Currently underway in Second Life through October 5th and 6th, 2018 is the International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference (IDRAC), organised and hoted by Virtual Ability Inc. The theme for its years conference is Taking Care of Us, which the organisers note is very open to interpretation, offering the guest speakers opportunity to talk on a range of subjects related to disability rights and care.
The conference is taking place at the Sojourner Auditorium on Virtual Ability Island, and will feature presentations from Hong Kong, the UK, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Mauritius, Canada, and the United States. Presentation will be of around 90 minutes duration, including time for discussion and breaks between.
Schedule of Sessions
The conference schedule, as it stood at the time of writing, was as follows. Please visit the conference page on the virtual Ability website for any updates and to read the biographies of the individual presenters. All times are SLT.
Friday, October 5th, 2018
|07:00||Lusha Huang (Hong Kong): Enhancing Visually Impaired People’s Travelling Experience through Mobile Applications|
|08:30||Coomara Pyaneandee (Mauritius): The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities|
|10:00||Debbie Engelen-Eigles (USA): Learning from Korean Women with Disabilities: Lessons from the Field|
|11:30||Jason DaSilva (USA): Documenting Disability & Looking Towards the Future|
|13:00||Lauren Bruno and Cassandra Willis (USA): A Survey of Alternative and Traditional Special Education Teachers’ Perception of Preparedness|
|14:30||Panel discussion of care giving issues with caregivers and care recipients|
Saturday, October 6th, 2018
|08:00||Patrick McKearney (UK): Care and Visibility: Modes of Agency in L’Arche|
||Reginald Nii Odoi (Ghana): We Are The World: Making It a Better Place|
||Peter Catapano, Editor of the Opinion Section of the New York Times (USA): Interview|
|12:30||Rev. Olutayo Shodipo (Nigeria):|
|14:00||Amra Mohammed (Saudi Arabia): Creating Policies to Support Twice-Exceptional Students in Saudi Arabia|
|15:30||Panel discussion of care giving issues with caregivers and care recipients|
- Conference SLurl (Virtual Ability Island, rated: General)
- Virtual Ability Inc website
- 2018 IDRAC conference schedule