Call for Applications – RI Centennial Award of Outstanding Contributions

On the occasion of RI's centennial anniversary, we are pleased to announce the RI Centennial Award of Outstanding Contributions that will be presented in conjunction with our Centennial Anniversary Celebrations, to commend individuals or organizations that have made...

Centenary Anniversary in 2023

100 Years · 1922- 2022Rehabilitation International (RI) is excited to announce that the 100th Anniversary Celebration will be held on May 19-23, 2023, in Beijing, China.We are celebrating 100 yearsThe 100th anniversary is a remarkable milestone for RI that grew from...

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RI has a long history of advocating for the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities worldwide. Being a global organization with members in over 100 countries and having consultative status with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs has enabled RI to carry out advocacy efforts on a national, regional and international basis.

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ECOWAS calls for stronger support for people with disabilities

A working group of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a regional political and economic union of 15 countries located in West Africa, urges stronger support for people with disabilities in a communique recently released during a regional...


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We created the original International Symbol of Access in 1969

By the late 1960s, as the disability movement grew, the need for a symbol to designate accessible facilities was being discussed in a number of countries. Different access symbols had already popped up in France, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. As former RI Global Secretary-General Norman Acton recalled, “several of us could see a messy situation developing with multiple symbols – so there was some urgency.”

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The RI World Congress 2021 took place in Aarhus 7-9 September 2021.

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