10th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

 

NEW YORK: The 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP10) will take place from 13 to 15 June 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. The COSP is one of the largest and most diverse disability meetings in the world.

Flags in front of UN HeadquartersThe main theme of COSP10 is: “The Second Decade of the CRPD: Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the implementation of the Convention”, as well as sub-themes: “Addressing the impact of multiple discrimination on persons with disabilities and promoting their participation and multi-stakeholder partnerships for achieving the SDGs in line with the CRPD”,

“Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action”, and “Promoting inclusive urban development and implementation of the New Urban Agenda – Habitat III”. The Bureau (elect) are: Bulgaria (President), and (Vice-Presidents) Ecuador, Germany, Sri Lanka and Tunisia. On 12 June, day prior to the opening of COSP10, the CRPD Civil Society Forum will be held organized by civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities. DESA will be continuing previous practices by organizing its Forum on Disability and Development in conjunction with the COSP10 to focus on pertinent issues, such as the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and promoting accessible and inclusive urban development.

NGO registration and new NGO accreditation, as well as application for side-events and exhibits are now available on the UN Enable website, go to https://goo.gl/yKYZQq

DMU Annual Conference 2017 – Universal Design for Inclusion

UK: The experience of students with disabilities following substantial changes to the Disabled Students’ Allowances system will be the primary focus of this year’s De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) Annual Conference 2017.

Universal Design for LearningThis important subject matter will build on other significant topics discussed at previous DMU conferences as part of its sector-leading drive to make higher education accessible to all and to encourage further development of inclusive practice.

The event, entitled Universal Design for Inclusion, takes place at the university’s Hugh Aston Building, Vaughan Way, Leicester, on Wednesday 7 June from 9.15am until 4pm.

It will be of interest to anyone in the higher education sector and will consist of a mixture of whole-conference sessions as well as interactive workshops, with plenty of time for networking and sharing ideas.

DMU has been at the forefront of developing inclusive approaches to teaching and learning through its innovative Universal Design for Learning framework. It is the product of decades of research into how people learn and based on more than 800 different research studies.

This approach has received extensive praise from, among others, the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Department for Education, the latter of which asked DMU to contribute to its ‘Inclusive teaching and learning in higher education as a route to excellence’ guidance document.

The conference will explore subjects such as institution-wide approaches to inclusion, managing student referrals, ensuring students have an input into programme content, how apps can help students, and giving people the opportunity to hear about DMU’s adoption of the principle of Universal Design for Learning into all teaching and learning approaches.

The day will be opened by Jo Cooke, DMU’s Associate Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Student and Academic Services, who will introduce the university’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard and the keynote speaker Bettina Rigg.

Afghan Disability Rights Conference

WASHINGTON, DC:  The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Washington, DC, will host the “Afghan Disability Rights Conference: From Policy to Programming” from 23-24 May 2017 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  This conference is being held in partnership with the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council and the United States International Council on Disabilities.

The conference aims to highlight disability issues and progress in the disability sector, focusing specifically on practical approaches for making inclusive education, inclusive public healthcare, and vocational training and employment opportunities realities for Afghan citizens living with disabilities.

The conference will include a keynote address, topical panel and roundtable discussions, and a networking session.  The goals of the conference are: 1) to shed light on disability issues, raise awareness and generate interest; 2) to consolidate support and generate ideas and plans for practical solutions to the topics discussed, and 3) provide an opportunity for networking and sharing knowledge.

For more information, please contact afg_pwdconf@usicd.org

Afghan Disability Rights Conference

WASHINGTON, DC:  The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Washington, DC, will host the “Afghan Disability Rights Conference: From Policy to Programming” from 23-24 May 2017 at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  This conference is being held in partnership with the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council and the United States International Council on Disabilities.

The conference aims to highlight disability issues and progress in the disability sector, focusing specifically on practical approaches for making inclusive education, inclusive public healthcare, and vocational training and employment opportunities realities for Afghan citizens living with disabilities.

The conference will include a keynote address, topical panel and roundtable discussions, and a networking session.  The goals of the conference are: 1) to shed light on disability issues, raise awareness and generate interest; 2) to consolidate support and generate ideas and plans for practical solutions to the topics discussed, and 3) provide an opportunity for networking and sharing knowledge.

For more information, please contact afg_pwdconf@usicd.org

Program for Assistive Technology Conference Announced

RESNA’s 2017 ConferenceAT Innovations Across the Lifespan, will offer over 50 workshop presentations on best practices in assistive technology over three days, June 28, 29, and 30.

