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2022 Global Disability Summit

RWANDA - Inclusive Education / Claude Morakazi going from school back home, Muhanga District / May 2008 RWANDA - Inclusive Education / Claude Morakazi going from school back home, Muhanga District / May 2008 RWANDA - Inclusive Education / Claude Morakazi going from school back home, Muhanga District / May 2008 RWANDA - Inclusive Education / Claude Morakazi going from school back home, Muhanga District / May 2008

The Global Disability Summit 2022 will be held online from 15 to 17 February 2022. During this Summit, which aims to promote the rights of people with disabilities, HI is calling on States to be more inclusive.

One billion persons have a disability worldwide. However, meaningful inclusion remains a challenge – between 2014 and 2018, less than 2% of international aid was disability relevant. The Global Disability Summit is a key moment to build on the momentum that the disability rights movement is gaining globally and stay true to its motto: “nothing about us without us”.


More than 32 million children

with disabilities worldwide are deprived of an education (1)


notre temps de réponse

Over 50% of persons 

with disabilities cannot afford health care (2)

Persons with disabilities are always

are always the ones that are most left behind in situations of emergencies (3)

1 billion people have a disability,1 billion people have a disability,

that is 15% of the global population (4)

1. Report of the Commission on Education, 2016 | 2. who.int | 3. Quote from Ruby Holmes | 4. un.org


HI's commitments

Based on its experience in the field in collaboration with organisations of people with disabilities, HI will work to achieve progress on three core issues at the summit: inclusive education, inclusive health and inclusive humanitarian aid.

HI has always worked alongside people with disabilities organisations to promote their active participation, equal access to opportunities and resources, and environmental accessibility.


In inclusive education, HI commits to working with local education actors to train teachers to include students with disabilities. The work will include a focus on supporting children and young people with a range of diverse and complex needs, such as intellectual disabilities, communication impairments and psychosocial disabilities. HI commits to developing a guidebook and toolkits within the next 2 years, to developing research on the itinerant teacher and support mechanism model, and to applying these innovations in at least five new flagship projects over the next 2 years. Amongst other actions, HI also commits to advocating for financing efforts, to strengthen inclusive education systems and increase investments, in international platforms and networks.


For the health sector, HI is focusing on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Among other items, the organisation is committing to develop at least four new inclusive SRHR projects over the next four years, through meaningful participation of organisations of persons with disabilities. In addition, through continued and renewed advocacy with key partners, HI commits to influence at least four policies, strategic planning or budgeting processes in the USA, Canada, UK and EU in the next 4 years.


Persons with disabilities are routinely ignored during disaster preparedness and often left behind when disaster strikes. More climate-induced disasters will increase the vulnerability of persons with disabilities. To fight against that, amongst others, HI is committing to support persons with disabilities to meaningfully participate in humanitarian responses. By the end of 2025, the organisation will develop, pilot and share two sets of tools for field professionals and three lessons learned from case studies.


HI has also created a commitment on meaningful engagement and sustained partnerships with OPDs across all of its projects. Throughout livelihood and education initiatives, HI will implement capacity building on advocacy and inclusive policies in five countries by the end of 2026. The organisation has also made a commitment on acknowledging disability, gender and age as cross cutting components and critical vulnerability factors for populations affected by sudden onset or long-term crisis or poverty. Recognizing the diversity of the disability community, HI is committing to implement its disability, gender and age framework within all its projects by the end of 2023, to ensure that further marginalized groups, such as persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities, receive equal opportunities and representation in all initiatives.




Ruby Holmes, HI Inclusion Specialist

She has been working at HI for over 3 years and represents the organisation in a number of international consortiums.



Giovanna Osorio Romero, psychologist

For than 30 years, she has worked tirelessly to build a more inclusive society and change how people see disabilit




Victor Rescober, Vice President of the Philippine Blind Union

He explains why it is essential to support community-based organisations of persons with disabilities (OPDs).


ACTU 02.04.2022


Simple ways to save lives

Subtitles and contrasting colours are just some of the very simple methods we can use to include the most vulnerable people in disaster risk reduction.


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HI calls for more inclusion

The Global Disability Summit will be held from 15 to 17 February 2022 to advance the rights of people with disabilities. HI is calling on States to commit to a more inclusive world.