The Success Story of the 2nd World Conference on Disability and Rehabilitation – 2017
The 2nd World Conference on Disability and Rehabilitation 2017 (WDRC 2017) was successfully held from 16th – 17th November 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Conference was organized by The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM), Sri Lanka with the collaboration of Brandman University, USA and Sri Lankan Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Sri Lanka under the theme “Inspiring Possibilities…Enhancing Opportunities for Ability” The Ministry of Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage was played a major role in the conference as the supporting ministry.
The opening remarks of 2017 were made by the Conference Convener Mr. Isanka P. Gamage (Co-Founder & Managing Director – The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM), Sri Lanka) and Conference chair Dr. Loren O’Connor (Assistant Vice Chancellor, Accessible Education and Counseling Services, Brandman University, USA . The speech representing the Co – Hosting Partner was given by Mr. Priyantha Peiris (Sri Lanka Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Sri Lanka)
The keynote forum was consisted with two keynote speeches. The first keynote speech on “Digital Inclusion or Digital Divide? Using Internet and Mobile Technologies to Enhance Communication and Social Participation of People with Disabilities” was delivered by Dr. Pammi Raghavendra (Associate Professor in Disability and Community Inclusion College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University, Australia) The second keynote speech was given by Mr. Sanjeewa Tunpattu (Chief Physiotherapist / Lecturer in Physiotherapy, National Hospital of Sri Lanka) on “Improving Access to Assistive Technology: What is Our Role?”
WDRC 2017 provided a solid platform for over 100 researchers, stakeholders and policy makers from across the globe representing 13 countries to share their research findings with one another and to discuss the policy implications in disability studies. The countries are
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- United Kingdom
- United States
The conference provided a refreshing experience for all, especially for the young researchers who had the opportunity to share their research findings on an international platform.
The conference comprised of seventeen technical sessions and a poster session during which researchers from around the world presented their research findings. The technical sessions as follow.
- Rehabilitation of People with Disabilities
- Inclusive Education and Integration
- Employability of People With Disabilities
- Advocacy, Public Policy, People with Disabilities and Disability Service
- Growing Old and Disability Management
- Assistive Technology/Universal Design and Emerging Technologies For Disability
Call for Papers
“Inspiring Possibilities…Enhancing Opportunities for Ability”
The 2nd World Disability & Rehabilitation Conference 2017 is believed to create a platform to address the presence of the disabled and the importance of their existence, creation of hope and willingness for the same to play a vital role in building up the future. The Conference will witness the participation of academicians, researchers, scholars, professionals, accompanied by partnering Universities, professional bodies and government officials thus transforming a single venue into a global knowledge hub.
All potential authors are warmly encouraged to contribute to the conference through submissions of their research abstracts, research papers, practitioners’ papers, professional papers and posters that address themes and topics of the conference. High quality contributions describing original and unpublished (or submitted/under consideration anywhere in other conferences) results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, experiential or theoretical work are particularly expected.
Dr. Loren O’Connor is the Assistant Vice Chancellor of the Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services at Brandman University which is part of the Chapman University System.
All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference abstract book with ISBN. All full papers will be accepted through a double blind reviewed process and will be published electronically with ISSN in proceedings with a DOI Number (DOI prefix: 10.17501).
We will submit the proceedings to be indexed in the Thomson Reuters, SCOPUS, Mendeley, Google Scholar and CiteULike for possible Indexing.
American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Print ISSN: 1548-7768
Online ISSN: 1548-7776
Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Larry Davidson
Topic: “Digital Inclusion or Digital Divide? Using Internet and Mobile Technologies to Enhance Communication and Social Participation of People with Disabilities”
Dr. Pammi Raghavendra
Associate Professor in Disability and Community Inclusion
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Flinders University, Australia
Chief Physiotherapist/ Lecturer in Physiotherapy
National Hospital of Sri Lanka
Coordinating Secretary (International Affairs)
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Sri Lanka