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Workshop topics include:

  • Cognitive and Sensory Impairments
  • Computer Applications and Communications
  • Emerging Technology
  • International Appropriate Technology
  • Job & Environmental Accommodations, including Ergonomics
  • Public Policy and Advocacy
  • Seating and Mobility, including Complex Rehab Technology
  • Service Delivery and Outcomes

Pre-Conference Sessions: June 26 & 27

A separate fee is required for all pre-conference education sessions. The sessions are:

  • RESNA’s Fundamentals in Assistive Technology(Two-day course, June 26 & 27): RESNA’s Fundamentals course is for those new to the industry, as well as professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge base. This course provides an overview of numerous areas of assistive technology, using multiple case studies to illustrate principles of assistive technology provision. (1.4 CEUs)
  • IC#1 Full Day: Workflow automation: creating efficiencies for computer users with disabilities(0.75 CEUs): During this hands-on course, you will create software shortcuts to automate repetitive tasks. These shortcuts significantly increase productivity for anybody — but particularly for people with physical, sensory, motor, and learning disabilities. Topics: – Fundamentals of keyboard access to Windows. (Essential skills for computer access specialists.) – Macro Express and AutoHotkey. – Keyboard remapping, e.g., add a “Tab” key to the right side of the keyboard, or “Backspace” to the left side. – Software customization, e.g., add hotkeys and clickable objects to standard applications. – Super shortcuts: Workflow automation using all the techniques introduced in this course.
  • IC#2 Full Day: Becoming An Assistive Technology “Maker” – A Hands-on Fabrication Workshop*  (0.75 CEUs): The “Makers Movement” continues to gain moment nationally. Local, state and regional “maker spaces” are popping up across the country in order to fabricate device and products in a timely fashion. This workshop embraces rapid fabrication techniques using an assortments of sustainable and reusable materials for creation of assistive technology devices that can be used in multiple ways to maximize independence at home, work, school, and play. This hands-on fabrication workshop will discuss, demonstrate and provide participants with new tools, materials, and techniques for fabricating hundreds of assistive technology devices in minutes. In addition, participants will fabricate six different multiuse devices.
    *Required:Essential Supplies Fee $30
  • IC#3 Full Day: The essence of the WHO Wheelchair Service Training Package- Basic Level(0.75 CEUs): The International Society of Wheelchair Professionals developed a combined online and in-person training, the Hybrid Course, based on the World Health Organization (WHO) Wheelchair Service Training Package – Basic Level. The purpose of the Hybrid is to decrease the cost of training and increase the number of people trained worldwide. The Hybrid was piloted in India, Mexico, Colombia, and the USA and proved to be an effective approach in increasing knowledge on basic wheelchair provision. This instructional course was designed to be suitable for pre-conferences and reach participants interested in updating their skills and knowledge according to the WHO guidelines.
  • IC#4 Full Day: An Advanced IC on Seating and Mobility TBA(0.75 CEUs): TBA
  • IC#5 Half Day Morning: The EADL Experience(0.375 CEUs): Electronic Aids to Daily Living (EADL) offer Patients  enhanced independence, quality of life, and safety. Unfortunately these systems can be expensive, involve a complex installation, and are not covered by insurance. For these reasons it can be difficult to trial and recommend the most appropriate EADL systems for Patients. This Instructional course will provide a detailed overview of traditional EADL systems and consumer electronic solutions. Additionally, participants will be given the opportunity for hands on setup and usage of various EADL systems related to specific case studies.
  • IC#6 Half Day Morning: Speech Recognition as AT for Writing: A Guide for K12 Education(0.375 CEUs): While the technological challenges of speech recognition (SR) have been overcome in the last ten years through the power of cloud computing, the pedagogical challenge of teaching K-12 students to use SR for writing has not been adequately addressed. A scaffolded teaching approach is needed. This intensive course unpacks SR through the lens of the AT process. Our motto is “You don’t know until you try it!” Consideration leads directly to 8 scaffolded steps for teaching SR to children. Assessment strategies are  embedded in each teaching step to document effectiveness. Implementation and progress monitoring strategies round out the AT process.
  • IC#7 Half Day Afternoon: Measurement Approaches and Tools for the Accessibility of the Built Environment(0.375 CEUs): Numerous assessments exist to measure accessibility of built environments, both residential and public. Comprehensive assessment is a complex process integrating how space is used along with design elements for optimal function. This instructional course provides a history of accessibility assessment, a review of current and developing assessments, and hands-on opportunities to trial current tools and preview state-of-the-science products designed for mobile devices. A group of experts in accessibility and universal design assessment will lead discussions around practical implications of inter-professional teams and collaborations with different stakeholders. Take home materials specifically designed for this course will be provided.
  • IC#8 Half Day Afternoon: Hands-On With 3D Design and Printing for Assistive Technology: Learn From 4 Expert Users in The Field(0.375 CEUs): This instructional course provides a hands-on introduction to 3D design & printing with examples from AT for ADLs, seating, toys and prosthetics. Low cost options for design software, 3D scanning and 3D printing will be discussed and  a large hands-on period will allow trialing of this technology. Attendees will be able to describe how 3D printing works, list use cases in ADL tech, seating, adaptive toys & prosthetics, justifications for using 3D printing and low cost ways to access 3D design & printing.

