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Conf/Prog - International Pacific Rim Conference on Disability & Diversity, 4-5 March 2019, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Event Date:

March 04, 2019 - March 05, 2019

Opportunity Cover Image - Conf/Prog - International Pacific Rim Conference on Disability & Diversity,  4-5 March 2019, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

The International Pacific Rim Conference (Pac Rim) on Disability & Diversity is widely recognized as one of the most “diverse gatherings” in the world. Pac Rim promotes perspectives that are responsive to diverse cultural and linguistic needs.  Participants represent disability; share the human experiences associated with disability; increase understanding through research and and best practice, and provide action plans to address social needs.

The agenda of each conference is shaped by community prirorites and showcases strategies using interdisciplinary research and best practices from the field and in the classroom. These are challenging times and our goal is to harness the tremendous efforts that are occurring independently and build a collective that empowers individuals with disabilities and invigorates those who serve. 

The 2019 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity will return to the Hawai‘i Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Just steps from Waikiki, the Hawai‘i Convention Center is an event destination like none other — a stunning marriage of form and function, open to sky and sun between the shade of terraces and lanais, graced with courtyards, waterfalls and fishponds to create a meetings and convention backdrop that is at once tranquil and invigorating.

Pac Rim 2019 Agenda

Agenda - Monday, March 4, 2019

Time                             Description

7:00 - 8:30 AM             Registration & Breakfast (Included)

8:30 - 9:30 AM             Concurrent Thematic Keynotes and Breakouts

9:45 - 10:45 AM           Concurrent Thematic Keynotes and Breakouts

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Concurrent Thematic Keynotes and Breakouts

12:00 - 1:30 PM           Lunch (Included) and Networking

2:45 - 3:45 PM             Concurrent Thematic Keynotes and Breakouts

4:00 - 6:00 PM             Interactive Poster Reception

Agenda - Tuesday, March 5, 2019

 Time                             Description

7:00 - 8:30 AM            Registration & Breakfast (Included)

8:30 - 9:30 AM            Concurrent Thematic Keynotes and Breakouts

9:45 - 10:45 AM          Concurrent Thematic Keynotes and Breakouts

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM   Concurrent Thematic Keynotes and Breakouts

12:00 - 1:30 PM          Lunch (Included) and Networking

1:30 - 2:30 PM            Concurrent Thematic Keynotes and Breakouts

2:45 - 3:45 PM            Concurrent Thematic Keynotes and Breakouts

4:00pm - 5:00pm        Concurrent Thematic Keynotes and Breakouts

Topic Themes

The Pacific Rim International Conference program design is organized into five broad thematic areas. Please click on the areas below for more information on these themes:

Kindergarten to Grade 12

In an age of budget cuts, shortages of certified special education teachers, and inappropriate student-to-teacher ratios, students with special needs don’t always receive the necessary individualized supports to facilitate their learning, development, and transition.

Early Learning and Education

Early childhood provides the building blocks for learning and participation throughout an individual’s life. During the first three years of a baby’s life there is exponential growth in neural pathways which provides the foundation for development. Regardless of the circumstances all children require support across families, cultures, peers, schools, and neighborhoods to grow to their full potential and realize their individual strengths.

Health and Wellbeing

At-risk groups may participate in health screening and wellness programs, but the focus may be on an individual’s disability rather than how to strengthen the person’s wellness. A balanced lifestyle and optimal health is a goal for us all throughout our lives. Good health begins with early intervention and ends with dignity.

We are interested in a variety of presentations offering contemplation, critical reflection and analysis.


In the U.S., 19.7 percent of individuals with disabilities (6 million) are employed, while 65.7 percent of individuals without disabilities are employed (DOL, Mach 2018). Research indicates that individuals with disabilities may not access the right kind of training and supports; employers and human resources staff may not understand reasonable accommodations; there is a lack of accessible and reliable transportation in communities, and expectations for success are low.

Postsecondary Education

The transition to adulthood is challenging for any young person, but particularly so for youth with disabilities. Recent years have seen initiatives around the world to better prepare students with disabilities for the new demands of adulthood. Common to these initiatives is a recognition that many factors influence a successful transition, these include the type and severity of impairment, environmental barriers and supports, personal characteristics, available socioeconomic resources, and expectations.


The Accessibility strand for the 2019 Pacific Rim Conference will address issues of both making technology and living environments, inclusive through Section 508 and ADA compliance. As an individual’s independence and quality of life become more dependent on technology and housing issues, the need for sustainable solutions and strategies become increasingly important.

For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.

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December 14, 2018


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