This page provides information on recent and upcoming events related to persons with disabilities. If you are organizing a seminar, symposium, training program, or other event, please let us know, and we will post the information here.
Global Symposium: Towards a New World Order
Lucknow, India, 10—14 December 2005
The main objectives and purposes of the Global Symposium to: – bring together Nobel laureates, international institutions, civil society organizations, and global and local leaders in the fields of art, science, religion, culture and media to foster personal interaction, mutual understanding and action for a strong foundation of a nuclear-free, democratic, sustainable, just and peaceful new world order. – create a widespread awareness about issues like scarcity of safe drinking water, reform of governmental and corporate structures, more equitable distribution of resources, development of renewable energy programs and to encourage dialogue to replace international conflict for achieving a breakthrough towards a sustainable future. – examine the causes behind the threats the planet is facing today – from global terrorism to global warming – in order to discover real solutions at all levels, social, scientific and spiritual. – assemble the innovative ideas and creative experiences of non-governmental and international organizations and all sectors of civil society and articulate a vision for the future that recognizes the fundamental interdependence of humanity and suggests ways to move forward towards a New World Order. – draft a joint declaration approved unanimously (or by majority) in order to create a guideline for a joint action plan. The various teams in the Symposium will work together to draft a declaration to save the Future of the Earth, the Future of the Humanity and the Future of Oneself(individuals). – act on all these suggestions above and constitute a BREAKTHROUGH 2007 team, that is, a group of active thinkers who come together at Global Symposium in December 2005 and through joint effort, coordination and networking endeavour to awaken planetary consciousness for a New World Order by the year 2007.
DPI 7th World Assembly
Johannesburg, South Africa, 1—4 December 2005
Every four years, DPI holds a World Assembly, where all of DPI’s members gather, together with governments, academics and other civil society. Participants meet to discuss and share information about critical issues affecting disabled individuals and their communities, make recommendations, and assess models of empowerment and exchanged ideas.
Abu Dhabi Congress & Expo On Disabilities
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, December 5—8, 2005
It will feature companies and manufacturers from many countries with information and technology for a variety of disability concerns. It will focus on prosthetics, educational devices for schools and the home, sports equipment, furnishings, the latest in wheelchairs and ramps and state of the art technology.
World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities
Philadelphia, USA, December 1—3, 2005
The WCD, the world’s leading disability event, is committed to improving the lives of those with disabilities, their families and caregivers, physicians, direct support professionals, allied healthcare professionals, educators and adapted physical education specialists and everyone working within the disability community. Featuring a huge expo, an unparalleled educational program along with tons of invaluable special events & activities, the WCD is able to provide a unique forum for the exchange of ideas and products for persons with disabilities and special health care needs, as well as for those involved with their care and development.
2nd DbI ASIA CONFERENCE
Dhaka, Bangladesh , 29—31 January, 2006
There have been many wonderful developments for deafblind people in Asia in recent years, however it is essential for them to create opportunities for coming together and learning from each other. This conference will help achieve exactly that.
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“Seventh Session of the Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities”
New York, USA, 16 January—3 February, 2006
Seventh Session of the Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities
8th International Training Course on Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) for Programme Managers
Bangalore, India, February 14—23, 2006
The course is designed to equip the participants with necessary knowledge and the basic skills to initiate, monitor, develop and strengthen CBR programmes. Apart from facilitating information exchange, prarticipants will also be oriented towards Information Dissemination, Networking and Advocacy related to Disability Rehabilitation and CBR.
6th Annual National Rehabilitation Educators Conference
San Diego, California, February 15—18, 2006
The purpose is to promote the improvement of rehabilitation services available to people with disabilities through quality education and rehabilitation research. The 2006 conference supports this purpose by focusing on the continuum of rehabilitation education and research, from theory to practice, in a global environment.
Dubai International Rehabilitation forum – REHAB 2006
Dubai, U.A.E, March 7—9, 2006
This conference will bring together leading international experts in the field of Inclusion to evolve effective, multi-disciplinary inclusion strategies for the new millenium. A panel will speakers drawn from International NGOs, governments, universities, hospitals and rehabilitation centres will be invited to explore sustainable and compatible inclusion strategies, analyse existing inclusion models and discuss inclusion technologies.
First Kuwait International Conference on the Role of People with Special Needs in Building the Information Society
Kuwait, Kuwait, March 11—13, 2006
KISR’s initiative to hold this conference shows the need to manage national dialogue in an extended discussion of the national strategic aspects of the information society. The conference’s including the participation of people with special needs in the information society is an important step in paving the way for the participation of this sector in today’s society.
22nd Annual Pacific Rim Conference
Hawaii, USA, March 13—15, 2006
It provides cutting-edge opportunities to learn from one another, share resources and ideas that support the quality of life, community inclusion, and self-determination for all persons with disabilities and their families and help shape world community.
