Newsletter Signup

Sign up to receive updates from the Open Society Foundations.

Disability Rights

Disability Rights

In truly inclusive democracies, persons with disabilities enjoy human rights on an equal basis with others and fully participate in society. The Open Society Foundations tackle deeply entrenched discriminatory laws, practices, and attitudes that hinder full equality and inclusion of persons with disabilities in their communities.

Learn More

Contact Us

Questions about our work on this topic? Please use this contact box.


The following Open Society programs focus on this topic.

More on the ideas and programs behind our work: Disability Rights. Hide info

Recent Work

Film Screening and Q&A—Intelligent Lives  

Dan Habib joins Open Society for a screening of his new film, which explores the value of attempts to measure intelligence as a way to predict a person’s potential to contribute meaningfully to the world.

How Civil Society Can Best Support Inclusive Education
Throughout Central Asia and Eastern Europe, parents of children with disabilities are struggling against bureaucracy, ignorance, and neglect. To fix this, civil society must build more spaces for advocacy and collaboration.
Q&A: How Parents in Tajikistan Are Organizing for Their Children’s Rights

Slowly but surely, a coalition of groups dedicated to the rights of children with disabilities is changing the way Tajikistan’s political and social worlds think about disability—and how to support parents as well as kids.

Kazakhstan’s Neglected Children

In order to ensure that every child in Kazakhstan has a chance to flourish, the country's government must move beyond superficial reforms and implement new policies to support children with disabilities.

A Roll of the Dice for an Accessible Pakistan

It’s not easy to be a person with disabilities in Pakistan, but one woman is hoping to raise the public’s awareness—in a way that’s actually fun.

Institutionalization Will Not Solve the U.S. Gun Problem

In response to escalating calls for more gun control, some U.S. leaders have recommended institutionalizing more people with mental health problems instead. But that would be a terrible—and tragic—mistake.