small group of people with disabilities who offer mutual support and are activists for the rights of people living with disabilities…From that time on, my life changed.”

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22-year-old Amjad Hossain lost both his lower legs when the Rana Plaza building collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was forced to stop working as a mechanic but is now doing an apprenticeship as an electronic technician thanks to CBM partner Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed.
16th Jan 2017

Inclusion counts – the economic case for leaving no-one behind

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Anne Wafula Strike, CBM champion, paralympian and disability activist
5th Sep 2016

‘Disability does not mean inability’ Anne Wafula Strike ahead of the Rio Paralympics

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