CONFERENCE: Sign Language Research Call for Papers

Posted on 10 September 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Deaf, Events and Conferences | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 CLSLR3 First Call for Papers
The International Centre for Sign Languages and Deaf Studies at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, UK, is pleased to annouce the third international workshop in the CLSLR series on February 12-15, 2008.  The CLSLR series is intended for a wide international audience in the field of sign language research and deaf studies, and the main conference language is International Sign. We especially welcome participants from developing countries and are able to provide financial support to some of the participants at CLSLR3.

Call for papers

The CLSLR3 programme includes two kinds of sessions:
1. SPECIAL SESSION (February 14-15)
Topic: “Minority sign languages and sign languages in village communities”  (Conference languages: English, British Sign Language, International Sign)
2. ROUND TABLES  (February 12-13)
Topics: “Ethics in sign language research” and “Implications of new technological resources in sign language research” (Conference language: International Sign)


Slots for presentations are for one hour, with 45 minutes presentation time and 15 minutes for questions and discussion.
We are inviting contributions for PAPER PRESENTATIONS on minority sign languages and sign languages in village communities. The latter are rural communities, often individual villages, with hereditary deafness, also known as Martha’s Vinyard situations. The former include all other kinds of situations where a minority sign language exists side by side with a dominant sign language, often the national sign language of a country, and/or the sign language used in educational settings and in the media. Possible settings for such sign languages include socially segregated minorities e.g. gypsies; communities of signers living outside urban areas and/or away from deaf schools, but without hereditary deafness; and users of an indigenous sign language where a foreign sign language has been introduced and is now the dominant sign language (as in parts of Africa and South East Asia). The scope of the session does NOT include the use of DIALECTS of sign languages by particular user communities.
The presentations could relate to, but are not limited to, one of the following sub-topics:
-Sociolinguistic or socio-cultural profiles of sign languages used in rural communities with hereditary deafness or profiles of other types of minority sign languages.
-Analyses of linguistic data from either of the two types of minority sign languages
-Issues surrounding the documentation of these sign languages, including research ethics in dealing with these communities
-Language politics relating to minority sign languages, including sign language the endangerment of such sign languages

For the SPECIAL SESSION, submission options are:
a) Send an abstract of up to 800 words by email to , or fax it to +44-1772-4933
b) Send a video submission of max. 5 minutes in International Sign or in BSL either as email attachment to , or post your video to the iSLanDS postal address given on our website We can deal with all common video standards.

We are inviting DISCUSSANT CONTRIBUTIONS for the ROUND TABLE sessions. A contribution should make a coherent argument related to the main topic, including, but not limited to, the given sub-topics (see below). Slots for discussant contributions will be 40 minutes, with 20 minutes of presentation and 20 minutes for questions and discussion. Contributions can be based on research or on the authors experience with one of the two topic areas, as a member of one of the related stakeholder groups, e.g. a researcher, a research assistant, a member of a deaf organisation, or a sign language informant. You will present your thoughts on one of the sub-topics in a coherent argument, either relating your experiences or your research results.

Suggested sub-topics “Ethics in sign language research”
a.The ethics of publishing in sign language research
b.Relationships between sign language researchers & deaf communities
c.Accessibility of research results for target stakeholders
d.Researchers and conflicting priorities
e.Researchers and policy development for sign languages and deaf communities

Suggested sub-topics “Implications of new technological resources in sign language research”
a.Sign language in distance education and e-learning
b.Developing sign linguistics in a new region
c.Resource sharing (e.g. databases, archives)
d.New technological standards in sign language research (e.g. web streaming of video)
e.Use of technological resources for teaching and training in the field

For the DISCUSSANT CONTRIBUTIONS to the ROUND TABLES, submission should be by video in International Sign. Send your video either as email attachment to , or post your video to the iSLanDS postal address given on our website. We can deal with all common video standards.

