A Memoir of Rehabilitation International’s Centenary 1922-2022


2019年6月26日-28日 (星期三至星期五) 中國澳門

[13 MARCH 2023] Webinar on Selected Historical Landmarks from Rehabilitation International Centennial E-book

Rehabilitation International (RI) Global was established in 1922, with the current chairperson, Ms. Zhang Haidi, the chairman of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation. There are about 1,000 members in nearly 100 countries, which is a leading professional organization to promote the social inclusion and rights of disabled persons and enhance the equal opportunity of participation for disabled persons and their families in the community. 
In 2017, the organization was honored to formally apply to become a member of the Macao region of RI, and has successfully held the “Rehabilitation International Asia-Pacific Region Conference”, “Rehabilitation Equipment and Assistive Devices Exhibition” and “Disability Art Exhibition” for three consecutive days in 2019. Bringing together more than 1,300 members from Rehabilitation International and people from more than 20 countries and regions to share and discuss issues about disability, rehabilitation, and social integration.
As RI approaches its centenary, RI gathered well-known experts from different fields to form an editorial committee, and published the e-book “Memoirs of Rehabilitation International’s Centennial 1922-2022” last year, a participatory publication, documenting in words, pictures, and videos, members’ contributions to the RI family, people networks, landmark events and policy statements, and global and regional impacts in witnessing a hundred years of humanitarian empowerment. This webinar was organized by the RI e-book editorial committee, hosted by the Fuhong Society of Macau, and fortunately received support from all walks of life, including Rehabilitation International, Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities, and MGM Macau. As a member of the Macao region, the organization participated in the editing and production process of the e-book, and became a member of the editorial committee, sharing the results of concerted efforts with the public through different channels.
This webinar is based on the e-book, Senior experts who serve on the RI E-Book Editorial Committee and who are world-renowned experts in their respective fields will speak on the following areas in which RI has been recognized as a pioneer and promoter over the past several decades. The speakers included Professor Ryo Matsui, Immediate Past Secretary General of Asia Pacific Disability Forum (APDF), Professor Emeritus, Hosei University, Ms. Etsuko Ueno, Adviser, Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (JSRPD) and Former Vice Chairperson of CBR Asia-Pacific Network, Ms. Chikako Kohyama, Former International Coordinator for IAF and Japan Organization for Employment of the Elderly, Persons with Disabilities and Job Seekers, Ar. Joseph Kwan MH, Vice-President Asia Pacific, Rehabilitation International (RI), Mr. Hang-sau Ng, Member of the Editorial Committee, and Rehabilitation International (RI) National Secretary for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China, and other experts from Hong Kong.

The webinar brought together 76 local people and people from all over the world to participate, including practitioners, scholars, and representatives of organizations for persons with disabilities. Ms. Maria de Fatima Salvador dos Santos Ferreira, President of General Assembly, Fuhong Society of Macau, and Deputy Vice-President Asia Pacific, Rehabilitation International(RI), also participated in and act as a moderator., leading the smooth operation of the meeting. Through this webinar, we maintain a bridge of friendship with the world, broaden its international perspective, pay attention to the affairs of the disabled, and strengthen the understanding and support of the local and all sectors of society for the disabled. We would like to thank all the experts and people who participated in this webinar, which have played an important reference role in the current development of the rehabilitation industry.
In the past 100 years, Rl has transcended countries, races, and ideologies to advocate for human health and the rights of the disabled. In May this year, the Centennial Celebration will be held in Beijing, reviewing the century-old development process and summarizing the experience. The organization expects to continue to implement the “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”, and the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, and to promote the protection and inclusive development of persons with disabilities globally and locally.

運用情景化勝任力架構 開發康復教育項目和課程

This guide complements both the WHO Rehabilitation Competency Framework and the guide, Adapting the WHO Rehabilitation Competency Framework to a specific context. It describes a stepwise approach to developing a rehabilitation education and training programme and curriculum that can be used to support competency-based education. The guide describes steps across five phases of developing an education programme: Planning, Construction, Sequencing, Assessment, and Implementation. It also provides good practices and key considerations, as well as a number of templates to facilitate rehabilitation education programme and curricula development.


基於特定情景調整 康復勝任力架構

The WHO Rehabilitation Competency Framework was designed to be “adapted and adopted” to create context-specific rehabilitation competency frameworks, such as for a particular profession, setting or specialization. This guide describes a stepwise process of modelling a competency framework on the WHO Rehabilitation Competency Framework through five phases: Planning, Drafting, Review, Finalization, and Dissemination. It also provides examples of practical applications of competency frameworks, and good practices and key considerations when developing a competency framework. http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/339078/9789881653574-chi.pdf?sequence=8&isAllowed=y

Zhang Haidi attends RI executive committee video conference

The executive committee of Rehabilitation International (RI) held a video conference on July 28. Zhang Haidi, president of RI and chairperson of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF), presided over the meeting and delivered a speech.

