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Established in 1981, the International Year of Disabled Persons, Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI) was the world’s first successful cross-disability endeavor to convert the talk about full and equal participation of persons with disabilities into action. Till today, 41 years after it was formed, DPI continues to be the world’s ONLY cross-disability Global Disabled Peoples’ Organization (DPO).

DPI is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and has a presence in 139 countries through its Member National Assemblies (MNAs) spanning across 7 regions: Africa, Arab, Asia-Pacific, CIS, Europe, Latin America, and North America & Caribbean. The MNAs are focused on capacity building, and empowerment of people with disabilities in their countries, and over half of them are based in the developing world.

DPI’s goal is to achieve full participation of ALL persons with disabilities in the mainstream of life, through the promotion and protection of their human rights. DPI’s focus is particularly on those in developing countries who form 80 percent of the world’s one billion people with disabilities and 20 percent of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged people. DPI also has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) since 1983.

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Disabled Peoples' International (DPI) Annual Activity Report 2016.Word File

The DPI World Council Meeting was held on 12th April, 2016 in New Delhi, India. The World Executive elections were also held. Congratulations to the new DPI World Executive Council: Global Chair (2nd Term) – Javed Abidi, India; Deputy Chair 1 – Henrietta Davis-Wray, Jamaica; Deputy Chair 2 – Sylvana Lakkis, Lebanon; Secretary – Ayassou Komivi, Togo; Treasurer – Shudarson Subedi, Nepal; and Information Officer – Trevor Carroll, Australia.

DPI renews it's project with The Nippon Foundation on 'Enhancing the Relationship between the Disability Movement and People Affected by Leprosy'

DPI displayed a digital exhibit on '1 billion voices' at the 10th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD held at the UN Headquarters, New York from June 13-15, 2017

Legislative Parliament of Nepal passed the disability rights bill on July 6, 2017. DPI-Nepal played active role in lobbying for the new law

Members of Disabled People's International - NAC held their Regional Council Meeting in Antigua and Barbuda from August 19-29, 2017

84 DPI members participate in a survey on ICT Accessibility implemented jointly by DPI and G3ict

Well known disability rights activist Senarath Attanayake passed away on August 29, 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka

DPI Global Chair sends a message of solidarity to all the DPI-NAC members affected by Hurricane Irma

90 member countries endorse Global Appeal 2018 to End Stigma and Discrimination against People Affected by Leprosy, an initiative taken up by Disabled People’s International (DPI) and The Nippon Foundation (TNF).

DPI-Niger holds General Assembly. Siddo Nouhou Oumarou elected as new President

Announcement of Ms. Ekaete Judith Umoh as the 1st Deputy Chairperson (Human Rights) and Mr. Mohammed Ali Loutfy as the Executive Director of Disabled Peoples' International (DPI)


Setting up of the WAFOD Caretaker committee, Benin

DPI Executive Council Meeting – November, 2012

UPR Workshop in Dhaka

Side event at Civil Society Forum, New York

CBR World Congress at Agra

Say Yes to Inclusion campaign


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