Tools for promotion and implementation of inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action

The Inclusion Guideline

Download this short guideline developed by the TIC project on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, reminding you of 6 simple keys for inclusion.

Some user-friendly, illustrated sources of inspiration
for field logisticians*

*Always check your country guidelines, communicate with your technical referent and make sure you are following the legal regulations in the country you are working in before applying them.

Accessible and inclusive design handbook


“This document is a practical tool for the design of facilities which are user friendly for everyone. It defines the principal requirements to ensure our health care facilities are accessible to all."

Physical Accessibility Assessment Form


"This document is an extension of the Accessible and Inclusive Design Handbook. It is an assessment tool that can evaluate the level of accessibility and inclusivity in existing facilities by collecting relevant data."

16 minimum requirements for inclusive post-disaster reconstruction


“This publication offers a quick checklist to easily embed universal design and accessibility principles into the design of homes in a post disaster situation.

Disasters provide an opportunity to build back better, safer and more accessible for all. They also offer the possibility to incorporate universal design principles into new construction, which is the most cost-effective way to improve the accessibility of built environments. With this publication, CBM aims to provide guidance for the design and the building of accessible individual housing and shelters in a post-disaster context. The publication includes 16 minimum requirements with information on ways of implementing accessibility and Design for All, as well as technical recommendations and practical solutions. It targets construction professionals, occupational therapists, users, decision makers and other relevant actors involved in post disaster reconstruction activities.” 

General Accessibility Guidelines
Iraq - 2017

 By Handicap International

"Access to facilities is a right for all people, including those with temporary and permanent impairments such as injuries and disabilities, in order to fulfil their basic needs. Access to facilities should be promoted by physical and sensorial access as well as positive attitude towards encouraging persons with particular vulnerabilities to use accessible facilities.

In this document, general guidelines are provided to improve accessibility. Improving access, safety and use of the facilities will not only benefit people with disabilities but also other vulnerable groups such as children, pregnant women and elderly."

If you wish to have more comprehensive information
on this topic, the following documents are useful as references for strategic planning and policy development.

Humanitarian inclusion standards
for older people and people with disabilities


“The Humanitarian inclusion standards for older people and people with disabilities are designed to help address the gap in understanding the needs, capacities and rights of older people and people with disabilities, and promote their inclusion in humanitarian action.

They are designed both to strengthen the accountability of humanitarian actors to older people and people with disabilities, and to support the participation of older people and people with disabilities in humanitarian action. The standards can be used as guidance for programming, and as a resource for training and advocacy, particularly for influencing organisational policies and practice to be more inclusive.” 

All under one roof


“Persons with disabilities often experience discrimination and exclusion, despite the adoption of an increasingly rights-based approach to humanitarian assistance. The past three decades have witnessed a growing awareness of disability issues and the emergence and spread of disabled people’s organisations.

The growing awareness must be accompanied by practical measures to identify and reduce the barriers faced by persons with disabilities in an emergency situation. The capacity of disabled people's own organisations must be developed and used to inform humanitarian action and build resilient and inclusive communities. All Under One Roof wants to transform the way humanitarian organisations approach inclusion and accessibility in their shelter and settlement programmes. It is the result of a collaborative process that started in 2013, involving CBM, Handicap International and IFRC.”

Accessible Components for the Built Environment: Technical Guidelines embracing Universal Design


"Accessibility to sites, facilities and buildings is one of the most important prerequisites for the inclusion of both children and adults with disabilities. To a great extent, it determines the opportunity that all children, particularly those with disabilities need to be able to fulfil their right to education, health and community participation. It is also an area where tangible progress and results can be demonstrated."

"[The objective of these guidelines is] to provide concise technical guidelines for UNICEF and partners to ensure accessible construction in all UNICEF premises and programme infrastructure, as per universal design principles."

Communications guidelines

Words matter. They shape how we see the world, and that's why we should pay them extra attention when talking about and with people in a vulnerable positions. But, unfortunately, many older phrases referring to disability are condescending or downright derogatory. So we've collected some guidelines and glossary here that provide general guidance of most commonly agreed interactions and terminology.


By TIC Project on Inclusion of persons with disabilities in MSF

"The purpose of this document is to support mainstreaming of inclusion in our communications and speaking out. The explanations gathered in the glossary are drawn from or based on the existing reference documents to ensure coherence of MSF communications with how the highlighted concepts are used in the broader field of disability inclusion.” 

Editorial guidance

 By TIC Project on Inclusion of persons with disabilities in MSF

"This short editorial guidance is complementary to the TIC project’s glossary. The purpose is to support mainstreaming of inclusion in our communications and speaking out through correct and consistent use
of disability-related terms."


Disability-inclusive language guidelines


"This document contains recommendations that United Nations staff, experts and collaborators can use in their
oral and written communications on disability or other subjects, including speeches and presentations, press
releases, social media posts, internal communications and other formal and informal documents."


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