Vision, Mission, and Values

The World Institute on Disability: Operationalizing Inclusion and Leading Global Disability Rights Since 1983


WID’s global mission is to continually advance the rights and opportunities of over one billion people with disabilities.

Goal Statement

Operationalizing inclusion by incubating and driving research and policy into action.

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Since WID’s original call to action in 1983, we have committed to advancing promising disability inclusion policy and practices globally. Today, our call to action remains rooted in rights and indelibly embedded in our strategic engagements with leaders, allies and visionaries who share our commitment to innovative solutions. Together we are disrupting, transforming, and optimizing the future of disability inclusion.

Our work centers around Digital Tools for Optimizing Community Living and Employment; Accessibility Solutions; and Excellence in Disability Inclusive Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Climate Resilience.  WID is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization recognized by the US Internal Revenue Service.

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