Physical therapists are instrumental in working with people and populations to optimise functioning and minimise disability. WCPT works with the profession and international organisations to advance the rights of disabled people. Here are some useful resources.
The second African decade of persons with disabilities extends to 2019. The mission of the secretariat is "To strengthen Disabled People's Organisations in SAFOD member countries through training, research, coordination, information sharing, promotion of human rights and adoption of appropriate strategies for stimulating people with disabilities to enhance their economic, political and social development". For more information contact Mr Bheki Jele, the Executive Support Officer
The Biwako Millenium Framework, at its fifty-eighth session, adopted resolution 58/4 of 22 May 2002 on promoting an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based society for people with disabilities in the Asian and Pacific region in the twenty-first century, by which it proclaimed the extension of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 1993-2002, for another decade, 2003-2012.
WCPT supports international policies underpinning the inclusion of people with disabilities in employment and society; this extends to access to physical therapist professional entry level education and support in practice. This section includes WCPT's own resources, and sources of information from others.
Handicap International and the French Agency for Development have produced Disability and Development: Concepts, strategies and tools for disability-inclusive development. It is available in French and English. The document highlights why disability needs to be addressed by international cooperation and provides facts, as well as links to more resources to promote disability-inclusive development.
Healthlink Worldwide work with over 50 partners worldwide, mobilising innovative knowledge and communication processes; empowering people to voice their health needs and have those voices heard.
The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December, aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
In support of the UN International day of Persons with Disabilities 2010 a WHO DAR paper discusses the Achievement of the Millenium Development Goals for People with Disabilities and the role CBR can play.
Making it Work is a multi-stakeholder initiative to promote effective implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Making it Work projects document and exchange examples of good practice to address the barriers experienced by people with disabilities.
The United Nations Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the focal point for matters relating to disability within the United Nations.
The UN convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, disability information in a range of UN agencies, such as: International Labour Organization (ILO), World Health Organization (WHO), UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Bank and UN International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) can be accessed via their website.
The World Bank not only finances development projects involving disability components - such as in education, health care, infrastructure, employment, de-institutionalisation, children and youth - but also works in a wide variety of disability-related fields, such as data collection and statistics, research and analysis, technical assistance and knowledge sharing.
Information on the WHO Disability and Rehabilitation Team, including the World Report on Disability and Rehabilitation can be found on the WHO-DAR page of this website.