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3 days, every 4 years, 1,000 of the world’s leading disability experts unite, committed to creating a more inclusive and accessible world for all.


Day 1: Employment, education and skills– looking at how policy and practice can support people with disabilities to access and succeed in work, education and training

Day 2:  Independent living – exploring policy and practical approaches to promote independent living for people with disabilities and impairments

Day 3: International development and partnerships – looking at how approaches and ideas from around the world can create a more inclusive and accessible world for disabled people everywhere.

Live streaming

If you are unable to attend the Congress, you can still participate by watching the live stream of the main plenary sessions online. 

You can watch both the main stream and the palantype stream

The first plenary takes place at 10.30 am on Tuesday 25 October. You can view full details of the plenary times by reading the programme.

Accessible Congress guide documents

You can download the following documents:

Delegate Book

Congress Schedule

Congress Easy Read Schedule

Programme – Accessible Word Document

Fringe Events – Accessible Word Document

Parallel Sessions – Accessible Word Document

Speakers Corner – Accessible Word Document

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Who should attend?

RI World Congress attracts delegates from disability related disciplines including:

  • Researchers
  • Policy makers
  • Employers
  • Businesses
  • Advocates
  • Practitioners
  • People with disabilities
  • Government officials
  • RI members

Why attend?

This prestigious three day congress in Edinburgh will inspire, motivate and energise your work. It encompasses speeches, discussions and workshops that will tackle the very real day to day issues facing the world’s people with disabilities. You’ll discover best in class solutions that will have a tangible, positive impact on peoples’ lives.

  • Learn from high profile speakers and workshop leaders drawn from around the world
  • Share best practice and best in class solutions – have a positive impact on disabled peoples’ lives
  • Energise and motivate yourself at a range of thought provoking workshops
  • Meet disability experts, build new networks and identify partners for the future

10 Reasons to attend RIWC

Our venue: the Edinburgh International Conference Centre

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre is situated at the heart of Scotland's elegant and historic capital city. As one of the world's outstanding conference venues, it will add to the energised and inclusive atmosphere at RI World Congress 2016.


The terms 'disabled people' and 'people with a disability' are used interchangeably deliberately to recognise that people with a disability/disabled people in different countries around the world have different preferences. No offence is intended to anyone – the most important thing is to promote inclusion and the life chances of disabled people/people with a disability.

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