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EICC hosts £2m RI World Congress

Nicola Sturgeon, Princess Anne and Stephen Hawking in attendance at the event, worth £2m to Edinburgh

Pictured: Princess Anne at RI World Congress at the EICC

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, HRH Princess Anne and Stephen Hawking were in attendance at the 23rd Rehabilitation International (RI) World Congress at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), worth £2 million in economic impact to the city.

More than 950 delegates - including researchers, policymakers, practitioners, government officials and RI members - assembled over the course of the three-day event to discuss and advocate empowerment and inclusion for disabled people across the world.

More than 50 wheelchair users were in attendance at the conference, along with a number of other disabled delegates. Ahead of the event the EICC undertook a full accessibility audit which has led to a series of enhancements being implemented at the venue, along with company-wide disability awareness training to improve the standards of overall accessibility.

Marshall Dallas, EICC chief executive, said: “Every level of the business has received disability awareness training in the lead up to the RI World Congress, a process we will continue to invest in at the EICC so that we can take the lessons we have learned as a team not only beyond this conference but in our everyday lives and out into the wider community.”  

This year’s host partner is Shaw Trust, a leading disability and employment charity in the UK.

Roy O’Shaughnessy, CEO of Shaw Trust, said: “The theme of this year’s RIWC is inclusion, so it was only fitting the event should take place in the EICC. The venue’s recent investment in facilities to meet the requirements of people with a variety of disabilities, showcases the positive impact small changes organisations can make to become significantly more accessible and accommodating to disabled people.”

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