Virtual Ability, the first winner of the Linden Prize in 2009, will be holding the International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference in Second Life this weekend (July 23-24th). The aim of the international conference is to “begin to explore legal protections around the world for persons with disabilities.”
Panels will discuss local legislation that supports the rights of persons with disabilities, with panelists attending from Australia, Belgium, Costa Rica, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the US and the UK, and include:
- Scott Gill, Executive Director of Access 2 independence, a Center for Independent Living in Iowa, US, who will be discussing the independence movement
- Simon Walsh, from the UK; who will be comparing the US ADA legislation with the UK’s DDA
- Sister Abeyante a Salvatorian Sister, who will be discussing advocacy for disability (civil and human) rights
- Roberta Walker Kilkenny, a college instructor; who will be making a presentation on significance of the UN Convention.
Other organisations attending the event include: the National Service Inclusion Project and the Job Accommodation Network.
Commenting on the conference, Alice Krueger, president of Virtual Ability, Inc., stated: “It is a great pleasure to host so many wonderful speakers. Our audience will gain information about the extent of the issues facing people with disabilities, and the potentials for solutions to barriers.”