#DrawDisability - GLOBI, Global Observatory for Inclusion, GEFI, YAG

Photo: © Michael Chen

#DrawDisability is a global campaign launched by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), in partnership with the Global Observatory for Inclusion (GLOBI) and the United Nations Global Education First Initiative Youth Advocacy Group (GEFI-YAG).

The campaign has a three-fold nature, being:

1. an educational initiative, aimed at raising awareness in children and youth on disability and inclusion;

2. a global art project, aimed at collecting drawings from children and youth worldwide;

3. an advocacy campaign, aimed at empowering children and youth to become active global citizens.

On December 3, 2014, schools from all over the planet were encouraged to get involved in #DrawDisability. Teachers were invited to use the #DrawDisability Guidelines to promote critical reflections and awareness on disability within their classrooms, and children with and without disabilities were encouraged to #DrawDisability. Drawings could portray their understanding and feelings towards disability and related issues, such as accessibility, inclusion and discrimination. A selection of the best drawings were showcased at the World Education Forum in May 2015 in Incheon, South Korea, and the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP-CRPD) in June 2015 in New York, USA.

After the campaign deadline on June 30th, a jury of experts selected 250 drawings out of almost 3000 submissions from 50 countries worldwide. From those 250 drawings, the 100 most voted (50 from each age group) were featured in the #DrawDisability exhibition at the United Nations Headquarters in New York (USA) in December 2015, to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

See the top 100 artworks of the #DrawDisability contest: enter the gallery!

#DrawDisability champions

 The #DrawDisability Book!

Almost 3000 drawings from 50 countries were submitted to the #DrawDisability campaign by children and youth with and without disabilities. We asked the public to vote online for their favourite artworks and the #DrawDisability Book is the outcome of this process. The 100 drawings displayed in the #DrawDisability Book represent the great variety of contexts and perspectives conveyed by children and youth on the themes of disability and inclusion. All these messages are important: next to highlighting the need for our increased efforts to overcome stereotypes and discrimination, they also teach us that where we may see obstacles and suffering, children often see beauty, strength, resilience and hope. Flip trough the pages or download the #DrawDisability Book in accessible formats!


Accessible formats:

HTML: #DrawDisability Book – HTML

EPUB: #DrawDisability Book – EPUB

DAISY: #DrawDisability Book – Daisy

 On December 3, 2015, on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, GEFI, GLOBI and YAG hosted a Round Table Discussion at the United Nations Headquartes in New York (USA) titled Leave No One Behind: Continuing Conversations on Inclusive Education”.

Opening remarks by Min Jeong Kim, Secretariat of the UN Global Education First Initiative


Sumaya Saluya, GEFI-YAG Co-chair


Andrea Pregel, President Global Observatory for Inclusion (GLOBI)

Rolando Jr Villamero, Fellow Jeanne Sauve Public Leadership Programme, GEFI YAG

Lieve Sabbe, UNICEF Programme Specialist – Children with Disabilities

Dr. Christopher Lee, Department Head of Accessibility Solutions and Research Center at Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Danielle Peers, Banting Post-Doctoral Fellow (SSHRC) with the Critical Disability Working Group, Concordia University

Watch the video of the conference:


On 29 November, 2015, GLOBI’s Co-founder and President Andrea Pregel delivered a talk on #DrawDisability at TEDxCrocetta in Turin (Italy). You can watch the video here:

Download the full description of the project: #DrawDisability • Concept Note


HTML: #DrawDisability • Concept Note – HTML

EPUB: #DrawDisability • Concept Note – EPUB

DAISY: #DrawDisability • Concept Note – DAISY

 » Learn how to support #DrawDisability

 Guidelines for teachers

(English, Español, Français, Italiano, български, اردو)

#DrawDisability guidelines banner

#DrawDisability submission

#DrawDisability partners

#DrawDisability partners home

In this video, inclusive education experts share their views on the #DrawDisability campaign, and some of the thousands of children who took part talk about their artworks:

See the 250 finalists: enter the gallery!

#DrawDisability - The finalists!

See thousands of drawings from 50 countries!

Enter the gallery!

#DrawDisability - The Gallery


The #DrawDisability campaign had its first international exhibition at the World Education Forum 2015 on May 18-21, 2015 in Incheon (Republic of Korea). This was part of #DrawDisability’s thrust of raising the awareness of the global community about disability and inclusive education.

Read the report and watch the pictures!

#DrawDisability exhibition

The #DrawDisability campaign had its second international exhibition at the UNICEF Headquarters in New York (USA) during the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP-CRPD) on June 9-11.

#DrawDisability at COSP-CRPD

On November 10, 2015, A World at School hosted a Google+ Hangout session: “#DrawDisability: Reflections on Successes and Impacts“. The panel was composed by Rolando Jr Villamero, GEFI/GLOBI/YAG representative, Debra Ruh, a mother of a child with Down Syndrome and an internationally recognised advocate and leader in disability, inclusion, and accessibility, Diane Richler, former President of Inclusion International and a Senior Fellow to Joseph P. Kennedy Fellowship Program on International Policy, and Cheryl Perera, Canadian Member of the UN Global Education First Initiative Youth Advocacy Group (GEFI-YAG) and moderator of the discussion. Watch the video!

#DrawDisability hangout

On March 19, 2015, A World at School hosted a new Google+ Hangout session to discuss the role of “Art as Tool for Inclusion”. The panel was composed by Dr. Tom Shakespeare (UK), senior lecturer, researcher, disability advocate, writer and artist; Maria Omare (Kenya), advocate for the rights of persons with disability working in Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa; Ry Sedrick Bolodo (Philippines), visual artist who has experience working with children with and without disabilities in the grassroots communities; and Rolando Jr Villamero (Philippines), GEFI/GLOBI/YAG representative. Watch the video!

#DrawDisability hangout March

On February 6, 2015, A World at School hosted a Google+ Hangout to present the #DrawDisability Guidelines for Teachers and to share ideas to promote the inclusion of children and youth with disabilities within educational environments. Watch the video!

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#DrawDisability was launched on December 3, 2014, on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD).

Watch the video of the Google+ Hangout session!

#DrawDisability Launch Event