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Partnership Creates Social Inclusion Through Sport
A unique partnership between UK employment charity Shaw Trust and international sports technology business Ottobock, is calling for greater access to sport and assistive technology to achieve independence for disabled people.
Shaw Trust and Ottobock will be using the 23rd Rehabilitation International World Congress in Edinburgh this year as a platform to raise the awareness of the importance of sport in rehabilitation and an active lifestyle for people living with disabilities.
Heinrich Popow (pictured) will attend the RI World Congress
The World Congress takes place every four years and is a unique opportunity to build a stronger international movement aimed at promoting the social inclusion of disabled people. There will be more than 65 countries represented at the event and speakers include HRH The Princess Royal and First Minster for Scotland, the Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP.
Shaw Trust is the UK’s leading employment, learning and skills charity and has joined forces with Ottobock, a company committed to improving the mobility of people with disabilities through cutting-edge prosthetic technology including limbs and wheelchairs designed specifically for sport, as main sponsors of the event.
Roy O’Shaughnessy, Shaw Trust’s Chief Executive, said: “Disability sport transforms lives and allows everyone in society to enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. At the Rehabilitation International World Congress we will be calling on the global community to offer greater access to sport and assistive technology so that disabled people can achieve greater independence. Shaw Trust and Ottobock are committed to delivering a more inclusive world through technology. We believe that a more mobile global community ensures that disabled people from all backgrounds have the chance to achieve their life ambitions.”
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Ottobock was the Official Technical service supplier to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and has been a partner to the Paralympic Games since 1988. With their experience they understand how important it is to deliver functional and durable assistive technology to improve disabled people’s mobility and quality of life.
Innovation in disability sport is helping amateur and professional athletes to be more active and achieve more both on and off the field. For example, Ottobock has provided equipment to and work with successful athletes who competed at the recent Rio Paralympic Games. This includes their ambassadors, British gold medallists, paracyclist Megan Giglia and paratriathlete Andy Lewis, rising wheelchair racing star and British silver and bronze medallist Kare Adenegan, and the German gold medal sprinter, Heinrich Popow who will attend the World Congress to share his experience.
Dr. Berit Hamer, Head of International Cooperation at Ottobock, said: “We just experienced at the Paralympics in Rio how the athletes maximised their full potential trusting their strength regardless of any physical limitations. This passion, discipline and strong-minded performance keeps on impressing me and working for Ottobock I am proud to be able to contribute to realising their dreams by providing the adequate know-how, equipment and services. The Rehabilitation International World Congress will reinforce the message that inclusion of persons with disabilities affects all areas of social life and needs a strong commitment of society.”
10 reasons why the 2016 RI World Congress is the most diverse inclusion event ever
25th – 27th October, Edinburgh, riworldcongress.com, #inclusiveworld
By Dr Stephen Duckworth OBE, PhD, MSc, LRCP, MRCS, FDS (Hons) Chair of the 2016 RI World Congress Programme Board
Did you know that as many as 1 in 5 people of working age have a disability in the UK?*
The RI World Congress (RIWC) is a 3 day event, held once every 4 years to champion the empowerment and social inclusion of disabled people everywhere. This year, the congress will be held in the historical city of Edinburgh and hosted by Shaw Trust from Tuesday 25th – Thursday 27th October 2016.
The RIWC is an award winning event with over 200 speakers from 58 countries, all with a unique story to tell.
The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon (attending) has pledged her full support for the event.
“This conference brings together experts from all over the world to discuss best practice and recommendations for ways we can work together to remove the barriers which prevent disabled people from living the life they want to.”
10 reasons why the 2016 RI World Congress will be the most diverse inclusion event ever
- Rio Paralympics 2016
We are delighted to have Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medallist, Pamela Relph MBE, share her success at Rio 2016 as part of Team GB rowing team. Hear Pam’s poignant speech on the road less travelled when it comes to unseen disabilities.
- A video message from Professor Stephen Hawking
Can you imagine if the technology that helps Stephen Hawking to speak had never been invented?
The opening ceremony includes a video of Professor Stephen Hawking’s video message on the importance of unified communication and how this will propel us faster towards a more inclusive world.
Here’s a video on how Stephen Hawking uses technology aided communication.
- Case studies from Barclays, Network Rail and BT who are prioritising accessibility and inclusion
Engage with game changing employers who are shaping the future of the inclusive workplace.
- How can we tackle the ageing workforce?
A baby girl born today can expect to live until 94.3 years. What we know is that disability increases with age. One in eight people will stop working due to medical reasons before they reach pensionable age according to the National Trade Union Centre in Britan (TUC).
Age-related disability affects people world-wide, which is why we need a global solution that works locally.
- Positive perspective
Wouldn’t it be amazing if disabled people were valued for their individual talents? Change is happening all around us.
In the past, glasses were a sign of disability, now they’re “geek chic”! It is our vision for the future that disabled people will be seen as people and not defined by their impairment.
Thanks to accessible fashion designer, Laura for her stunning illustration, keep up to date with her work by following her Instagram handle @LauraRitcher18.
- Could robotics be the new face of social care?
- How are governments trying to halve the disability employment gap?
Learn how the UK’s Minister of State for Disabled People, Penny Mordaunt (confirmed), the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon (invited), and Federal Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Germany are driving public policy internationally.
- A picturesque location
A fabulous opportunity to explore the historic city of Edinburgh.
- Disability is a human right
Disability is an issue that directly or indirectly affects us all. The United Nations classifies disability as not only a global health issue, but also as a human rights issue. Almost 10 years ago, in 2007 it established the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The World Health Organisation (WHO) will be detailing their 2014-2021 global disability action plans at the congress.
- Make a real difference
Engage and learn how to apply expert tips to your work place, ask experts questions, build your own network and identify powerful partners for the future.
By agreeing to come to the event, you do not only pledge to end worldwide inequality, you pledge to create a better future for you and disabled people everywhere.
10 years down the line we will be able to look back and know that we played our part in making the world a more inclusive place.
- Book your place now riworldcongress.com/booking/
- Get live updates from and on the conference in October via Twitter, Facebook and from the Linked in group RI World Congress Group
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Please note this is based on the first programme highlight edition and speakers may change in the lead up to the event.
*According to disability magazine Enable published in May/June 2016
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