WID is dedicated to designing, building, and supporting whole community solutions by removing barriers to include people with disabilities.
On a global scale, to continuously advance the rights and opportunities of more than one billion people with disabilities
A world in which people with disabilities live freely where access, inclusion, equity, and resilience are embedded throughout every global community
Our Guiding Principles
Valuing lived experience, with 51% or more of our Board and staff identifying as people with disabilities
Leading a global effort to eliminate barriers and advance policies that eliminate exclusion and drive inclusion
Pan-Disability Movement Solidarity
Pursuing equality, inclusion, and accessibility for all people with any disability
Advancing Human Rights and Supporting Disability Justice Across the LifeSpan
Securing and enhancing independent and interdependent livelihoods for the whole community
Intersectional and Cross-Cultural Competency
Including the full spectrum of identities and the range of privilege, marginalization, and oppression that impact how disabled people are treated
Ethics, Integrity and Accountability
Directing our focus and uncompromising standards to the needs of everyone with disabilities, especially people who are most marginalized
The World Institute on Disability (WID) was established in 1983 as one of the first global disability rights organizations founded and continually led by people with disabilities.
To learn more about our history, please visit our WID History page