About Inclusion London

Inclusion London’s mission is to promote Deaf and Disabled people’s equality and inclusion by supporting Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations (DDPOs) and campaigning for rights for Deaf and Disabled people across the UK.

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Our vision

An inclusive world, free of disabling barriers where diversity and human rights are valued and upheld, and where all Disabled people have dignity, choice & control, justice, inclusion and equality.

Our mission

To promote Disabled people’s equality and inclusion by strengthening our disability rights & justice movement, by capacity building Deaf and Disabled people’s organisations (DDPOs) to deliver empowering and inclusive services and by supporting DDPOs to have a strong and influential collective voice on issues affecting our diverse communities.

Our values

All our work is based on the followings core values and principles:

· We believe every human being has equal Human rights and is of equal value and worth.

· We are committed to creating an inclusive society, free of all discrimination where everyone can participate and contribute and where diversity, in all its forms including impairment, is valued.

· We believe in a social model of disability that says that people with impairments are disabled by the way society is run and organised and we believe in a cultural model of Deafness that celebrates Deaf people’s linguistic culture and language.

· We believe in taking an intersectional anti-racist approach to our work. We value Disabled people’s intersectional experience and understand Disabled people’s inclusion and equality cannot be achieved until all human beings achieve justice, equality and inclusion.

· We believe in independent living in its fullest sense as defined by the UN Convention of the rights of Disabled people (UNCRDP).

· We are passionate about the unique value of DDPOs, as organisations run by and for Disabled people, in achieving equality for Disabled people and passionate about raising awareness and understanding of the contribution DDPOs make to London.

· We believe in ‘Nothing about us without us’ – that Disabled people and our organisations should be fully involved in decisions and issues that affect us.


You can read our Strategic Business Plan for 2022-25 here:

Inclusion London Strategic Business Plan 2022-25 (Word doc)

Inclusion London Strategic Business Plan 2022-25 (pdf)

You can read our Intersectional Action Plan for 2022-25 here:

Inclusion London Intersectional Action Plan 2022-25 (Word doc)

Inclusion London Intersectional Action Plan 2022-25 (pdf)

Our history

Inclusion London was set up in 2008. Since then we have built a strong reputation for delivering effective, accessible services that upskill, strengthen and support London’s Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations, and for voicing and representing the views of Deaf and Disabled Londoners.

What is a DDPO?

We support Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations (DDPOs) and organisations which are working to become DDPOs. Being a DDPO means:

  1. An organisation’s Management Committee or Board has at least 75% of representation from Deaf and Disabled people and;
  2. At least 50% of their paid staff team are Deaf or Disabled people with representation at all levels of the organisation and;
  3. They provide services for or work on behalf of Deaf and Disabled people.

There is more information on our What is a DDPO page.

What do we mean by Disabled People?

We use the term Disabled people to cover all groups of people with impairment including: people with learning difficulties, people who experience mental distress, Deaf people, people with visual impairment, people with hearing impairment, people who are neuro-divergent, people with long term health conditions, people with invisible impairments and people with physical impairment. We recognise and respect that some of the groups (in our definition) do not think of themselves as being disabled but we believe we are united by the disabling barriers we face in a disablist society.