Uganda Society of Disabled Children was founded in 1986, providing direct support to children with disabilities and their families. Initially, the organisation was managed and controlled from London, UK, but in 2000 USDC became a locally managed and run non-governmental organisation (NGO). From its small beginnings, the scope of work was continuously widened and in the 1990s, a community based approach was adopted. Today, the society operates in 14 core districts including Kampala and 11 other districts working in partnerships.
While USDC continuous to directly work with parents and children using a community based rehabilitation approach, USDC strives to build capacities on family, community and governmental level, advocating and lobbying to ensure children with disabilities and their families have the same rights and opportunities.
USDC works to influence government and society to create inclusive structures and change attitudes towards children with disabilities and their families. The dual approach of working with beneficiaries directly as well as with stakeholders leads enables USDC to work in a sustainable way as structures and attitudes are created that lead to long term change.