The Success Story of WDRC 2018

“ Global advocacy and rights of people with disabilities ”

 

The 3rd World Disability & Rehabilitation Conference 2018 (WDRC 2018) was organized by The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM), Sri Lanka in collaboration with Brandman University as the Hosting Partner and St. John’s Medical College, India. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Sri Lanka, and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India as the successful Academic Partners of the Conference.

Inauguration Ceremony

The Conference was held on 12th and 13th November 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia under the theme “Global advocacy and rights of people with disabilities”. WDRC 2018 was chaired by the renowned key person in the field of Disability and rehabilitation Dr. Loren O’Connor (Assistant Vice Chancellor of the Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services, Brandman University).

The opening remarks of WDRC 2018 were made by Conference Chair Dr. Loren O’Connor (Assistant Vice Chancellor of the Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services, Brandman University) together with Mr. Isanka P. Gamage (Managing Director, The International Institute of Knowledge Management).

Official Conference Photograph – WDRC 2018

Book of Abstracts – WDRC 2018

CONFERENCE CHAIR

 

 

Dr. Loren O’Connor
Assistant Vice Chancellor of the Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services,
Brandman University.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 

World Disability & Rehabilitation Conference

Dr. Michel Landry
Chief, Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Division
Duke University Medical Centre
United States

Plenary Speeches

Plenary speeches were done by the following resource persons in the field.

“Care of Elderly – A Solution for the Disability”

  • Mr. Sanjeewa Thunpaththu, Dr. Sujeewa Weerasinghe (Senior
  • Physiotherapist – National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Executive Director)
  • Consultant Physiotherapist -Physio Life Care-Sri Lanka)

“Advocating for the Integration of PWD in Mainstream Society. The Philippine PWD Experience.”

    • Dr. Dela Zerna G.D.A (Guided and Unified Interaction for the Development of Children, Inc., Philippines)

PLENARY SPEAKERS

Mr. Sanjeewa Thunpaththu
Senior Physiotherapist – National Hospital of Sri Lanka
Secretary (International Affaires)
Charted Society of Physiotherapy,
Sri Lanka

Dr. Sujeewa Weerasinghe
(Executive Director)
Consultant Physiotherapist -Physio Life Care-Sri Lanka,
(Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation & Research)
Sri Lanka

Dr. Gerry Duwin A. Dela Zerna as plenary speaker for WDRC 2018
Dr. Gerry Duwin A. Dela Zerna
Philippines
Title:” Advocating for the Integration of PWD in Mainstream Society.  The Philippine PWD Experience.”

Session Chair

  • Dr. Claire Hutchinson, University of South Australia, Australia
  • Dr. Roopalekha Jathanna, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India
  • Dr. Vandana Patel, Kasturba Medical College (Manipal University), India
  • Dr. Khushali Choksi, S S Agrawal Institute of Physiotherapy & Medical Care Education, India
  • Dr. June Njama, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Dr. Ruchita Narsia, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India

Evaluation panel

  • Dr. Loren O’Connor, Brandman University, USA
  • Dr. Michel Landry, Duke University Medical Centre,USA
  • Dr. Thierry Kolpin, Brandman University, USA
  • Dr. Sujeewa Weerasinghe, Physio Life Care-Sri Lanka

Scientific Committee

  • Abdoulaye Diallo, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, United States
  • Ada Leung, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Sandhya Limaye, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India
  • Daniel Wong, Mississippi State University, United States
  • Lili Liu, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Nidhi Singal, University of Cambridge, England
  • Maya Kalyanpur, University of San Diego, United States
  • Dr Hemlata, Indira Gandhi National Open University, India
  • Maria Lewin, St.John’s Medical College, India
  • Nimisha Muttiah, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
  • Ashok M, St.John’s Medical College, India
  • TOMPA, Emile, University of Toronto, Canada
  • IGRIC, Ljiljana, York University, Canada
  • Ramesh, St.John’s Medical College, India
  • Vaishali Kohle, Tata Institute of Social Science, India
  • Deepthi Shanbhag, St.John’s Medical College, India
  • Sujeewa Weerasinghe, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Sri Lanka
  • Sanjeewa Thunpaththu, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Sri Lanka
  • I.N. Aluthge,  The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Sri Lanka
  • Mr V. Sasirajh, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Sri Lanka
  • Kumara Pathirana, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Sri Lanka
  • Jaliya Uduwella, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Sri Lanka

Participants

WDRC 2018 provided great platform for researchers, academics, scholars, and educators from across the globe to share their research findings with one another and to discuss their ideas in relation to the field disability and rehabilitation. 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.

