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1922, Elyria OH (USA), as International Society for Crippled Children -- Société internationale d'assistance aux enfants estropiés. Registered in accordance with the law of the USA, 11 Apr 1929. Reorganized in 1939 as International Society for the Welfare of Cripples -- Société internationale pour la protection des invalides. The name International Society for Rehabilitation of the Disabled (ISRD) was adopted in 1960, at 8th World Congress. Subsequently changed title to RI - Rehabilitation International -- Réhabilitation internationale -- Rehabilitación Internacional. Constitution most recently amended, 19 June 2004, Oslo (Norway).


Advance the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities worldwide.

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2020 Aarhus, Denmark – Quadrennial World Congress

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Organizes: World Congress (every 4 years); regional conferences and meetings; international disability film/video festivals. Standing Commissions (7) work in the main areas of activity: Education; International Commission on Technology and Accessibility (ICTA); Leisure, Recreation and Sport; Medical; Organization and Administration; Social; Vocational. Specific concerns include: social barriers to integration; legislation concerning disability; barrier-free design; economics of disability; improving the image of disabled people through mass media; asserting leadership for persons with disabilities. Works with the UN and with other disability organizations to promote implementation of the 'UN Standard Rules for Equalization of Opportunities for People with Disabilities'. Technical support programme with UNICEF, launched 1980, works to integrate childhood disability prevention and rehabilitation into UNICEF's basic services, providing practical support to the disability focal point within UNICEF. Actively supports implementation of the Convention Concerning Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment and, with ILO, studies the impact of new technology on employment of persons with disabilities. Promotes regional action through Regional Committees, groupings and conferences. Originated International Symbol of Access as the universal signpost of accessibility for disabled persons. Mobilized members at the Summit for Social Development, Mar 1995, to lobby for commitment by Heads of State to implement substantive disability policies.


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Relations with 6 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 24 non-governmental organizations.
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