Call for Papers: Crises, Conflict and Disability: Ensuring Equality

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The Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs would like to extend a warm invitation for you to submit abstracts for the 5th International Shafallah Forum in Doha, Qatar from January 22nd - January 24th, 2012. The Center has been delighted to welcome more than 250 experts in the field and dignitaries from all over the world to our Forum and we anticipate that this year's Forum will be no exception. 

The Forum will bring together advocates, family members, scholars, members of government, and professionals from a variety of perspectives to explore the theme of Crises, Conflict and Disability: Ensuring Equality. Together we will highlight aspects of humanitarian crises and conflict from preparedness to response to recovery and rebuilding for persons with disabilities.

Under Article 11 (Situations of Risk and Humanitarian Emergencies) of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, countries party to the Convention and the international community must take all necessary measures to ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities during situations of armed conflict, humanitarian emergencies, and natural disasters. Forum delegates will showcase the latest developments in inclusive emergency planning and their centrality to responding to and mitigating harm to persons with disabilities and their families during emergency situations under the following thematic areas.

I. Disaster Preparedness
"UNCRPD", how do the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the international community ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities during situations of armed conflict, humanitarian emergencies, and natural disasters? "Inclusive Policies and Legislation", how can national laws, policies, and regulations provide guidance, methods and strategies to integrate and coordinate emergency management inclusive of persons with disabilities? "Personal Preparedness", what should persons with disabilities know to be prepared for emergency situations? What lessons have we learned from past experiences?

II. Emergency Response
"Emergency Response", what are the current shortfalls (physical and cultural) that put persons with disabilities at risk during emergencies; and what can we do to improve the situation (new technologies and disaster planning)? "Refugee Camps", how does disability affect people's experiences as refugees and other displaced persons; what programs and best practices are in place to protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities during their period of displacement?

III. Recovery and Rebuilding
"Rebuilding", how must persons with disabilities be factored in to the resettlement and rebuilding process; does an opportunity for ensuring universal access exist in the rebuilding process? "Recovery", featuring real-life experiences of persons with disabilities before and after disaster, how does one return to work and home; does an opportunity exist for ending the stigma associated with disability?

The Forum will feature keynote addresses by global leaders, roundtable discussions, symposia, paper presentations, and exhibits. We welcome the submission of such presentations and have included more detailed information on the following pages. 

An accepted presentation to the Shafallah Forum includes complimentary airfare, meals, and accommodation. We hope that you will join us this January in Doha and participate in international dialogue among your peers. Please visit our website at www.shafallah.org.qa orhttp://www.shafallahforum.org  Abstracts are due by 5pm EST December 15th, 2011.  
I. Modes of Presentation
Delegates can present their programs and research in several different formats:

Symposia (1 hour - 3 x 15 minute presentations, plus 15 minutes discussion)
A collection of 3 papers presenting the results of different programs/studies/experiences relating to a common research theme. Each should be presented by a different person. The symposium coordinator should provide details for the three papers following the instructions below.

Individual Papers (15 minute presentation, plus 5 minutes discussion)
A paper presenting the results of a program/study/experience on a particular topic. Papers will be grouped into symposia according to an identified theme. Individuals should submit title and abstract details for each paper offered following the instructions below.

Posters
Individuals may present their research on the form of a poster. Posters allow for more extended discussion with delegates interested in the content area of the poster. Posters should be attended by at least one author/director who can address questions related to the poster's content. Individuals should submit title and abstract details for each poster presentation offered following the instructions below. Submission of poster collectives (related research) is encouraged. 

Roundtable Discussions or Debates 
(1 hour)
Discussion about the interpretation of existing research, the state of knowledge in a particular area or the need for more or different kinds of research/programming/policies, can be as important as presenting the results of new studies. Individuals wishing to organize such roundtable discussions or debates should identify three or four speakers, who can each present a point of view. Where discussion and audience participation is the purpose, speakers' presentations might be limited to 5 minutes. Where debate between the speakers is the purpose, presentations may be longer (10 minutes). Organizers should submit the details of the discussion or debate following the instructions below. 

Exhibit 
Individuals or groups that have a demonstration, specialized equipment, and/or materials that they would like to exhibit are invited to submit a proposal. Exhibits will be given a table with specific presentation time, where they will be asked to be present and are encouraged to leave materials/equipment out for attendees to peruse throughout the Forum. 

II. Abstracts
Abstracts must be in English. Abstracts longer than permissible will be abridged at the discretion of the program planning committee.

Theme & Topic: The conference is to be organized into themes and include general and break-out sessions. Please specify which theme that best fits your session. All abstracts should be prepared using the following headings:

Instructions for Submitting Paper/Poster Abstracts
Title: Brief (no more than 100 characters)
Author(s): Give the name and affiliation of authors. Give the email address of person(s) presenting the paper
Contact details: Type an asterisk after the presenter's name and give the affiliation address of the presenting author only
Abstract: This should be no more than 200 words and describe the Aim, Method, Outcomes, and Conclusions of the study using these headings.
Preferred mode: State whether: (a) individual paper or (b) poster 
Type of presentation: State whether (a) research-based paper with data or (b) review paper or (c) service description or (d) personal experience.

Instructions for Submitting Symposia Abstracts
Title: Brief (no more than 100 characters)
List: Authors, affiliations, e-mail addresses and titles of papers to be included in the symposium. 
Moderator: Give the name and affiliation of the person who has agreed to moderate the symposium. Give the contact details for moderator (email, phone & address).
Abstract: Each paper should submit an abstract. This should be no more than 200 words and describe the Aim, Method, Outcomes, and Conclusions of the study using these headings.
Type of presentation: State whether (a) research-based paper with data or (b) review paper or (c) service description or (d) personal experience.

Instructions for Submitting Roundtable Abstracts
Title: Brief (no more than 100 characters)
Author(s): Give the name and affiliation of each participant noting the moderator with an asterisk. 
Contact details: Give the full contact information (email, phone, & address) of all participants
Abstract: This should be no more than 400 words and describe the background behind the issue to be discussed or debated and the views to be put forth by each speaker.

Instructions for Submitting Exhibits
Title: Brief (no more than 100 characters)
Host: Give the name, affiliation, e-mail, and phone of the person hosting the exhibit.
Abstract: Submit a description of the demonstration/exhibit, its intent, and space requirements

III. Submission Deadline: 5pm EST, December 15th, 2011
Kindly submit abstracts to: Valerie Karr, Ph.D. atshafallah@brownlloydjames.com
Please label the subject line: Shafallah Forum Abstract. Failure to do so may result in abstract not being viewed. 
Information about the Shafallah Center and Previous International Forums please visit:
http://www.shafallah.org.qa or http://www.shafallahforum.org 

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