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Join us at the 23rd RI World Congress

The international forum for disability research and practice

In an increasingly interconnected world, the RI movement is the best international vehicle to raise awareness and help change the lives of people with disabilities for the better.

The congress in Edinburgh is designed to build on RI’s achievements to promote accessibility and inclusion across countries. Join 1,000 of the world’s leading disability researchers, advocates, government agencies, politicians and practitioners at the 23rd RI World Congress. Held every four years, RI creates practical solutions through inspirational projects and programmes.

This is a unique opportunity to build a stronger international coalition to help eradicate socioeconomic barriers, promote independence and facilitate an open dialogue between world leaders to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

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Who should attend?

RI World Congress attracts delegates from disability related disciplines including:

  • Researchers
  • Policy makers
  • 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

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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