Conference on Accessible Transportation and Tourism, March 24-25, 2009, New Delhi, India

Posted on 5 February 2009. Filed under: accessibility, Announcements, Events and Conferences, Inclusion, Opportunities, South Asian Region, universal design, Urban Development | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Svayam — an initiative of SJ Charitable Trust, has the pleasure of inviting you to a Conference on Accessible Transportation and Tourism scheduled on the 24th & 25th March 2009 at New Delhi, where in besides Indian speakers & participants, renowned international experts on BRT and Accessibility issues like Mr. Tom Rickert, Mr. Jamie Osborne and Prof. Lalita Sen will share their expertise. [Note: Application deadline March 15, 2009.]

While Mr. Tom Rickert will shed light on International Trends and BRT Guidelines of the World Bank, Prof Lalita Sen takes you on Travel Chain, Pedestrian Infrastructure and Tourist Market. Jamie Osborne an engineer, transit planner and accessibility specialist by profession will take the participants through Obstacles as seen by a Tourist followed by case study of How San Francisco Provides Accessible Transit to Tourists. His keen interest in inclusion and structural inequality processes in transportation and urban planning in the developing world will be of great importance to the urban and transit planners.

Date & Venue:

24 & 25th March 2009 from 09.30 – 05.30 on both days

Casuarina Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, India

Intended participants:

The conference would be of special interest to Students of Architecture and Design, Town Planners, Key Officials from the Ministry of Transport and Tourism, Urban Development, Academic & Research Institutions/Organisations in Transport, Design & Tourism, DPOs from the Ageing and Disability Sector, Stake holders from private sectors like Transport Manufactures, Hotel Industry, Travel trade etc.

This would enable them to gain the right perspective of inclusive and universal design and incorporate it in their current & future projects/studies/ research and plan access strategies and advocacy initiatives.

Register Now
Participation is by invitation only, therefore; interested participants may register themselves at the earliest and latest by 15th March 2009 by filling the Registration Form, and sending a mail to subhash.vashishth@jindalsaw.com or kavita.agrawal@jindalsaw.com with a copy to svayam.jsw@gmail.com to get their confirmation. For any further inquiries, please contact: 9811125521 (Mr. Subhash C. Vashishth) or 9811736115 (Ms. Kavita Agrawal).

Registration Fee:
Rs. 100/- per participant, payable at the venue

Accommodation and Travel Arrangements: Participants will have to make their own arrangements.

Warm regards

Subhash Chandra Vashishth

Program Coordinator – Svayam
Jindal Centre, 12 Bhikaiji Cama Place, New Delhi – 110066
Board Numbers: +91 (11) 26188360-74, Direct: 41462323
Mobile: 9811125521, Fax: (+91 (11) 26161271, 26170691

email: subhash.vashishth@jindalsaw.com, subhashvashishth@gmail.com

Web: www.svayam.com



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CONFERENCE: World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry General Assembly, Kamapala, Uganda,

Posted on 2 February 2009. Filed under: Announcements, Events and Conferences, Human Rights, Opportunities, Psychiatric Disabilities, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

[Note a limited number of scholarships for conference participants from developing or low-income countries.]

Dear all,

If you are a user or survivor of psychiatry (a person who has experienced madness or mental health problems, or who has used or survived mental health services), you are welcome to join the WNUSP General Assembly in Kampala, Uganda, March 16-20, 2009.

If you are not a user or survivor yourself but would like to support WNUSP, please help WNUSP to connect with users and survivors in your country or region by forwarding them this email or introducing them to a member of the WNUSP board.

Thanks to everyone in the disability community for their solidarity.

Best wishes,
Tina Minkowitz

WNUSP GA – REGISTER NOW!!!
World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry

http://www.wnusp.net/

• • • WNUSP-News • • •

ANNOUNCEMENT: JANUARY 2009

Dear WNUSP Friends,

This edition of WNUSP news features the Final Announcement for our General Assembly and World Conference.

Final Invitation – Third Announcement
REGISTER NOW!!! Making our Rights a Reality Human Rights in the Age of the CRPD WNUSP General Assembly and Conference, March 16-20 2009, Kampala, Uganda WNUSP has the pleasure to invite you to it’s third general assembly and conference in Kampala, Uganda. After Vancouver, Canada in 2001, Vejle, Denmark in 2004, we are happy to hold our assembly in Africa for the first time and thank our hosts Mental Health Uganda. Delegates from WNUSP member organisations are invited to attend the conference and GA. The conference is open to users and survivors of psychiatry from all regions of the world. Priority will be given to members. If you have not yet joined but are interested in becoming a member, please do so when registering for the conference. All participants who are able to do so, are asked to contribute at least 100 US $ (150 US $) to the overall conference costs. Those who can afford more are kindly asked to contribute 250 US $ or donate even more money in order to enable us to support the participation of delegates from poorer regions. Please register as soon as possible, if you are interested.

Only people from poorer countries can apply for scholarships. We are committed to making this conference as inclusive as possible and will do our best to support scholarships for users and survivors from low income countries. We will only be able to support traveling costs for a limited number of participants (see the attached document). Please use every means you have to raise funds for their participation. Participants have to cover their own travel costs. Participants from developed countries are asked to organise their travel plans themselves. If you have already registered and can fund your own travel costs, you can book your tickets now. If you have any possibility to support WNUSP and MHU with funding the general assembly or contribute to travel costs for other participants, please let us know.