Torino 2006 IX Paralympic Games
Torino, Italy, March 10—19 2006
The Torino 2006 IX Paralympic Games are an integral part of the overall Olympic Event, with which they share the spirit, the general philosophy, the organisational structure, facilities and support infrastructures. Nine days of competitions, four sports, four competitive venues.
California State University, Northridge Center on Disabilities’ 21st Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference
Los Angeles, USA, March 20—25, 2006
This annual conference serves as a major training venue for professionals around the world involved in the field of disability and technology.
2006 Mutiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability
Ohio, USA, April 11—13, 2006
The organizing theme will be “Personal Perspectives & Social Impact: The Stories We Tell.” The goal is to encourage presenters and participants to reflect on how personal experiences create and transform social, cultural, and legal realities. A look into what the psychologist Theodore Sarbin referred to as “the storied nature of human conduct.”
2nd International Conference on Information & Communication Technologies: from Theory to Applications (ICTTA’06)
Damascus, Syria, April 24—28, 2006
It aims to provide an opportunity for both academic and industrial communities alike to address new trends and challenges, emerging technologies and progress in standards on topics relevant to today’s fast moving areas of Information and Communication Technologies. It will offer oral, poster sessions, tutorials and, professional meetings.
TRANSED 2007 – 11th International Conference on Mobility and Transport
Montreal, Canada, June 18—21, 2007
Planning for the 11th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED 2007) is now underway. Held every three years, the TRANSED conferences are milestone events in the field of accessible transportation, attracting researchers, policy-makers, transport operators, consumers and other specialists worldwide to share innovations and best practices. Delegates from around the world will be meeting in Montreal to exchange strategic and technical experience, including an exhibition showcasing the latest technological developments on accessible transportation and universal design.
4th International Conference on Developmental Disabilities: Policy, Practice and Research
Tel Aviv, Israel, July 4—6, 2006
Last conference (2002) focused on Challenges and Opportunities for and concerning people with special needs, and we will continue along the same lines, this time highlighting the issue of: ‘Policy, Practice and Research: Partnerships for Progress’.
10th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP 2006)
Linz, Austria, July 10—11, 2006
ICCHP will be held the 10th time in 2006. It looks back to 20 years of supporting the advancement of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Assistive Technologies (AT) for people with disabilities, the aging population and learning difficulties.
The 12th World Conference of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 16—21, 2006
Achieving Equality in Education: New Challenges and Strategies for Change To promote dialogue at the highest level on the international issues reflecting the key issues of the theme of the conference Equality in Education, Challenges and Strategies To facilitate an exchange of perceptions, experiences, practice and research during formal and informal interactions. To provide a current international overview of the equality of access to education and rehabilitation for children and young people with a visual impairment. To enable participants to hear, question and work alongside respected international experts in the field of visual impairment as they respond to the conference theme.
Sixth (VI) Deaf History International (DHI) Conference
Berlin, Germany, July 31—August 04, 2006
This conference will focus on several subjects of Deaf History such as Deaf Women History; Deaf Art/Theater/Movie History; Future and Goal of Deaf History; Deaf History and the sign linguistics; Discrimination a.) of Deaf in School and Education and b.) of Deaf minorities; the status and role and contribution of Deaf History studies and also the role of Deaf History for the Deaf community and Deaf studies/Research fields and other topics.
3rd International Forum on Disability Management
Brisbane, Australia, October 8—10, 2006
It will offer an opportunity to gather general knowledge during the plenary sessions and undertake targeted actions at parallel workshops. Subjects will be reviewed from many different angles. It should be of interest and relevance to many, including representatives of business, labour, government, disability management and return to work practitioners, insurers, medical rehabilitation specialists, allied health professionals, human resource personnel, recruiters, researchers and individuals from the disability community.
World Autism 2006 Conference
Cape Town, South Africa, 30 October—2 November, 2006
The World Autism Organisation (WAO) and Autism South Africa will organise the 2nd World Autism Congress and Exhibition for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder, families and other direct carers, and researchers, clinicians, therapists, educators, government personnel as well as anyone wishing to understand more about these serious and pervasive disorders. World Autism Congress 2006 offers two full days and two half days of plenary and concurrent sessions consisting of presentations from individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), professionals in the field of ASD and family members from all over the world representing a wealth of knowledge and experience.
15th World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf
Madrid, Spain, July 16—22, 2007
The aim of this world event is twofold: on the one hand, to identify Deaf people needs and, on the other, to draft a programme to be implemented by the WFD Board and General Secretary for the next four years. The official delegates of each member country have a leading role in this congress for political, cultural and social exchange. They, together with political authorities and representatives of those entities that support the Deaf community, are the people who shape and give birth to the most important congregation of the Deaf community.