Tent Pole Events: The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities

The Pac Rim Conference has a multitude of tracks. This year organizers are making an effort to reach out on the topic of inclusion in tourism. Their category "Accessible Worlds" might be a good place for anyone interested in presenting a talk on any aspect of  Article 30 of the CRPD.

Accessible Worlds

The Vision: A Barrier Free World

How can we create and sustain a world where every human being has access to the political, social, cultural and economic aspects of life? Advancing inclusion, equality and diversity requires, as its foundation, accessibility to those realms. For millions of people with disabilities, a barrier-free world is a dream.

This topic area focuses on how we--as individuals, organizations, companies, communities and regions--are removing barriers. What holds promise? What is replicable and affordable? This year we will look at two areas which make a huge difference in people's lives and ones in which the advancement of inclusion, equality and diversity could hold a more meaningful promise to the over 650 million persons with disabilities worldwide--Technology and policy initiatives.

Technology can help people with disabilities develop accessibility on all levels. We will consider proposals in the following areas of technology including but not limited to:

  • Information Technologies to close the digital divide for people with disabilities.
  • Accessible computing in the home and workplace.
  • Low cost, accessible computing for developing countries.
  • The application of robotics and engineering to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. For example, robots as helpers for people in day to day life.
  • New modes of media for people with disabilities. Methods of delivering information that reach people with limited vision, hearing, mobility or other disabilities in new ways.
  • New media models that provide new and useful services to people with disabilities.
  • Presentations that explore and identify the links between accessible urban design and social inclusion.
  • Accessible transport, public transit and telecommuting to improve access to work and social activities for people with disabilities.
  • New assistive technologies in the home and workplace.

Policy can make great strides in creating an accessible world. Even the best technology can never be implemented without good policy. We will consider proposals in the areas of policy intended to enhance access for people with disabilities or to speed the adoption of assistive technologies. Proposals can include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Urban Planning as it relates accessibility in the workplace, home and in leisure activities
  • Universal design for developing countries.
  • Policy initiatives that encourage adoption of assistive technologies and universal design.
  • Policy initiatives that encourage research on new assistive technologies and universal design.
  • Best practices on implementing assistive technology services.
  • Support systems that enhance the access of people with disabilities in rural settings.
  • Urban Planning relating to: public service systems; social impact assessments; planning for multiple publics; housing policies and disability communities.
  • Best practices in participatory mechanisms which include all people in decision-making processes in urban planning and disaster management.
  • Action plans that combat negative impacts of the urban environment on mental, physical and social health and on an aging population.

We welcome all proposals. Please see presentation formats on our Web site:http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/submissions/presenters/formats/ Please read 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/callforpapers/ or send your proposals via email to prcall@hawaii.edu.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact the Accessibility Co-Chairs:


"Tent Pole Events" is the phrase we are using to identify the many conferences springing up around the world that address Inclusive Tourism either directly or to a significant and sustained degree indirectly. The metaphor is to a tent being raised with supports scattered around the world. The tent is a space of welcome where those who have long promoted opportunities for travelers with disabilities collaborate with those who are now signing on for the journey to inclusion

Other events include::

Valladoilid Nov 2010, Spain
SATH January 2011, USA, (annual)
ICAT April 2011, Taiwan, (biennial)
i-CREATE July 2011, Thailand, (annual)
IIDI Oct 2011, Brazil, (follow-up to March 2010 in 
TRANSED Sept 2012, India, (biennial)
Interdependence May 2012, Canada
ENAT various dates in various EU location

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