Tent Pole Events: TRANSED Sept 2012, India

Svayam, an initiative of S.J.Charitable Trust, India is proud to announce that TRANSED 2012, the 13th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons will take place in India from September 17-21, 2012 on the theme "Seamless Access for All: Universal design for transport systems and infrastructure as a key element in the creation of livable cities".

The TRANSED series of conferences have, since 1978, provided the premier international forum to exchange ideas on what works and why, and to share innovations, good practices, and research on accessible transportation, mobility, and travel.

TRANSED 2012 will showcase international innovation and technological solutions for accessible transportation and travel through papers and posters as well as through live exhibitions of products, services, and best practices. It will have an exhibition running for all the days of conference, Opening Reception, Conference Opening, Plenary session, Parallel Technical Sessions, Conference Dinner and a grand closing ceremony. Visithttp://www.transed2012.in/conference_schedule.html for details regarding conference programme.

This is the first call inviting Abstracts from the potential authors on the following topics:

A. Role of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)
B. Best practices and innovations
C. Accessible tourism: Conservation, access to the historic and natural heritage
D. Environmental impact, sustainability, and accessibility of integrated multimodal systems
E. Accessible Bus Rapid Transit
F. Highway design and safety
G. Pedestrian mobility & safety for livable communities
H. Rural access and mobility
I. Implementation, monitoring and enforcement
J. Others

Important Dates:

30 March 2011 - Deadline for receipt of abstracts
October 2011 - Authors will be notified about acceptance of abstract as Paper or poster
March 2012 - Authors to write full papers/posters whose abstracts were accepted.
September 2012 - Actual TRANSED 2012 Conference in New Delhi, India

For details please visit http://www.transed2012.in/abstract_submission.html

"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:

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

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