International Organizations

The following organizations are a collection of entities that globally advocate, fundraise, support, and educate people with and without disabilities about disability issues. Each organization has specific goals, strategies, and protocols that are aligned to their individual missions.

United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization

“UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.

Global Partnership for Disability and Development

An organization founded on the premise that person's with disabilities should be considered and supported through initiatives that address global poverty and development. The GPDD is an alliance of government ministries, bilateral and multilateral donors, United Nations (UN) agencies, NGOs, national and international development organizations. It's purpose is to promote disability issues globally through it's member organizations while promoting inclusive economic and social environments for people with disabilities.

United Nations Children Fund

“UNICEF works in 190 countries through country programs and National Committees. UNICEF upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  It works to assure equality for those who are discriminated against, girls and women in particular. UNICEF works for the Millennium Development Goals and for the progress promised in the United Nations Charter. UNICEF strives for peace and security and it works to hold everyone accountable to the promises made for children.”

The International Association of Special Education

“IASE is an organization of professionals who are dedicated to improving the quality of life and service delivery for all individuals identified as having special needs. Members  include  teachers, teacher  trainers, professors, speech clinicians, psychologists, health care providers, social workers, counselors, family  members and those associated with related disciplines.”

The Open Society Foundation

“The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, we build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. The Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.”

Disability Rights Fund

“DRF supports Disabled Persons Organizations in the Global South and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union to take the lead in advocating for the human rights of persons with disabilities at local and national levels, utilizing the mechanism of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).”

Oxfam Novib

“Oxfam Novib is one of the 14 national affiliates of the Oxfam International Confederation. We started life in 1956 as the Netherlands Organization International Assistance (Novib), and joined forces with Oxfam in 1994.  Working together in confederation, the Oxfam affiliates can speak with one clear and compelling voice issues of global concern: climate change, health and education for all, agriculture, trade, and conflicts and emergencies.”

United States International Council on Disabilities

“The United States International Council on Disabilities is a federation of US-based non-governmental organizations, federal agencies and individuals committed to advocacy and action on behalf of the global disability rights agenda. Because of its unique structure, USICD’s core strength is its membership. Through its vast network of disabled people’s organizations and other NGO stakeholders, government members and individual advocates, USICD has the advocacy reach to impact critical emerging issues both in the United States and internationally. USICD’s Board of Directors includes the most recognized leaders in the American disability rights movement, providing a wealth of experience and strategic guidance to USICD’s mission and sharing a vision for the full inclusion, access, and human rights of people with disabilities worldwide.”

European Association of Service Providers for Person’s with Disabilities

“The EASPD represents close to 9,000 social service provider organisations across Europe and across disability. The main objective of EASPD, based on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006), is to promote the equalisation of opportunities for people with disabilities through effective and high quality service systems. We believe in interdependence and partnership of user organisations, providers and authorities at all levels to tackle the challenges ahead. “

European Disability Forum

“We are an independent organization, where disabled people and the parents of disabled people unable to represent themselves are the decision makers. We are self-advocates that believe in and campaign for the right of disabled people to be fully involved in European policy-making process. We are a democratic organization, in which it is our members who decide upon our work program and policy positions. We fight for the inclusion of disabled people in society as a right; we refuse the out-of-date charitable approach to disability. We work to build a stronger and more united disability movement, with special attention to those with significant and multiple disabilities, those who face multiple discrimination or any other form of marginalization. We are a strong and extensive network. We build alliances with all those organizations that share our goals and help us to promote the rights of disabled people. With our partners, we exchange ideas and experience, enriching our work with their know-how and expertise. We are 80 million Europeans who have a role to play in society and refuse to be forgotten: ‘Visibility of disability everywhere’. “

Autism Europe

“Autism-Europe is an international association whose main objective is to advance the rights of persons with autism and their families and to help them improve their quality of life. Autism-Europe ensures effective liaison among more than 80 member associations of parents of persons with autism in 30 European countries, including 20 Member States of the European Union, governments and European and international institutions. Autism-Europe plays a key role in raising public awareness, and in influencing the European decision-makers on all issues relating to autism, including the promotion of the rights of people with autism and other disabilities involving complex dependency needs.”

European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education

The EADSNE is an independent organization comprised of member countries and funded by the Ministries of Education in member countries as well as the European Union. The organization acts as an advocacy, educational, and policy enterprise to encourage and support collaboration of educators to promote the rights and needs of students with special needs.

Inclusion Europe

“Inclusion Europe fights for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities in Europe. Inclusion Europe thinks that people with intellectual disabilities have the same rights as anybody else. And they just want their rights to be respected. Inclusion Europe also thinks that people with intellectual disabilities have a lot of abilities. Other people should know about that. People with intellectual disabilities also have needs. For example, they might need more support. But they should always choose this support themselves.”

A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe

“An international non-profit organisation established in 1991, CEJI stands with individuals and organisations of all religions, cultures and backgrounds to promote a diverse and inclusive Europe. CEJI works to combat prejudice and discrimination and to promote social cohesion through training, education, dialogue and advocacy.”