The World Institute on Disability (WID) advances the inclusion, rights and justice of people with disabilities with the design and delivery of whole community solutions.

Our Mission

On a global scale, to continuously advance the rights and opportunities of more than one billion people with disabilities.



We believe in the power of people with disabilities to lead, and that lived experience is critical in creating effective policies, systems, tools, products, and services.

Our Services



The World Institute on Disability brings together expertise for ensuring our customers have access to world-class consulting, training and technical assistance services. Combined with our past performance and history, we are thought partners excited to help our customers.

Latest News from WID

Celebrating 40 years of WID, presented by Wells Fargo

Celebrating Our 40th Anniversary

2023 marks 40 years since Judy Heumann, Ed Roberts, and Joan Leon founded the World Institute on Disability! Join us as we celebrate this incredible milestone throughout the year!

Our 40th anniversary global celebration will acknowledge advancements made within society by and for people with disabilities and what we collectively have achieved with our partners, funders, supporters, advocates, WID past leaders, staff, and allies.

Visit this page for the latest updates!

Current GADRA Activations

WID, through our role in the Global Alliance for Disaster Resource Acceleration (GADRA) has launched a full scale response in support of people with disabilities in several locations.

Visit the pages below for the latest updates!

Resources for our community

Need to know quick tips on building accessible websites, events, or documents? How to prepare your community for emergencies and disasters? Wondering how your disability benefits would be impacted if you started working?

We know how important it is to have answers you can trust - check out our resources for tips & tools to help, from our experts!

What's Up WID Podcast

Bruce Curtis poses for a portrait photo with his hands interlocking and resting on his chin

What’s Up WID: Celebrating Judy Heumann and Disability Rights Activism

International disability rights activist and WID’s former International Program Director, Bruce Curtis, reflects on his years in activism alongside Judy Heumann and Ed Roberts and the importance of disability rights activism today. ListenTranscriptsAmerican Sign Language

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