December 17, 2008

25th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities

The 25th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities will be held May 4-5, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawai‘i

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Topical Area: Universal Design for Living

25th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities
May 4-5, 2009 • Honolulu, Hawai‘i • Hawai‘i Convention CenterRegistration

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The Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai‘i cordially invites you to the star25th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilitiesstar on May 4-5, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Celebrate the collective achievements of the past and look forward to create an inclusive vision for the 21st century. As we face economic uncertainty and global challenges, it is even more important to honor tradition, and use this foundation to navigate our futures.

In the tradition of PacRim, the 2009 conference will revisit familiar themes and explore new directions through scholarship, best practice, and international networking. Join us, and continue this extraordinary journey. We will have several pre and post conference sessions, including an accessible sports Sunday at the beach; an international film festival; and the 2nd Annual International Forum: Securing the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Eradicating Poverty.

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Special Focus on Design for Living, Play, and Work

Universal design is a framework for the design of living, playing and working spaces and products benefiting the widest possible range of people in the widest range of situations without special or separate design. Accommodating people of all sizes, ages, and abilities, Universal design is human-centered design. It is not only about places and things but about policies, services and programs. In many parts of the world Universal Design is being linked with sustainable environmental practices. It is the design for the 21st century.


“Technologies for Universal Design” will focus on emerging and cutting-edge technologies for learning and living. Current technology trends and innovations in universal design applications will be shared. Hands on workshops, demos, and product trials will be available. The topic leaders are particularly interested in presentations that focus on end users experience with technology including research that supports such use and technology that promotes universal design. This topic area will feature noted speakers, breakout sessions, panel discussions, and poster display/presentations and a computer lab for hands on training and demonstrations.

A hands-on computer lab will be available for selected workshops (note: you may have to provide your own software). If you submit a proposal to use the lab please indicate your time preference in rank order of first choice and second choice (2 hour minimum for computer lab).

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Envisioning the Future

star bullet point To achieve human and social progress we will address poverty.

star bullet point To maximize human potential we will highlight indigenous/native peoples; girls and women; and veterans with disabilities.

star bullet point To realize our dreams for inclusion and self-determination, we will ensure all people have access to services and opportunities: transition to adulthood, employment, family support, independent living.

star bullet point To create an accessible world, we will showcase Universal Design for Learning and Living and feature products and design elements for home, school, play and office.

star bullet point To ensure our future we will prepare our youth to take responsibility for the future by bringing them together to dialogue about experiences, visions, insights, and futures.

star bullet point To support your attendance PacRim 2009 will provide an early acceptance notice within 2-3 weeks of your submission. Conference rates are very reasonable and we have secured room blocks for under $160 per night. We will also help facilitate room-shares if you are trying to keep your costs low. We all need to be together!

If you are only able to attend one conference this year, choose PacRim 2009 in Waikiki, Hawaii at the beautiful Hawaii Convention Center. Traditionally this conference is one of the most exciting for attendees and presenters – providing a unique balance of cultures, and issues of local, national and international importance. This year’s conference will seek to better these efforts and provide you with a most unique and exceptional experience – we hope to be seeing you in Honolulu in May.

Robert Stodden
Director, the Center on Disability Studies

Charmaine Crockett
Co-Chair, PacRim 2009

Valerie Shearer
Co-Chair, PacRim 2009

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