Founded in 1955, the World Rehabilitation Fund is the pioneer organization devoted to the development and implementation of rehabilitation programs for people with disabilities throughout the world.
WRF’s mission is: to enable individuals around the world with functional limitations and participation restrictions achieve community and social integration through physical and socio-economic rehabilitation and advocacy; and to prevent disability and reduce disadvantage.
WRF believes that all people, regardless of disability, have the right to participate fully in their communities, to attain education and viable employment.
The WRF staff works closely with local and international partners to develop culturally appropriate initiatives that address all aspects of rehabilitation, from incident through reintegration by:
- Strengthening the capacity of indigenous organizations to better meet the needs of people in states of disadvantage due to various forms of disabilities.
- Developing community-based programs for physical, psychological, and socio-economic rehabilitation and reintegration.
- Upgrading skills of rehabilitation service providers such as physicians, therapists, health promoters, nurses, social workers, and vocational rehabilitation specialists.
- Collaborating with industry and local professionals to enhance vocational training, skills-building, and job placement programs to create sustainable employment and income-generating entrepreneurial opportunities.
- Training rehabilitation professionals throughout the world in the fabrication and fitting of artificial limbs, orthopedic braces, and other assistive technology appropriate for the geographic area they serve.
- Ensuring that people with disabilities are part of the team from start to finish.