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.


Disabled Peoples' International is a network of national organizations or assemblies of disabled people, established to promote human rights of disabled people through full participation, equalization of opportunity and development.

The Goals of DPI

  • Promote the human rights of disabled persons;
  • Promote economic and social integration of disabled persons;
  • Develop and support organizations of disabled persons

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Convention Signatories and Ratifications!