Disabled Peoples' International (DPI) is a cross-disability, consumer-controlled international organisation of people with disability in over 130 countries around the world.  It was established to promote the  human rights of people with disability through full participation, equalisation of opportunity and development.

The goals of DPI are to

  • promote the human rights of people with  disability;
  • promote economic and social integration of people with disability; and
  • develop and support organisations of people with disability

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PWDA holds associate membership of Disabled People’s International (DPI) and has been involved in DPI since its inception in 1980. This has included attendance at DPI world and regional assemblies and workshops, and assisting with the organisation of the DPI World Assembly held in Sydney in 1994.

Recent Events

  • October 2011: Durban, South Africa - DPI 8th  World Assembly
    From 10–13 October, a delegation of Australian people with disability from PWDA and the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) represented Australia at the DPI 8th World Assembly in Durban, South Africa.
    Click here for more information on the event and the Australian delegation, including a daily roundup and photos.
  • August 2011: New Delhi, India - DPI Regional Workshop
    PWDA participated in this workshop in Delhi. The aim of the workshop was to support Disabled People’s  Organisations (DPOs) towards accelerating the Implementation of the CRPD.  At this event, PWDA worked with the other Pacific DPOs to ensure that Pacific issues were highlighted in discussions and that the final Recommendations reflected key priorities for the Pacific Region, namely those contained in  ‘Pacific Disability Strategy’. PWDA was involved in a subcommittee to draw up the outcomes statement as well as holding a meeting of Commonwealth countries  to develop a statement to be forwarded to CHOGM 2011 in Perth.
  • 2010 Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) Regional  Conference and Council Meeting
    PWDA participated in the sub-regional Oceanic meeting of DPI.
  • 2010 DPI regional assembly in Bangkok
    PWDA participated in this regional assembly