August 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 August newsletter from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability.

We are very excited to announce further details for our upcoming conference in February 2016. The conference will focus on Disability in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): forming alliances and building evidence for the post-2015 agenda.

Within this, the three main topics for the conference are:
  • Evidence on Inclusive Development and Universal Access
  • Measuring Disability Inclusion
  • Evidence of Best Practice in Disability Programmes
Our call for abstracts is open, and we would like to encourage members of our mailing list to consider submitting. You can learn more about the conference, register your attendance and submit an abstract: here.

In other news this month, Mark Spreckley, one of our Doctorate of Public Health students, began his project fieldwork in Guatemala. Mark is working with World Wide Hearing to measure the impact of hearing aids on quality of life in Guatemala City. Recruitment and pilot testing for the study is now complete, with data collection due to begin in September 2015.

This month we also welcomed the launch of the 2015 Commonwealth Health Partnerships report, which is published for the Commonwealth Secretariat and widely circulated to donors, senior officials and ministers across the Commonwealth. This year, the report includes a chapter written by ICED researchers Hannah Kuper, Dhaksha Patel and Andrew Smith on the Global challenge of hearing impairment: breaking the silence. Read the whole publication online: here.

Next week we will welcome a new post-doctoral student. Dr. Silvia Ferriente will join us for twelve months from the University of Bahia in Brazil to conduct an analysis on a retrospective cohort study of the joint effects of noise and solvents on hearing loss in the manufacturing and construction industries.

Please share this newsletter with your colleagues and let us know about items you would like included in future issues.  

Best wishes,

Allen Foster and Islay Mactaggart 
International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

 
You can also follow us on Twitter @ICED_LSHTM

Publications, presentations and ICED in the news


This month’s disability analysis blog on SciDev, written by Islay Mactaggart, discussed the importance of community-based interventions to successfully control Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and minimise preventable disability. Link here.
 
Maria Zuurmond, Sarah Polack and others published Understanding the Lives of Caregivers of Children with Cerebral Palsy in Rural Bangladesh in the Journal of Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development this month. The paper uses mixed methods and demonstrates the vulnerabilities of families of children with disabilities in resource-limited settings. Read the article: here.
 
One of our recent publications, The relationship between HIV and prevalence of disabilities in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review, has been chosen to be part of the 6th issue of UNAIDS' HIV this month. HIV this month contains abstracts or summaries of articles and reviews from scientific journals that are carefully filtered from a selection of close to a thousand articles and reviews over a period of one month. You can read the issue (including link to the full text): here.
 
Richard Turner, one of the attendees of our Summer Seminar last month, has written an excellent blog post about the event titled My thoughts on Tom Shakespeare’s talk: “Can disabled people fly high”. Link here.

Events


Upcoming seminars and events at LSHTM

  • ICED Seminar Series 2015 – 2016: We will be launching our 2015-2016 Seminar Series shortly. Thank you to those who have contacted us to suggest speakers for next academic year.
  • TEDxLSHTM: The first ever TEDx event at LSHTM will take place on 15th September 2015. The theme is emerging issues, ideas, problems and solutions in the global community. Learn more and register your interest for tickets: here.

External Seminars and Events

  • Special Needs and Disability – Supporting the Transition from Learning to Work, 4th September 2015: This one day event by the London South Bank University will explore issues and share best practice related to the transition from education to employment for adults and young people with different needs. More details and registration: here.

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: disabilitycentre@lshtm.ac.uk.


External Jobs and Opportunities

  • Royal Mencap Society, the national charity providing a voice for people with learning disabilities, is seeking new trustees with learning disabilities. More information on applying: here.

Conferences

  • Disability in the SDGs: forming alliances and building evidence for the post - 2015 agenda 18th Feb 2016: Hosted by ICED, the conference will share evidence and best practice on disability inclusion in the post-2015 agenda. More details and registration: here.
  • International Conference on Cerebral Palsy and other Childhood-onset Disabilities 1 - 4th June 2016: This joint meeting between the International Conference of Cerebral Palsy, Annual Meeting of the European Academy of Childhood Diasbility and International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disability takes place in Stockholm, Sweden in June 2016. More details and registration: here.

External resources and courses

The UCL Centre for Intellectual & Development Disabilities Research has launched a new report on Intellectual Disabilities: Raising Awareness and Combating Stigma: A Global Review. Link to the report (including easy-read summary for people with learning disabilities): here.

A new African Journal of Disability has been launched by CRS, AfriNEAD and CEDRES. The journal is open access and emphasises all aspects of disability, particularly in the developing African context. More information: here.
 

Have you seen this?

BBC 3 Disability Season: Defying the Label: BBC3 have launched an excellent new series of documentaries exploring “what it’s like to live with a disability in the UK today”. Catch up on previously aired programmes and see the full schedule: here.

You can also follow us on Twitter @ICED_LSHTM

Have you seen this?

BBC 3 Disability Season: Defying the Label: BBC3 have launched an excellent new series of documentaries exploring “what it’s like to live with a disability in the UK today”. Catch up on previously aired programmes and see the full schedule: here.

You can also follow us on Twitter @ICED_LSHTM
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