The Disability Inclusion Institutional Framework (DIIF)

The Disability Inclusion Institutional Framework (DIIF) is a conceptual framework and checklist designed to support higher education leadership teams in scaling up Disability Inclusion throughout their organisations and across sectors with all stakeholders.

The graphic below provides a visual representation of the 12 themes comprising the DIIF and the interrelated nature of them:


The Disability Inclusion Institutional Framework (UK) is the outcome of robust systematic review of approximately 500 articles from an initial data base of approximately, 11,000 peer reviewed academic papers on disability inclusion (DI) involving lead authors from 50 countries. Each academic paper was scrutinised for methodological quality, relevance, and transferability (Evans, et. al., 2021), and subjected to thematic analysis using deductive and inductive approaches. Inter- and intra-rater checking was employed throughout to assure findings. Expert reports and associated works (n =100), publicly available institutional data on inclusion, and 8 panel interviews with 37 expert stakeholders were also used in the evolution of the framework.

DIIF International

This version of the DIIF (Int.) has been adapted for International contexts.

The DIIF themes

A summary of the 12 DIIF themes is illustrated in the graphic below:

The 12 DIIF themes are interrelated as demonstrated in the conceptual model.