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Call for Papers

Abstract information

This is a call for conference papers. Listed below are the specific Convention articles that form the focus of the conference:

  • Choice and Control (Article 12)
  • Rights and Justice (Article 13)
  • Family/whānau (Article 23)
  • Inclusive Education (Article 24)
  • Health and Wellbeing (Article 25)
  • Employment and Economic Security (Articles 26 and 27)
  • Community Participation (Articles 29 and 30)

Please tell us which of these articles you will include in your presentation and whether you want to share a lived experience, research, or your involvement in practice and policy. We would like to gather different perspectives on these articles, so that we can weave these together to support each other in making the Convention real.

We welcome innovative and creative presentations that are engaging and accessible, and that reflect a wide range of experiences, knowledge and research regarding disability matters in national and international contexts. The conference will be structured in a way that encourages interaction among participants within and across particular interest and sector groups.

Abstract submission has been extended to 20 June 2017.

Presenters will be notified of acceptance by 13 July 2017

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Abstract criteria

The following information outlines what you need to consider before completing abstract details:

Presenter name(s):
First, last name; address, city, country, post code; phone/cell; email; organisation/affiliation
While up to three separate abstracts may be submitted, you may be the lead presenter in only one of these.

Presenter(s) biography:
Tell us about yourself in about 100 words. If you have co-presenters, please provide a brief biography for each person.

Title of presentation:

Nature of presentation:
Which of the following best describes your presentation?

  • Individual experience/narrative
  • Practice/ policy based
  • Research

Language of presentation:
Which of the following languages will you use in your presentation?

  • English
  • Māori
  • New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL)

Type of presentation:
Which of the following best describes your presentation?

  • Individual or pair:
    Solo or pair presenters (e.g., traditional research paper)
  • Panel:
    Group of 3-5 individuals; each member contributes to the presentation (e.g., presentation and/or facilitated discussion of a particular topic)
  • Workshop:
    Individual or group facilitation of an interactive presentation involving audience (e.g., use of technology to enhance communication and web accessibility for a range of users)
  • Performance:
    Artistic performance by an individual and/or group (e.g., dance/drama/performing/visual arts presentations)
  • Poster:
    Individual or small group presentation of a poster

Presentations will be grouped into themed sessions that are chaired by a delegated chairperson. Each presentation will be allocated 20 minutes (15 minutes for presentation; 5 minutes for discussion). Streams of sessions will be scheduled concurrently.

Poster details:
Please use the following guidelines:

  • The maximum size for posters is 1.2 metres high x 900 metres wide.
  • Posters should be readable from a distance of 2 metres (suggested minimum 28 point font size).
  • You need to bring your poster in a ‘conference ready’ format.
  • You may wish to prepare a brief handout, including your contact details, for conference participants.

Posters will be presented in a scheduled poster session, at which presenters must be available to discuss their work with conference participants.

Audiovisual requirements:
Each of the conference rooms will have the audiovisual equipment listed below. Please indicate what you require for your presentation:

  • Computer and data-projector
  • DVD and audio facilities
  • Internet access
  • Other (including specific accessibility requirements such as NZSL interpreters. Please specify.)

Please bring your presentation to the conference on a USB stick, and be prepared to load it onto the conference room computer prior to the beginning of that day’s conference. To minimize potential technical difficulties, we recommend you use a powerpoint for your presentation.

Accessibility resources required for presenters:
Which of the following resources would enable you to fully participate in the conference and/or presentation?

  • NZSL Interpreter
  • Live Captioning
  • Easy Read documents
  • Large print documents
  • Braille
  • Other (please specify)

Making your presentation accessible for a diverse audience:
In keeping with Convention requirements, please ensure your presentation is as accessible as possible to a diverse audience. Please:

  • Provide an electronic version of your presentation at least a week before the conference, to assist New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpreters with preparation.
  • Plan your presentation to accommodate NZSL interpretation; minimize the use of jargon, and allow interpreters time to communicate.
  • Provide a verbal description of all visual images and video/DVDs that form part of your presentation.
  • Ensure any handouts can be accessed by a wide range of users (e.g., consider font size, layout, colour etc.).
  • Please avoid simply reading your paper.

Abstract (maximum 300 words):
Please provide an abstract in Plain English (PDF) 260K
Please ensure your abstract answers the following questions:

  1. What is the presentation about?
  2. Which articles of the Convention will be included in your presentation?
  3. Why is the topic important/relevant to Disability Studies/disability community?
  4. Who is the intended audience/who may be interested in this presentation?
  5. What will people learn from the presentation?

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Formatting your abstract

Please format your abstract using:

Microsoft Word (12 point, double spaced)
The following headings (refer to the Abstract criteria for the details required in each section):

Presenter name(s)

Presenter(s) biography

Title of presentation

Nature of presentation

Language of presentation


Type of presentation

Audiovisual requirements

Accessibility resources required for presenters

Abstract (maximum 300 words)

Please note: Abstracts that do not make explicit reference to the UNCRPD will not be reviewed.

Acceptance details:
All proposals will be anonymously peer reviewed by the Conference Programme Committee and selected referees who have a range of relevant expertise. Acceptance of proposals is at the discretion of the Programme Committee, who will notify applicants of their decisions by 13 July 2017.

Registration details:
All presenters must register for the conference.

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Submit your abstract

Abstracts must be submitted electronically as email attachments to dm.abstracts@otago.ac.nz by: 20 June 2017.

If you have any questions about abstract submissions, please contact dm.abstracts@otago.ac.nz, and include the title of your abstract in the subject line.

Thank you.

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