Call for Disabled Role Models in Asian Region for Brochure

Posted on 29 May 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Audio & Visual Materials, Call for Comments or Information, Call for Nominations or Applications, East Asia Pacific Region, Human Rights | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Aiko Akiyama

Please note that the deadline to submit pictures and bios is May 31, 2009.

Dear colleagues,

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the
Pacific (ESCAP) is putting together a brochure entitled, “Agents of
Change,” to promote the social model of disability and explain the changes that will need to be made to meet the requirements of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Biwako Millennium Framework for Action, which is the regional policy guideline on disability. As a part of the brochure, we would like to have pictures and messages of mentors with disabilities from the region as they themselves are agents of change.

We would like to ask for your collaboration in this endeavor. We would likes to have active thematic photos of persons with different impairments in the region, who work in certain professions as well as a
caption or a statement about how you see “disability” and a message to
younger generations of persons with impairments in the region.

Thus far, we have a picture and a message of a deaf pharmacist from
Japan, are also waiting for a picture of a blind architect from the
Philippines and another picture from Kyrgyzstan. We are also planning on
shooting a picture of a pizza baker, inT hailand, who is physically
disabled. We would like to have pictures of a person with intellectual
disability, a picture of a person who is a survivor of psychiatry, a
picture of deaf blind person all of whom are working in certain professions which they are proud of. Moreover, we would like to particularly welcome pictures from South Asia and the Pacific.

Time is of the essence and we would appreciate your urgent attention
to this request. We would appreciate if you can e-mail us pictures (sharper images are appreciated) towards the end of this month 31 May 2009. The
brochure is in draft form at the moment and you contributions would help us finalize it. Before the brochure final draft goes out to the printer, a copy will be circulated for those who are interested for peer review. Let me know if you are interested in that process.

Please send us pictures and messages to Mr Osama Rajkhan (rajkhan.unescap@un.org) and Aiko Akiyama (akiyama@un.org).

I look forward to hear from you soon and best regards.

Aiko Akiyama
Social Affairs Officer
Social Development Division (SDD)
UNESCAP
THAILAND
Email: akiyama@un.org
http://www.unescap.org/esid/psis/disability/index.asp



I received this announcement from Aiko Akiyama via the AsiaPacificDisability listserver. Please note that all inquiries, pictures, and bios should please be directed to Mr Osama Rajkhan (rajkhan.unescap@un.org) and Aiko Akiyama (akiyama@un.org), NOT to We Can Do. Thank you.

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9th Intl Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific 9-13 August 2009, Bali, Indonesia

Posted on 24 February 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, East Asia Pacific Region, Events and Conferences, Health, HIV/AIDS, Opportunities, Women | Tags: , , , , , , |

9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP 9): “Empowering People, Strengthening Networks”

August 09-13, 2009
Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

The 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific in Bali in August 2009 aims to address, among others, issues of mobility, migration, as well as gender and people with disabilities in order to empower the people and strengthen networks to effectively respond to AIDS.

Read more at the official conference web site at http://www.icaap9.org/

Those who wish to present may submit up to two abstracts; the deadline is March 15, 2009. (Under strictly limited circumstances, some abstracts may be accepted as late as June; please consult the official web site for details, NOT We Can Do.)

A limited number of scholarships are available for a few participants to attend the conference.

All people with questions, or who wish to apply to participate in the conference, should please consult the official conference web site at http://www.icaap9.org/ for instructions on how to communicate with the people organizing the conference (NOT We Can Do!), thank you.



I first learned of this conference via an email forwarded from the AWID mailing list. I gathered additional information and links at the official conference web site.

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Enabling Education Network Desires Feedback for Website Redesign

Posted on 5 February 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Comments or Information, Children, Cross-Disability, Education, Inclusion, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

[Note to We Can Do readers: For years, people in the field of disability inclusive education have turned to the Enabling Education Network (EENET) for information, resources, and opportunities for debate. EENET has disseminated the following announcement, and is seeking responses by the end of February 2009.]

This year EENET is going to redesign its website. A very kind volunteer in EENET Asia has offered to do all the work for free. So, now we need to get some feedback from people who use the website, so that we can make sure we create a new website that is more useful and user-friendly.

The attached questions may help you give feedback. But please do tell us anything you want about the website — what is good, what is bad and what you would like to see on the website in future.

Please share this request for feedback with anyone else you know who uses the EENET website.

Thanks in advance for any feedback you can give.
Best wishes
Ingrid

EENET website redesign

In 2009 EENET’s website – www.eenet.org.uk –– is going to be redesigned and relaunched. This will be the first significant redesign since the website was created in 1997. So it’s important that we get it right!

The detailed evaluation of EENET in 2006 told us that there are various aspects of the website that are not user-friendly, and users sometimes find it difficult to locate the information they want from the huge selection available.

We now want to top up the evaluation results with some more recent feedback on what you like and don’t like, and what you want to see on the new website.

The following questions are of particular interest to us, but please feel free to send comments about other aspects of the website as well.

Thank you in advance for your help.

1) Organising documents
There are two main options for how we can organise the content on the website:

(a) we could list documents according to type of document (e.g. training manuals, short articles, long reports, etc). Under this option you would see a list of, for instance, all the training manuals available covering all aspects of inclusive education

(b) we could list documents according to inclusive education themes (e.g. gender, working children, disability, refugees, emergencies, etc). With this option you would see all the information available under that theme (you would see a list of all articles, reports, manuals, posters, links to other websites, etc on the theme of, for instance, ‘inclusive education and refugees’).

