Pacific Rim CONFERENCE on Disabilities

Posted on 6 October 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

[ADDENDUM, November 1, 2008: Please note that this is an annual event. The text below refers to the conference that was held in 2008. I have left it here for historical interest. However, people interested in attending this conference should consult the more recent announcement for the May 2009 event.]

I received this text via the Disability Information Dissemination Network:



April 14 & 15th, 2008
Sheraton Waikiki Hotel & Resort
Honolulu, Hawaii

Due to concerns related to holiday travel, the 2008 Pacific Rim Conference has
been rescheduled for April 14th & 15th, 2008. We apologize for any
inconvenience, and we thank you for your understanding. Please visit our
website at for proposal submission.

CDS will be celebrating 20 years of academic and community excellence.
Building on the overwhelmingly positive outcomes of previous Annual Pacific
Rim Conferences and harnessing the excitement of this special anniversary,
this will be a conference you wont want to miss.

As a part of that celebration, we have broadened our program topics to reflect
the diversity that the field of Disability Studies encompasses. Your
participation and proposals are vital to make the 2008 Pacific Rim Conference
the most successful yet.

Program topics are chosen each year based on suggestions from previous
conferences, the latest industry trends, and community need. Proposals from
around the world are accepted and should address best practices and innovation
within the selected program topic.

This years program format is designed to address multiple topics including:
X                 Autism
X                 Differentiated Instruction
X                 Disability Studies: Envisioning our Future
X                 Employment
X                 Family Supports
X                 Hidden Disabilities
X                 International Disability Rights
X                 Native Hawaiian Education
X                 Pacific Footprints of Change: Walking the Talk
X                 Teach to Reach All Learners
X                 Technologies for Realizing Potential and Building
X                 Transition to Adulthood

We will have numerous pre and post conference meetings, workshops and forums
including International Forum 2008: Securing the Rights of Persons with

Now is the time for you and your colleagues to consider submitting to the Pac
Rim Call for Papers.  Please visit and click on
Call for Papers for complete details.

If you have attended previous Pac Rim Conferences, we look forward to seeing
you again. If you have considered attending before but havent, this is the
year for you to visit our lovely islands and experience one of the countrys
largest conference on disabilities.


Pac Rim Strand – Disability Studies: Envisioning Our Future

“Disability studies is us looking out at the world and seeing
how that looks to us.”

-Simi Linton, Advocate, Scholar, Author

In recent years, the focus of Disability Studies has become increasingly
interdisciplinary and multicultural. The Pacific Rim Conference program on
Disability Studies seeks proposals for presentations that envision the
possibilities of future collaboration between Disability Studies and other
fields of study. The topic leaders are particularly interested in
presentations that focus on disability as a sociological and cultural
phenomena within the context of the social sciences, humanities, arts and
sciences. This topic area will feature: noted speakers, breakout sessions,
panel discussions, and poster display/presentations.  (The submissions
deadline is Monday, November 12, 2007).

For more information or to submit a proposal visit: or contact the topic leaders: Megan
Conway at, Steve Brown at, or Norma Jean Stodden at For information about the Pacific Rim 2008
Conference please contact or call 956-7539


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