"Inclusion International - International League of Societies for Persons with Mental Handicap" (ILSMH) is a dense network of families, self-advocates and committed friends, working to better the lives of the 60 million persons living with intellectual disabilities, around the world. It unites close to 200 national member associations in 115 countries. It aims:
To ensure the best possible quality of life for persons with mental handicap, with the assistance of their families and specialists.
To circulate all useful information to member societies, keep them in touch with each other and further the creation of new societies.
To establish and develop contacts with governmental or non-governmental international organizations in order to be able to speak on behalf of persons with mental handicap, their families and society members.
To propagate the fundamental principles set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Mentally Retarded Persons.
To combat in every way abuse and discrimination towards them.
Inclusion International's Millennium Development Goals: Vision and Targets for 2015. Inclusion International begun the Parent Mobilisation Action Group initiative, in order to encourage parents of children with intellectual disability to become more involved in their national society at the local level in order to strengthen the organisation's effectiveness.
For several years, Inclusion International confined its work to setting up networks, disseminating information and lobbying. In recent years there has been a gradual shift towards more tangible forms of activity. It has published a number of documents in four languages (English, French, Spanish and German) and some in Portuguese and Arabic, and distributes them globally not only to its members but also to many decision-makers. It cooperates with several specialist organizations with a view to developing programmes and strategies in the field of mental handicap. It has made a contribution in connection with the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights in order that ethics, scientific technology and human rights may be considered in one context. With regard to human rights, Inclusion International is active in combating discrimination.