October 2016: 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 October newsletter from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability.
 
October marks the new academic year in the UK, and we welcome the new MSc and doctoral students to LSHTM. We are also launching our new 2016/17 Seminar series, which includes talks on disability in relation to WASH, Ebola, research methods and more. The first of these will be held on October 20th on Making WASH accessible for all – including presenting results of a randomised controlled trial in Malawi. The talk will be held at the Manson Theatre at LSHTM from 5:30pm, followed by a drinks reception. Details on all the seminars are given below.
 
October 5th marks World Cerebral Palsy Day: Link here. In celebration, we are running a stall at LSHTM at lunchtime in the refectory to highlight ICED’s research on Cerebral Palsy. This includes the Getting to Know Cerebral Palsy Manual – a participatory training resource for facilitators, parents, caregivers, and persons with cerebral palsy. It is freely available, and to date has been downloaded more than 2000 times! Link here. There is also a blog by ICED member Cally Tann  published to mark the day: Blog here. It describes how a successful community-based participatory training program is creating better futures for young children with cerebral palsy and their families in Uganda.

Our partners at the International Centre for Eye Health have also been busy this month. The free online course on Eliminating Trachoma launched October 3: Course link here. The Peek Acuity App, which is a validated tool to measure visual acuity with a Smartphone, will launch on October 13 to mark World Sight Day and will be freely available: Link here.
 
There are just two weeks left to contribute to a special edition of the Disability and the Global South Journal on “Disability in the Sustainable Development Goals: Critical Reflections”, following on from the Symposium: Website here. We welcome papers on a range of topics highlighted in the call, and these should be submitted by 15 October, 2016.

Best wishes,

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

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Publications and presentations

Maria Zuurmond and colleagues published results from a qualitative study on 'Childhood disability in Turkana, Kenya: Understanding how carers cope in a complex humanitarian setting' in the African Journal of Disability: Article here. This paper shows that the needs of children with disabilities and their carers in Turkana are not being met by either community social support systems or humanitarian aid programmes. Consequently, there is an urgent need to mainstream disability into Turkana services and programmes.
 
ICED Doctoral Student Mark Spreckley wrote about his experiences as a man with a hearing impairment conducting research on hearing loss in Guatemala. It was published in a special issue of the KM4Dev Journal on knowledge for disability inclusive development: Link here. The special issue contains many interesting articles from across the world.
 
Hannah Kuper and colleagues reported on the relationship between rural-urban migration and the prevalence of depressive symptoms in India in BMC Psychology: Report here. This study found no evidence for an increased prevalence of mild to severe depressive symptoms among rural-urban migrants compared to rural or urban residents.
 
Also published this month is a blog by Myroslava Tataryn talking about her experiences. She is a former LSHTM student and ICED researcher, who has gone on to work for Handicap International: Blog here.

Upcoming seminars and events at LSHTM


ICED Disability Seminar Series 2016 - 2017

  • Oct 20th @ 5:30pm. Manson Theatre, LSHTM. Making WASH accessible for all: Results of a randomised controlled trial in Malawi. Islay Mactaggart, Lisa Danquah, Adam Biran, Sian White. More info here.
  • Nov 17th @ 12:45pm. LG24, LSHTM Student Experiences: Why Include Disability in Your Research and How to Do It? More info here.
  • Dec 6th @ 5:30 Ebola and Disability – a panel discussion on what we know, and what we don’t know.
  • Register your interest: “What exactly IS quality of life, and how do we measure it in a meaningful way?” – a brown-bag lunch debate with external speakers, to be determined. Register your interest by e-mailing us at disabilitycentre@lshtm.ac.uk.

Courses at LSHTM

  • ICED’s study unit on Global Disability and Health will run from 23 February – 24 March 2017. More info here. It is a 5 week course, held on Thursdays and Fridays, and is open to participants outside of LSHTM. For more information, please contact disabilitycentre@lshtm.ac.uk.
  • Free online course on Trachoma: Do you want to know more about eye diseases that can cause avoidable blindness? Join a free online open access course with our partners at the International Centre for Eye Health. 'Eliminating Trachoma' is now open and you can register 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.

We are currently seeking support on database management for our National Survey of Disability in Guatemala. This is a short term one month opportunity, effective immediately, to gain experience in database management for epidemiological surveys. Contact islay.mactaggart@lshtm.ac.uk if interested in learning more.
 

Symposium on Global Disability in Hyderabad, November 2017

A date for your diaries – we will be working with the Public Health Foundation of India to host a Symposium on Global Disability in Hyderabad, India, in November 2017. The exact dates and topics will be released soon. Please let us know if you would like to be involved in the planning or in attending.


Upcoming Conferences

  • Create a more inclusive world. Rehabilitation International World Congress. 25-27 October, 2017. Edinburgh, Scotland. More info here.
  • Global Equality & Diversity Conference 2016. 23 November, London. More info here.
  • “Include us! Enabling the Right to Education for Girls, Boys and Youth with Disabilities”. Global Conference by Plan International’s Disability Inclusion Working Group. 6-8 December, Kathmandu, Nepal. More info here. For further information contact gillian.quinn@plan-international.org.

Other items of note

We are inviting contributions to a special edition of the Disability and the Global South Journal on “Disability in the Sustainable Development Goals: Critical Reflections”, following on from the Symposium, website here. We welcome papers on a range of topics highlighted in the call, and these should be submitted by 15 October, 2016.

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. http://disabilitycentre.lshtm.ac.uk/resources/.

Have you seen this?

  • The End the Cycle videos are a great resource for training and advocacy, and their new website is now launched: Video link here.
  • Film on Robert Martin – the first person with Intellectual Disabilities elected to the CRPD Committee: Video link here.
  • Also, check this out: Mesh is a collaborative open-access web space for people involved in community engagement with health research in low and middle income countries (LMICs). It provides an online meeting place where community engagement practitioners, researchers, health workers and others can network, share resources and discuss good practice. More info here.
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