Opening of the PDF Conference at Waipuna Hotal in Auckland New Zealand as the late Mr. Sumasafu Wilsoni of Fiji, Followed by Ms Nelly Caleb of Vanuatu and Ms Teewata Rokete of Kiribati.
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.
PDF Participants from all over the Pacific gather for the Opening of the PDF Conference 2011.
The Pacific Disability Forum runs training events, workshops and conferences across the Pacific.
Networking at its best, Damian Griffin, Savina Nongebatu and Melina Nongebatu during a conference break.
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.
PDF Participants from all over the Pacific at a PDF Conference in Nadi, Fiji in 2012.
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Jone Suka services and repairs wheelchairs as Josko  Wakaniyasi of the Spinal Injuries of Fiji oversee the progress of work.
Disability Inclusive Development
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
Disability Inclusive Development

What we do
PDF Programme Officer Ms Angeline Chand working with Rosalina Taulelea of FAA Tuvalu.

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Photo Gallery
Mr. Setareki Manacawai , Mr. Latoa Halatau with the late Mr Fred Miller as our chief Guest from DFAT was being gallanted.

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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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by Yumi Sera with Setareki Macanawai
“Vanua is a traditional, indigenous concept embracing people and the land. It is how we in Fiji, and in much of the Pacific Islands, respect our land, our culture, and our values. It is about sharing and caring for the collective,” says Setareki Macanawai (Seta), my friend and wise elder, attempting to explain a word for which there is no English equivalent.

Over 96% of Government Websites Hide Disabled Men and Women on Their Site

Over 96% of Government Websites Hide Disabled Men and Women on Their Site

TLDR: Disabled people are almost non-existent on government and stock-photos websites, and when they are represented, they are not represented as whole individuals, but are only showed for their disability.

We crawled the internet and looked at more than 500 government websites from around the globe and what we found was shocking! While around 50% do show physically disabled people in images, only less than 4% have them on non-health and wellness related pages. Governments aren’t the only ones at fault here. Stock photo websites, like Shutterstock, do not tag disabled people as actual people, but only for their disability.

We call on governmental and stock photos websites to include disabled people and start treating as whole individuals, with varied lives and interests, and no to focus only on their disability.

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In the last five years, Pacific Island countries’ leaders have strengthened their commitments to tackle barriers faced by persons with disabilities, with most countries now having ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The adoption of the 2016-2025 Pacific Regional Framework for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PFRPD) represents another important step forward. PIC Governments have also prioritized empowering persons with disabilities as one of the issues that require collective attention in the 2017 Roadmap for Sustainable Development.

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