Input Needed: Nothing Without Us: USAID Disability Policy

Comments due Friday, December 15, 2023, at 5:00 PM ET
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking comments on the draft of an update to the agency’s disability policy, which guides its work to advance inclusion of people with disabilities.

Submit comments online until 5:00 pm EST on December 15, 2023.

Excerpt from the policy draft:
“This 2023 ‘Nothing Without Us: USAID Disability Policy’ responds to stakeholder feedback and updates promising practices, places USAID’s work within the current global context, and situates USAID to fulfill its long-standing commitment to nondiscrimination and inclusion of persons with disabilities in society on an equitable basis with others. The policy also positions USAID to partner with persons with disabilities in meeting the myriad challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. 

The goal of this policy is to advance empowerment and elevate the lives of the world’s more than one billion persons with disabilities by ensuring that USAID and implementing partners recognize, respect, value, meaningfully engage, include, and are intentional in ensuring that persons with disabilities and their representative organizations benefit equitably from our work as equal partners. Intentional and meaningful inclusion of persons with disabilities across all areas of USAID’s work is key to ensuring that countries can meet their development goals and potential. Moreover, meaningful and intentional disability-inclusion is fundamental to ensuring that development and humanitarian assistance is both effective and cost-effective.”

Instructions on How to Make Comments

When reviewing the draft, please enter any comments or edits into the comment boxes on the form. Reviewers are welcome to submit comments individually or work with their organizations to submit comments collectively. If you are unable to use this form for disability accessibility reasons, please reach out to

Your feedback is welcome especially on the following: 

  • Sections or statements where clarification is needed; 
  • Major gaps and/or inaccuracies; and 
  • Sections or statem
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