 

10th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

 

NEW YORK: The 10th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (COSP10) will take place from 13 to 15 June 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. The COSP is one of the largest and most diverse disability meetings in the world.

Flags in front of UN HeadquartersThe main theme of COSP10 is: “The Second Decade of the CRPD: Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the implementation of the Convention”, as well as sub-themes: “Addressing the impact of multiple discrimination on persons with disabilities and promoting their participation and multi-stakeholder partnerships for achieving the SDGs in line with the CRPD”,

“Inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action”, and “Promoting inclusive urban development and implementation of the New Urban Agenda – Habitat III”. The Bureau (elect) are: Bulgaria (President), and (Vice-Presidents) Ecuador, Germany, Sri Lanka and Tunisia. On 12 June, day prior to the opening of COSP10, the CRPD Civil Society Forum will be held organized by civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities. DESA will be continuing previous practices by organizing its Forum on Disability and Development in conjunction with the COSP10 to focus on pertinent issues, such as the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and promoting accessible and inclusive urban development.

NGO registration and new NGO accreditation, as well as application for side-events and exhibits are now available on the UN Enable website, go to https://goo.gl/yKYZQq

Ohio University Southern to host disability awareness conference

Ohio University Southern will host Envision Access Conference: Supporting Students with Disabilities, on March 24, at the Ironton campus, 1804 Liberty Ave., Ironton.

The conference provides an opportunity for members of the Tri-State region to increase awareness and understanding of trends in addressing the needs of students with disabilities.

The keynote speaker is Dr. J. W. Smith, who was born blind on March 9, 1959, in Chicago, Illinois.

“Smith feels that as a blind African American it is essential that we expand the term ‘diversity’ and incorporate every effort necessary to create an environment that encourages openness and understanding.”
“Dr. Smith often refers to non-disabled individuals as TABs, temporarily able-bodied individuals. He firmly believes that our differences can be our strengths and that many people live more for affirmation than bread and that we are each responsible to all for all.

Sessions during the conference include:

  • Transition Services through Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD).
  • Same Path, Different Shoes; The Educational Journey for Students with Autism
  • Where I’m Going, Where I’m From
  • The IEP and Secondary Transition
  • Assistive Technology
  • Promoting Transition to Postsecondary Education: Creating Opportunities for participants.

Register at https://www.ohio.edu/southern/events/eaconference.

For more information, contact Robert Pleasant at pleasanr@ohio.edu or Teresa McKenzie at mckenzt1@ohio.edu.

Persons with Disabilities Attend International Conference in Cuba

HAVANA: Delegates from 20 nations will attend as of tomorrow the 6th Conference of the Latin American Network of Non-Governmental Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and their Families (RIADIS), hosted for the first time by Cuba.

Under the motto ‘Latin America inclusive in unity, development, peace and hope’, some 200 delegates from Spain, Canada, the United States and the region will participate.

Organized by the Association of Cubans with Physical Motor Limitations (ACLIFIM), among other entities, the event includes in its program the International Conference on Inclusion and Development in Latin America and the Sixth Assembly of the Latin American Network of Non-Governmental and Social Organizations.

Speaking to the National News Agency, the president of RIADIS, Ecuadorian Ana Lucia Arellano, explained that among the objectives of the meeting is to make progress in Latin America and the Caribbean in the effective inclusion of people with disabilities from the united and coordinated work among organizations, governments and other key actors in the region.

He parallel stressed Cuba’s attention to people with disabilities, a work recognized throughout the region, because despite the limitations of resources, the work the ACLIFIM has carried out no other country in Latin America has done it.

Based at the Conference Center in Havana, the event will be held until Friday, March 17.

Source: plenglish

GAATES Participating at the Assistive Technology Conference in Sharjah

SHARJAH, UAE: The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is participating in International Conference on Assisitive Technology 2017 (AT TOPIA), March 9-11, in Sharjah, UAE to discuss Assistive Technology for persons with disabilities and older people and it’s future development based on their needs.

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(From Left) Tagreed Alzubaidi, Aqeel Qureshi, Mukhtar Al Shibani, Hedi Awichawi

This conference is organized by the Sharjah City for Humanitarian.

The conference aims to raise awareness among persons with disabilities, their families, professionals, and educators regarding Assistive Technology in the region.

Experts in Assistive Technology are participating in the conference from the UAE and internationally.

Assistive Technology Conference AT TOPIA in Sharjah

SHARJAH, UAE: The Assistive Technology Conference AT TOPIA 2017, which will take place in Sharjah, UAE, March 9-11, 2017 at the Sharjah Expo Center, organized by Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services.

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The coference will provide the opportunity to present latest international evidence-based practices in the field of assistive technology.

The conference aims to raise awareness among persons with disabilities, their families, professionals, and educators regarding Assistive Technology. Moreover, it will offer professional development opportunities through specialized workshops with hands-on experience, besides demonstrating latest assistive technology devices and tools.

Experts in Assistive Technology will participate in the conference from the UAE and internationally.

For more information, go to www.schs.ae\attopia