As a joint project between researchers at NUI Galway and DREAM, the Disability Rights Digital Bibliography seeks to provide a single point of contact for academic references in disability rights. The bibliography was compiled based on individual contributions from researchers in seven research institutions throughout Europe. The bibliographies were established based on the thematic interests of the researchers and represent a wide array of areas impacting disability in Europe and internationally. Each bibliography is available as an accessible Microsoft Word document as well as a Research Information Systems (RIS) format which can be imported into most reference management software applications.
Keynote speakers at the conference included Eva Feder Kittay, Professor of Philosophy, Stony Brook University; Dan Goodley, Professor of Disability Studies and Education, University of Sheffield; Jan Grue, Postdoctoral Fellow in Linguistics, University of Oslo, Norway; and Kalle Könkkölä, Executive Director of the Threshold Association, Helsinki, Finland.
Over the two days, the ESRs presented abstracts and posters and got to meet various disability academics from around the world. The following is a list of each ESR and the title of their presentations:
Magdi Birtha: “Nothing about CRPD monitoring without us” – case study on the involvement of the disability movement in policy-making in Zambia.
Ciara Brennan: “Theorizing the economics of independent living: Commodification of human rights in Iceland in a Nordic context” with Rannveig Traustadóttir and “The CRPD, independent living and user-led personal assistance”.
Ieva Eskyte: Shopping Accessibility: between the ideal and the real.
Carly Toepke: Participation and inclusive education under the UNCRPD.
Betül Yalcin: Employer attitudes towards employment of disabled people: a comparative analysis in the European context.
Rune Halvorson, PI from NOVA, presented “New policies to promote youth inclusion in the labour market? Disability in the Nordic welfare states”.
Rannveig Traustadóttir, PI from the University of Iceland, presented “Implementing and monitoring the CRPD” and “Childhood disability, space, place and identity” and chaired the symposiums titled “Implementing the CRPD” and “Childhood and Disability”.
On 9 November 2012, I had the pleasure to present my current research topics to the Centre of Disability Law and Policy. I gave a presentation entitled “eAccessibiltiy: Legislation Review and Building the Business Case” where I laid out the underpinnings of two projects I am working on in the midst of PhD programme work.
In order to see the way governments push the state of eAccessibility implementation, this paper aims to set up a review of the eAccessibility legislation framework as it stands via the UNCRPD, EU, Member State (Ireland and Spain) level. The particular ICTs chosen for examination include websites, Self Service Terminals and mobile phone apps.
Building the Business Case involves my plan to interview companies to see how they implement (or not) accessible strategies in their business plans.
The article appears as part of Section III, International Comparative Approaches in Evaluation and the publication editors introduce the article as
[an analysis of] policy documents from the U.S., UK and Norway in order to investigate how national and supranational, policies balance and mediate regional and international economic and social needs in the context of E-Accessibility, regulated by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The results show that the different national policy traditions truly matter. The authors conclude by emphasizing the utility of judicial enforcement, the flexibility of providing a low threshold administrative complaint mechanism, and the importance of monitoring.
The paper examines how social institutions (i.e. the differences in norms, values and procedures) impact the design and implementation of national and supranational policies to promote accessibility of information and communication technology (E-Accessibility). Based on original research currently in progress the paper presents preliminary findings based on a content analysis of policy documents from the UN and EU, and the US, UK and Norway.
The conference will feature Eleven sections
Theories of European Integration
EU Institutions and EU Politics
EU and Domestic Politics
Public Opinion, Party Politics and Interest Groups