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United Nations Post-2015 Development Implications for RehabAs part of a United Nations Post-2015 Development agenda process, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after the latter reach their target date this year. The Millennium Development Goals, (MDGs), established in 2000, built the capacity of research communities, but had some shortcomings including retaining an explicit commitment to equality. However, the new Post-2015 Development agenda is a fundamental opportunity to ensure that persons with disabilities are fully included in future development efforts. The implications for rehabilitation include inclusive development, as enshrined in the UNCRPD, have clear implications for the disability community and for policy makers. Advocacy from the disability community is critical to help keep the inclusion of persons with disabilities high on the agenda of the Post-2015 process.
Pan Am Games in Toronto
The Pan Am Games are the world's third largest international multi-sport games. The games are held every four years for athletes of the 41 Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) member nations. In 2015, Toronto will have the honor of hosting. The Pan Am Games will take place from July 10 to July 26, and the Parapan Am games will take place from August 7 to August 15. Read more here.
Accessibility Innovation Showcase at Pan Am Games
During the Parapan Am Games, ISWP's own Dr. Rory Cooper will be speaking at the Accessibility Innovation Showcase. The showcase, which will be held August 7-11 in Toronto, Canada is hosted by the Ontario government in association with the U.S. Consulate General. The event celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The showcase will bring together innovators, investors, dignitaries, government, and the public to raise the profiles of accessibility, demonstrate advancement in technology and market ready innovation, and simulate investment and growth of the industry. For more information, visit here.
Report Demonstrates Children Wait for Wheelchairs
Disabled children in England now wait an average of 50 days for a wheelchair, despite a one day target set by the NHS Wheelchair Service. However, the wait for a wheelchair has gone down since the previous year by two days. Read more here.