Diversity and Ability’s overarching mission is to increase the social and economic participation of disabled people in our society. We work with individuals and communities all around the world to make this a reality.

We know that we can’t meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) without including disabled people. A crucial aspect of the SDGs is to transform our world into one in which disabled people can participate equitably.

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The Sustainable Development Goals and Disability

The UN poster for the Sustainable Development Goals: 1) No poverty, 2) Zero hunger, 3) Good health and wellbeing, 4) Quality education, 5) Gender equality, 6) Clean water and sanitation, 7) Affordable and clean energy, 8) Decent work and economic growth, 9) Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 10) Reduced inequalities, 11) Sustainable cities and communities, 12) Responsible consumption and production, 13) Climate action, 14) Life below water, 15) Life on land, 16) Peace, justice and strong institutions, 17) Partnerships for the goals


The SDGs address all three dimensions of sustainable development: environmental, economic and social.

Although the word ‘disability’ is not directly mentioned in all the goals, disability is referenced in various places throughout the SDGs (11 times, to be exact!). Disability is specifically considered in areas of the goals relating to education, growth and employment, inequality, and accessibility of human settlements, as well as in the data collection and monitoring of the SDGs.

There may be aspects of the SDGs that don’t reference disability. But in reality, we can’t achieve any of them without ensuring the inclusion of disabled people. We must take an intersectional approach when considering the barriers disabled people face and how the goals need to flex to include us.

Three images. In the top photo, a dark-skinned person is sat at a table in a classroom, gesturing animatedly as they talk. Behind them, a brown man is watching attentively and smiling. In the middle photo, a group of Tongan people posing and smiling at the camera. In the bottom photo, a Zoom screen in presenter view reads "Welcome! Introduction to Needs Assessments. 7th February - 27th March. In the top right corner of the screen, Ruksar, a brown woman with long dark curly hair, is smiling as she speaks.

What do we do?

We work with local and international charities, government departments and non-government organisations (NGOs), to provide training programmes led by disabled and neurodiverse people. We equip disability practitioners and teachers with the skills and knowledge to provide enabling holistic assessments of needs, through our courses:

  • Introduction to Assistive Technology
  • Introduction to Disability Needs Assessment


Where have we worked?

In partnership with The Commonwealth of Learning and the Global Rainbow Foundation, we’ve delivered our courses to disability practitioners from 49 different NGOs and government ministries, across 7 Global South countries, including:

  • Kenya
  • Tonga
  • Mauritius
  • Botswana
  • Lesotho
  • Namibia
  • Seychelles


Train the Trainer

Our Train the Trainer is delivered to local disability practitioners in our partner countries to support and upskill them. Successful course participants will be able to deliver our ‘Introduction to Assistive Technology and Disability Needs Assessment’ two-part course to their own networks and communities.

We promote a sustainable knowledge-sharing approach (we also learn lots from trainees!) driven by the ambition to support communities around the world to meet their obligations regarding the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Our case studies

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