Please register quickly since participation is limited. You can register via the WNUSP website. www.wnusp.net. Registration for the conference is now possible via the WNUSP website. For more information on the conference, follow the link to http://wnusp.rafus.dk/wnusp-general-assembly-and-conference-2009.html

MEMBERS’ NEWS NOTICE
The WNUSP Newsletter aims to present the global struggles and achievements of users and survivors of psychiatry. We invite all members of the WNUSP to write in, sharing your views and giving news about your activities. News reports must be in English, brief (250 words) and giving your name and contact details. You may also submit ideas or proposals for articles to be considered for publication in the newsletter. Write to the Editor, WNUSP-News at newsletter@wnusp.net

Moosa Salie,
Facilitator WNUSP newsletter
Co-Chair WNUSP
Secretary PANUSP

WNUSP-News mailing list
WNUSP-News@oism.info
http://mail.oism.info/mailman/listinfo/wnusp-news_oism.info

Information to consider when applying for a scholarship

Scholarships will be allocated to WNUSP affiliated organizations and individual members to send delegates to the GA based on the following criteria.

• Only a limited number of scholarships will be available

• You only qualify to apply if you live in the Global South, which includes some Arab states (non oil producing), certain agreed upon Eastern European countries, India and other developing Asian and Pacific-rim countries, all of Africa, Latin and Central America.

• Preference will be given to invited speakers from the Global South in allocating scholarships

• Due consideration will be given to a balance in gender and regional representation when deciding on allocating scholarships.

• Applying for a scholarship does not automatically guarantee receiving it. Applicants will be assessed on their potential to add value to the proceedings of the General Assembly and furthering the work of the WNUSP.

• The decisions of the GA organizing committee regarding the allocation of scholarships cannot be queried afterwards.

Conference information at: http://wnusp.rafus.dk/wnusp-general-assembly-and-conference-2009.html



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International Conference on Accessible Tourism, 22-24 April 2009, Singapore

Posted on 24 November 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, East Asia Pacific Region, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

International Conference on Accessible Tourism 2009
April 22 – 24, 2009
YWCA Fort Canning Lodge, Singapore

Singapore welcomes you with open arms to ‘Tourism Unlimited: Access for All’. The Disabled People’s Association or DPI-Singapore, in line with its mission to be the Voice of People with Disabilities, will host the Third International Conference for Accessible Tourism (ICAT) 2009.

More than just a platform for advocating accessibility for all, ICAT 2009 also serves as a profitable avenue for the travel and tourism sector to explore the many possibilities of expanding their businesses by being inclusive.

Understanding the promising business ventures of Accessible Tourism in a growing market will benefit not only the travel and tourism sector but also greatly enhance the way of life of all residents the host country.

ICAT 2009 opens the doors to a Uniquely Singapore, A Global City for All!

For more information, please visit http://www.icat2009.com.sg



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Call for Papers, World Bank Conference on Employment and Development, Bonn, Germany, May 4-5, 2009

Posted on 18 November 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Employment, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This conference is not specifically focused on disability issues, but it could be an opportunity for presenters to submit proposals that introduce a disability dimension to the issue of Employment and Development. People interested in attending may wish to monitor the conference website to see how many sessions focus on disability issues. People who would need disability-related accommodations should contact the conference organizers directly to inquire.

Call for Papers – Fourth IZA/World Bank Conference on ‘Employment and Development’
Bonn, Germany
— May 4-5, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

In many developing countries, the number of workers facing unemployment, low pay and poor working conditions is high and often growing. Policy makers everywhere are searching for answers, yet significant knowledge gaps persist in our understanding of the functioning of labor markets in low and middle income countries.

The World Bank has put forward a strategy that aims at assisting the international research community to address priority areas in the field of labor markets and development. In 2006, the World Bank and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) have launched a new IZA research area on “Employment and Development.” At the core of this partnership are the series of international annual conferences to provide a platform to bring together researchers and policy makers from around the world to discuss and present their work in these priority areas.

IZA and the World Bank will organize a two-day conference in Bonn, Germany on 4-5 May 2009. Parallel sessions will be organized. Conference organizers invite you to submit your contribution by December 15, 2008. Decisions will be made by the end of January 2009.

We invite submission of papers on labor markets, job creation and labor market policies in developing countries. We will consider detailed abstracts, but will favor full papers – particularly empirical ones – that focus on one of the 7 topics of research listed at: http://www.iza.org/en/webcontent/research/ra7/index#topics
Papers dealing with developed countries and transitions economies are welcome if they prove to be relevant for the purpose of the conference and our understanding of labor market mechanism for the developing world.

The keynote speakers and panel sessions will focus on the topic of “Causes and Consequences of Formality and Informality”.

Keynote Speakers:
Gary Fields, Professor of Labor Economics, Cornell University
Santiago Levy, Vice President for Sector and Knowledge at the Inter-American Development Bank

For more information on this event, please refer to the conference website at:
http://www.iza.org/conference_files/worldb2009

The online application form is available at:
http://www.iza.org/conference_files/formApplication?conf_id=1642

Previous IZA/World Bank conferences have attracted prestigious researchers and policymakers from a wide variety of developed and developing countries (see the above link for details).

