8th World Disability & Rehabilitation Conference (WDRC) 2023

The World Disability and Rehabilitation Professional Association (WDRPA) invites academics, activists, advocates, artists, practitioners, professionals, scholars, and students to submit their abstracts, case studies, projects, panel discussions, and original stories to the 8th World Disability and Rehabilitation Conference 2023 (WDRC 2023) under the theme “Global Empowerment through Collaboration and Exchange: Advancing Disability Rehabilitation Worldwide”

Theme “Global Empowerment through Collaboration and Exchange: Advancing Disability Rehabilitation Worldwide”

Purpose of WDRC 2023

WDRC 2023 is designed to gather academicians, professionals, researchers, policymakers, and scholars to share their knowledge and experience, in order to increase collaboration and cooperation towards the development and betterment of disability studies and rehabilitation worldwide.
We are especially interested in providing opportunities for students and professionals in the global south to actively engage in this knowledge sharing, so that they can enhance their resources and networks.

Maintaining High-Quality Conference Standards and Publication Standards

The conference is designed and hosted by The International Institute of Knowledge Management’s (TIIKM) Research and Development team, together with executive members of the World Disability Rehabilitation and Professional Association (WDRPA). WDRC 2023 adheres to the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

All of the accepted abstracts of registered authors for the conference will be published in the abstract book with an associated ISBN. The conference also provides the platform for submission for full paper publication. The Conference Proceedings will be published in the Open Journal System (OJS) with an associated ISSN and DOI link. WDRC 2023 is also affiliated with several international journals, and conference participants may submit their full papers to be considered for publication in these journals instead. Fluency in English is a requirement for presenters.

Presentation topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to,

Conference Tracks

Disability Rights, Advocacy, and Intersectionality

  • Disability-Inclusive Research Methodologies
  • Disability-Inclusive Scientific Knowledge Production
  • Disability and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Disability and Inclusive Business
  • Disability and Gender-Based Violence
  • Inclusive Feminism and Disability
  • Intersectionality and Disability
  • Disability Beyond Stigma: Societal Attitudes and Activism
  • Disability Rights Movements and Advocacy Strategies

Assistive Technology and Accessibility

  • Universal Design and Accessibility Standards
  • Accessibility Certification and Accreditation
  • Mobility Devices and Assistive Technologies
  • Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for Disability
  • Wearable Technology and Smart Homes for Disability
  • Innovative and Emerging Assistive Technologies
  • Web and Digital Accessibility

Health Systems, Services, and Social Protection

  • Inclusive Healthcare Services and Systems
  • Disability and Primary Healthcare
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health of People with Disabilities
  • Disability-Inclusive Legal Systems
  • Access to Justice for People with Disabilities
  • Disability and the Criminal Justice System
  • Disability-Inclusive Social Protection Policies and Programs
  • Universal Basic Income and Disability
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Disability


Education, Employment, and Entrepreneurship

  • Inclusive Education
  • Accessible Higher Education
  • Vocational Training and Employment Opportunities
  • Entrepreneurship and Disability

Mental Health, Well-being, and Self-care

  • Mental Health and Disability
  • Psychosocial Support and Counselling
  • Self-Care and Resilience for People with Disabilities

Sports, Recreation, and Accessible Design

  • Adapted Sports and Physical Activity
  • Accessible Outdoor Recreation
  • Inclusive Arts and Culture
  • Accessible Design and Architecture

Aging, Disability, and Geriatric Rehabilitation

  • Aging, Disability, and Geriatric Rehabilitation
  • Geriatric Rehabilitation and Care
  • Ageing and Disability Policy and Practice
  • Assistive Technologies for Ageing and Disability

Disaster Risk Reduction, Management, and Humanitarian Action

  • Inclusive Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Disability and Humanitarian Action
  • Disability and Natural Disasters
  • Accessible Humanitarian Action
  • Disability-inclusive Disaster Preparedness
  • Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

Technology, Innovation, and Smart Homes

  • Disability and Innovation Ecosystems
  • Technology, Innovation, and Smart Homes
  • Wearable Technology and Smart Homes for Disability


Rehabilitation, Therapy, and Low-Resource Settings

  • Physical Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Rehabilitation in Low-Resource Settings
  • Multi-Discipline Rehabilitation Education Approaches

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