Centres de readaptation Lisette-Dupras et de l'Ouest de Montreal

October 30, 2007 15:19 ET

Quebeckers Are the Leading Creators of a World Health Organization Report on Intellectual Disabilities

Launch in Bangkok of the very first World Health Organization (WHO) Atlas on Country Resources in Intellectual Disabilities

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 30, 2007) - This year, world experts in the field of intellectual disabilities will meet from November 6 to 9, in the heart of Bangkok, as part of the Second International Conference on Intellectual Disabilities, to launch the first Who Atlas on Country Resources in Intellectual Disabilities (Atlas-ID). This report, prepared jointly by the Centres de readaptation Lisette-Dupras et de l'Ouest de Montreal and the World Health Organization (WHO), outlines for the very first time the state of resources dedicated to intellectual disability in 147 countries, which represent 95% of the world population.

Jocelin Lecomte, a member of the Montreal team leading the project, is strongly convinced that "the needs of people with an intellectual disability must be considered in the development of national health and social services strategies. We hope that our governments will pay attention to the analyses and recommendations included in the Atlas-ID and that this snapshot of the current state of intellectual disability around the world will help to improve awareness among our elected politicians."

The goal of the WHO Atlas-ID is to improve the quality of life of people with an intellectual disability and their families by offering a global inventory of resource allocation by country. It is also a logical sequel to the Montreal Declaration on Intellectual Disabilities adopted in 2004, which highlighted the importance of respecting the fundamental rights of people with an intellectual disability and the commitment of each nation in this regard.

An Awaited Event

The Second International Conference on Intellectual Disabilities, co partnered by the WHO, is a much anticipated event. Besides the launch of the Atlas-ID, the Conference is expected to promote unique discussions between all major players working in the field of intellectual disabilities.

Amongst the issues on the agenda, specialists from all over the world will take an analytical look at the fundamental rights of people with an intellectual disability, at the state of resources and best practices in the field of intellectual disability and they will develop regional action plans focused on equal opportunities for all, irrespective of geographic boundaries.

Contact Information

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    et de l'Ouest de Montreal
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    Martine Geoffrion
    514-894-1703
    mgeoffrion@mfrp.com