Organizers: Markus Frölich (University of Mannheim and IZA), Randall Akee (IZA), Jean Fares (World Bank) and Stefano Scarpetta (OECD and IZA)

Please do not hesitate to contact the organizers at development@iza.org for any questions regarding this event



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CALL FOR PAPERS on Water and Sanitation Deadline Extended

Posted on 11 November 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Events and Conferences, Opportunities, Water and Sanitation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Thanks to the many of you who have submitted papers for the 34th WEDC International Conference on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: Sustainable Development and Multisectoral Approaches which is to be held 18th – 22nd May 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. These are currently being reviewed.

We have received numerous requests to extend the deadline, and we have considered our review and production processes accordingly. As a result, we have extended the deadlines as follows:

– Refereed papers (to be refereed by the International Scientific Committee): 5 Dec 2008

– Reviewed papers (to be reviewed by WEDC): 5 Jan 2009

– Poster presentations and alternative formats (to be reviewed by WEDC): 5 Jan 2009

Please note that the later papers are submitted, the tighter the timescale that authors will have for making revisions to meet the reviewers’ comments as we will not be able to alter the final deadline for this. You are therefore advised to submit your paper as soon as possible.

Please see http://www.wedcconference.co.uk/index.php for further details.

With best regards

The WEDC International Conference Team



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Asia Pacific CONFERENCE on Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities, Singapore, June 24-27, 2009

Posted on 31 October 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Cognitive Impairments, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

IASSID 2nd Asia Pacific Conference Singapore
June 24 to 27, 2009
Furama Riverfront Hotel

The International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID) would like to invite you to the 2nd IASSID Asia Pacific Conference.

The conference will be held at Singapore, 24 to 27 June 2009, at the Furama Riverfront Hotel.

The conference theme is: “Creating possibilities for an inclusive society”

The conference details and the abstract submission system are now on-line: www.iassid.org

Abstracts need to be submitted by the end of November 2008. Individual papers, symposia, workshops and posters are all welcome. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and those accepted for the conference will be published in the Journal of Policy & Practice in Intellectual Disabilities.

The on-line registration system is now on line. Please proceed to the IASSID website for details (http://www.iassid.org/)

There are a number of organisations partnering with IASSID to make this a significant event on the international scientific calender. These include the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), the Asia Pacific Down Syndrome Federation and the Australian Association of Doctors in Developmental Disability Medicine. There are also many regional and local service providers working together, as part of our efforts to ensure that the conference provides a mechanism to promote ‘research to practice’ and that practice issues inform and influence the research agenda of the scientific community.

As part of our efforts to promote dialogue between researchers, practitioners and people with disability, the conference will include the inaugural meeting of the Asian Research to Practice Roundtable. This event will take place across the 4 days of the conference; bringing together scientists, practitioners and people with disability to establish and implement a research to practice agenda for the region.

The IASSID Academy on Education, Teaching & Research will host accredited workshops prior to and following the conference. The workshops will take place at Singapore and in neighbouring countries. If you are interested in hosting such a workshop, you can contact the Academy Chair, Professor Roy Brown for details and to discuss your proposal: roybrown@telus.net

Theme: “Creating Possibilities for an Inclusive Society”.

Confirmed key note speakers are:
Prof. Rune J. Simeonsson, University of North Carolina, USA
Assoc Prof Levan Lim, National Institute of Education, Singapore
Prof. Shigeru Suemitsu, Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare, Japan
Prof. Glynis Murphy, University of Kent, UK
Prof Matthew Janicki, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Dr Monica Cuskelly, University of Queensland, Australia
Dr Henny van Schrojenstein Lantman-de Valk, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Dr Kenneth Poon will host the ‘Asian Research to Practice Roundtable’
Prof. Roy Brown & the IASSID Academy will facilitate accredited workshops prior to and following the conference.

See the IASSID website for more details of the conference. Please feel free to circulate this information among your colleagues and networks and to include details in your various organisational newsletters, etc.

We hope to see you at Singapore.

Kind regards,

Dr Keith McVilly & Professor Lisa Wang, IASSID Conference Co-ordination Committee
Dr Balbir Singh, Chair of the Local Organising Committee
Professor Libby Cohen and Dr Kenneth Poon, Co-Chairs of the Scientific Programme Committee

Dr Keith R. McVilly
B.A., Grad. Dip. Psych., M. Psych. (Clinical), PhD
MAPS & Member of the College of Clinical Psychologists
Senior Lecturer in Disability Studies & Clinical Psychologists

Division of Disability Studies
School of Health Sciences
RMIT University
P.O. Box 71
Bundoora, 3083.

Tel.: +61 (0)3 9925 7362
Fac.: +61 (0)3 9925 7303
E-Mail: keith.mcvilly@rmit.edu.au
Web: www.rmit.edu.au/disability-studies

IASSID World Congress, Cape Town: 25 to 30 August 2008 – www.iassid.org

ASSID Australasian Conference, Melbourne: 24 to 26 November 2008 – www.assid.org.au

ASSID DSW Conference, Melbourne: 27 to 28 November 2008 – www.assid.org.au

IASSID Asia Pacific Conference, Singapore: 24 to 27 June 2009 – www.iassid.org



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Deafblind International Conferences in September 2009 and in 2011

Posted on 30 September 2008. Filed under: Blind, Deaf, Events and Conferences, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , |

The organization Deaf Blind International is currently in the planning stages for two conferences within the next few years.

