Disability Matters Conference

Disability Matters Conference

The University of Otago Disability Matters network is pleased to announce our upcoming conference: Making the Convention Real. 26 – 29 November 2017

In 2014 representatives from Aotearoa/New Zealand went to Geneva, to meet with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This committee is charged with monitoring governments’ implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

Before we return to Geneva for a second time in 2018, we want to bring everybody together to talk about what the words of the Convention mean and what disabled New Zealanders, their friends, family and whānau experience in their everyday lives. We also want to talk about what we can do to make those rights real here in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

We have opened the call for abstracts and we invite you to join us in Dunedin, Aotearoa/New Zealand, to share your thoughts about how to ensure the UNCRPD has a real impact in our lives.

We welcome all who have an interest in and commitment to disability and social justice. One of the priorities of this conference is to provide a forum for discussion of the convention and disability matters by a much wider range of participants than those typically involved in academic/research conferences.

You can read more about the call for abstracts and the conference on our website

Abstracts need to be submitted by 23 May 2017, so start thinking now about what you might like to share at the Disability Matters Conference: Making the Convention Real.

To stay in touch, please email us at disability.matters@otago.ac.nz and request to be added to our database. You can also follow us on Facebook for updates as we gear up for this exciting event: 

You can view the Call for Abstract videos on Facebook (NZSL, Te Reo, Plain English and English).

Please help us spread the word by sharing the video most relevant to you on your personal and/or organisation’s Facebook page.

Kind regards

Pat Johnston

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