About HPDO

What HPD-O Purports to Mean

HPD-O came into being in December 1994 with cross-impairment membership and leadership of / by PWDs.  It has set out for action since then with its name signaling and outlining its way forward movement. Now a days, the Policy Guidelines for Inclusive Sustainable Development Goals Foundations (Advanced Version) of the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (2020) requires majority membership of PWDs and leadership by PWDs for an OPD.

The composition of the cross-impairment membership of HPDO and the scope of its programs involving and addressing the felt needs of persons with differing disabilities, together with the participation of their family members constitute significant whole marks of HPDO that identify it as an OPD. 

With these organizational facets in mind HPDO stands out to be one of OPDs in Ethiopia likely to be consulted with and actively involved by the government in the process of the development and implementation of all polices and legislations as well as in all decision-making process that affect PWDs (UNCRPD,2006, Art. 4.3).

HPDO plays it’s role in this regard by taking advantage of the CSOs Proclamation No. 1113/2019 of the government of Ethiopia which encourages CSOs(including OPDs) to engage in the advancement and advocacy of the rights and interests of their respective constituents. the mandate objectives, operational principles and values, as well as the powers and functions of HPDO are defined and reframed by its present Bylaw in a way that empowers it to work legitimately in collaboration with government and non-government actors, including kindred OPDs within the framework of a series of its dynamic consecutive 5-year strategic plans.

Strategic Mandate Objectives

HPD-O’s vision and mission are well captured in its strategic mandate objectives stipulated by its current registered bylaws that purport to:

  • Endeavor to make awareness the public that disability is an impediment not only to the individual having impairment but also to the society at large;
  • Strive, through education,  to contribute to the gradual elimination of bad traditional values and wrong perceptions towards persons with impairment;
  • Endeavor to help persons with impairment to lead descent standard of living in a spirit of self-confidence and self-reliance that can be attained through the maximization of proper psycho-social personality, sense of dignity and self-worth;     
  • Assist national and local initiatives to prevent blindness and the incidence of other impairments;
  • Devise and diligently engage to implement educational, health and other psycho-social and economic rehabilitation programs generally and positively impacting persons with visual and other impairments and having particular relevance and utility to each category of persons with specific impairment;  
  • Diligently help persons with impairment to become users of adaptive and appropriate technologies;    
  • Participate in and endeavor to the success of the national initiative of poverty reduction by contributing to the creation of conducive environment for the deployment of persons with impairment in income generating and self-help productive interventions.      


HPD-O envisions modern society inclusive of PWDs as equal members and participants.


Promoting accessible and inclusive social service environment for underserved PWDs through the enhancement of equal access to appropriate  services.


P.O.BOX 34711
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Phone: 25111-123-13-67


Tel: +251-911-24-18-03

Email: contact@hpdoethiopia.org