Organizations for People with Disabilities

Information about the main organizations for people with disabilities as well as a useful glossary of Spanish/English terms related to disabilities...

The Colombian Federation of Organizations for People with Physical Disabilities (Federación Colombiana de Organizaciones de Personas con Discapacidad Física - FECODIF) is a non-governmental organisation created in 2003 to coordinate associations and organizations and offers support to people with disabilities, on a municipal, departmental, and regional level.

    : Carrera,16 A, No. 80-25, Bogotá 
    Tel: (1) 236 1016

The Zero Limits Foundation (Fundación Cero Limites) promotes integration between people with and without disabilities through artistic and cultural programmes, with an aim towards equality, accessibility, social inclusion, fostering talent and improving quality of life. The foundation is based in Bogotá but has links throughout the country.

  • Zero Limits Foundation
    : Diagonal Av., 61B, No. 22-31, Barrio San Luis, Bogotá
    Tel: (1) 481 0413

Discapacidad Colombia is a non-governmental organization providing information about disabilities in general, and resources in Colombia. The website (in Spanish) lists links to organizations from many different areas of public life, from education, to sport, to culture. It is an excellent resource for finding out information regarding living with disabilities in Colombia.

National Institute for Blind People (Instituto Nacional para Ciegos - INCI): Organization working with people with visual impairments.

  • INCI
    At: Carrera 13, No. 34-91, Bogotá

National Institute for Deaf People (Instituto Nacional para Sordos - INSOR): Organization working with people with hearing impairments.

    At: Carrera 57C, No. 64A - 29, Bogotá
    Tel: (1) 5421222

National Federation of Deaf People of Colombia (Federación Nacional de Sordos de Colombia - FENASCOL: Organization working with people with hearing impairments.

Colombian Network of Universities supporting Disabilities (Red Colombiana de Universidades por la Discapacidad - RCUD): A collaborative network of higher education institutions, public and private organizations, and individuals working to improve the inclusion process of people with disabilities in higher education.

Glossary of Useful Terms

Spanish English
Accesibilidad Accessibility
Alumno con necesidades educativas especiales Special needs student
Autosuficiencia Self-sufficiency
Ayudas técnicas Disability aid, such as a hearing-aid
Discapacidad física Physical disability
Discapacidad intelectual Intellectual disability
Discapacidad mental Mental disability
Discapacidad sensorial Sensory disability
Discapacidad auditiva Hearing impairment
Discapacidad visual Visual impairment
Educación especial Special needs education
Entorno físico accesible Accessible environment
Igualdad de oportunidades Equal opportunities
Lengua de señas Sign language
Trastorno del Espectro Autista Autistic Spectrum Disorder