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Disability rights

We believe everyone has the right to learn, earn and be happy, which is why we promote equal opportunities for people with visual impairments and other disabilities.

Watch our video: see our disability work in action
*Statistics correct as of November 2018

Sightsavers fights for the rights of people with disabilities to go to school, find a job and take part fully in society.

There are 800 million people with disabilities in low and middle income countries, and many of them are routinely denied basic human rights.

This is why supporting people with disabilities has been a vital part of our work since Sightsavers was founded in 1950.

We believe everyone has the right to learn, earn and be happy, which is why we promote equal opportunities for people with visual impairments and other disabilities.


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You can make a difference: Our Equal World campaign fights for the rights of people with disabilities to go to school, find a job and take part fully in society. Join our campaign

Why are disability rights so important?

Disability more than doubles a child’s chances of being out of school, locking them into a cycle of dependence.

It’s thought that one third of children who do not attend school have a disability: that’s 19 million children around the world. Sightsavers promotes inclusive, quality education, giving all children the chance to go to school.

Sightsavers and inclusive education

People with disabilities are less likely to escape poverty, as their chances to earn a living are limited by stigma, discrimination and a lack of accessible workplaces.

To break this cycle, it’s vital for people with disabilities to be empowered and financially independent. We work with local and national partners to include people with disabilities in economic empowerment programmes.

About our employment projects

Good health and wellbeing is a fundamental human right, allowing children to go to school and adults to earn a living.

But people with disabilities often experience poorer health than their peers, often because of discrimination and stigma. More than 400 million people worldwide lack access to even basic health care. We believe everyone, wherever they live, should be able to receive quality, affordable care.

Our work on accessible health

In many countries, electoral systems aren’t inclusive, meaning people with disabilities are often excluded. In many cases, they’re even denied the right to vote.

Yet the right of people with disabilities to take part in this decision-making is critical if they are to influence policies that affect their lives. We work in partnership with disabled people’s organisations to ensure everyone has a voice.

About political participation

How we’re fighting for disability rights

We promote inclusive education

We work with partners to make schools more inclusive, so every child has the chance to go to school.
Read about our work

A young woman working at a sewing machine.

We empower people to find employment

By providing vocational training, we ensure people with disabilities are able to support themselves.
About our training programmes

A large group of people gather together for a photo outside a building. Some people are seated, some are standing and there is a man in a wheelchair at the front of the group.

We train inclusion ambassadors

We recruit community ambassadors to help reduce stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities.
Read about inclusion in Ghana

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How you can help

In many countries, people with disabilities face stigma and discrimination every day and are denied basic human rights.

We need your support to change this.

By taking action – signing petitions, contacting your political representatives or sharing stories on social media – you’ll be using your voice to help us reach the widest possible audience and keep disability rights on the global agenda.


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You can make a difference: Our Equal World campaign fights for the rights of people with disabilities to go to school, find a job and take part fully in society. Join our campaign

You can help us fight for disability rights

Join our campaign