The issue is not the absence of equal rights but the inability to exercise them

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Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Forum established in 1996 is secular, non-profit organisation.

CBR Forum plays a proactive and promotional role in Community Based Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities in India and in the inclusion of persons with disabilities in community development programmes.

The purpose of CBR Forum is to work with all persons with disabilities, their families, communities, organizations and institutions on empowerment and inclusion of persons with disabilities by facilitating disabled people’s organizations to address the gaps that exist at various levels.

Our priority groups among persons with disabilities are:

  • poorest of the poor in un-reached rural or urban areas
  • people with multiple and severe disabilities
  • children and - women

We do our work in partnership with over 80 development organisations across 17 states of India.

District Level Initiatives - the path ahead

“DLI is a means of facilitating/ strengthening a movement of persons with disabilities at Block/ District level, which will address the on-going needs and rights of persons with disabilities during and after the partnerships with our partner NGOs”

Vision of District Level Initiative (DLI)

“Persons with disabilities exercise their civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights and responsibilities in compliance with Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities through systemic change by being part of a cross disability movement"

Click on the following links for DLI Partners in the district:

1. Koraput - Orissa

2. West Khasi Hills - Meghalaya

3. East Godavari - Andhra Pradesh

Advocacy and Lobbying

CBR Forum actively engages with the Government, Disabled People’s Organisations, NGOs and people's movements in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities.

One of the strategy of strengthening the disability advocacy programme is by facilitating Disability Advocacy Programme (DAP) twice a year in one of the partner NGOs in every region. During this programme the representatives from the CBR Team and local DPOs (Disabled People's Organization) from the region participate for learning and replicating this process by all our partner NGOs in the country.


Disability Advocacy Programme at Tiruvallur, Tamil Nadu

Impact of the Disability Advocacy by District Level Initiative partner NGOs and DPOs in East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, 2011-12

Features of our website

Latest News, Information and Updates in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities are updated on a weekly basis

You can access various National and International Resources on Disability and Human Rights - updated regularly

You can access a variety of training materials that are posted on our page on Publications

You can get more information on CBR as CBR Forum understands

"It has never been a goal for the disability movement to obtain privileges. Equal opportunities and the same rights as other citizen are what we have sought to achieve and this is precisely what the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will provide - Holger Kallahange


Video from a Community Based Rehabilitation Programme

Our partner Swabalambi, Guwahati, Assam, India