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.
A More Open Future
Q&A: In Kyrgyzstan, a Small Investment Can Make a Big Difference
Using accessible and innovative approaches such as music, dancing, street theater, and more, rights advocates in Kyrgyzstan are doing the grassroots-level work that is essential for a healthy civil society.
A Watershed for the Rights of People with Disabilities
In much of the world today, people with disabilities are confronted with a legal system that denies their basic rights to autonomy, dignity, and inclusion. Two successful reform efforts in Peru and Colombia, however, show that there's a better way.
Q&A: Kazakhstan’s Theater for All
Literal Action, a groundbreaking inclusive theater project in Kazakhstan, is trying to redefine how both audiences and performers understand theater—and unlock its radically inclusive potential.
People with Disabilities, Public Policy, and the “Right to Fail”
A new documentary from PBS Frontline and ProPublica poses a challenging question: How can policymakers ensure a “right to fail” when it comes to providing care to people transitioning out of group homes?
How Effective Are U.S. Testing Practices on Children with Intellectual Disabilities?
A new documentary follows three pioneering young adults with intellectual disabilities as they make their way through the educational system and the workforce.
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.