Membership Criteria

IDA members are global or regional organizations whose mission and objectives are the promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities, and who meet the following criteria:

Global Organizations

  • It shall be a legally established organization that has a global mandate and comprises member organizations from at least 50 individual countries, with members in at least three continents;
  • The majority of its member organizations shall be organizations composed and governed by persons with disabilities or, in the case of persons with intellectual disability, composed and governed by persons with intellectual disability and family members;
  • It shall have a majority of persons with disabilities in the governing bodies of the organization, or in the case of persons with intellectual disability, persons with intellectual disability and family members are in the majority of the governing bodies of the organization;
  • Its leadership is elected democratically by its members.

Regional Organizations

  • It shall be a legally established regional organization with national members in at least two-thirds of the countries of the region and open to the membership of all constituencies of persons with disabilities;
  • The majority of member organizations shall be organizations composed and governed by persons with disabilities or, in the case of persons with intellectual disability, composed and governed by persons with intellectual disability and family members;
  • It shall have a majority of persons with disabilities in the governing bodies of the organization, including its general assembly. Persons with intellectual disabilities can be represented by persons with intellectual disabilities and by family members;
  • Its leadership is elected democratically by its members.
  • No regional organization that is a member of a global member of IDA can itself become a member of IDA.

IDA's Observer Members take part in IDA Members' discussions, information sharing and support for eachother. As Observers, these organisations do not take part in formal decisions of the IDA Board...

Logos of all IDA Members

IDA currently comprises eight global and six regional organizations of persons with disabilities (DPOs). IDA also includes one Observer Member.  

Global IDA Membership coverage

IDA Global Representation Map: Europe 390 organisations in 50 countries; Americas 230 organisations in 43 countries; Arab Region 63 organisations in 16 countries; Africa 227 organisations in 52 countries; Asia-Pacific 251 organisations in 48 countries