The first of these will be The Deafblind International 7th European Conference 2009. The theme of this conference will be “Tides, waves and currents in research and action”, and it will be held September 22 to 27, 2009 in Senigallia, Italy. More detail will be made available at www.dbiconference2009.it

The second of these will be the 15th Deafblind InteWorld Conference to be held in Delhi, India in 2011. Details are not yet available. But people interested in attending can keep watching http://www.deafblindinternational.org/standard/conferences.html for forthcoming details. An announcement will be posted there after it becomes available.



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3rd Intl CONFERENCE on Disability and Rehabilitation: Scientific Research in the Field of Disability

Posted on 2 September 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Events and Conferences, Middle East and North Africa, Opportunities, Rehabilitation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Third International Conference on Disability and Rehabilitation
“Scientific Research in the Field of Disability”

March 22 – 26, 2009

Note: Deadline for abstracts for call for papers is October 15, 2008; deadline for Visa applications is January 31, 2009.

Riyadh – Saudi Arabia

Download the registration form in PDF format (260 Kb) at:
http://www.pscdr.org.sa/Documents/3rd-International-Conference-for-disability-en.pdf

Also learn more at the Conference website:
http://www.pscdr.org.sa/en/news/Pages/InternationalConferenceonDisability1.aspx

Auspices
HRH Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defence and Aviation, Higher Chairman Sultan Bin Abdulaziz AlSaudi, Charity Foundation and Honorary President, Founders Council, Prince Salman Center for Disability Research.

Organizing Committee
Prince Salman Center for Disability Research, in collaboration with Sultan Bin Abdulaziz AlSaudi, Charity Foundation, Disabled Children Association and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.

Place and Time:

Place: King Faisal Conference Hall, Riyadh Intercontinental Hotel.
Date: Sunday, 26.3.1430 (22.3.2009) To 30.3.1430 (26.3.2009)

Contributors:
Ministry of Social Affairs
Ministry of Health
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Higher Education
Ministry of Municipality &
Ministry of Planning
King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center
Medical Affairs in other establishments
Relevant Local, Regional and International Research Centers

Introduction
This conference comes in line with unlimited support and encouragement for care for special needs and disabled in particular from King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and HRH Crown Prince, Sultan Bin Abdulaziz. This effort has been the major role for Prince Salman Center for Disability Research in utilizing research for prevention of disability and minimizing its effects.

The conference also comes in time where international organizations stepped up its services in prevention, care and rehabilitation, the rights of disabled and equality among community members and establishing rules to achieve these goals.

The scientific community in disability field ¡V as it is also in all other disciplines – needs assessment of the current situation at local, regional and international levels and plan for future utilization of future in disability and disabled favour on scientific basis. This is what the conference is about.

Goals:

  • Revision of the current scientific research in disability field and rehabilitation, locally, regionally and internationally.
  • Looking at paths for future scientific research in the disability and rehabilitation.
  • Encourage and deepen the scientific research culture in disability and rehabilitation.
  • Deepen the understanding of collaboration and coordination at local, regional and international levels.

Major Paths of the Conference

  • Scientific path
  • Education path
  • Social and psychological path
  • Education, training and employment path
  • Awareness and media

Contributors
The conference will attract scientists, researchers, academicians and expertise in relevant scientific research who will give lectures, present their work and findings, deliver scientific papers and/or run workshops.

Beneficiaries

  • Scientists, Research Workers, Specialists in Prevention, Care and Rehabilitation of the disabled.
  • Disabled, their families and those concerned.
  • Service providers.
  • Advocates and supporters of the disabled.

Associated Activities and Exhibitions

  • Workshops and Round Table Discussions
  • Books, Equipment and Technology Products Exhibition
  • Social and Tourist Activities
  • Cooperations and mutual contracts

Third International Conference for Disability and Rehabilitation
26-30 Rabi I, 1430 H (22-26 March 2009 G)

Download the registration form in PDF format (260 Kb) at:
http://www.pscdr.org.sa/Documents/3rd-International-Conference-for-disability-en.pdf

Registration Form

Name:
Nationality:
Qualifications:
University:
Current Job:
Organization:
Phone:
Fax:
Mobile phone:
P.O. Box:
City:
Postal Code:
Email:

I am interested in delivering scientific research paper
I am interested in delivering working paper
I am interested in giving workshop titled “__________________________.”
(Please provide objectives, elements of the workshop and under targeted)
Others (State):

Title of the Paper/Contribution:
_______________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________

Notes:
1. Summary should be within one page (250 words) and to be sent before the deadline, 15.10.2008. Full paper should be sent before 15.1.2009.
2. The full text should not exceed 20 pages including tables, figures and references.

