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 The Report of the 2016 World Congress (PDF, 2 MB, opens in new tab or window) 

The 23rd Rehabilitation International World Congress, was the most recent, three day event uniting disability experts in creating a more inclusive and accessible world for all.

The event, which takes place every 4 years in different locations worldwide, was hosted in October 2016 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre by Shaw Trust.

The Congress succeeded in attracting over 1,000 delegates from 68 countries, with over 200 speakers, seven ministers and a full exhibition hall.


The main theme of the Congress was to promote ‘Inclusion’ and there were accompanying sub-themes covering:

  • Education
  • Training
  • Employment
  • Independent living
  • Ageing with a disability
  • Disaster management
  • Access
  • Technology
  • Leisure
  • Culture
  • Arts and tourism

International themes were also brought to the conference by organisations like the United Nations, International Disability Alliance, World Health Organisation, World Bank, International Labour Organisation and International Social Security Association.

The full story of Rehabilitation World Congress (RIWC) 2016

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The congress report is now available

Download the RIWC 2016 report (PDF,2 MB, opens in new tab or window).

Social Media

To get the social coverage of the Oct 2016 congress visit:

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