The Applied Research on Disability in Africa
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This literary review concerns the early achievements of a project which started in 2014 and will last three years. The aim of this project is the dissemination and promotion of applied research results and disability to researchers  and field stakeholders of the African continent (particularly to Disabled People Organizations), in order to increase knowledge on the situation of people with disabilities and the recommendations made to improve their social participation.

The actions implemented during the three years of this project will enable to conduct new research but also gather major research conducted through the Resource Centre, in order to promote exchanges between researchers and field stakeholders for mutual enrichment of their experiences and improve expertise and knowledge in the area of disability.
13th AAATE Conference
The 13th International Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe offers the occasion to submit one or more papers on the subject of the transdisciplinary area of Assistive Technology and Accessibility. 
One of the main objectives of the AAATE2015 Conference is to bring together different stakeholders in technology and disability - researchers, manufacturers, service providers, teachers, professionals in health and social care, as well as end users, to combine their knowledge, expertise, needs and expectations and to contribute in a multidisciplinary way to increasing the quality of life of people with disabilities and the ageing population.

The slogan of the AAATE 2015 conference is “Attracting new areas and building bridges”. It reflects both the intention to reach out to Easter-Europe and to target a wider audience of professionals interested in the relationship between technology and disability, in particular those involved in partially overlapping fields, such as Ambient Assisted Living, Universal Design, e-Accessibility, Technology in Social Care, Person-Centred Technology. Also colleagues responsible for the training of the future specialist of the field are an important target group.

For more information, visit aaate's website.
FIRAH's Call for Projects 2015

The International Foundation of Applied Disability Research opens its 6th call for projects. 


FIRAH only supports applied research project:


Applied research is research, adhering to its rules:  it is important here to observe a situation and setting a goal in relation with the improvement of the living conditions of persons with disabilities. The parameters for success of the research must be specified and able to be evaluated. 


For this 2015 Call for projects, Firah wishes to put forward the 5 following thematics, whether these recommendations were implemented will be a key factor in the final selection :


  • 1.Access to education for children and youngsters with disabilities from preschool to higher education.
  • 2.Caregiver support (family, informal or natural caregivers), especially:


- concerning economic, professional and others arrangements in order to enable them to juggle with their actions of caregiver and their social and professional lives.
- The advice and training of parents for supporting their disabled child during the early childhood period.


  • 3.Mobility, as it constitutes a cross-cutting aspect to encourage the social participation of all people with disabilities (going to school, to work, access shops, cultural and leisure locations...)
  • 4.Access to healthcare for people with disabilities
  • 5.Ageing persons with disabilities.


For more information, please visit the Call for Projects 2015 page on FIRAH's website.

Society for disabilities studies 28th annual meeting

Society for disabilities studies 28th annual meeting 

2015, 10th/13th June - Atlanta


The Society for disability studies organizes its 28th annual meeting by celebrating the 25th anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
On this occasion, the programm committee invites to consider the multiple and significant possibilities at the intersections of disability and getting right/s.
Several items are proposed : ADA legacy, communities/identities, critical design and technology studies, power and privilege, professional development and transnational research in health sciences and disability studies.


Focus on the item: Translational Research in Health Sciences and Disability Studies
Translational research refers to research that translates between disciplines, and from basic research to applied research and to practice, the goals of this strand are: (1) to demonstrate how disability studies theory contributes to the conception of health sciences research and practice; (2) to provide best practice examples of disability studies translational research and practice; and (3) to mentor a new generation of federally funded disability studies researchers and practitioners. We particularly welcome submissions from clinicians/clinical researchers close to disability (whether disabled or not) who are interested in cutting edge disability studies perspectives.


Get more information about this meeting.

The 6th international Conference on Disabilities

6th international conference on disabilities


The 6th International Conference on Disabilities will take place in Tel Aviv, from 6th to 8th of July 2015.

This conference will focus on the topic "Unity and diversity on action".  

This event is a unique opportunity for academic, medical and community professionals, researchers, policy makers, service providers, people with disabilities, and family members, to meet with colleagues from around the world and take part in the latest state-of-the-art knowledge, research and practice in the field of disabilities.


More information about the 6th International Conference on Disabilities

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