Virtual Ability: IDRAC 2018 in Second Life

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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
The Sojourner Auditorium
The Sojourner Auditorium, virtual Ability Island

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

08:00 Patrick McKearney (UK): Care and Visibility: Modes of Agency in L’Arche
09:30
Reginald Nii Odoi (Ghana): We Are The World: Making It a Better Place
11:00
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

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