CALL FOR PAPERS: Pacific Rim Conference

Posted on 8 November 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, East Asia Pacific Region, Events and Conferences, Human Rights, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , |

We Can Do has posted an earlier announcement about the same conference on disabilities in the Pacific Rim region. This time, they are announcing their deadline for people who want to submit papers or abstracts, and the opening of registration.

Call for Papers Deadline:
November 26th
Registration now open!

Mark your calendar now and plan on joining us for the 24th Annual Pac Rim Conference taking place on April 14-15, 2008 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel and Resort. Registration is now open. Visit the Pac Rim website for more information on Registration and the Call for Papers. CDS is celebrating 20 years of academic and community excellence.

Building on the overwhelming positive outcome of previous Annual Pacific Rim Conferences and harnessing the excitement of this anniversary, this will be a conference you won’t want to miss. There is something for everyone including over ten topical areas, interactive workshops, a film festival, exciting speakers and even a writing workshop, entitled “Writing our Stories” facilitated by acclaimed author Patricia Wood. Pre-conference activities include the International Forum 2008: Securing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities where people from all over the world will be discussing the rights of persons with disabilities. Updates on a weekly basis will be provided on our website.

Pac Rim continues to promote cutting-edge opportunities to learn from one another, and to share resources and ideas that support the quality of life, community inclusion and self-determination for all persons with disabilities and their families to help shape our world community. Please consider submitting a proposal in one of our topical areas. We want your participation.

Opportunities for exhibiting, advertising and sponsorship are available as well and we invite you to call us to discuss options. We are always on the lookout for Scholarship Sponsors which allow us to underwrite the costs for self-advocates, parents, family members and others who would not otherwise be able to afford to attend this event. We welcome your support.

If you have attended previous Pac Rim Conferences, we look forward to seeing you again. If you have considered attending before but haven’t, this is the year for you to visit our lovely islands and experience one of the country’s largest conference on disabilities.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Valerie Shearer and Charmaine Crockett

As part of its 20th Anniversary, The Center on Disability Studies is pleased to host The Pacific Rim Conference, International Forum 2008. Registration is now open. The deadline for Call for Papers and Proposals is November 26th.

Many of the world’s 600 million persons with disabilities face discrimination and mistreatment every day.

International Forum 2008
Securing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
A pre-meeting to the 24th Annual Pacific Rim Conference

April 12 and 13, 2008, Sheraton Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawai’i

*Please note: confirmed speakers are on the Pac Rim website and include Patricia Morrissey, Commissioner; Judith Heumann, Civil Rights Advocate; Kozue Kay Nagata, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations DESA. Stay tuned for biweekly updates.

With the recent passage and unprecedented global support of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, this is an opportune time to discuss the convention and its relevance in our diverse/local communities. The forum’s intent is to foster learning about the Convention as well to facilitate new strategic thinking for the realization of rights for persons with disabilities.

0. What are implications of the Convention to persons with disabilities in countries of the AsiaPacific Region?
0. What are regional concerns surrounding implementation of the CRPD?
0. What are the challenges for “developing countries” as they seek to implement the Convention?
0. How can applying the guiding principles of the Convention affect positive real change for persons with disabilities?
0. In what ways to international norms help or hinder local activism and advocacy?
0. How can activists and advocates use international norms to promote disability rights within their nations and communities?

The design of the forum will consist of Noted Speakers, breakout sessions, discussion panels and poster presentations. Select speakers including experts with regional and UN experience, advocates and community leaders will present and participate in panels and lead discussions around the posed questions. The forum will also provide a space for dialogue and informal conversations. We invite you to host a dialogue session and to share your insights and expertise. The forum will be participant driven and focuses around issues and needs of the attendees.

For more information or to submit a proposal go to the Pac Rim website and click on the “International Forum” link (bottom left) or contact the topic leaders: Robert A. Stodden at, Katharina C. Heyer at, Steve Brown at, or Charmaine Crockett at For general inquiries about Pac Rim email or call 1-808-956-7539.

Proceedings of the forum will be published. Please participate!

We Can Do received this announcement via the email distribution list for the Global Partnership (GPDD). However, neither GPDD nor We Can Do are associated with the Pacific Rim Conference–interested parties should consult the Pac Rim site directly.

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