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Disability in the Pacific
People with disabilities in the Pacific face many barriers to full participation.  These barriers to education, employment, housing, transport and create a vicious cycle of exclusion.
The Pacific Disability Forum runs training events, workshops and conferences across the Pacific.
The Pacific Disability forum advocates for persons with disabilities at the regional level.  We are working towards changing perceptions of disability in the community and at the government level.
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We work hard to ensure that disability is factored into planning and development across the region, so the benefits reach everyone in the community.
Disability in the Pacific
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Welcome to the Pacific Disability Forum

The Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) is a regional peak body that works in partnership with Disabled Persons Organisations in the Pacific region.  Our aim is to build the capacity of these organisations and improve the lives of persons with disabilities in the Pacific through advocacy. 

Since our formation in 2004, PDF has worked hard to advocate for disability issues in our region and internationally.   You can find out more about our work and how to help by exploring our website. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us

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Theme –  Partnerships and Actions towards a Disability Inclusive Pacific

Click here for more details. www.pacificdisability.org/Events/Pacific-Regional-Conference-on-Disability-2015.aspx

The Fifth Pacific Regional Conference on Disability was held at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, Apia, Samoa from 20th to 24th February 2017.  The Conference was jointly organised by the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF), Nuanua O Le Alofa (NOLA) as host organization and the Government of Samoa with funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Government of Australia.

The Conference was attended by around 200 delegates representing organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), Governments, regional and international organisations, universities, and development partners from American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America and Vanuatu.

The PDF Conference is a platform for representatives from organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), disability service providers and development partners to discuss issues about the protection, enjoyment and promotion of all human rights of all persons with disabilities and advancement of disability inclusive development in the region.

This 5th Conference was themed “Building a more inclusive and equitable Pacific for persons with disabilities” in alignment with the recent adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
1. Dates: Monday, 20th February 2017 – Friday, 24th February 2017. 

2. Host Country: Samoa

3. Venue: Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, Apia, Samoa
    Physical Address: Beach Road, Sogi, Apia, Samoa
    Telephone: +685 211 22
     Website: http://www.tanoatusitala.com

4.    Programme Outline: 
  • Pacific Regional Forum on Women with Disabilities: Monday, 20th February – Tuesday, 21st February 2017.
  • Pacific Regional Forum on Youth with Disabilities: Monday, 20th February – Tuesday, 21st February 2017.
  • Pacific Disability Conference: Wednesday, 22nd February – Thursday, 23rd February 2017
  • PDF General Forum: Friday, 24th February 2017. Business meeting for member organisations of PDF. 

Greetings from the Pacific Disability Forum(PDF).

The inclusion of persons with disabilities though working in partnership with its representative organisation before, during and after a disaster is vital in ensuring that persons with disabilities are not left behind.