Zhang Haidi, president of Rehabilitation International (RI) and chairperson of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF), speaks during a video conference held by the RI executive committee on July 28. [RI]

Zhang began her speech by reporting RI’s recent work. She said that on behalf of the RI, she had attended the global launch event of the World Report on Hearing, the roundtable meeting for the 14th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Generation Equality Forum of the UN Women.

Zhang actively promoted the pragmatic cooperation between RI and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific, the UN Women, the UN Population Fund, and the World Health Organization and the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan, supporting RI members with essential medical supplies to fight against the COVID-19.

Zhang also described how RI, the CDPF, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific, and the UN Women jointly launched an initiative promoting the development of women with disabilities, issued stamps themed around women with disabilities, and held symposiums on women with disabilities. The construction of the main body of China University of Rehabilitation Sciences has been concluded, which will provide a platform for exchanges and cooperation among the RI members and experts in the future.

Zhang pointed out that RI will continue to contribute to the progress of people with disabilities in the world. RI will further expand the scale of its membership, enhance the vitality of its members, optimize its organizational structure, guarantee fund supports, explore new public goods for the international community, take advantage of more international platforms to further improve its influence, and strive for sustainable development.

Zhang stressed that when RI celebrates its centenary anniversary next year, all members of the executive committee and members of the organization should uphold the torch of the institution to pass it to the next 100 years, and let the radiances of humanitarian care warm the hearts of people with disabilities.

The Vice Presidents and Chairs of standing commissions also reported their recent work and discussed the organization’s future development and centenary celebrations. The agenda of the meeting also covers RI’s cooperation projects and preparation for its 24th World Congress.

Zhang Haidi (second from top left), president of Rehabilitation International (RI) and chairperson of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF), speaks during a video conference held by the RI executive committee on July 28. [RI]



In many countries, the rehabilitation workforce is underequipped to meet population needs due to large scale shortages across professions and specializations, and issues of quality and relevance. As the demand for rehabilitation escalates, the need to expand workforce production and strengthen regulation and quality assurance mechanisms becomes increasingly critical, especially in low-resource settings. Competency frameworks are a key tool for aligning the workforce with population needs through supporting competency-based education and training and regulatory standards, and the development of instruments for performance appraisal and gap analysis, among other applications.

Recognizing the need for a competency framework that can be ‘adapted and adopted’ by any rehabilitation professional group or specialization and for any setting, WHO, along with partners, developed the Rehabilitation Competency Framework (RCF). The RCF defines the core values and beliefs shared by the rehabilitation workforce, and encompasses the competencies, behaviours, knowledge and skills required to perform the range of activities and tasks involved in rehabilitation practice and service delivery.

The RCF is accompanied by two guides that support its uptake and use: a guide for adapting it to specific contexts; and a guide for developing a rehabilitation programme and curriculum based on a contextualized competency framework. Collectively, these tools support competency-based approaches to strengthening the rehabilitation workforce so that it is prepared to meet the needs of populations in the 21st century.

About RIWC 2021


The Rehabilitation International World Congress 2021 will be a strong inspiration for all participants: to meet with global colleagues from your own profession, society, NGOs, and with up front representatives from rehab specialists.

The congress in Aarhus invites all stakeholders to share specialized themes like neurorehabilitation, primary health and rehab, employment initiatives, physical training, and community integration.

You will meet old friends and new peers, and we are sure you will be surprised by some of the latest rehabilitation perspectives which has not yet crossed your mind.

The vision of RIWC 2021 is Moving Societies. The prime goal of rehabilitation is the improvement of individual, human lives.

Every human life is constantly dependent on the specific context. Other people, the environment, the communities and societies are influencing rehabilitation outcomes.

Societies all over the world strive to find their ways of improving human resources. Societies are moving.

Individuals with health-related problems, disabilities or impairments cannot be limited to play the role of receiving rehabilitation services. Every individual is also the active subject of adding value in any given context as a rehabilitation outcome. Every individual is to be counted in. Societies are moved by rehabilitation.

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The vision of RIWC 2021 is to be a global platform, motor and stepping stone for rehabilitation to continue moving societies.

Let’s meet in Denmark to strengthen the links between living with the need of rehabilitation support, and making a professional living from rehabilitation in any society and context.


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