CALL FOR PAPERS: Pacific Rim Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Proceedings of the forum will be published. Please participate!

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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:



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 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
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

Now is the time for you and your colleagues to consider submitting to the Pac
Rim Call for Papers.  Please visit 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: or contact the topic leaders: Megan
Conway at, Steve Brown at, or Norma Jean Stodden at For information about the Pacific Rim 2008
Conference please contact or call 956-7539


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