Which option would you prefer and why?
We could design the site so that both options are available, but before we take this more complicated route, we first want to know if one option is a lot more popular than the other!

2) Search facility
The current search facility within the EENET website is using outdated technology and isn’t very helpful. To help us improve the search facility, please tell us how you search for items on the EENET website. Do you mostly search for items according to:

  • subject area
  • a known document title
  • country
  • name of an organisation/NGO
  • a known author name
  • other (please specify)

3) Which website section(s) do you find most useful? Why?

4) Which website section(s) do you find least useful? Why?

5) Is there anything about the website that you find particularly confusing or frustrating? If so, how could we overcome this problem?

6) Documents in other languages
We currently have a separate section where users can go directly to a list of documents in other languages (it contains a random selection, as we rely on volunteers to do translations). Should we keep this separate section http://www.eenet.org.uk/other_langs/documents.shtml? Or should we remove this section and simply list any translations next to their English versions?

7) Word, PDF or html
Which format do you prefer / find most convenient for accessing and reading documents? Please explain why you prefer this format.

  • Html pages that you read online
  • PDF file downloads
  • Word file downloads

8) Please tell us about anything else that you think will help us make an EENET website that meets your needs!

If you are not already familiar with it, please explore the EENET website at www.eenet.org.uk. Then, send your responses to the above questions to EENET at info@eenet.org.uk by the end of February 2009.



I received this announcement via EENET’s Eastern Africa email discussion group, which focuses on discussion related to disability inclusion education in Eastern Africa.

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Support for Late-Deafened People in Asia

Posted on 16 December 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Deaf, East Asia Pacific Region, Networking Opportunities, Opportunities, Resources, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , |

** Support for Late-Deafened People in Asia **
Danishkadah is in the process of setting up an Asian Group of Late Deafened people. Any Late Deafened (LD) person or organization which has late deafened members may contact the person below for further details about the group.

The group is also open to help others outside of this region to form their own support group. Please contact Akram Muhammad at info@danishkadah.org.pk



This announcement is taken from the Disabled People International newsletter.

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FELLOWSHIPS: Asia Pacific Leadership Program

Posted on 6 November 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Capacity Building and Leadership, East Asia Pacific Region, Education and Training Opportunities, Fellowships & Scholarships | Tags: , , , , , |

Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP)

We Can Do readers will note that this program is not specifically targeted to people with disabilities. I encourage people who would need disability-related accommodations, such as interpreters, Braille, etc., to contact the APLP coordinators directly to inquire. The application deadline is December 1, 2008, and the fellowships will begin in August 2009.

The East-West Center is pleased to announce new fellowships for the Asia Pacific Leadership Program for 2009-10. Entering its eight year, the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) is the center of excellence for leadership education in the Asia Pacific region. The APLP is a graduate certificate program combining the development of regional expertise with the enhancement of individual leadership capacity. Based at the East-West Center in Honolulu , Hawaii , the program has created a network of dynamic leaders in 48 countries who are helping to build a peaceful, prosperous and just Asia Pacific community. All participants receive an APLP Entrance Fellowship valued at approximately $15,000.

Participants
The Asia Pacific Leadership Program seeks outstanding individuals with proven leadership experience or high leadership potential from across the Asia Pacific region, North America and beyond. All participants have at least a Bachelors degree with the majority having graduate degrees as well. At least 20 countries are represented in each cohort. APLP Fellows come together from all walks of life, including areas as diverse as government, business, NGOs, health sciences, media, monastic orders, and education.

APLP participants will gain broad regional perspectives, become knowledgeable about the critical challenges facing the Asia Pacific region, and be trained to exercise leadership and promote cooperation. The APLP empowers leaders with the knowledge, skills, experiences, and supportive community needed to successfully navigate personal and regional change in the 21st century.

Application Forms and Fellowships
For more information about the Asia Pacific Leadership Program, as well as application forms and fellowship opportunities, please visit our website at: www.eastwestcenter.org/aplp or email: aplp@eastwestcenter.org.

The application deadline is December 1, 2008. Fellowships begin in August.
Apply to:
East-West Center
Award Services Office
Attn: APLP
John A. Burns Hall, Room 2066
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96848-1601 USA
Telephone: 808-944-7738; Fax: 808-944-7730
Email: aplp@eastwestcenter.org
www.eastwestcenter.org/aplp
The East-West Center is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to promote better relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific and the United States through cooperative research, education, and dialogue on critical issues of common concern. Funding for the Center comes from the U.S. government, with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and the governments of the region.

Readmore:
http://www.eastwestcenter.org/aplp



I found this announcement via the mailing list for the Global Partnership for Disability and Development. This announcement also was posted earlier at the Cambodia Jobs blog.

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Workability International Conference 2008 in Sapporo, Japan

Posted on 21 July 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, East Asia Pacific Region, Employment, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , |

The Workability International Annual Conference will be held in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, from September 9 to 11, 2008.

Hosted by Workability International Japan, this conference will discuss issues relating to the employment of people with disabilities and cooperated business possibilities in Asia region.

People interested in learning more about the conference, or who wish to download registration forms, should please follow the web link to the official conference website at:

http://www.selp.or.jp/wi2008/eng/index.html

Inquiries can also be directed to the following contact information, NOT to We Can Do.

Kaoru Araki araki@selp.or.jp and/or Tsuyumi Nakamura asia-wi@selp.or.jp
Workability International Japan/Asia
c/o NPO Japan SELP Center
1-13-1-2F Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022 JAPAN
tel: +81 3 3355 8877or +81 3 3355 8898(english available from July 2008)
fax: +81 3 3355 7666

We Can Do learned about this conference via the Adhoc_IDC email discussion group.

