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2023 THEME



Our vision is to create an inclusive society that ensures the human rights of persons with spina bifida and hydrocephalus (SBH) are respected, and their contributions are celebrated across all aspects of life, while striving for equality at every level and for every individual.

The UNCRPD represents a major milestone in the continued advancement of the rights of persons with disabilities. The convention outlines the human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities and the obligations of States Parties to the UNCRPD to advance and protect those rights.

Accessibility and inclusion present frequent challenges for individuals with SBH. With stigma, discrimination, and a lack of awareness creating additional barriers to the full participation in life's opportunities.

Ensuring accessibility is of paramount importance for the spina bifida and hydrocephalus community. Accessible environments, adequate healthcare, social services, and opportunities empower individuals with SBH to fully participate in society, realise their potential, and lead fulfilling lives. When accessibility is prioritised, barriers that hinder inclusion are dismantled, fostering a more equitable and compassionate world where every individual can thrive and be recognized for their invaluable contributions.


Join IF in promoting - Accessibility for All!




In a nutshell: 

  • Share the WSBHD23 Toolkit with your members and partners! 

  • Participate in IF's WSBHD23 Conference 

  • Join IF Regional Side Events

  • Take part in the WSBHD23 Challenge Contest 

  • Send your testimonial video for WSBHD23

  • Support IF, small or big, in its mission to advocate for the rights of individuals with  Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus through donation!

As every year, IF is looking forward to joining its Members and the SBH community to celebrate this important day. Therefore, IF has developed key messages (both as text and as posters in PNG format) to facilitate raising awareness on #WSBHD23.


We invite you all to get involved and express yourself on living with SBH through the WSBHD23 theme “Accessibility for All”! 

When you share messages, posters or testimonial video, please do not forget to tag IF @ifsbh so we receive the notification of your contribution. In this way, we can more easily join forces to celebrate the #WSBHD23.


All the materials and social media toolkit published by IF intends to facilitate everyone to join us and celebrate #WSBHD23​ so please, feel free to share this information widely among your network.

For any general question about WSBHD 2023, please send an email to

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