With more than a billion people with disabilities — 15% of the world’s population — they are one of the most disadvantaged and marginalised groups in society.

They are routinely denied their most basic human rights — cut off from education, employment and healthcare. Many live in extreme poverty.

International development efforts have led to millions of people now living better and healthier lives. However, people with disabilities have been consistently left out of these global development gains. This has created a ‘disability and development gap’.

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Bridging the Gap — our international strategy, 2015–2020

Our new strategy outlines our vision for the next five years.

Our ambitious aim is to double our impact, enriching the lives and promoting independence for more than 100,000 persons with disabilities across Africa and Asia.

Global Alliance

We proudly host the secretariat for the Leonard Cheshire Disability Global Alliance, a network of over 200 independently managed Cheshire organisations working in 54 countries across Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Our approach to international development

We take a unique approach to international development through:

  • Innovative development programmes that transform the lives of disabled people in 12 countries in Africa and Asia through education and livelihoods.
  • Cutting edge campaigns that empower people with disabilities to bring about lasting change.
  • World class research at our world renowned disability and inclusive development centre at University College London that improves policy, practice and programmes.