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Disability Rights Fund Opens Grantmaking to DPOs in 7 Countries

Posted on 16 June 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Funding, Human Rights, Latin America & Caribbean, News, Opportunities, South Asian Region, Sub-Saharan Africa Region, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

En español

PRESS RELEASE
Disability Rights Fund Opens Grantmaking to DPOs in 7 Countries

JUNE 16, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOSTON, MA – The Disability Rights Fund—a groundbreaking grantmaking collaborative supporting the human rights of people with disabilities—today announced its first grants competition.

The broad objective of the Fund — which was launched by the Open Society Institute, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, the United Kingdom Department for International Development, and an anonymous donor on the first anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) — is to empower disabled persons organizations in the developing world and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union to effectively implement and monitor the CPRD.

In 2008, the Fund plans to give out a total of USD $700,000 in one-year grants ranging from USD $5000 – $50,000 and aimed at awareness-raising, strengthening coalitions and networks, and rights advocacy.

To be eligible for this year’s grants program, applicant organizations must be based in and conduct the majority of their activities in the following seven countries: in Africa, Ghana, Namibia and Uganda; in Latin America, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Peru; in Asia, Bangladesh. In these countries, the Fund will support Disabled Persons’ Organizations activities that advance the human rights of persons with disabilities at country-level.

Interested organizations are urged to review the full eligibility criteria and application details posted at the Fund’s website, www.disabilityrightsfund.org. Any questions on the proposal process should be directed to info@disabilityrightsfund.org by July 15. The deadline for applications is August 15.

Disability Rights Fund Steering Committee Co-Chair, William Rowland, President of the World Blind Union, stated “The Disability Rights Fund heralds an innovative partnership between donors and persons with disabilities. The flow of new resources to support our struggle for rights is a development of major significance.”

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COMUNICADO DE PRENSA
El Fondo Sobre Derechos de Personas con Discapacidad abre su período de subvenciones a OPDs en 7 Países

16 de junio de 2008

PARA SU INMEDIATA PUBLICACIÓN

BOSTON, MA – El Fondo Sobre Derechos de Personas con Discapacidad, una iniciativa colaborativa que apoya los derechos humanos de las personas con discapacidad – anunció hoy su primera competición por subvenciones.

El objetivo amplio del Fondo – que fue lanzado por el Open Society Institute, el Sigrid Rausing Trust, el Departamento para el Desarrollo Internacional del gobierno británico, y un donante anónimo, en el primer aniversario de la Convención Sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad (CDPD) de las Naciones Unidas – es el de empoderar a organizaciones de personas con discapacidad en el mundo en desarrollo y la Europa del Este/antigua Unión Soviética, para la implementación y monitoreo efectivos de la CDPD.

En el 2008, el Fondo tiene planificado otorgar un total de USD $700,000 (dólares estadounidenses) en subvenciones de un año de duración que varían desde los USD $5,000 hasta $50,000, dirigidos al aumento de la concientización, el fortalecimiento de alianzas y redes, y la defensa de derechos.

Para poder optar al programa de subvenciones de este año, las organizaciones aplicantes deben tener su sede y realizar la mayoría de sus actividades en alguno de los siguientes siete países: en África, Ghana, Namibia y Uganda; en América Latina, Ecuador, Nicaragua y Perú; en Asia, Bangladesh. En estos países, el Fondo apoyará actividades de las organizaciones de personas con discapacidad que contribuyan al avance de la CDPD a nivel de los países.

Se alienta a que las organizaciones interesadas revisen los criterios de eligibilidad y los detalles para aplicar que se encuentran en el sitio de Internet del Fondo: www.disabilityrightsfund.org. Cualquier pregunta acerca del proceso para realizar propuestas deberán dirigirse a: info@disabilityrightsfund.org a más tardar el 15 de julio de 2008. La última fecha para enviar aplicaciones es el 15 de agosto de 2008.

William Rowland, Co-Presidente del Comité Coordinador del Fondo Sobre Derechos de Personas con Discapacidad, quien también funge como Presidente de la Unión Mundial de Ciegos, declaró “El Fondo Sobre Derechos de Personas con Discapacidad ha constituído una asociación innovadora entre donantes y personas con discapacidad. La canalización de nuevos recursos hacia la lucha por reivindicar nuestros derechos, es un desarrollo de importancia significativa.”



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EENET Recruiting Steering Group Members to Promote Inclusive Education

Posted on 10 June 2008. Filed under: Call for Nominations or Applications, Children, Cross-Disability, Education, Inclusion, Opportunities, Volunteer Opportunities, youth | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Please note that applications should be directed to EENET, not to We Can Do; read carefully for links, email address, and instructions. The deadline is June 24, 2008.

EENET steering group: user group representatives

Background to EENET’s Steering Group
The Enabling Education Network (EENET) is a global information network that helps education practitioners and stakeholders to document and share their experiences of inclusive, child-friendly education. The network prioritises the information needs of southern countries. It aims to reach those who are often excluded from other international information systems or debates, or who cannot afford to buy information resources. EENET’s users include local and international Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), teachers, parents, students, government officials, academics, etc.

