About Us

Solutions for Whole Community Inclusion

To build a more inclusive global society, the World Institute on Disability (WID):

  • Helps assure that products and services are more accessible
  • Promotes equity policies
  • Provides consulting services
  • Offers training and tools
  • Supports emergency, disaster, and climate efforts

WID is dedicated to designing, building, and supporting whole community solutions by removing barriers to include people with disabilities.

Our Mission

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


Our Vision

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

Accelerating Inclusion

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

Our Documentation

The World Institute on Disability (WID) is a registered 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization. Our tax documentation and annual report are linked as PDF downloads below.

Our History

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