BBI Chairman Peter Blanck to give keynote addresses in Hong Kong and Beijing China on inclusion of persons with disabilities and accessible international development

October 5, 2018

Peter Blanck

BBI Chairman Peter Blanck will give the keynote address at the Conference on “Challenges to Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Asia and the World,” on October 9, 2018 in Hong Kong, China. The Human Rights Law and Policy Forum of the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong is hosting the event for academics, local officials and public bodies. Adopted in 2006, the CRPD signified a major shift in the protection of persons with disabilities. However, implementation of the CRPD remains a challenge in Asia and other parts of the world where persons with disabilities continue to be marginalized and stigmatized. Blanck’s address will examine these challenges in the context of Asia where cultural and social barriers hinder the furtherance of the rights of persons with disabilities, and he will suggest solutions to these challenges and opportunities for the sharing of good practices.

In Beijing, on October 15, 2018, Blanck will give a keynote address at the Symposium of the Institute for Accessibility Development at Tsinghua University. The year’s theme is “Inclusion and Diversity: International Conference on Accessible Development.” Blanck’s address is titled “eQuality: The Future of Information Technology and Universal Design for Persons with Disabilities.” The Institute event is sponsored by the Federation of China Disabled Persons in conjunction with related state ministries and commissions as well as social groups. The objective is to further internationally leading accessibility-related perspectives and offer an international exchange on accessibility in China through interdisciplinary study, and thereby promote high-quality development of accessibility environments in China. Moreover, the editor of Disability Research Journal plans to have a special issue for speakers attending the conference which will incorporate journals based on speakers’ topics.

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About Burton Blatt Institute (BBI)

BBI reaches around the globe in its efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities, with offices in Syracuse, NY, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, GA. BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, a pioneering disability rights scholar, to better the lives of people with disabilities. For more information about BBI, visit: http://bbi.syr.edu