The 3rd IFDM took place in Brisbane October 8-11. The official welcome was made to the attending delegates by Her Excellency Quentin Bryce AC, Governor of Queensland, and the official opening was made by the Hon. Dr. Sharman Stone, Australian federal Minister for Workplace Participation. Continue reading 3rd IFDM in Brisbane a Success
Ford Germany became the first organization in Europe to successfully achieve the IDMSC Certified award for scoring more than 80 percent on the Consensus Based Disability Management Audit. A presentation was made on June 8 at the Ford plant in Cologne. Full story
The International Association of Professionals in Disability Management (IAPDM) was launched in Berlin on March 22, 2006. This new international association was created to promote disability management around the world. Full story
A presentation was made in China during February 2006 to more than 50 experts from clinics and hospitals run by the China Disabled Persons’ Federation. Full story
The ILO announced in a press release dated December 14, 2006 the unanimous adoption by the United Nations of a new Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. This new Convention would benefit millions of people whose inability to find jobs due to social exclusion costs the global economy an estimated $1.9 trillion US per year.
According to ILO Director-General Juan Somavia, “The Convention marks a ground-breaking change in the way disability issues are regarded in international law.” Disabled workers will have the possibility of exercising their labour and trade union rights on an equal basis with others and discrimination on the basis of disability will be prohibited in all forms of employment. Where workers become disabled while in employment, their jobs will be protected through job retention measures, and provisions will be made for vocational and professional rehabilitation and return to work.
The UN Convention will be open for signature and ratification on March 30, 2007. Further details can be found on the ILO Website