Address for Correspondence:
Third International Conference for Disability and Rehabilitation
26-30 Rabi I, 1430 H (22-26 March 2009 G)

Abstract Form
Name:
Nationality:
Qualifications:
University:
Current Job:
Organization:
Phone:
Fax:
Mobile phone:
P.O. Box:
City:
Postal Code:

Notes:
1. Summary should be within one page (250 words) and to be sent before the deadline, 15.10.2008. Full paper should be sent before 15.1.2009.
2. The full text should not exceed 20 pages including tables, figures and references.
3. The abstracts will be assessed by specialized Referees and the Scientific Committee, based on novelty, scientific merit and relevance to the theme of the conference.

Address for Correspondence:

Third International Conference for Disability and Rehabilitation
26-30 Rabi I, 1430 H (22-26 March 2009 G)

Visa Application Form
Name in Full (as in the Passport):
Date & Place of Birth:
No. of Passport:
Place of Issue:
Date of Issue:
Expiry Date:
Phone:
Fax:
Mobile phone:
P.O. Box:
City:
Postal Code:

Deadline for Visa Application is: 31 January 2009



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REQUEST for PROPOSALS: Society for Disability Studies Seeks Conference Locations 2009, 2010

Posted on 25 June 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Cross-Disability, Disability Studies, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , |

The Society for Disability Studies is seeking conference locations for 2009 and 2010. They are particularly interested in finding an international location for at least one of those years, probably 2010.

The full Request For Proposals (RFP) is provided below. SDS has asked that people should please feel free to circulate widely. Anyone with questions or comments is welcome to contact Dr. Elaine Gerber directly at gerbere@mail.montclair.edu (NOT We Can Do).

Dr. Elaine Gerber is the President of the Society for Disability Studies and is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Montclair State University.

Society for Disability Studies
Disability in Scholarship, Activism, & the Arts

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Society for Disability Studies seeks locations for
Annual Conference 2009
Annual Conference 2010

The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is requesting proposals from institutions/organizations interested in hosting our annual conference in 2009 or in 2010. We are considering both national & international locations and either university or hotel venues. The conference generally draws between 300-400 people; sites must have sufficient access to accommodate many disabled participants. Proposals must be received by September 15, 2008.

Proposals should include:

1. Candidate(s) statement describing why site should be chosen as meeting location. In describing advantages, please include information about the following, if possible:

  • presence of local disability community & level of interest in hosting SDS
  • presence of educational institution(s) with Disability Studies programs & status of these programs
  • presence of accessible venues of adequate size for professional meetings & off-site events
  • affordability of location; costs
  • status of hotels with accessible rooms and degree of accessible transportation to/from location

2. What local resources are available to insure full, high quality access to the conference? Please describe level of commitment from key stakeholders at educational institution(s) and/or advocacy group(s) towards providing these resources.

3. What additional information would you like us to know?

Please submit all proposals and queries to Elaine Gerber, President SDS, at: gerbere@mail.montclair.edu

You may also consult the official SDS web site at: http://www.disstudies.org/



Thank you to Ghulam Nabi Nizamani for circulating this notice.

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VIII International Human Rights Colloquium

Posted on 18 June 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Events and Conferences, Human Rights, Latin America & Caribbean, Opportunities, Uncategorized, youth | Tags: , , , , , , , |

 

VIII International Human Rights Colloquium
“60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Challenges for the Global South”

8 to 15 november 2008, sao paulo, brazil

What is the International Human Rights Colloquium?
The Colloquium is an annual capacity building and peer-learning event designed for young activists from the Global South (Africa, Asia and Latin America). The objective of the VIII International Human Rights Colloquium is to strengthen the impact of human rights activists work and to offer the opportunity to build new collaborative networks among activists, academics and the Organization of the United Nations (ONU). 

Structure
The Colloquium offers lectures, seminars and working groups. In the morning sessions, participants will attend lectures, while in the afternoon sessions, they will take part in workshops and working groups, as well as visit human rights organizations.

Organization
The VIII Colloquium is organized by Conectas Human Rights together with Sur – Human Rights University Network. The VIII Colloquium is supported by Open Society Institute, the Ford Foundation, the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), among others.

Who can apply?
Young human rights defenders from the Global South who demonstrate commitment to the human rights cause as well as at least two-years of professional experience in the area. Additionally, criteria such as race, gender, and regional/social origin will be taken into
consideration during the selection process. Candidates who have participated in previous colloquia are not eligible for participation in 2008.

Fees and Scholarships
In order to cover costs, each participant must pay a participation fee.  A limited number of scholarships will be granted to guarantee participation of individuals. Candidates should submit a written request along with the application to be considered for a scholarship.

Applications
Required documents:

  • Application form;
  • 1 Reference Letter (to be sent by mail or e-mail);
  • Letter of Support from your organization;
  • Resume/C.V. (1 page);
  • Writing sample (1 page)

 Applications for the VIII International Human Rights Colloquium will be accepted until June 30th, 2008.

Candidates can apply on-line at www.conectas.org/coloquio (NOT at We Can Do) or download the application form (Word format, 155 Kb). The off-line version of the Application Form should be submitted by e-mail to coloquio@conectas.org. Candidates will be notified on August 1st, 2008.

Please, share this information with your colleges and partners!

 For more information, please visit: http://www.conectas.org/coloquio or email
coloquio@conectas.org (NOT We Can Do!)

