Tips for Improving a Difficult Caregiving
Feb 28 all-day

Five Tips for Improving a Difficult Caregiving Day (plus Q&A)

Caregiving can be a roller coaster: Some days you’re enjoying the ride and some days you’re holding on for dear life. It can be unpredictable and downright difficult! This webinar will provide you with five tips to help your day be a little less stressful. There will be an extended time for questions and answers about dementia caregiving — send your questions in with your registration!
Speaker: Lindsey Vajpeyi, BA, ADC/MC
Lindsey Vajpeyi has experience in activities and wellness in long-term care, as well as in programs and services at a large non-profit. Lindsey’s entire career has been dedicated to working with persons living with dementia and their caregivers, with a focus on improving quality of life for all affected by dementia. Lindsey is currently the Director of Education and Outreach at Insight Memory Care Center in Fairfax, Virginia.
When: Wednesday, February 28, 11 a.m. to 12 noon (PT)
Cost: No Charge
Contact: Calvin Hu,, (415) 434-3388
Registration: Click here
World Down Syndrome Day
Mar 21 all-day

Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, exists in all regions across the globe and commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics or health.

Adequate access to health care, to early intervention programmes and to inclusive education, as well as appropriate research, are vital to the growth and development of the individual.

In December 2011, the General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day (A/RES/66/149). The General Assembly decided, with effect from 2012, to observe World Down Syndrome Day on 21 March each year, and Invites all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe World Down Syndrome Day in an appropriate manner, in order to raise public awareness of Down syndrome.

21 March 2018 marks the 13th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. For WDSD 2018, Down Syndrome International focuses on:

#WhatIBringToMyCommunity – how people with Down syndrome can and do make meaningful contributions throughout their lives, whether in schools, workplaces, living in the community, public and political life, culture, media, recreation, leisure and sport.

Ableism in Academia
Mar 23 all-day

Call for contributions to “Ableism in Academia”. Click here, for event details and registration.

Academia prides itself on productivity, innovation and rigour. It also purports to promote inclusivity and diversity. However, as disabled, chronically ill, and neurodiverse staff members know, ableism – discrimination in favour of able-bodied people – is endemic in academia.

Against this background, this interactive symposium provides a forum to discuss the pressures and challenges faced by disabled, chronically ill, and neurodiverse staff in HE and FE. By engaging in debate around academic ableism, including how it intersects with gender, race, class, age, and sexuality, we aim to create a policy-facing manifesto that will challenge academia’s existing notions of able-bodied perfection and provide impetus for change. The event will be live-streamed to ensure wide accessibility, and we plan to share contributions through a website.

Confirmed keynote speaker: Fiona Kumari Campbell (University of Dundee), author of Contours of Ableism.

Presentations will be a maximum of five minutes, and we encourage a variety of formats that reflect different ways of working and communicating scholarship and experience; creativity is encouraged.

Symposium: 23rd March 2018 in the Drama Studio at UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL.

Multiple Perspectives 2018
Apr 17 – Apr 18 all-day

Multiple Perspectives is an ongoing exploration of disability, a conversation including many voices that reflect perspectives gained through experience and research; theory and practice; art and science.  This year’s theme, “What I Know,” is based on a quote from R.D. Lang:

“If I don’t know I don’t know, I think I know.  If I don’t know I know, I think I don’t know.”

Join a wide ranging conversation about disability, sharing what you know and learning what you do not.

The Multiple Perspectives Conference is hosted by the Ohio State University ADA Coordinator’s Office, and is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Ethel Louise Armstrong Endowment Fund and ongoing support from The Ohio State University.


L. Scott Lissner,
The Ohio State University
   ADA Coordinator and 504 Compliance Officer
Associate, John Glenn School of Public Affairs
Lecturer, Knowlton School of Architecture, Moritz College of Law & Disability Studies
Board, Center for Disability Empowerment & VSA Ohio
Chair, Public Policy Committee, AHEAD

Social History of Learning Disability Conference
Jul 10 – Jul 11 all-day

The Open University, Milton Keynes

Advocacy and the social history of learning disability:
Family and Self-Advocacy

We are delighted to announce that the next Social History of Learning Disability Conference will be held at the Open University in Milton Keynes on 10th and 11th July 2018.

The theme of the conference is Advocacy and the social history of learning disability: Family and Self-Advocacy. Please see the Call for Papers<> link for more information.

Please submit your accessible abstract by Monday 12th March 2018 to:
Lee Woodham at<> or by post to the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies, The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA. Please also see link for Guidance for writing an accessible abstract and presentation<>.