World Institute on Disability

Berkeley, California

Founded in 1983, the World Institute on Disability’s (WID) mission is to eliminate barriers to full social integration and increase employment, economic security and health care for persons with disabilities, in communities and nations worldwide. WID creates innovative programs and tools; conducts research, public education, training and advocacy campaigns; and provides technical assistance. An internationally recognized public policy center, WID’s work focuses on issues that directly affect peoples ability to live independently.

Our Unique Contribution

WID offers a comprehensive curriculum focused on prevention of abuse for people with disabilities. This curriculum is DVD-based and was developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and Health and Human Services. The idea behind this curriculum is to enable people with disabilities to resist abuse and take charge of their lives and their care. The focus is on ending abuse and increasing empowerment in helping relationship and personal assistance services, as well as abuse in the general public sphere. WID also offers the inclusion of men with disabilities experiences with abuse, in their training curriculum.

Contact Us

World Institute on Disability

Marsha Saxton, Director of Research

Phone: (501) 225-6349

At a Glance

    Project Reach

  • National

    Agency Type

  • Adult or Child Protective Services
  • Deaf Organization
  • Disability Organization
  • Domestic Violence Program
  • Other

    Disability Focus

  • Cross-Disability

    Victimization Type

  • Caregiver Abuse
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Other
  • Sexual Violence
  • Stalking
  • Teen Dating Violence

    Solutions Implemented

  • Building Partnerships
  • Enhancing Services
  • Fostering Accountability
  • Increasing Research and Evaluation
  • Promoting Equality
  • Raising Awareness
  • Strengthening Prevention