November 2015: News and events from the ICED
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International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Dear all,
Welcome to the November newsletter from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability.
October has been a very busy month for us! Fieldwork is underway for our research projects in Ghana, Malawi, Myanmar and Guatemala. Allen Foster attended the WHO-DAR Network meeting in Manchester, while Islay Mactaggart attended and presented at the Fifteenth Meeting of the Washington Group on Disability Statistics in Copenhagen, Denmark. Our new 2015-2016 MSc students started at LSHTM and held the first meeting of the ICED student group. We are looking forward to seeing more of them during our MSc Study Unit on “Global Disability and Health” next term.
We are finalising plans for our International Symposium on “Disability in the SDGs: Forming Alliances and Building Evidence for the 2030 Agenda” to be held at LSHTM on February 18 and 19, 2016. We are delighted to announce that key note addresses will be given by:
  • Dr Alarcos Cieza - lead for Blindness, Deafness and Disability at WHO
  • Catalina Devandas Aguilar - UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities
  • Professor Anne Mills - Deputy Director & Provost and Professor of Health Economics and Policy at LSHTM,
The deadline for abstract submission is November 30, 2015. For more information visit our website: here

Come and join us for our lunch-time seminar this week on “Keeping and Finding Families: inclusive social services for vulnerable young children in Dushanbe, Tajikistan” by Jonathan Watkins from HealthProm. It will be held on 5th November 2015, 12.30pm – 2pm, LG9 LSHTM. Register: here.
We are also hosting a meeting this week to discuss and update the WHO Ear and Hearing Survey Protocol, so that it can be used more widely and generate much needed data on hearing impairment.
On a personal note, Hannah is very happy to be back at work after the end of her maternity leave and looks forward to catching up with friends and colleagues in the disability community.
Best wishes,

Hannah Kuper and Allen Foster
International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
You can also follow us on Twitter @ICED_LSHTM.

We are hiring!

We are recruiting a full-time Research Fellow for a DFAT-funded research project on Disability-Inclusive Social Protection Systems. Full details: here.

Publications, presentations and ICED in the news

Islay Mactaggart’s column this month in SciDev was entitled “Focus on Disability: Defend girls’ sexual health rights. It discussed the high risk of sexual violence and infection among girls with disabilities, yet their exclusion from sexual and reproductive health projects. Read the article: here.

Hannah Kuper  wrote on “Universal Health Coverage and Disability” for the CBM publication on “Dialogues on Sustainable Development: A Disability-Inclusive Perspective”. Read the post: here
Our toolkit on Inclusive Social Protection, developed with funding from GIZ, is now available online: here. This report was cited by Catalina Devandas Aguilar, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, when advising the UN General Assembly that States should make their social protection systems more inclusive for persons with disabilities. Find her report: here.

Upcoming seminars and events at LSHTM

ICED Disability Seminar Series 2015 – 2016: We are pleased to announce the launch of our 2015-2016 Seminar Series. The following events have been scheduled for Term 1:
  • November 5th (12:30-2pm) Keeping and Finding Families: inclusive social services for vulnerable young children in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Speaker: Jonathan Watkins, HealthProm. Register: here.
  • November 18th (12:30-2pm) Student Experiences: Why Include Disability in Your Research and How To Do It Panel of former and current MSc and PhD students. Location: LG9, LSHTM.
  • December 3rd (5:30-7pm) with reception to follow, Manson Lecture Theatre, LSHTM: Access and Barriers to Inclusive Development for People with Disabilities: Evidence from the WASH Sector. With Sian White and Islay Mactaggart, LSHTM.

Work Experience Programme at ICED

We have launched our work experience programme for people with disabilities seeking experience in research. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about joining our team in this capacity:

Upcoming Conferences

Our International Symposium “Disability in the SDGs: Forming Alliances and Building Evidence for the 2030 Agenda” will be held at LSHTM (London, UK), February 18 & 19, 2016.

The two-day symposium seeks to bring together researchers, activists and practitioners to discuss new research findings and debate academic and policy issues related to Global Disability, Health and Development. The objective of the symposium is to form alliances, build evidence and maintain momentum in the field of global disability and development.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend lectures, network and contribute to oral and poster presentations.
Topics for the symposium will include:
  • Evidence on Inclusive Development and Universal Access
  • Measuring Disability Inclusion
  • Evidence of Best Practice in Disability Programmes
We particularly welcome abstracts focusing on the topics above, including the following subtopics: Community based rehabilitation; social protection; universal health coverage; barriers to participation; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

Abstract submission for oral/poster presentations is now open
Deadline for abstracts: November 30, 2015.

Please download the abstract form here.

Please submit your abstract to:
Restricted to one first author abstract per participant

Fees: None
Register for the conference here

Other Conferences

  • Dhaka Conference | Disability and Disaster Risk Management 12-14 Dec 2015. More information: here.
  • 1st Annual World Disability & Rehabilitation Conference – 2016 (WDRC 2016) “A Spectrum of Opportunities: Overcoming Disability & Its Challenges. Colombo (Sri Lanka), 26-28 January, 2016. More information: here.
  • 18th International Conference on Disability and Diversity. London (UK), 25-26 February, 2016. More information: here.
  • Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity. Hawaii, 25-26 April, 2016. More information: here.
  • Lancaster: Disability Studies Conference 6-8 September, 2016. More information: here.
We are making every effort to make all our research findings widely available, and have launched a Resource webpage where you can find our key reports and manuals.

Have you seen this?

Check out this informative webinar by Dan Mont on “Disability and Data – What Can We Count on?” Available: here

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