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Another Call for Papers: Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity (26th-27th March 2012, Hawaii, USA)

Please note: This is the second CFPs that has been posted on the DRF blog and draws your attention to the Independent Living topic area, entitled, “The Global Independent Living Movement in the 21st Century.  The previous CFP, on ‘Intersectionality, Disability Culture, and Global Change’ topic area can be found here.

The Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity is being held 26th-27th March 2012 in Honolulu, HI (at the Hawai‘i Convention Center).

The Pacific Rim International Conference (Pac Rim) on Disability & Diversity has been widely recognized over the past 27 years as one of the most “diverse gatherings” in the world.  This year, the Independent Living topic area is entitled:

“The Global Independent Living Movement in the 21st century”

Living with a disability is a fact of life almost everyone in every society, culture and location will experience, either personally, or through family or friends. This year the Independent Living topic area will focus on diversity of ways Independent Living is implemented throughout the world. We encourage international submissions, including those from the Pacific Rim region. Questions and topics to be submitted for consideration as presentations, posters, or papers include:

– When and why did Independent Living start in your location
– How has the changing global economy affected Independent Living services and advocacy
– Share uses of technology in providing Independent Living services and advocacy
– Describe diverse populations being served with Independent Living services and advocacy, including positive outcomes and outstanding barriers
– How do families implement independent living in the 21st century
– Describe twenty-first century independent living for people with diverse disabilities, for example, cognitive disabilities or psychiatric disabilities
– Discuss how newly-acquired disabilities are currently addressed in Independent Living services and advocacy
– Has the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities changed how independent living is perceived and implemented
– How is Independent Living services and advocacy responding to aging populations
– How have changes in Assistive Technology affected implementing independent living
– Share the most important disability issues needing to be addressed in your area and possible solutions and resources needed

We encourage imaginative approaches to these and other issues you may want to suggest for this topic area. Proposals in any presentation format are welcomed. Please see presentation formats on the webpage at: http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/submissions/presenters/formats/

Please check the criteria for each format and ensure that you have the appropriate number of presenters for your chosen format. You may submit proposals online at: http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/submissions or send your proposals via email to prcall@hawaii.edu.  For more information about this topic area, contact the chairs: Steve Brown sebrown@hawaii.edu; Lillian Gonzales Brown eccentriclil@gmail.com; or Sheryl Nelson silchi@lava.net.

For general information on the conference please contact Charmaine Crockett ccrocke@hawaii.edu 

For information on registration please contact Michael Corlew prreg@hawaii.edu

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