Information is available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

I am not familiar with what accommodations the Colloquium organizers are able to offer to participants with disabilities. Interested parties are urged to communicate directly with them (email
coloquio@conectas.org, NOT We Can Do) regarding their needs.

Anyone with prior experience with this colloquium is encouraged to leave comments in the comments area below.



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CONFERENCE: Implementing the Disability Rights Convention in Latin America

Posted on 31 January 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Events and Conferences, Human Rights, Latin America & Caribbean, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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RI, in collaboration with RI members in Mexico, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, and the National System for the Integral Development of the Family

April 15-16, 2008
Mexico City, Mexico

Implementing the UN Disability Rights Convention in Latin America: Partnerships, Strategies and Action

For more information, contact:
Andrés Balcázar at: abalcazar@abc-discapacidad.com

VISIT: WWW.RIGLOBAL.ORG
EMAIL: RI@RIGLOBAL.ORG

About the Conference

This Latin American Regional Conference, co-organized by Rehabilitation International (RI), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (CONADIS) and the National System for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF), aims to promote comprehensive and effective implementation of the Convention by strengthening dialogue and partnerships among the disability community, policymakers, lawyers and judges and by providing a forum for exchanging good practices and networking. The majority of the conference will be devoted to 90-minute discussions with small panels, to allow for the most interaction among more than 150 expected participants.

This Conference is part of RI’s Global Advocacy Campaign, which focuses on raising awareness and building capacity to promote the Convention, and also fits in the activities being prepared by the Mexican Government to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In an innovative approach to mainstreaming disability rights, RI is partnering with the international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and local law firms in the region to conduct an analysis of existing national laws in Mexico, Ecuador and Costa Rica vis-à-vis the UN Convention and develop recommendations for legal reform in each country. The research is being carried out in collaboration with disability experts and relevant actors in these countries and will be presented at the Conference as a resource for NGOs, government officials, parliamentarians and legal professionals in Latin America.

In addition to the legal issues related to implementation, the participants will discuss the implementation gap in order to ensure that the UN Convention is translated into good policies and programs reaching all persons with disabilities; strategies for inclusion of persons with disabilities in decision-making bodies; and concrete measures for addressing the disability-poverty cycle.

Simultaneous translation into Spanish and English will be provided. In addition, written materials will be available in accessible formats.

A limited number of scholarships are available to support travel expenses for participants at the Conference. For more information, please contact Andrés Balcázar at: abalcazar@abc-discapacidad.com, Shantha Rau at: shantha@riglobal.org, or Lauren Goldy at: lauren@riglobal.org.

Venue: Conference Room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Plaza Juárez 20, Colonia Centro, Delegación Cuauhtémoc, México, D.F.

This conference was made possible because of generous support from Irish Aid, Open Society Institute and an anonymous donor.


RI (Rehabilitación Internacional)

En Colaboración con los Miembros de RI en México, la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, el Consejo Nacional para las Personas con Discapacidad, y el Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia

Abril 15-16, 2008
CIUDAD DE MÉXICO, MEXICO

Implementando la Convención de la ONU sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad en Latinoamérica: Asociaciones, Estrategias y Acción

PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN CONTACTE A ANDRÉS BALCÁZAR EN: ABALCAZAR@ABC-DISCAPACIDAD.COM

VISITE: WWW.RIGLOBAL.ORG
EMAIL: RI@RIGLOBAL.ORG
Sobre la Conferencia

La conferencia regional latinoamericana, coorganizada por Rehabilitación Internacional (RI) y sus miembros en México, la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE), el Consejo Nacional para las Personas con Discapacidad (CONADIS) y el Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF), busca promover una implementación integral y eficaz de la Convención de la ONU, sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad, fortaleciendo el diálogo y asociaciones entre la comunidad con discapacidad, funcionarios encargados de la elaboración de políticas públicas, abogados y jueces; proporcionando también un foro para el intercambio de buenas prácticas y el establecimiento de redes de cooperación. La mayor parte de la conferencia estará conformada por sesiones de 90 minutos con paneles pequeños, para permitir la mayor interacción entre los más de 150 participantes esperados.

Esta conferencia es parte de la Campaña de Activismo Mundial de RI, la cual se enfoca en concienciar y generar capacidad para promover la Convención y también se enmarca dentro de las actividades que el Gobierno de México ha preparado para conmemorar el 60° aniversario de la Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos.

Como una forma innovadora de abordar los derechos de las personas con discapacidad, Rehabilitación Internacional se ha asociado con la firma legal internacional Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP y firmas legales locales en la región, para realizar un análisis de las leyes existentes en México, Ecuador y Costa Rica y su relación con la Convención, elaborando recomendaciones para reformas legales en cada país.

El análisis se está desarrollando en colaboración con expertos en discapacidad y otros actores relevantes y será presentado en la Conferencia como un recurso para ONGs, funcionarios gubernamentales, parlamentarios y profesionales legales en Latinoamérica. Además de los temas legales relacionados con la implementación, los participantes discutirán el intervalo de dicha implementación, para asegurar que la Convención de la ONU se traduzca en buenas políticas y programas que lleguen a todas las personas con discapacidad, en estrategias para su inclusión en los cuerpos de toma de decisiones y en medidas concretas para abordar el ciclo de discapacidad-pobreza.

