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What do disability leaders from over 69 countries have in common?

ANSWER: 100% of disability-led organizations we surveyed believe that organizations led by people with disabilities are left out of disaster relief funding from foundations, corporations and governments.

When disability-led organizations are left out of funding and planning, people with disabilities are left without the support they need to maintain their health, safety, independence, dignity, and even their lives. This has already resulted in high death rates for people with disabilities in all disasters—including COVID-19.

That is why World Institute on Disability (WID), the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies (the Partnership), and ONG Inclusiva have joined forces to form the Global Alliance for Disability Resource Acceleration (Global Alliance or GADRA). Our mission is to galvanize disability-led organizations, foundations, corporations, and other allies to identify needs and link partners to accelerate assistance and resources, both during and after disasters.

“People with disabilities are 2-4 times more likely than others to be injured or die in disasters, primarily due to inadequate community-wide planning and access to emergency and disaster assistance. The Global Alliance is a direct response to COVID-19, which is impacting multiply-marginalized people with disabilities even more disproportionately than other disasters, with devastating outcomes,” stated Marcie Roth, CEO of WID. “The Global Alliance is also being built as a resource for rapid response to disasters that will surely follow.” 

Forbes contributor Stephen Frost on the critical need for the Global Alliance
Deadly Discrimination: The Forgotten Impact of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities
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Understanding the GADRA Mission

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To effectively accelerate resource allocation, the Global Alliance will:

  • Engage regional, national and global disability-led organizations to jointly identify and meet needs of people, organizations and communities impacted by disasters through a virtual n Emergency Operations Network.
  • Identify corporate & foundation disability inclusive diversity priorities that align with disability-led organization needs.
  • Establish a “Founders Circle” of corporations, foundations, and disability-led organizations.
  • Center Black, Brown, Indigenous and other disabled people of color. A core tenet of this Alliance is a stated and genuine commitment to seeking, welcoming, and supporting the leadership of multiply-marginalized people with disabilities who are most disproportionately impacted in disasters;
  • Engineer individual and collective relationships to connect communities, accelerate solutions, measure outcomes and promote results.
  • Match corporate and foundation resources with disability-led organizations to meet critical needs.
  • Shatter myths that people with disabilities are vulnerable, expendable, and a liability in disasters.


The Global Alliance for Disaster Resource Acceleration provided steady state and response support to disability-led organizations around the world in 2022.

GADRA also increased the response capacity and resilience of hundreds of disability-led organizations through informative town halls, webinars and informational events.

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History of the Global Alliance

The Global Alliance is an unprecedented collaboration of disability-led organizations, foundations, and multi-national business and industry. On July 9, 2020 at 12 noon pm ET, the Alliance announced our Founder’s Circle and our plans for disrupting exclusion in disaster response and assistance through resource acceleration, enabling disability-led organizations to drive radical inclusion in disaster-impacted local communities around the world.

Global Alliance partners include:

Disability-Led Organizations

Disability-Led Organizations include: World Institute on Disability; Gallaudet University; Global Disability Inclusion, ONG Inclusiva; Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies; Rehabilitation International; and the United States International Council on Disabilities

Corporate and Business Partners

Corporate & business partners include: AT&T; Benetech; Bristol Myers Squibb; GRACE; Hybrid Calls; Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management; JP Morgan Chase; and Open Inclusion

Foundation partners

Foundation partners include: Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation; Consumer Technology Association Foundation; Disability Inclusion Fund, and Kessler Foundation

Consulting partners

Consulting partners include: EIN SOF Communications; ForwardWorks Consulting; and LaVant Consulting

Steering Team Partners

World Institute on Disability was established in 1983 as one of the first global disability rights organizations founded and continually directed by disability leaders. WID works to advance the rights and opportunities of over 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide, bringing research and policy into action and operationalizing inclusion. WID’s 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.

The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies is the only U.S. disability-led organization [and one out of only two global] with a focused mission of equal access to emergency programs and services for people with disabilities and people with access and functional needs before, during, and after disasters and emergencies. The Partnership achieves its mission by being Disability rights experts before, during and after disasters; Community organizers and capacity builders; Boots and wheels on-the-ground response.

Inclusiva NGO (ONG Inclusiva) is the first disability-led organization (and one of the only two such organizations in the world) with a focused mission of promoting Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction. That means full inclusion and observance of the rights of people with disabilities  before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. It is expressed in programs and services for people with disabilities and people with access and functional needs in the whole disaster cycle. Inclusiva works with networks as community organizers and capacity builders.

Intro to GADRA Slide Deck

This slide deck explains our history, founding, mission, and initial survey findings:

Praise from our Partners

Join Us

We are seeking disability-led organizations, disabled leaders, foundations, corporations, businesses and other allies who are interested in collaborating towards disaster resource acceleration.

Use the registration form below to tell us more about how you want to engage—whether you need resources for your disability-led organization’s disaster relief work, have resources to share, or want to be a part of decision making, outreach, and resource matching, we have a place for you as a member of the Global Alliance!

To discuss how you can best support this work, please email