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:
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:

The online application form is available at:

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 for any questions regarding this event

I received this announcement via the Global Partnership for Disability and Development mailing list

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Symposium on African Sign Languages

Posted on 17 June 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Deaf, Events and Conferences, Middle East and North Africa, Opportunities, signed languages, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The first Symposium on African Sign Languages (SAfSL) will be held in Cologne, Germany from August 17 to 19, 2009.

The symposium, hosted by Dany Adone, Claudia Becker, and Thomas Kaul from the University of Cologne, is being held within a wider conference on African languages, the 6th World Congress of African Lingustics (WOCAL 6), held August 17-21, 2009.

Contributions to the symposium are invited on the following topics:

  • linguistic research on African Sign Languages
  • reports on undocumented or under-documented African Sign Languages
  • reports on endangered African Sign Languages
  • reports on emerging African Sign Languages
  • education and African Sign Languages
  • language policies and African Sign languages

The WOCAL congress language is English. The languages for the Symposium on African Sign Languages, however, are English and International Sign language.

If the Symposium is able to raise enough funds, then they may be able to provide some limited financial support to participants from outside Europe, particularly from Africa. Those who need support are urged to send in their detailed request together with an abstract of their presentation. Beneficiaries will be identified based on this information and will be notified.

People interested in submitting abstracts, attending the conference, applying for assistance, or otherwise learning more detail about the Symposium on African Sign Languages should please consult the conference web site at

People who still have questions after consulting the WOCAL web site can direct their queries to the conference organizers (NOT We Can Do) at You may also wish to subscribe to the WOCAL conference newsletter for further updates at

We Can Do learned about this conference via the newly inaugurated DeafStudies-Africa listserv. Further details, and part of the text for this announcement, were gathered from the WOCAL web site.

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NEWS: New Pakistani School Teaches Artificial Limb Preparation

Posted on 24 February 2008. Filed under: Mobility Impariments, News, South Asian Region, technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pakistan now has its second training program for people who wish to learn how to produce artificial limb, the on-line publication Unique Pakistan has reported. The first center, in Peshawar, was established with the assistance of Germany 25 years ago.

Students at the new school in Sindh are to be trained for four years. Twenty-five students joined the first batch in January 2008. The Dow University Artifical Limb (DUAL) center already has provided prothesis limbs to several hundred clients.

Unfortunately, the article I consulted did not provide details on how people with amputations or birth conditions can obtain protheses in Pakistan. Nor did the article indicate how people interested in learning how to construct artificial limbs can apply to enroll in the program either in Peshawar or in Sindh. IF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH EITHER PROGRAM, then your knowledge would be welcome. Please share what information you can in the comments area below.

Meanwhile, you can read the article by clicking on this link.

I tried searching for the Dow University Health Sciences (DUHS) on the web because it appears they are responsible for setting up this school. A Wikipedia page has some information about it:

The Wikipedia page indicates that the DUHS web site is at

When I tried it, I couldn’t accesss it. (It timed out.) I’m not sure if this is a permanent problem or a temporary problem. If you can’t access it either, please let me know. If I get enough complaints then I’ll just remove the link.

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SURVEY: Process for Ratifying the CRPD

Posted on 20 February 2008. Filed under: Academic Papers and Research, Announcements, Cross-Disability, Human Rights | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Press release
On 15 February 2008

The  Center  for  Human  Rights  of  Persons  with  Disabilities  (VIKE)  is
conducting a survey on the processes of ratification of  the  Convention  on
the Rights of Persons  with  Disabilities  in  seven  European  states.  The
chosen states are Finland, Germany, Hungary,  Serbia,  Sweden,  Ukraine  and
the United Kingdom.

The main focus of this survey is to analyze both  the  official  information
of the governments and the feedback of NGOs and human  rights  institutions.
The views  of  the  civil  society  are  an  important  source  for  finding
information on the weaknesses and development of the ratification process.

The report on the CRPD Survey will be published in English as a  comparative
analysis at a seminar in Helsinki on 20-21 May 2008.  The  speakers  of  the
seminar are human rights specialists from Finland and abroad. The  programme
of the seminar will be  released  on  the  VIKE`s  website.  The  survey  is
carried out  within  a  project  entitled  "CRPD  Survey".  The  project  is
financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Finland.

Visit VIKE website for more information –

The Center for Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities (VIKE)

For further information:
Mr. Riku Virtanen
Address: Biskopsgatan 19/ IMR, 20500 Åbo, Finland
Tel: +358 45 7731 0106
Fax: +358 2215 3465


This announcement has also been posted at the web site. RatifyNow is an organization that works to maximize the number of countries that sign, ratify, and implement the CRPD and the accompanying Optional Protocol.

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South Asian CONFERENCE on Autism

Posted on 1 December 2007. Filed under: Announcements, autism, Education, Employment, Events and Conferences, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Invitation for Participation in Conference & Training on Autism


15 – 18 Janaury 2008 NEW DELHI

Action For Autism with support from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is proud to host the South Asian Conference on Autism in New Delhi over 15 and 16 January 2008. This will be followed by a two-day practical hands-on training workshop in Structured Teaching on the TEACCH approach over 17 and 18 January 2008.

THE CONFERENCE will have a number of speakers who have Autism and who will speak on growing up and living with autism. There will be national and international presenters on Social Understanding, Adolescent Issues, Employment, Communication, Education, Marriage and Sexuality, among others.

The conference will also provide a professional platform to share and exchange knowledge and learning about various issues affecting the Autism community in South Asia. Academicians, researchers, professionals from the UK, USA, Denmark, Germany and India and SAARC countries from a range of fields have been invited to share and exchange the latest in research and practice.

THE WORKSHOP following the conference will aim to train mainstream teachers, special needs teachers, OTs, SLPs, vocational trainers, Parents, and anyone involved in helping individuals with autism receive an education and life skills training. The training on the TEACCH approach out of North Carolina will address the need for structure in a lifespan perspective, from the classroom right up to employment and future life.

The training workshop only has space for 40 participants.

We would like to invite all of you, researchers, professionals, parents, students, as well as anybody interested in knowing more about the field of Autism to attend the conference and the post conference workshop in Structured Methods.

Details about the conference and the post conference workshop can be viewed at our website as well as the August 2007 issue of our journal ‘Autism Network.’ Registration forms may be downloaded from the website.

The list of presenters along with their topics will be posted on our website shortly. For outstation participants, January is a busy season in Delhi, so please book your accommodation well in advance.

Looking forward to welcoming you to Delhi in January!

Warm regards
The Conference Coordination Team
Action For Autism (AFA)
Sector 5 Jasola Vihar, Behind Sai Niketan
New Delhi 110025 Tel: 91 11 40540991, 91 11 40540992, 91 11 65347422

Even those unable to attend the conference may wish to follow the link to the Action for Autism web site to explore their information and resources related to autism in India, including links to material in Hindi, Tamil, and other Indian languages.

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