Inclusion & rights

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

Our impact last year

  • 268k people with disabilities were empowered to have a voice and an influence in their communities
  • 53k 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

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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A group of strong, determined women, living with disabilities in Vanuatu, stand up for their rights.
27th Nov 2017

Celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities

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Rajesh has a physical disability. He has been supported by CBM's organic farming scheme in India.
29th Nov 2017

Everyone has the right to work: Disability and Livelihoods

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