The Need

Globally, people with disabilities have a critical role to play in the growth and development of strong communities. However, individuals with disabilities are too often excluded from contributing to their communities. Discrimination and inaccessibility persist, in spite of laws and policies that should protect the civil rights of people with disabilities due to lack of effective implementation, monitoring and enforcement.

GlobalDisabilityRightsNow.org is a comprehensive resource center that provides information, tools and best practices to implement and enforce laws and policies to protect the rights of people with disabilities.

What We Offer

This site draws on the experience of the U.S. disability rights movement and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other disability rights activists in RightsNow! project countries and other regions, to offer:

  • Practical tools
  • Legal analysis
  • Case studies and strategies
  • Principles behind landmark disability rights legislation
  • Information and referral service

We provide information tailored to governments, civil society and Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs). For example:

  • DPOs can access Information, ideas and strategies to effectively engage with civil society actors, policy makers and officials charged with implementing disability laws.
  • Civil society and government stakeholders can access accurate information about the application of disability legislation and policies, and effective strategies to implement, monitor and enforce national and local laws and the U.N. Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

Some resources are designed specifically for RightsNow! target countries (Armenia, Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, and Vietnam), however many of the principles, concepts, tools and resources can be applicable to any audience, community or country. Most content is provided in English, however select resources are available in Armenian, Spanish, Vietnamese, sign language, and simplified text.

While we make every effort possible to share accessible resources on this site, please note that some links and documents from outside sources may not be accessible. We suggest that you contact the producer of the document and request that it be made available in an accessible format. Any material produced by our team will be accessible or available in alternative formats.

Thematic Areas

Our site offers information in nine major categories:

  1. Alternatives to institutionalization
  2. Education
  3. Employment / labor
  4. Gender-based violence prevention
  5. Indigenous people with disabilities
  6. Information technology
  7. Infrastructural and environmental physical accessibility
  8. Law and policy
  9. Women with disabilities

RightsNow! Project

GlobalDisabilityRightsNow.org is managed by Mobility International USA (MIUSA) through the RightsNow!: Strong Communities through Enforcing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities project and in collaboration with the RightsNow! U.S. Consortium.

The RightsNow! project provides technical assistance to civil society and governments in six project countries: Armenia, Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, and Vietnam. The project is funded by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the RightsNow! project on the MIUSA website.

Consortium Partners

Mobility International USA

MIUSA is disability-led organization founded in 1981 dedicated to advancing leadership and disability rights globally. By implementing innovative programs, MIUSA is building bridges to create a new era where people with disabilities will take their rightful place in the world community. MIUSA is the lead partner and administers the RightsNow! project. Website: www.miusa.org.

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

DREDF is a leading U.S. civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities. Founded in 1979, DREDF works to create a world where the contributions, potential, and lives of people with disabilities are not determined by the presence of disability. Website: www.dredf.org

International Foundation for Electoral Systems

IFES is a global leader in promoting democracy and good governance and supporting the right of all citizens to freely participate in electoral processes. Since 1998, IFES has worked to include persons with disabilities in its work, leading to the creation of www.ElectionAccess.org, a global online clearinghouse of information on disability rights and political participation. Website: www.ifes.org.

U.S. International Council on Disabilities

USICD is a disability-led organization committed to advocacy and action to promote the global disability rights agenda. Through a wide range of projects and programs, USICD promotes the inclusion of disability perspectives in U.S. foreign policy and aid and provides opportunities for domestic disability rights organizations to interface with their international counterparts. Website: www.usicd.org.