EENET has a very small co-ordination office in the UK, employing one staff member and a few volunteers, but still manages to support the information needs of thousands of people in 200 countries. Independent regional networks, based on EENET’s vision and mission, are also being developed in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

To find out more about EENET’s information sharing activities visit www.eenet.org.uk; email info@eenet.org.uk; or write to EENET, c/o ESI, School of Education, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK

EENET’s role is to champion inclusive education. But it also seeks to challenge the status quo, to ask difficult questions and encourage debates on controversial topics. To ensure that EENET fulfils this role, and continues to meet the information needs of its diverse target audience, the network has a Steering Group which has not been very active for several years, but is now being reformed.

EENET Steering Group function and role of members

  • The Steering Group will monitor EENET’s activities and makes suggestions for changes.
  • Steering Group members will represent the views of EENET’s founders, its regional networking partners, international NGOs/donors, and, very importantly, its target users.
  • Steering Group members will assist EENET staff with taking action in key areas of EENET’s development (e.g. fundraising) if they have skills and experience in a relevant area.

User group representatives
Two or three Steering Group representatives will be appointed from among EENET’s ‘grassroots’ users. While they will not be able to represent the full diversity of EENET’s users, they will bring to the Steering Group a valuable ‘reality check’ on the needs, challenges and potential contributions of EENET’s users.

These ‘grassroots’ Steering Group representatives will be selected based on the following criteria:

Essential

  • Good communication skills, preferably in English.
  • Able to communicate by email, and also if possible by telephone or using internet phone or chat systems.
  • Able to travel to the UK and other countries (e.g. must have a passport, or be able to obtain a passport and travel visas without difficulties).
  • Enthusiasm about the aims, values and principles of EENET, and a commitment to contributing as fully as possible to the Steering Group.

One or more of the following are desired:

    Awareness of:
  • child rights
  • education issues
  • disability and/or other diversity issues
  • community development issues.
  • First hand experience of inclusive education (as a student, teacher, parent, local education official, teacher trainer, etc).
  • Experience of being an activist or in other ways representing a marginlised, discriminated against or excluded group (e.g. women/girls; disabled people; refugees; working children, etc).
  • Awareness of EENET and/or an active member of EENET’s network.
  • Awareness of and/or an active member of other south-based, south-focused information sharing and advocacy networks.
  • Financial issues
    Steering Group members are unpaid volunteers. There is no salary for being a Steering Group member. However, EENET will cover all costs relating to attending meetings (e.g. travel, accommodation, meals and other essential daily living expenses) and participating in telephone conferences or internet chats.

    Application to become an EENET Steering Group member

    Closing date for applications: 24th June 2008

    Personal details
    Name:
    Nationality:
    Postal address:
    Tel. no:
    Fax no:
    Mobile no:
    Email:
    Other, e.g. Skype name:

    Do you have a passport?

    Are you aware of any possible restrictions to your freedom to travel to other countries?

    Are you available 8-12 September 2008 (the dates for the next Steering Group meeting)?

    Supporting information
    Describe your involvement with EENET so far (e.g. when did you first learn about EENET; when did you first read the newsletter; what communication have you had with EENET; what other EENET activities have you been involved in?)

    Why are you interested in becoming a member of EENET’s Steering Group?

    Explain any experience you have with the following (this can be experience gained through your personal life or through work):

    • education/inclusive education
    • child rights/human rights
    • community development
    • equality and diversity issues.

    Explain what you think inclusive education means.

    Why do you think it is important for EENET to promote inclusive education and help people to share information on inclusive education?

    Please provide any other information you think will support your application.

    References
    Please supply the names and contact details of 2 people who can provide references for you. At least one referee should know you in a professional or work capacity or have direct experience of your involvement in inclusive education activities/advocacy.

    Referee 1
    Name:
    Address:
    Email:
    Tel:
    Fax:

    Referee 2
    Name:
    Address:
    Email:
    Tel:
    Fax:
    Please return your completed form to:
    Email: info@eenet.org.uk
    Address: EENET, c/o ESI, School of Education, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
    Fax: +44 (0)161 275 3548



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    Bangkok Event Marks Entry into Force of Disability Rights Treaty

    Posted on 29 April 2008. Filed under: Announcements, East Asia Pacific Region, Human Rights, News, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    United Nations in Bangkok to Mark Entry into Force of Treaty on Disability Rights
    Special Event to be Held on Wednesday, 30 April 2008

    Bangkok (United Nations Information Services) – A ground-breaking new international treaty, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, will enter into force on 3 May 2008 – one month after it was ratified by the twentieth country.

    In Asia and the Pacific, which is home to about 400 million persons with disabilities, Bangladesh, India and the Philippines are the three countries which have already ratified the Convention. Thailand is expected to do so soon.

    The Convention is the first ever international treaty on the human rights of persons with disabilities. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2006, and it aims to ensure that people with disabilities enjoy human rights on an equal basis with others.

    To celebrate the Convention’s entry into force, three UN bodies in Bangkok will organize a special event on Wednesday, 30 April 2008, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 a.m., at the United Nations Conference Centre.

    It is being jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

    Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and ESCAP’s Executive Secretary, will address the event, which will feature a keynote speech by Senator Monthian Buntan of Thailand – who is blind – on the impact of the entry into force of the Convention and the importance of its ratification for countries in the region. Ms. Syeda Saiyidain Hameed, a member of the
    Government of India’s Planning Commission, will also speak.

    A related photo exhibition, entitled “Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities,” will be on display featuring various prize-winning photographs. The special event will also include a live musical performance by a group from Thailand, “The Network of Music and Arts of Persons with Disabilities.”

