Inclusion & rights

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

Our impact last year

  • 176k people with disabilities were empowered to have a voice and an influence in their communities
  • 95k government and civil society representatives trained in disability inclusion

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

Icon showing a man attacking a woman in a wheelchair. Text reads: Stop violence against women with disabilities.

Respect, Not Abuse: Tackling Violence against Women and Girls with Disabilities in Nigeria

In Nigeria, women and girls with disabilities are up to three times more likely to encounter gender-based violence…

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Representatives of disabled people's organisations attend a training session.

Supporting people with disabilities to campaign for their rights

CBM is training people with disabilities in Uganda and Tanzania to speak up for their rights as well as…

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Transforming lives

Jeanne has turned her life around with help from a CBM programme in Rwanda.


“Now, people call me a person with a disability, not someone who is nothing. Now, the future is better.”

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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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An, from Vietnam: “Don’t underestimate me.”
3rd Dec 2018

Don’t Underestimate Us – new film for International Day of People with Disabilities 2018

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Shirley, 24, from Vanuatu, and her two sons.
2nd Dec 2018

Shirley: facing everyday underestimation in Vanuatu

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