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Disabled Peoples' International

Disabled Peoples' International (DPI) is a cross disability, consumer controlled[1] international non-governmental organization (INGO) headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and with regional offices in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and North America and the Caribbean. DPI is a network of national organizations or assemblies of disabled people, established in 1981 by Singaporean disability rights activist, Ron Chandran-Dudley,[2] to promote the human rights of disabled people through full participation, equalization of opportunity and development. DPI assists organizations in over 152 nations with the day to day issues of helping disabled people. They also host assemblies and symposiums across the world with their different national branches.[3]

The goals of DPI are to:[4]

  • Promote the human rights of disabled people
  • Promote economic and social integration of disabled people
  • Develop and support organizations of disabled people

DPI holds special consultative status with the United Nations and collaborates with many international organizations and governments of the world.

Court casesEdit

In 1983 Disabled Peoples' International filed a complaint against the United States with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights[5] due to a brief military intervention in Grenada where a mental institution was bombed by the United States, injuring six and killing sixteen people.[6]


Human Rights DefendersEdit

Human Rights Defenders was started by DPI in 2011 to help people with disabilities in developing countries. They want to improve the legal, social, and economical issues that affect people with disabilities. As of 2013, Human Rights Defenders established two Women's Global Networks that promote rights of women with disabilities. They also set up a youth organization to promote rights for youths with disabilities. The Project was closed in 2013.[7]

Hatchery For GuyanaEdit

Hatchery for Guyana was started so that people with disabilities in Guyana would have honest employment. This project sold baby chicks to people with disabilities to rear so that they could earn an honest living and make a tangible contribution to society. Though DPI did not start this project, it did take place in funding it.[8]


  1. ^ "United States International Council on Disabilities - Disabled Peoples' International". Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  2. ^ Joanna Seowjoseow (2015-12-31). "Ron Chandran-Dudley, champion of people with disabilities, dies at 81, Singapore News & Top Stories". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  3. ^ Hurst, Rachel (199). "Disabled People's Organisations and Development: Strategies for change" (PDF). Centre for Disability Studies. University of Leeds. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  4. ^ Extracts from 'Proceedings of the First World Congress' Disabled Peoples' International, Singapore, 30 November - 4 December 1981 (PDF).
  5. ^ "Right to Life during Armed Conflict: Disabled Peoples' International v. United States, The 29 Harvard International Law Journal 1988". Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  6. ^ "Right to Life during Armed Conflict: Disabled Peoples' International v. United States, The 29 Harvard International Law Journal 1988". Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  7. ^ "Project profile: Human Rights Defenders - Disabled Peoples International 2011-2013". Global Affairs Canada ( Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  8. ^ "Disabled People's Development Projects". Independent Living Institute. Retrieved 2016-02-23.

Further readingEdit

  • Driedger, Diane (1989). Last Civil Rights Movement : Disabled Peoples’ International. New York: St. Martin's.

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