When the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) were adopted in 2000, they did not explicitly include a disability focus. Inclusion International was the first organization to link people with intellectual disabilities and their families and the MDGs. II used the MDGs II developed an inclusive vision for the MDGs and defined disability-specific targets for achieving the MDGs in ways that were meaningful for people with intellectual disabilities and their families. II used this framework to guide our global study on poverty and disability and the corresponding 2004 global report, Hear Our Voices: People with an Intellectual Disability and their Families Speak Out on Poverty and Exclusion
Recognizing the importance of the MDGs and the opportunity they afforded, II fused its efforts with the vision of the MDGs and committed to contributing to the achievement of the MDGs for people with intellectual disabilities and their families. II used the MDGs to shape its strategic plan and the efforts of the organization.