    About ten per cent of the world’s total population – around 650 million people – are estimated to be living with various forms of disabilities. The percentage is even higher among the world’s poorest people, around 20 per cent of them having some kind of disability. People with disabilities are mostly marginalized and among the poorest of the poor, with limited access to education, employment, housing, transportation and health services. They represent a significant, but generally overlooked, development challenge.

    Ensuring equality of rights and access for all persons with disabilities would have a beneficial impact on the social and economic conditions of each country, by enhancing their participation in education, employment, cultural, social and political activities and increasing their consumer power.

    The new Convention marks a significant step in this direction. It encourages States to stop viewing persons with disabilities as passive recipients of charity, medical treatment and social protection. Instead, it casts persons with disabilities as active members of society and “subjects” who have rights and are capable of claiming those rights, being also able to make key decisions based on their free and informed consent.

    NOTE TO THE MEDIA: Media representatives are cordially invited to attend this special event on Wednesday, 30 April, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at the Reception Hall, Ground Floor, United Nations Conference Centre, at ESCAP’s headquarters in Bangkok.

    ***

    For further information, please contact:

    Ms. Aiko Akiyama
    Population and Social Integration Section
    Emerging Social Issues Division
    ESCAP
    Bangkok
    Tel: 662-2882315
    Mobile: 66-81-8309176
    Fax: 662-2881030 or 2881009

    or

    Mr. Ari Gaitanis
    United Nations Information Services
    ESCAP
    Bangkok
    Tel: 662-2881862
    Fax: 662-288-1052
    Email: unisbkk.unescap@un.org

    Aiko Akiyama
    Social Affairs Officer
    Emerging Social Issues Division (ESID)
    UNESCAP
    RAJDAMNERN NOK AVENUE,
    BANGKOK 10200
    THAILAND
    Tel: 66-2-288-2315
    Fax: 66-2-288-1030
    Cellular: 66-81-830-9176
    Email akiyama@un.org
    http://www.unescap.org/esid/psis/disability/index.asp



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    RESOURCE: Disabled Women’s Organizations in Pacific-Asia

    Posted on 7 April 2008. Filed under: Cross-Disability, East Asia Pacific Region, Resources, South Asian Region, Sub-Saharan Africa Region, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    The following list of Disabled Women’s Organizations, Groups, and Committees in the Asia/Pacific Region (plus a few in Africa) was developed at the International Labour Organisation in Bangkok in December 2007. We Can Do readers should note that contact information can change quickly. If you try contacting an organization and cannot seem to reach them with the contact information given here, try googling the name of the contact person, or the name of the organization, or both. You can also consult other resources that can help you find more disability-oriented organizations around the world.

    List of Disabled Women’ Organizations/Groups/Committee
    Date: 19-12-2007

    Annie Parkinson
    President of Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA)
    Post Office Box 605 Rosny Park, Tasmania 7018 Australia
    Tel: + 61 3 62448288
    Fax: + 61 3 62448255
    E-mail: wwda@wwda.org.au
    Web: http://www.wwda.org.au

    Sabina Hossain Kochi
    Chair Person of
    Women with Disabilities Development Foundation BPKS complex, Dhakkhinkhan, Uttara, Dhaka 1230. Bangladesh
    Tel: + 880-8923915,8960077
    E-mail: bpks@citechco.net

    Ashrafun Nahar Misti
    Deputy coordinator of Women with Disabilities Development Network
    BPKS complex, Dhakkhinkhan, Uttara, Dhaka 1230, Bangladesh
    Tel: +880-8923915,8960077
    E-mail: cotoed@bpksbd.org
    Champa Dash
    Chairperson of
    Disabled Women’ Development Committee
    PSID center Narail
    Moheshkhola Narail PSID Center
    Post: Narail, Upzilla & dist: Narail, Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Mob: +880-8901713196017

    Shucithra Rani Shaha
    Chairperson of Disabled Women ‘s Development Committee,
    Nagarpur Disabled Peoples Organizations Tangail Bangladesh
    Vill & Post : Mamud Nagar
    Upazilla: Nagarpur, District: Tangail
    Bangladesh
    Mob: +880-01711`512295, 01712078249

    Mah,uda Khatun
    Chairperson of Disabled Women Committee Narshindi
    Narshindi Disabled People Organization to Development
    Vill: Ashrafpur (Near Sub registry Office )
    Upazilla: Shibpur, District : Narshingdi
    Bangladesh
    Mob: +880-01712078247, 01713196024

    Hafsa Akter
    Chairperson of
    Disabled Women Development Committee
    Chandpur
    Chandpur Disabled People Organizations to Development
    Vill: Charbashanto, Upazilla: Faridgonj
    District Chandpur, Bangladesh
    Mob: +8801712o78245

    Soyada Shahina
    Disabled Women’s Development Committee
    NDDS Protibandhi Kallayan Society (PKS)
    24, R K Mission Road, Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Mob:+880-01712069686
    e-mail: pks-bd@agnionline.com

    Naznin Nahar
    Coordinator of
    Disabled Women’s Development Committee, Meherpur
    SPD Complex, Post: Mujibnagar
    Dist: Meherpur-7100
    Bangladesh
    Tel:+880-2-07923-74011
    Fax: +880-2-8332924
    e-mail:spd@bdonline.com

    Nasima khatun
    Chairperson of Disabled Women’s Development Committee, Disabled People Organizations to Development Moulovibazar, Bangladesh
    Vill: natissar, Post: Giash Nagar ,
    Upazilla & Dist: Moulovibazar , Bangladesh
    Mob: +880-01712078248

