CONFERENCE: Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Retardation
The text for this announcement is taken from the website on the 2nd International Conference on Intellectual Disabilities/Mental Retardation at http://www.bangkok-id-conference.org/. For more details on the conference, please consult their web site directly.
The 2nd International Conference on Intellectual Disabilities/Mental Retardation is the continuation of the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO)/World Health Organisation (WHO) Montreal Conference on Intellectual Disability that was held on October 5 and 6, 2004. The most important outcome of this Conference was the Montreal Declaration on Intellectual Disabilities, which established consensual standards related to the right to equality of persons with intellectual disability, as well as a series of measures to be undertaken in order to support decision-making among persons with intellectually disability within a context of respect for their fundamental rights.
The 2nd International Conference on Intellectual Disabilities/Mental Retardation (ID/MR) will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on November 6, 7, and 8, 2007. It will take place less than one year after the United Nations General Assembly adopted by acclamation the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty recognizes that persons with disabilities should be fully included in society as equal citizens and should participate in public life. Persons with intellectual disability fall under the scope of this convention and will benefit greatly from its coming into existence, as the respect and enforcement of their fundamental rights has yet to become a reality all around the world.
A main event of the Bangkok Conference will be the launching of the WHO Atlas on Country Resources in Intellectual Disabilities (Atlas-ID). Over the past two years, the Atlas-ID has been developed to present an overview of resources and services available to individuals with intellectual disability according to world region, country population and income level. More than 140 countries representing 90% of the world population have contributed to this Atlas.
All of these recent events offer wonderful incentive to join together and create road maps that will make a difference in the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities and their families. This is the challenge we invite you to take part in on November 6, 7, 8, 2007.
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