Able Child Africa was initially founded in 1984 as the Uganda Society for Disabled Children (USDC) to support children injured by the Ugandan Civil War in the 1970’s and 80’s.

In 2007, USDC in the UK became Able Child Africa and began supporting work with children with disabilities in other countries and with additional partners.

35 years. One amazing movement to change the lives of children and young people with disabilities.

1948: The United Nations adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

1984: Able Child Africa is founded by Sir David Scott, a former British High Commissioner in Uganda and by Leana Arain, the first female magistrate in Uganda, as the Uganda Society for Disabled Children.

1990: The Convention on the Rights of the Child came into force on the 2nd of September.

1992: The UN establishes December 3rd as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

2000: USDC is registered as a local and independent NGO in Uganda.

2006: The UN General Assembly adopts the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

2007: USDC UK becomes Able Child Africa and starts working with Action Network for the Disabled (ANDY) and Little Rock Inclusive Early Childhood Development Centre in Kenya.

2008: Able Child Africa begins working with Child Support Tanzania (CST) in Tanzania.

2011: We launch our Friends of Able Child Africa programme at our first annual Gala Dinner in the UK, as our team begins to grow.

2012: In recognition of our work getting young people with disabilities involved in sport, Able Child Africa, alongside our partner ANDY, is selected to carry the Paralympic torch during the London 2012 games.

2016: Able Child Africa partners with UWEZO Youth Empowerment in Rwanda.

2018: The first-ever Global Disability Summit is held in London, at which Able Child Africa plays a prominent role.

2019: UK Department for International Development launches their new disability framework.

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