Accessibility Organization for Afghan Disabled (AOAD) is an Afghan non-profit organization it is mission statement is to support people with disabilities by promoting their humanitarians, political and social rights and providing various services for inclusion in the society and family.
History and Legal Status: AOAD was first founded through a small grant project of the ABILIS Foundation of Finland for physical accessibility, and building-Ramps constructions in the schools in Kabul in 2007. Before this AOAD was working as an informal common social platform for Persons with Disabilities (PWD), who were working as volunteers for their rights and recognition and full participation.
Established in May 2007 and based in Kabul-Afghanistan, Accessibility Organization for Afghan Disabled (AOAD) is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organization, formed by Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and working for Persons with Disabilities, their direct family members, women rights, and other vulnerable and segregated groups, as peer-support and disability advocacy organization. Under Registration number No.956, AOAD is registered with the Ministry of Economy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. AOAD promotes disability rights and inclusion in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 2015-2030). We are now serving as an umbrella organization for the traditional rural Disabled Person Organizations (DOPs) which were instrumental in the creation of AOAD as a formal disability organization.
I am happy to share and celebrate AOAD’s success, jointly, with our bilateral donors, national and International partners, communities and the people with disabilities, who brought visible changes and equalities differences in their lives and move onwards with great hope, zeal and enthusiasm towards a sustainable and enduring social and economic wellbeing and addressing their rights as leaders. Definitely AOAD’s 2020 was a small step towards national rehabilitation and development agenda, but stimulated big hope among our target communities for better future, which in turn reflect our programmatic efficiency and effectiveness during the decade.
Our passion has always been to see people living with disabilities are included in mainstream life, have full and equal rights, and everyone has the best opportunity for health, well-being, education, physical rehabilitation skill development and empowerment. During 2020 I had the honor to meet so many beneficiaries mostly persons with disabilities included in AOAD projects of Skill Training, Job-creation, Physical Rehabilitations, Foods distributions, Clothes distributions and community mobilization for self-help.
The Global Pandemic of COVID-19, was a hot-shock in the 2020, which imposed a national level catastrophe for Afghanistan resulting into lockdowns, road closers, increasing conflicts, and also shortage of the funding. But thanks to the International community and donor’s solidarity who continued their financial contributions for AOAD and thanks to AOAD’s front-liners who kept their work without any lockdown and reached to the needy people, particularly, in the hard-to-reach areas.
Taking this opportunity let me present my hearty thanks and gratitude to the committed and courageous AOAD staff who, throughout 2020, uninterruptedly continued the operations, despite countrywide lockdown and life-threatening risk of COVID-19. Let me wish you all to have a safe, healthy and successful 2021, with full peace and prosperity in Afghanistan and rest of the world.
Protection, Equal Rights, Dignity, Inclusion, and Prosperity for persons with disability
To promote dignity and quality of life of Persons with Disabilities through provision of capacity, facilities,
services, and access to mainstream livelihood, in a sustainable manner.