About us

We are an umbrella organisation of persons with disabilities that defends the interests of over 100 million persons with disabilities in Europe.

We are an independent non-governmental organisation (NGO) that brings together representative organisations of persons with disabilities from across Europe. Find out how we work.

We are run by persons with disabilities and their families. We are a strong united voice of persons with disabilities in Europe.

You may find more detailed information about us using the menu on the left (web) or above (mobile)

Promoting disability rights in Europe

We were created in 1996 by our member organisations to ensure that decisions at European level concerning persons with disabilities are taken with and by persons with disabilities. We have since established regular channels of advocacy to European institutions including the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the Council of the EU. Read our Strategic Framework 2017-2021

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Our vision is that persons with disabilities in Europe are fully included in society on an equal basis with others and that our human rights, as outlined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, are fully respected, protected and fulfilled.


Our mission is to ensure persons with disabilities full inclusion in society and access to our human rights through our active involvement in policy development, implementation and monitoring of the  UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Europe.

Our members

100 member organisations in four categories

Full members

Our full members are National Councils of Persons with Disabilities and European Organisations representing persons with disabilities. 

Ordinary members

Our ordinary members are organisations for persons with disabilities that are consistent with our aims and objectives.

Observer Members 

Our observer members are national organisations of persons with disabilities from countries outside the European Union.

Associate Members

Our associate members are non-profit organisations or companies that are committed to promoting our aims.


  • European Disability Forum
    Avenue des Arts 7-8, B-1210 Brussels
    +32 2 329 00 59