Technical Sessions

WDRC 2018 comprised of seven (07) technical sessions along with a poster session as well. The technical sessions were under the below themes.

  • Implementation Of The United Nations Rights Of Persons With Disabilities In Developing And Developed Countries, And Theology And Science
  • Access To Health Services For People With Disabilities
  • Equalization Of Opportunities And Independent Living For Individuals With Disabilities
  • Facilitating Career And Employment Opportunities
  • Advocacy Initiatives To Promote Access To Education Across The Life Span
  • Policies, And Laws Promoting Rights Of People (Or Individuals) With Disabilities

PUBLICATION IN PROGRESS 

World Disability & Rehabilitation Conference

All accepted abstracts for 3rd World Disability & Rehabilitation Conference 2018 will be published in the conference abstract book with an associated ISBN 978-955-3605-18-4. All full papers will be reviewed through a double blind reviewing process and published electronically with an ISSN 2513 – 2687 number in the proceedings with a DOI Number (DOI prefix: 10.17501).

 

 

 


Journal of Organizational Behavior


Online ISSN: 1099-1379
Editor in Chief: Suzanne S. Masterson
Publisher: Wiley Online Library
Journal Link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10991379
Indexed in SCOPUS (Elsevier), ProQuest, GALE Cengage, Clarivate Analytics, Emerald, EBSCO, INSPEC, PsycINFO, PSYNDEX, and many more.

WDRC 2018 WORKSHOPS

“ Breaking down Barriers for Individuals with Disabilities – Counseling Support 


FEATURED SPEAKER

Dr. Thierry Kolpin

Associate Professor, School of Education,
School Counseling, Brandman University, USA

Special features of the conference

 

Workshop on Breaking down Barriers for Individuals with Disabilities – Counseling Support


The workshop was conducted by Dr. Thierry Kolpin (Associate Professor, School of Education, School Counseling, Brandman University, USA) which helped participants to develop and improve upon their skills in assisting Individuals with Disabilities.

Through this workshop, participants were able to gain the knowledge and skills that can help them to be effective allies for Individuals with Disabilities and support them in both their sychological and physical realms.  This included working directly with Individuals with Disabilities, but also supporting them externally by advocating for them in ways that have direct effects on their Physical and Psychological well-being. The workshop content included the skills needed for counseling individuals with disabilities, How the counselor can best build rapport, How the counselor can best maintain the process, How the counselor can best engage the counselee, Interactive activities to help participants practice the counseling skills previously discussed, Review of material and added information to further support  participants  knowledge on skills

 

Workshop on Virtual Mental Health Delivery


A workshop on “Virtual Mental Health Services: using Technology to Reach Global Populations” was successfully conducted by the two prominent speakers in the field Conference Chair Dr. Loren O’Connor together with Dr. Thierry Kolpin (Brandman University, USA) which was open to all individuals interested in learning more about virtual mental health services.

The workshop was included with ,

  • Overview of types of virtual technologies
  • Demonstration of virtual technologies
  • Infrastructure required for successful implementation of this Technology.
  • How to access virtual technologies
  • Ethical considerations

EXCLUSIVE FROM WDRC 2018


NETWORKING SPACES

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Enhance your network with more than 200 participants from over 30+ countries. Share knowledge, experience and fun everywhere.

ACADEMIC RICHNESS

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You can experience the high quality presentations carefully selected by our international reviewing panel. We invite you to send original research papers.

CULTURAL FUSION

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Enjoy the atmosphere and have fun while networking in the first day evening cultural show and networking dinner.

Hosting Partner

 

 

Brandman University

Academic Partner

World Disability & Rehabilitation Conference

St.John’s Medical College, India

Academic Partner

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Academic Partner

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Sri Lanka

Organized by

The International Institute of
Knowledge Management

Brandman University

Event Partner

Tour & Accommodation Partner