    Lovely akter Shapla
    Chairperson of Disabled Women’s Development Committee, Monmanshingh Disabled Peoples Organizations to Development
    Vill: Voradoba Klab bazaar, Upazilla: Valuka
    Dist: Moimanshingh, Bangladesh
    Mob: +880-01713196029

    Women with Disabilities Project Centre for Services and Information on Disability (CSID)
    House # 715, Road # 10,
    Baitul Aman Housing Society
    Adabor
    Dhaka- 1207 Bangladesh
    Tel: 9129727, 8143882
    Fax: 8125669
    E-mail: csid@bdonline.com, csid@bdmail.net
    Web: www.csidnetwork.org

    Disabled Women’s Committee
    Fiji Disabled People Association 355 Waimanu Road, Suva G.P.O. Box 15178, Suva, Fiji
    Phone: +679- 331-1203
    Fax: +679- 330-1161.

    Association of Women with Disabilities Hong Kong
    Room 11-12, G/F, Wang Cho House
    Wang Tau Hom Estate Kowloon,
    Hong Kong, China
    Fax: +852-2337-1549
    Email: women@awdhk_conf.org
    For all disabilities.

    Miss Berhane Daba
    President of Ethiopian Women with Disabilities National Association (EWDNA)
    P.o. Box 43128
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Tel: + 252-1-0911-451717
    Email address berhanedaba@yahoo.com

    Regina
    Secretary of Sadhana Women with Disabilities Association Tamil Nadu
    ADD India
    Kallukadai Steet, Sathyamoorthy Nagar
    Keeranur Pudukottai District
    Tamil Nadu, India
    Email: addindiatn@rediffmail.com
    All disabilities

    Kuhu Das,
    Director of Association of Women with Disabilities 6/J, Surah 2nd Lane, Phoolbagan, Kolkata-700010, India
    Tel: +91-64535802
    Fax: +91-23639115
    Mobile: +91-9830226718
    E-mail: sawwd@vsnl.net

    Shampa Sengupta
    Representative of Women with Disability, Sruti Disability Rights Centre
    Sruti disAbility Rights centre
    5A R.K. Ghosal Road
    Kolkata 700 042, India
    Tel: +91- 9433174978

    Sobhagya Goyal
    Vice President of National Forum for Visually Impaired Women
    All India Confederation of the Blind Ghasety Bazar Ajmer
    Rajasthan, India
    Tel. : +91- 0145-2621185
    Mob. : +91 – 9414708018

    Ms. Lidya Miranita
    Indonesian Association of Women with Disabilities (HWPCI)
    Jl. Cempaka Putih raya No. 1, Jakarta – Pusat
    Jakarta – 10510 – Indonesia
    Tel/Fax : +62-21-42879844
    E-mail : ariani_0704@yahoo.com
    website : www.hwpci.org

    Indonesian Blind Women Union (PERTUNI)
    Gedung Inkoppol, Gd II, lt. 2
    Jl. Tambak No. 2, Jakarta – Pusat
    Jakarta – 10320, Indonesia
    Tel/fax : +62-21-31931704
    email : pertuni_dpp@yahoo.co.id

    Ms. Kimie Nagumo
    President of DPI Women with Disabilities Network Japan
    Japan
    nagumo-kimie@mwe.biglobe.ne.jp

    Kim, Mi Joo
    Representative of Women with Disabilities Arts and Culture and Network
    Seoul Women’s Plaza 3F NGO Center 345-1
    Daebang-dong Dongjak-gu Seoul 156-808 Korea
    Tel: +82-02-823-8360
    Cell: 011-746-2196
    Email: kim_mijoo@yahoo.com
    Web: http://www.kkipan.com

    Koo Gwi Hoi
    Coordinator of Organizing Committee for the Global Summit of Women with Disabilities
    Swon Bdg, IF, 877-13, Shinjeong5-dong, Yangcheon-gu,
    Seoul, Korea
    Tel: +82-2-2692-2293
    Mobile: +82-19-285-5447
    Email: koohj19@hanmail.net

    Lee Ye-ja
    Korean Differently Abled Women United Organization
    Rm 811, Chritian Building
    136-46 Yonci-dong, Chongno-Ku, Seoul
    Korea (110-736)
    Tel: +82-2-3675-9935
    Email: kdawu@hanmail.com
    leeyeja@shinburo.com
    Web: http://www.kdawu.org

    Catherine Mwayoga
    Women’s Committee
    United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK) Waiyaki Way; P.O. box 13488; Nairobi, Kenya
    Tel.: +254-2-443915
    Fax: +254-2-446065,
    E-mail: disability@wananchi.com

    Ms. Daloonny Souvannavong
    Director of Lao Disabled Women Development Center
    Ban Dongphosy, Hatsayfong District Vientiane
    PO Box 6751, Thadeua Rd, Hatsayfong District
    Vientiane Capital, Lao
    Tel : +21 812282
    Fax : +21 812282
    Email : ldwdc@laotel.com

    Shusila Poudel
    President of Nepal Disabled Women Society (NDWS)
    Pulchowk, Lalitpur:3; PO Box 5445, Nepal
    Tel: +997-1- 535770, 531324
    Fax: +997-1- 535770, 535142
    E-Mail: sushila@coho.wlink.np
    ndws@coho.wlink.com.np

    Indira Chapagain
    President of Nepal Disabled Women Association (NDWA)
    NPC 8973,00560
    Kathmandu, Putalisadak, Nepal
    Tel: +977-1-6635926
    Email: ndwa_ndwa@hotmail.com
    Nara Kumari Karki
    President of National Association for Disabled Women-Nepal (NADW-Nepal)
    P.O. Box 7268 Koteshwor
    Kathmandu Nepal
    Tel: +977-14496664
    E-mail: nadw@hotmail.com

