Friday, 3 July 2009

International Disability Movements


IDA is an international network representing the following organisations:

Disabled Peoples' International, Inclusion International,International Federation of Hard of Hearing People, Rehabilitation International,World Blind Union,World Federation of the Deaf, World Federation of the Deafblind, World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, Arab Organization of Disabled People, European Disability Forum

Short introduction of IDA member

Disabled Peoples' International is a network of national organizations or assemblies of disabled people, established to promote human rights of disabled people through full participation, equalization of opportunities and development. Inclusion International is a grassroots organization of persons with an intellectual disability and their families which advocates with its member societies in over 115 countries for the inclusion of people who have an intellectual disability in all aspects of their communities , based on shared values of respect, diversity, human rights, solidarity and inclusion International Federation of Hard of Hearing People IFHOH is an international non-governmental organization of national associations of and for hard of hearing and late deafened people. IFHOH provides a platform for co-operation and information exchange among its members and interested parties. As an umbrella organization and through its individual organizations, IFHOH works to promote greater understanding of hearing loss issues and to improve access for hard of hearing people worldwide. Established in 1977 as a registered non-profit organization, IFHOH currently has 47 general and associate members in 30 countries. Rehabilitation International Founded in 1922, RI is a global network of people with disabilities, service providers, researchers, government agencies and advocates promoting and implementing the rights, inclusion and rehabilitation of people with disabiliites. RI is currently composed of over 700 member organizations in nearly 100 nations, in all regions of the world. The World Blind Union is the sole voice speaking on behalf of approximately 160 million blind and partially sighted persons in 178 individual member countries, representing approximately 600 organisations. The WBU advocates for human rights of persons who are blind and partially sighted and seeks to strengthen their organisations and advance the participation of all persons who are blind and partially sighted including women and youth. World Federation of the Deaf is the international non-governmental organisation representing Deaf people worldwide. A non-profit organization, WFD works for human rights and equal opportunities for Deaf people everywhere. World Federation of Deafblind, WFDB, is a non-profit, representative organisation of national organizations or groups of deafblind persons and of deafblind individuals worldwide. The aim of WFDB is to be a forum of exchange of knowledge and experiences amongst deafblind persons and to obtain inclusion and full participation of deafblind persons in all areas of society. The World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry is a global forum and voice of users and survivors of psychiatry, to promote their rights and interests.

European Disability Forum (EDF) is an independent European non-governmental organisation (ENGO) that represents the interests of 50 million disabled people in the European Union and stands for their rights. It was created in 1996 and is based in Brussels.

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