This Conference edition is an output from the PACES Project which was built upon the SWING project. The first conference was held on November 2015 at AASTMT Alexandria Main Campus under the title of “the International Conference for Sustainable Ways on Integration of Persons with Disabilities in the Labor Market using Assistive TechnoloGies: (IC-SWING). The first conference was organized by AASTMT in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and in cooperation with the SWING project that was funded by the EU and the British Consulate-General.
The 2nd International Conference for Persons with disabilities (PwD) is organized by the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT), under the patronage of the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity, Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports, and within the framework of the PACES Project: Progression of Accessibility Centres in higher Education for Students with disabilities in North Africa, which is co-funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme for Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE).
This hybrid edition of the conference will focus on:
1.Knowledge building and launching awareness campaigns for all the stakeholders concerned with the inclusion of students with disabilities (SwD) and the rights of persons with disabilities (PwD).
2.Raising awareness about the Accessibility Centres (AC) in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), Assistive Technologies (AT) and the Employers’ Network.
3.The necessity of training for employment and entrepreneurship for SwD.
IC-PACES Conference Themes:
1- The rights for Persons with disabilities (PwD) in the legal legislations and international covenants.
2- Disability between genetics and medical interventions.
3- Media strategies for handling the PwD issues.
4- The role of assistive technology in inclusive education for the PwD.
5- Social responsibility towards PwD.
6- Success stories from Students & Persons with disabilities.
The conference will be held in a Hybrid Edition (On-Campus & Online), on 6th & 7th of March 2021. During the conference, there will be many sessions - presented by Keynote speakers from Europe, Egypt and Morocco - related to disability issues and good practices. Likewise, there will be many workshops, success stories from PwD, an Assistive Technology Exhibition & round table discussions for exchanging ideas for collaboration, education, the role of civil society, corporate social responsibility towards PwD, and employment opportunities, as well as disseminating the PACES project results.