Full portrait of a young woman in a wheel chair laughing and smiling broadly. In the background are other wheelchair users at a table.

Socially Inclusive Societies should be based on the values of equality and non-discrimination.

For disabled people inclusion must include independent living, fully inclusive education, and access to information, the environment, and all social systems.

Independent Living is a tool for non-discrimination and social change. It ensures that disabled people can take part in our societies fully and equally.

Non-disabled people take independent living for granted every day of their lives.  So should disabled people. But this fundamental right is denied them.

In countries where there is good non-discrimination legislation, inclusion is improving.

The UN Convention defines what inclusion really means in terms of information and education. It can influence countries to include disabled people, (as do events such as the Paralympics).

Inclusion is the basis of all DAA's work and information.

“Inclusion for me is about society, which respects the humanity of its people. Inclusion happens when everyone feels appreciated and welcome to participate.”


The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has produced a video on the barriers to employment facing disabled people.

The UN Department of Public Information in partnership with the UN Department of Economic Affairs (DESA) has released a brief video on the stigma and discrimination that disabled people are forced to endure.

( Look for Programme #34)

Some of these videos need to be downloaded. You can download a free version of Real player at


At the 2008 Scope AGM Anne Pridmore made this speech on inclusion. To download the speech go to this page.


The Daa publishes the following papers on subjects related to Inclusion:

NHS - Kill or Cure

A speech made by Rachel Hurst on the 23rd April 2008.

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Disabled People and Health

An article for the alternative health report, “Global Health Watch” 2005-2006


Resource Kit 1 - Media Information

How the Media works – and how to make it work for you.

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Resource Kit 4 - Organisation Building

How to create and develop a campaigning organisation.

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Resource Kit 5 - Fund-raising

How funding works, how to find it – and how to spend it.

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Resource Kit 6 - Disabled Women - An International Resource Kit

Strategy and action for those who are particularly disadvantaged.

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