    Shrijana Singh
    President of Deaf Women Development Committee (DWDC)
    P.O. Box 4601 Putalisadak Kathmandu
    Tel: +977-1-415-568
    Fax: +977-1-416-200 Deaf and hard of hearing

    Ola Abu Alghaib
    Stars Of Hope Center ‘Empowerment of women with Disabilities’ Palestine
    Palestine-Mamalloh-Al Elsal-Bazar Commercial Center-4th Floor
    Tel: +972-2-2972345
    Mobile: +972-599-026260
    Email: starofhope2007@gmail.com

    Miss N.G. Kamalawathie,
    President of Association of Women with Disabilities (AKASA)
    Pahalagama Road , Kongollewa,
    Talawa, Sri Lanka
    Tel: +94 25 5670329
    Fax : +94 25 2275022
    Mobile :+94 773121062
    E-mail : akasa7@sltnet.lk

    Savina Nongebatu
    Member of Disabled Women’s Committee Solomon
    Disabled People Organization Solomon DPASI(DPO) Solomon
    Tel: +677- 24863, 677- 36062
    savina_nongebatu@yahoo.com.au
    cbr@moh.gov.sb

    Association of Blind Women Thailand 94/4 Moo 13 Sihaburanukit Road
    Minburi, Bangkok, 10510, Thailand
    Tel: +66-2-233-6079
    Email: abwt@tab.or.th

    Ms. Supattraporn Tanatikom
    Disabled Peoples’ International Asia Pacific Regional Office
    92 Phaholyothin 5 Road, Samsennai, Phayathai Bangkok 10400 THAILAND
    Telephone numbers: (662) 271 2123
    Fax : (662) 2712124
    E-mail: sarahmaithai@gmail.com,
    supattraporn@dpiap.org
    Website: www.dpiap.org

    Ms. Hellen Asamo
    African Women with Disabilities
    P.O. Box 8567, Kampala, Uganda
    Tel.: +256-41-540179
    Fax: +256-41-540178
    E-Mail: nudipu@starcom.co.ug

    Ms. Duong Thi Van
    Women’s Committee of Bright Future Group for People with Disabilities
    124 A Dai La Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
    Tel: +844 628-0527
    E-mail: van@netnam.com

    Ms. Nguyen Hong Oanh
    Director of Hanoi Women with Disabilities Club 112B5, 46B Pham Ngoc Thach alley, Hanoi (the front gate), Vietnam
    Tel: +84-4-8522 778
    Email: phunuthudo@nguoikhuyettat.org
    lananhdf@gmail.com



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    JOB POST: Secretary General, Rehabilitation International

    Posted on 20 February 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Inclusion, Jobs & Internships | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Michael Fox, president of Rehabilitation International, has been circulating the following announcement; note that the application deadline is March 28, 2008:

    As advised at the RI 2007 Assembly in Djerba, Tunisia – our Secretary General Tomas Lagerwall has decided to leave RI later this year – and return to Sweden after a seven year term with RI.

    Accordingly, and on behalf of the RI Selection Committee, I am pleased to invite submissions from applicants worldwide for this important role of RI Secretary General – as following details and information.

    Regards

    Michael Fox
    RI President
    www.riglobal.org
    Sydney phone 612 6552 9333

    4 February 2008

    RI Secretary General – New York

    RI was established in 1922, and is a well recognised and respected international disability and rehabilitation advocacy organisation. RI is a global cross-disability and cross-disciplinary NGO providing a unique meeting ground for participants in a field that has disciplinary and ideological opinions and differences. RI has well-established partnerships with the UN and its agencies as well as other international and regional organisations in the field of disability. Further information on RI and our UN and global networks are available at www.riglobal.org.

    RI is a democratic organisation governed by an Assembly – representing RI member organisations in almost 100 countries. The RI Annual Assembly is a global forum to discuss developments in disability issues and general policies and programs of the organisation. The RI Executive Committee provides strategic direction, formulates and considers policies and oversees the budget of the organisation. The RI EC consists of 22 members composed of the RI President, President-elect or Past President, Treasurer and representatives of RI Regions and expert Commissions.

    RI is a matrix organisation, with regional leadership in Africa, the Arab Region, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America as well as thematic Commissions in particular fields of expertise, to assist in developing and expanding program activities in accordance with RI strategic goals. The RI Foundation was established in 2006 and provides the basis for significant growth and development of the RI agenda worldwide.

    RI and its members are involved in a range of advocacy projects and activities to promote the RI goal of advancing and achieving the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities worldwide. The next RI World Congress is scheduled in Quebec City, Canada during August 2008. RI also works toward increasing international collaboration and advocates for policies and legislation recognising the rights of people with disabilities and their families, including the ratification and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

    RI Secretary General
    RI is managed by a full time Secretariat in our New York City head office. The Secretary General is the CEO of the organisation and our current incumbent has successfully managed this role since 2001.

    We now require the services of a resourceful, experienced and dynamic candidate for the role of RI Secretary General. There will be a suitable and agreed transition period for the successful candidate.

    CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS Friday 28 March 2008

    DUTY STATION New York, United States of America

    ACCESSIBILITY RI New York offices are ADA accessible

    Responsibilities and Competencies of Secretary General
    The responsibilities and competencies of the successful applicant will include

    * Implementation of RI policies, strategies and programs as determined by the RI General Assembly and RI EC – and as agreed with, and in close consultation with, the President, Executive Committee and RI Foundation Board

    * Effective management and implementation of the RI Strategic Plan – with balanced commitment to RI Global activities and development of the RI Foundation

    * Demonstrate professionalism, judgement, technical awareness and leadership

    * Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to operate effectively across organisational boundaries – with ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds

    * Solicit input by genuinely valuing other peoples ideas and expertise – and willing to learn from others

    * Ability to operate in a changing environment with innovation and professionalism

    * Take the lead with respect to the preparation and implementation of the work program, ensuring that resources are utilised effectively and prudently to implement activities in accordance with the RI Mission, budget and available human and financial resources

    * Monitor and review the work program and budget by conducting regular analysis to assess progress of actual work versus the program

    * Define requirements and work with system units with respect to improving budget reporting systems and cost effective utilisation of program resources

    * Supervise and provide guidance on financial administration and management information issues and practices to Board members, in conjunction with the Finance Committee

    * Support, manage, travel and organise RI events as required

    * Supervise staff at RI New York and other locations as required

    * Provide guidance and leadership to RI staff

    * Promote RI membership growth in conjunction with the Membership Committee

    * Oversee work related to billing and receipt of income from various services, monitoring and evaluation of individual contractors for services

    * Represent RI at international, regional and national meetings related to disability rights and related issues – including IDA, the International Disability Alliance

    * Collaborate with relevant organisations including United Nations, World Bank, DPOs, foundations, the private sector, NGOs and civil society at large

    * Participate in inter-agency consultations, meetings, and conferences related to disability rights and services issues

    * Organise and participate in expert group meetings, workshops and seminars on disability rights and services as required

    * Provide advisory services to and collaborate with UN agencies, governments, DPOs, NGOs, regional groups, private sector groups and other stakeholders on disability rights, services and related issues

    Qualifications

    Education – A minimum of first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience.

    Work Experience – A minimum of 5 years progressively responsible experience in change management, human resources and financial / budget operations, with relevant professional experience in international, governmental and non-governmental organisations.

    The RI Secretary General role calls for very good administrative, diplomacy and management skills. First hand disability related experience is preferred.

    Languages – Fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency and / or working knowledge of other languages is desirable.

    Other Skills – Ability to use relevant computer technology and software.

    Remuneration
    A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered – subject to professional experience, family situation and other criteria as may be applicable. Immigration procedures can be negotiated as required.

    Selection Process
    Applicants will be short listed on the basis of academic credentials, experience, availability and other relevant factors. Additional information may be requested from candidates.

    Short listed applicants will be invited to come to New York or elsewhere as appropriate, for an interview with representatives of the RI Selection Committee. Candidates will be interviewed on various criteria including related knowledge, skills, abilities, personality and availability.

    The intention is for the new RI Secretary General to be appointed by June 2008.

    How To Apply
    Interested persons from any nationality worldwide are invited to apply for this important position. This invitation to apply for the role of RI Secretary General is open to everyone.

    Detailed responses including Resumes / CVs, and a minimum of two written references, are to be submitted by Friday 28 March 2008. Submissions can be sent by email, post of fax to

    Marca Bristo, RI North America Vice President

    c/o Access Living
    115 W Chicago Ave
    Chicago, IL 60610 USA

    Email mbristo@aol.com or
    Fax 1 312 640 2140

    All applications will be confidential to the Selection Committee and RI Executive Committee, until the successful candidate is announced.

    We look forward to your application

    Regards

    Michael Fox AM
    RI President
    Sydney Australia



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    EVENT/NEWS: Asian Festival of Inclusive Arts

    Posted on 5 February 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Arts, Cross-Disability, Deaf, East Asia Pacific Region, Events and Conferences, Inclusion, Mobility Impariments, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Dear Friends of Epic Arts,

    It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to SPOTLIGHT An Asian Festival of Inclusive Arts.

    For the first time ever, disabled and able-bodied artists from across Asia come together in Cambodia to present an exciting festival of performance, film, music and visual arts with a SPOTLIGHT on the abilities of all people.

    http://www.spotlight-inclusiveartsasia.org/

    Check out the website for more information on how you can join in the fun. The website is constantly being updated with news and images and will be up in Khmer towards the end of next week, so keep checking! The website will also serve as an archive of SPOTLIGHT after all the excitement has ended and hopefully as a communication tool for all the artists / organisations / individuals working in Inclusive Arts in Asia.

    So forward this email to all your friends and colleagues and encourage them to come and participate in this truly exciting event.

    Kind regards
    Hannah & The SPOTLIGHT team

    Hannah Stevens
    Production Manager
    Epic Arts/Cambodia
    (+855) 12 454 935



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    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:

    24TH ANNUAL PACIFIC RIM CONFERENCE ON DISABILITIES

    NEW DATES!!!!

    24TH ANNUAL PACIFIC RIM CONFERENCE ON DISABILITIES
    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 www.pacrim.hawaii.edu 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
    Community
    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
    Disabilities.

    Now is the time for you and your colleagues to consider submitting to the Pac
    Rim Call for Papers.  Please visit http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu 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:
    http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/submissions or contact the topic leaders: Megan
    Conway at mconway@hawaii.edu, Steve Brown at sebrown@hawaii.edu, or Norma Jean Stodden at nstodden@hawaii.edu. For information about the Pacific Rim 2008
    Conference please contact prinfo@hawaii.edu or call 956-7539

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