RI Regions

NA & Canada

RI member USICD (U.S. International Council on Disability) applauds the recent appointment by U.S. President Joe Biden of Sara Minkara as U.S. Special Advisor on International Disability Rights at the Department of State.

USICD held a Power of International Development and Inclusion panel co-hosted with Trick Up and Sponsored by J.P. Morgan Chase on July 8.

USICD also co-hosted a two-day webinar on September 7 and 8 on A Call to Action to Protect the Right to Family: International Challenges and Solutions for Children in Orphanages and Residential Care Worldwide. USICD will mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities during its Annual Awards Gala on December 2 (virtual format) when it honors U.S. Senator Robert Menendez as well as H.E. Mrs. Catalina Devandes and Dr. Victor Pineda. USICD and other disability advocacy organizations in the United States continue to advocate for passage of President Biden’s “Build Back Better” legislative package that includes $250 billion in annual funding to support home and community-based services for people with disabilities.


Joint work with the Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC) body to implement new norms on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Canadian level for physiotherapy programs across Canada.

In-process: technical, staffing and content support for the Canadian shadow report the CRPD under the leadership of BCANDS http://www.bcands.bc.ca (submission: Jan 2022). Coverage including the article 11 on situations of risks and humanitarian emergencies, art. 32 on international cooperation. Ongoings research and advocacy work on disability-inclusive practices and inclusive climate-change adaptation and disaster risk management.


Vice President, North America

Mathieu Simard

Deputy Vice-President, North America

News & Events

Zhang Haidi attends RI executive committee meeting in Qingdao

By Wang Yanfang Intro: Zhang Haidi, president of Rehabilitation International, presided over the organization's executive committee meeting in Qingdao on May 28 and delivered a speech. The unveiling ceremony for a cooperative research center and autism research center...

University of Rehabilitation Science officially opens

By Wang Yanfang Intro: After almost a decade of effort, the University of Rehabilitation Science, proposed by Zhang Haidi, president of Rehabilitation International (RI), has officially opened. The University of Rehabilitation Science [uor.edu.cn] After almost a...

Everything about us with us

By Wang Yanfang Intro: Zhang Haidi, president of Rehabilitation International (RI) and former chairperson of China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF), delivered a speech at the annual high-level panel discussion on human rights mainstreaming at the 55th session of...

Support our work.

Make a difference in the lives of disabled people around the world. RI welcomes new opportunities to expand its own capacities through collaboration with other organizations.

Translate »