25th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities

Monday, May 4, 2009- Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Location: Honolulu

Call for Abstracts!

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Please attach your complete abstract and mail or e-mail your application to: Pac Rim 2009 Conference, Center on Disability Studies, College of Education, UHM, 1776 University Avenue, UA 4-6, Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822, E-mail to: prcall@hawaii.edu.

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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.

Envisioning the Future

  • To achieve human and social progress we will address poverty.
  • To maximize human potential we will highlight indigenous/native peoples; girls and women; and veterans with disabilities.
  •  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.
  •  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.
  • 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.
  • 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