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Independence, opportunity and equality for disabled people living in poverty.

ADD International is an ally to the global disability movement.

We partner with disability activists in Africa and Asia to help them access the tools, resources and support they need to build powerful movements for change.



Around 15% of the world's population live with a disability


80% of disabled people live in the developing world


People with impairments are often the last to benefit from aid programmes

A disability activist in Bangladesh walking along a rural street smiling

Partnering with disability activists.

The global movement for disability equality is powered by the drive, vision and courage of disability activists. Often disabled themselves, they have the passion to fight for change. It’s their lives and their communities at stake.

Meet the Activists

Peter, Uganda

Peter, Uganda

Frontline Activist

Peter is an albinism activist in Uganda where there are still many myths attached to albinism, including that persons with albinism are cursed, are punishments from the gods, are ghosts, have supernatural powers, or do not die.

Kaddush, Bangladesh

Kaddush, Bangladesh

Kaddush is visually impaired. For a long time he was ashamed and isolated, but he now leads an organisation of over 4,000 disabled members fighting for disability equality.

Arefa, disability activist, Bangladesh

Arefa, Disability Activist, Bangladesh.


"ADD International’s approach is to make disabled people believe that they are human beings, that they have rights and are entitled to dignity. That is the reason I like ADD very much. There is no organisation like them."

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