Se proporcionará interpretación simultánea Inglés - Español. También habrá material impreso en formatos accesibles.

Existe un número limitado de becas disponibles para apoyar los gastos de viajes de los participantes a la Conferencia. Para más información contacte por favor a Andrés Balcázar en abalcazar@abc-discapacidad.com, a Shantha Rau en: shantha@riglobal.org, o Lauren Goldy en: lauren@riglobal.org.

Sede: Salones de Conferencias de la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE), Plaza Juárez 20, Colonia Centro, Delegación Cuauhtémoc, México, D.F.

Esta conferencia ha sido posible gracias al generoso apoyo de Irish Aid, Open Society Institute y un donante anónimo.



We Can Do learned about this conference through the AdHoc International Disability Caucus mailing list, which can be joined for free.

This post is also cross-posted at the RatifyNow website, which has information, toolkits, and resources related to ratifying and implementing the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (www.RatifyNow.org).



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CONFERENCE: India National CRPD Workshop: Making Human Rights a Reality

Posted on 23 October 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Events and Conferences, Human Rights, Opportunities, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Thank you to Ghulam Nabi Nazimani for passing along this announcement:

National level workshop

Dates:1st and 2nd December 2007

Venue:CBR NETWORK(South Asia)Bangalore

UN Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Theme-How to evolve a civil society reporting system in South Asia to translate the vision of the CRPD becomes a reality for all persons with disabilities in our society?

India Focus group

Dear Friends,

We welcome you to two days workshop on evolving a civil society reporting system in India to translate the vision of the CRPD becomes a reality for all persons with disabilities in our society.

In October 2007, at the fourth South Asian regional conference held in Katmandu , Nepal a resolution was passed and was included in the Katmandu Declaration on the importance of developing a civil society reporting system for the effective implementation of UN CRPD.

Now the important job to do before all of us is its implementation in the real sense of the word. We should work in the direction of creating awareness among persons with disabilities,families ,civil Societies ,government ,media about the UN convention and implementation tool kit developed by Disabled people international .

This is the high time we should all work in this direction at a war footing.

What is the new Convention and what does it mean for me? A new Convention – A new approach

  1. Understand what kind of convention the CRPD is
  2. Understand why the CRPD is needed and how it was created
  3. Understand what a “rights-based approach” is
  4. Understand how this is new and how it can be helpful to persons with disabilities

What we hope the Convention will achieve

  • Increase the visibility of persons with disabilities, both within the UN human rights system and in society more generally
  • Clarify the human rights obligations of governments to persons with disabilities, and ensure that governments who become States Parties to the convention make legislative and programmatic changes at the national level to implement their legal obligations under the convention
  • Encourage existing human rights monitoring bodies to pay attention to disability issues when they review compliance of governments with the other core human rights conventions
  • Encourage other bodies within the UN system (such as UNICEF, UNIFEM, WHO, UNESCO, and others) to pay attention to disability issues in their work
  • Establish systems for comprehensively monitoring the human rights situation of persons with disabilities around the world
  • Establish systems for international cooperation, through which governments, disability organizations and other actors can share knowledge and ideas and work together to improve the lives of persons with disabilities

Registration -FREE

Modest accommodation will be arranged for outstation participants on a prior request. Please confirm your participation by sending an email or a letter.

Looking forward to seeing you

Please encourage and support women with disabilities to participate in this important meeting.

Workshop cooridnators Dr Srikumari Kartha and Sri Suryakanth Kitte
Mr Carlos Orjuela and Ms Singoalla Tiroler

Indumathi Rao
Former member National commission for persons with Disabilities,India
Regional Adviser
CBR NETWORK (South Asia)
UN ECOSOC Special Consultative Status since 2007

Associate Member of Rehabilitation International( Advancing the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities worldwide)

134,1st Block,6th Main BSK III Stage,Bangalore -560085
91-80-26724273,26724221
E mail-cbrnet@airtelbroadband.in
Website: www.cbrnetworksouthasia.org


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Reminder Call for Abstracts for CONFERENCE on UN Convention

Posted on 19 October 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

A couple of weeks ago, We Can Do posted an announcement from the organizers of a conference on the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). The organizers have sent out a reminder notice, posted here below:

A final reminder that the deadline for the Call for Abstracts for the above Conference is the close of play on Monday 22 October 2007

More information the conference and an on-line submission for the call for papers can be found on: www.lcdisability.org/conference2008info.

Summary of information on the Call for Papers:

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: a Call for Action on Poverty, Lack of Access and Discrimination

19–22 May 2008

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Organized by UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Leonard Cheshire International (LCI)

Deadline for submission of abstracts: Monday 22 October 2007

The conference will support governments’ efforts to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and seek to ensure that the process of implementation is transparent, meaningful and fully inclusive. The meeting will examine what changes are required to combat the poverty, lack of access and discrimination that people with disabilities face. It will also draw up a global call for action to ensure that persons with disabilities have full and equal enjoyment of all human rights.

The conference is the second in a series of joint UN Regional Commission and LCI global meetings on disability. It will provide a platform for debate on policies, barriers to inclusion, best practice and the formulation of concrete strategies for the implementation of the UNCRPD.

