International Disability Organisations

Disabled People’s International

Disabled People’s International (DPI) is a network of national organisations or assemblies of people with disabilities, established to promote the human rights of disabled people through full participation, equalisation of opportunity and development. DPI is a grassroots, cross-disability network with member organisations in over 110 countries. To know more about DPI, their events, conferences, conventions and much more, please visit their website at:

DPI Asia Pacific Region

Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI) has divided its member nations into five regions, which comprise Asia Pacific, Africa, Europe, North America/Caribbean and Latin America. The Asia Pacific Regional Council is divided into five Sub-Regions to ensure equal representation across the largest and most populated Region in the World. These Sub-Regions are Oceania, North Asia, South-East Asia, South Asia and West Asia. For more information with regard to training workshops and information within the Asia Pacific Region, do visit their website at:

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia Pacific region.

One of ESCAP’s central areas of work is disability. Asia and the Pacific is home to around 650 million persons with disabilities, by far a much larger number than any other region of the world.  Many of them live in poverty and suffer discrimination, exclusion, inequality and prejudice. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol promotes the shift from a charity-based to a rights-based approach to disability and disability-inclusive development. The region has indeed been witnessing concerted efforts by governments and civil society towards the ratification and implementation of the CRPD. Disability associated with population ageing creates an even greater need for barrier-free and enabling environments in Asia and the Pacific.

Currently, ESCAP is involved with reviewing the implementation of the 2nd Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities 2003-2012 and working on the 3rd Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities 2013-2020. To find out more about ESCAP and its work on disability in the Asian and Pacific regions please visit:

United Nations Enable

United Nations Enable is the official website of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD) in the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) at the United Nations Secretariat.

As the Focal Point on Disability in the United Nations system, SCRPD (DESA) works to advance the rights of persons with disabilities in society and development, through key global instruments such as the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons (1982), the Standard Rules on Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (1994) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006), as well as other relevant human rights and development instruments.

SCRPD (DESA) focuses its work on the following: supporting inter-governmental bodies such as the General Assembly and ECOSOC; servicing the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; promoting international normative framework on disability; implementing international norms and standards relating disability at national, regional and international levels; technical cooperation; mainstreaming disability in development agenda, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other internationally agreed development goals.

Within the UN system, SCRPD (DESA) co-chairs the UN Inter-agency Support Group on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (IASG).

SCRPD (DESA) promotes and supports multi stakeholder partnerships among Governments, United Nations system organizations, academic institutions, civil society and organizations of persons with disabilities in particular.

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Institute on Disability and Public Policy

The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) serves as a collaborative “Think Tank” on disability policy for the ASEAN region through a network of 20 leading universities and four outreach partners. They hope to create an inclusive and barrier-free ASEAN region where persons with disabilities are leaders in the determination of their own destinies. To realise this goal, IDPP offers fellowships program, capacity building program, continuing education program, and collaborative research program.

Under IDPP’s fellowships program, qualified students with disabilities can pursue one of the following master’s degree programs at the IDPP partner universities:

  • Master of Public Policy
    Learning Modality: Residential Program
    Institution: University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • Master of Arts in Political Science, Major in Global Politics
    Learning Modality: Virtual Program with Limited Residential Components
    Institution: Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
  • Master of Multimedia (E-Learning Technologies)
    Learning Modality: Virtual Program
    Institution: Multimedia University, Malaysia

If you want to learn more about IDPP, please visit their website at: