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2012 Annual Research to Policy Conference- Disability and Work: Global Strategies for Equity

On Saturday, May 5, 2012, the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy hosted its annual conference on Disability and Work: Global Strategies for Equity. People living with a disability, in both high- and low-income countries, experience significant barriers to accessing meaningful and competitive employment.   Despite the passage of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the cumulative efforts of the disability rights movement, there is still a great deal of work to be done globally to realize equal rights in employment for people with disabilities.  Viable solutions to reduce these inequities and advance equal rights and participation in the world of work for people with disabilities are crucial.  The conference brought together an international group of government, academic, business and civil society leaders to discuss innovative and effective strategies to improve employment outcomes for workers with disabilities. 

To view the agenda, click here. Please scroll down to access video recordings of each session and speakers' powerpoint slides.

Words of Welcome

Jody Heymann: Founding Director, McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy; and Principal Investigator, WORLD Data Centre

 

 

 

Michael Stein: Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability; and Cabell Research Professor, William & Mary School of Law

 

 

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Opening Keynotes: Setting the Stage:  Key Challenges and Strategies Globally

Barbara Murray: Senior Disability Specialist, Skills and Employability Department, ILO Geneva; and former ILO Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist, Asian and Pacific Region, ILO Bangkok

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Susan Scott-Parker:  Founder and Chief Executive, Employers' Forum on Disability; and Chair of the Business Taskforce on Accessible Technology 

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Morning Plenary: Getting a Job, But Not Just any Job:  Towards Competitive, Meaningful Work

Chair:  Tony Dolan, Chairperson, Canadian Council with Disabilities 

 

 


Frank Rusch:  Professor of Education, Pennsylvania State University; and Visiting Scholar, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawai‘i

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Lauren Lindstrom:  Director, Secondary Special Education and Transition; and Associate Professor, Family and Human Services, University of Oregon

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Joyce Bender:  Founder and CEO of Bender Consulting Services in Canada; Chair of the Board, American Association of People with Disabilities; and host of Internet talk radio show, “Disability Matters”

 

 

Sophie Mitra:  Director of the Social Justice and Policy Research Unit of the Center for International Policy Studies; and Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Fordham University

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Luncheon Keynotes:   Effective Strategies in Low-Resource Settings    

Daniel Mont:  Senior Research Fellow and Leonard Cheshire Disability Fellow, University College of London (UCL); and former member of the World Bank's Disability and Development Team

 

 

 

Javed Abidi:  Chairperson, Disabled People's International; Director, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People; and Founder, Disability Rights Group, India

 

 

 

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Panel 1:   Effective Funder Strategies:  Innovation and Partnerships

Chair:  Yolanda Muñoz, Disability Rights Fund; and former Coordinator, AQEIPS, Québec 

 

 

 

Molly Harrington:  Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy and Research Division, Ministry of Social Development, Government of British Colombia

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Hervé Bernard:  Inclusion Unit Manager, Technical Resources Division, Social Services, Livelihoods and Education, Handicap International Federation

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Michael Fembek: Program Manager, Essl Foundation; and Head of Social Affairs, bauMax Group, Austria

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Panel2:   On the Job: Promoting Accessibility, Retention and Equity

Chair:  Harvey Goldberg, Team Leader, Strategic Initiatives, Canadian Human Rights Commission

 

 

 

Susanne Bruyere:   Director of Employment and Disability Institute, Cornell University; and Chair, Global Applied Disability Research and Information Network (GLADNET)

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Joyojeet Pal:  Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan; and Visiting Researcher, RCAST, University of Tokyo

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Rienk Prins:  Research Director and Senior Consultant, AStri Research and Consultancy Group; and Associate Professor, ProgreSZ University of Applied Sciences in Social Security, the Netherlands

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Afternoon Plenary:   National and Regional Policy Approaches    

Chair:  Nancy Milroy-Swainson, Director General, Office for Disability Issues, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

 

 

 

David Stapleton: Director and Senior Fellow, Center for Studying Disability Policy, Mathematica Policy Research; and former Director, Cornell University’s Institute for Policy Research

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Ryoko Sakuraba:  Associate Professor, Graduate School of Law, Kobe University, Japan; and Visiting Scholar, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge

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Stanislao Maldonado Zambrano:  Researcher, Center of Studies for Development and Participation; and former Consultant, Special Commission on Disability Studies, Congress of the Republic of Peru

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Anna Lawson:  Senior Lecturer, School of Law; and Deputy Director, Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds

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Closing Keynote:  The Way Forward Globally: Rights, Equality, Empowerment and Development 

Charlotte McClain-NhlapoCoordinator, Office for Disability and Inclusive Development, USAID; former Senior Operations Specialist, World Bank; and Commissioner, South African Human Rights Commission

 

 

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Next Steps

Michael Stein: Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability; and Cabell Research Professor, William & Mary School of Law 

 

 


Jody Heymann: Founding Director, McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy; and Principal Investigator, WORLD Data Centre

 


 

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Case Studies of Global Innovations by IHSP's 2012 Policy Fellows


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morgon Banks: The Impact of Disability Coalitions in the US in Advocating for Equity in Employment: A Case Study on the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCS)

Laura Benshoff: Disability Rights Advocacy and Employment: An Indian Example. A Case Study of the National Centre for the Employment of Disabled People (NCPEDP)

Megan Galeucia: Improving Employers' "Disability Confidence": A Case Study on the Employers' Forum on Disability

Laura Kalef: Developing Inclusive Employment via Job Training for Disabled: Lessons from Telenor Open Mind

Anna O’Kelly: The Quota Legislation in Brazil and its Implementation in Sao Paulo: Lessons Learned about the Role of Both Public as well as Prive Sector in its Execution

Michelle Olding: Citizenship, Disability and the 'Right to Work' in an Active Society: A Case Study on Swedish Social Policy and Labour Market Program for Disabled People

Kali Stull: Addressing Employability and Inclusion for Persons with Disabilities in a For-Profit Company: Serasa Experian's Employability Program for Persons with Disabilities



 

 

 

 

 



  • Anna O'Kelly, IHSP Policy Fellow and Tony Dolan, Chairperson, Canadian Council with Disabilities

  • Barbara Murray, Senior Disability Specialist, Skills and Employability Department, ILO

  • Conference co-chairs Michael Stein, Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability, and Jody Heymann, Founding Director, IHSP

  • Javed Abidi, Chairperson, Disabled People's International; Daniel Mont, Senior Research Fellow and Leonard Cheshire Disability Fellow, University College of London (UCL); and Jody Heymann, Founding Director, IHSP

  • Futsum Abbay, McGill University and Daniel Fok, CNIB

  • Tom Butcher, Essl Foundation, and Frank Rusch, Professor of Education, Pennsylvania State University

  • Richard Asare, Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians and Rienk Prins, Research Director and Senior Consultant, AStri Research and Consultancy Group

  • Morning Plenary: Getting a Job, But Not Just any Job: Towards Competitive, Meaningful Work