Important deadlines:
Submission of abstracts:    1st November, 2007
Submission of financial support applications: 1st November, 2007
Notification of acceptance:  20th November, 2007
Deadline for registration:    15th January, 2007

Academic committee:
Clark Denmark, Deaf Studies and iSLanDS, UCLan
Pamela Perniss, MPI, Nijmegen, NL
Christopher Stone, DCAL, London
Ulrike Zeshan, iSLanDS, UCLan


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One for All: Persons with Disabilities Initiative in Development

Posted on 6 September 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Events and Conferences, South Asian Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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Greetings from BPKS.
We are organising International Seminar:
One For All: Persons with Disabilities’ Initiatives in Development

To Share and Build Understanding of a successful Approach which promotes the vital involvement of Persons with Disabilities in a Nation’s Development.

Date: 10-14 February 2008
Venue: Dhaka Regency Hotel and Resort, Bangladesh
Organiser: Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS)

About the Seminar
In February 2008, Dhaka will host a seminar entitled “One for All-Persons with Disabilities Initiatives in Development’- a dynamic and interactive conference that will present and illuminate an innovative and successful program which promotes the vital involvement of persons with disabilities in a nation’s development. This approach – known as Persons with Disabilities’ self-initiative to Development (PSID)- has been implemented in Bangladesh by Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS) and has been many, many success in improving the lives of persons with disabilities and in developing a functional disabled people’s movement within the country. The 5 day International Seminar will introduce and increase understanding of the PSID approach, and create a venue for discussion and exploration of the possibilities that the approach offers the disability movement beyond the borders of Bangladesh.

About PSID
A holistic cross-disability approach, PSID creates opportunities for PWDs to design and use their own initiative in order to change not only their lives, but also to contribute to the overall development of the community. In order to ensure and maximize PWDs Development and participation, the PSID approach concentrates on: addressing PWDs primary needs, the formation of disabled peoples organisations and the necessary capacity building, education and intellectual Development of PWDs, skills and economic development, protection and promotion of human rights, creation of an accessible environemnt, disability prevention and health services promotion. The Approach facilitates the development of disabled peoples organisations from the grassroots to the national level. Organizations developed through PSID are owned and managed by disabled people and serve as the local focal point for PWDs and the disability movement, while extending their benefits to the general community and ultimately the nation.

Objectives of the seminar
To intorduce the Person’s with disabilities’ self-initiatives to Development (PSID) approach at the internaitonal level to strengthen donor agencies’ understanding of the importance of supporting Disabled People’s organisations (DPOs) in the development process to disseminate information regarding an effective method for formation and strengthening of self-help organisations of disabled peoples to Create an opportunity to view the PSID approach in action

To strengthen understanding of the relevance of the PSID approach in other countries
to establish an international network of people supportive of the PSID approach to establish the PSID approach as one which is able to effectively implement international disability and development standards and agreements
date Contents
10 Feb Situation analysis- disability and development
International agreements relevant to disability
Disability and Development-the organisational environment
BPKS and the Development of PSID
11 Feb
What is PSID, PSID- the process, PSID-the outcomes

12 Feb PSID in practice, field visits by participants to PSID implementation areas

13 Feb PSID Messages from the field, PSID beyond Bangladesh

14 Feb Country and regional issues relevant to PSID
Concluding session

For details, please contact:
Ms. Natalie Silcock
Leader, Seminar Team
BPKS Complex, Dakkhinkhan
Uttara, Dhaka 1230, Bangladesh
Fax: 880 2 8960078
Phone: 880 2 8923915, 8960077

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Asia Pacific Disability Forum Conference in Bangladesh

Posted on 24 July 2007. Filed under: Announcements, East Asia Pacific Region | Tags: , , , , |

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You are invited to attend the 3rd General Assembly & Conference of the
Asia Pacific Disability Forum to be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh 27-29
February, 2008. The theme of the Conference, Disability and Development:
Practical Strategies for the Future, is intended to attract a broad
range of participants. The goal is to open up a meaningful dialogue to
strengthen and compliment participants understanding of disability issues.

For more information, please contact
Dr Nafeesur Rahman
Director, NFOWD
8/9 Block – A Lalmatia
Dhaka ­ 1207
Tel:    +(880-2) 9124487, 8120415
Fax:    +(880-2) 9124487 (Ext-107)

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