The 2014 Forum seeks to engage participants in a lively discussion on key areas that support and facilitate the realization of fundamental human rights for hundreds of millions of persons with disabilities, as expressed in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
This year, we will be having a lively discussion on Inclusive Development, the post 2015 Millennium Development as well as a concentrated focus on education, employment and children.
Human Rights have the potential to transform human lives. But realizing the promise of rights enumerated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), as well as other international treaties, requires political will and the commitment of state actors, local government, and civil society, including grass roots and local communities. Our common vision—that each human being be treated with inherent dignity—is the foundation that inspires and facilitates the meaning of human rights standards, norms and procedures into transformative social change. The codification of rights lays the groundwork to realize an inclusive, equitable and just world; but individual and collective human imagination and action is what makes it happen. Advocacy is a key to bridging vision to that action.
Get ready to pack a lot of human rights activities into the day! In the meantime, we invite you to fill out a human rights pledge form at: www.cds.hawaii.edu/projects/actionhumanrights .
Ari Ne‘eman is the President and co-founder of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, an advocacy organization run by and for Autistic adults seeking to increase the representation of Autistic people across society.
Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor in the faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto (https://idrc.ocadu.ca/ ). With its
Charmaine Crockett is Special Projects Coordinator at the Center of Disability Studies where she Co-Chairs the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities, manages a conference training outreach unit at the Center
Ms. Akiko Ito is Chief of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and UN/Focal Point on Disability.
Rebecca Rude Ozaki, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii – Center on Disability Studies has over the past decade been the principal investigator for approximately 15 state or federally funded projects. Dr.
Andy Imparato began work on September 30, 2013 as the Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).
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Mark Starford directs the Board Resource Center (BRC), providing leadership development for persons with disabilities, organizations and government agencies that provide specialized and generic services.
Juanita Liu served as Interim Dean for the past 5 years and Director for the Center for Tourism Policy Studies at the University of Hawai`i School of Travel Industry Management. As a professor of tourism management she taught