Inclusion International 16th World Congress – CANCELLED

Kenya-cancelledInclusion International (II) and the Kenyan Association for the Intellectually Handicapped (KAIH) regret to announce that we have been forced to cancel the 16th World Congress of Inclusion International in Nairobi.

The recent attacks on May 17th have increased concerns of delegates regarding safety and there have been many cancellations, the result being that the event is not viable.  The Officers and Board of II and KAIH do not take this decision lightly as we have been committed to supporting people with intellectual disabilities and their families in Kenya and throughout Africa.

While the foreign travel advisories for individuals have remained fairly consistent in the past several months, the most recent attacks in Nairobi have increased concerns by many participants about the targeting of large groups and conferences. We have also learned that several conferences and meetings at hotels near the conference centre have been canceled in the past several days.

We are in the process of informing all delegates, speakers and other partners and we ask for our partners and friend’s patience while we ensure that this information is delivered in the next several days. We will endeavour to provide some reimbursement for registrations to be determined after May 30th. For more information email us at

It is a sad day for the teams of II and KAIH who have been working for over 2 years to make this a successful event but we will regroup and find opportunities to support and build on the relationships which have been established.  Our thoughts are with the Kenyan people as they cope with the despicable acts of terrorism!

Klaus Lachwitz
Inclusion International

Charles Omondi

Connie Laurin-Bowie
Executive Director
Inclusion International


A Better World for All – No one Left behind;

June 10-13, 2014 – Nairobi, Kenya

At the KICC-Kenyatta international Convention Centre

Inclusion International and KAIH (Kenya Association for the Intellectually Handicapped) are pleased to invite you to join families, self-advocates, disability rights activists and professionals on 10 – 13, June 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya, for Inclusion International’s 16th World Congress, and contribute to the dialogue on building A Better World for ALL.

A Better World for ALL invites families, people with intellectual disabilities and our partners and allies to be part of a dialogue about ensuring that people with intellectual disabilities and their families are not left behind in the post-2015 development agenda.
A Better World for ALL will be an opportunity to shape inclusive approaches to international cooperation and development that reflect the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Focused pre-conference events and sessions will explore:

  • Leaders for Change – renewing the family and self-advocate leadership in our movement;
  • Partners for Change – strengthening partnerships with other disability groups, governments and policy makers; and
  • Practices for Change – exchanging good practices in different countries/communities

A Better World for ALL will host two leadership summits on 10 June, 2014 as a pre-congress event to the World Congress.

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 12.22.48The International Family Leadership Summit will bring together family leaders from around the world to explore reinvigorating the leadership of families and ensuring that, as a family-based movement, Inclusion International is advocating for change to meet the needs of families and people with intellectual disabilities; relevant to younger families; effectively advancing self-advocacy; and, providing a common space for families – and self-advocates – to come together to build a Better World for ALL.

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 12.23.07The International Self-Advocate Leadership Summit will bring together self-advocates from around the world to discuss:  how to ensure that a self-advocacy movement is representative and democratic; how the self-advocacy movement has developed in different parts of the world; and, how our global movement can come together to build a Better World for ALL.