Panel sessions and workshops will explore good practice and identify strategies for the implementation of the new Convention to combat the challenges of poverty, lack of access and discrimination.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The Conference Secretariat is now open for abstracts for proposed papers concerning disability and poverty, lack of access or discrimination. These closely linked and interdependent themes constitute lines of action that flow throughout the articles of the Convention. Within each theme, it is suggested that papers could approach the theme from one or more of the following perspectives:

1. Innovative policies
2. Good practice
3. Catalysts for change
4. Situational report on research and the availability of data

Interested individuals can download the instructions and form for submitting abstracts at http://www.lcint.org/download.php?id=384 in Word document format. Abstracts should be submitted by 22 October 2007. Click on www.lcdisability.org/conference2008info for more information.


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CONFERENCE: Improving Education, Rehabilitation for Deaf

Posted on 19 October 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Deaf, Education, Events and Conferences, Middle East and North Africa, Rehabilitation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The 8th Symposium of the Arab Federation of the Organs of the Deaf

“Improving Education and Rehabilitation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing People”

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
April 28 – 30, 2008

The Arab Federation of the Organs of the Deaf will hold its 8th symposium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The title of the symposium is: “Improving Education and Rehabilitation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing People”.

Call for papers:

The scientific committee is seeking papers about (but not limited to) :

* The latest method in Deaf education Bilingual/Bicultural approach.
* Latest method in teaching Math, science, reading and writing.. etc.
* Deaf education at college level.
* Inclussion of the Deaf and hard of hearing in mainstream schools.
* Latest methods in training teachers of the Deaf.
* Cochlear Implants.
* Early intervention in Deaf and hard of hearing education.
* Speech therapy.
* Hearing aids and assesstive devices.

Languages of the symposium:

1. Arabic language.
2. Sign language.
If needed:
3. English language (upon request)
4. International Sign Language (upon request).

Important dates:

Deadline for submitting abstracts: December 25th, 2007.
Deadline for submitting full papers: February, 22, 2008.

All papers should be sent by the email or by air mail on a CD to Dr. Zaid Al Muslat Al Meshari, Vice president of the Arab Federation of the Organs of the Deaf and the president of the scientific committee.

This event is organized by the Saudi Deaf Sport Committee. Its address is:

P.O. Box 154311
Riyadh 11736
Saudi Arabia

Tell: +966 (1) 4784198
Fax: +966 (1) 4761665
sma20006 at hotmail dot com
www.deafsp-sa.com

The symposium organizers will provide free tickets and accommodations for those who present a paper.


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CONFERENCE: Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Posted on 15 October 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Cognitive Impairments, Events and Conferences, Mobility Impariments, Multiple Disabilities, technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Most of the text for this announcement is taken from the web site for the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC).

Certain types of disabilities, such as deafness, speech impairment, cerebral palsy, autism, or auditory processing disorders can affect the way a person communicates. Certain technologies and strategies can enable people with these or other disabilities to communicate with each other and the wider world. These technologies and strategies are collectively referred to as “augmentative and alternative communication.”

“Leading the way” is the theme of ISAAC’s 13th biennial meeting, which will be held in Montréal, Canada in August 2008. ISAAC and its members have been leaders in AAC around the world for almost 25 years! ISAAC officially began in 1983 with a small group of individuals and has grown into an organization that is recognized internationally for the expertise, dedication, and creativity of its members.

We have much to celebrate in 2008, ISAAC’s 25th anniversary. The field of AAC has changed enormously in the last 25 years, and will continue to evolve in the future. Technological advances and new perspectives on human communication have shaped the evolution of AAC. Individuals who use AAC for their daily communication have increasingly taken on leadership roles in many different ways. Examples of leadership will be showcased as part of the 2008 conference program.Papers, presentations, and discussions of research projects, clinical and educational concerns, and issues of interest to individuals who use AAC systems will round out the program.

The conference committees are preparing an exceptional event! In addition to the exciting main conference program, there will be pre-conference workshops on current topics in AAC, and the research symposium following the main conference will be a must for AAC researchers. Montréal is the perfect site for the 2008 conference. A city with an interesting history and a bright future, Montréal is a lively place to visit, especially in the summertime. There will be opportunities to take advantage of all Montréal has to offer!

We are looking forward to welcoming ISAAC to Montréal in 2008!
See you there!

Your conference co-chairs,
Ann Sutton and Jeff Riley
isaac2008@jpdl.com

Pre-conference workshops will be held August 2 and 3, 2008. The main conference will be August 4 to 7. A research symposium will be held August 8 and 9. A reduced registration fee is available for individuals who use augmentative or alternative communication systems, students, and individuals from developing countries. However, the conference is not able to provide financial assistance.

Please note that, at this time, ISAAC chapters all seem to be located in industrialized countries. We Can Do is unable to determine the extent to which workshop presentations would be sensitized to the needs and challenges of people using augmentative or alternative communication methods in developing countries. Those who are interested in the conference should explore their web site at http://www.isaac2008.org/index.html. Remaining concerns or questions should be directed to the conference organizers at:

ISAAC 2008 Conference Secretariat – JPdL
isaac2008@jpdl.com
1555 Peel, Suite 500
Montréal (Québec) H3A 3L8, Canada

Tel: +1 (514) 287-1070
Fax: +1 (514) 287-1248


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