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Location:  Hawaiʻi Convention Center, Honolulu (in-person)

Dates:  March 6-7, 2023

Registration Deadline:  February 23, 2023

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About Keynote Speakers

Coming Together and Moving Forward: Hoʻokahi ka ʻilau likeʻana – Wield the paddles together

Organized by the Center on Disability Studies (CDS), this year’s Pac Rim program is filled with leading keynote note speakers, pre- and post-conference events, and over 125+ presentations from people building more inclusive places and spaces for our future. All requests for accommodations must be submitted by February 1, 2023.

The conference assembles leading voices in championing the rights of underrepresented people, including:

  • Judy Heumann – disability rights legend featured in the popular Oscar-nominated Crip Camp (2020). (Appearing virtually)

  • Jonathan Kamakawiwoʻole Osorio – Dean of Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UH-M) and author/scholar/artist;

  • John Tschida – national disability research and policy leader & Executive Director, Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD);

  • Leslie Wilson – international leader in disability inclusion & the Executive Vice President of Global Workplace Initiatives, Disability:IN; and

  • Jorge M. Rodriguez – President/CEO, Sorenson Communications, world’s leading provider of accessible communication services for Deaf & hard-of-hearing individuals

Additionally, attendees have access to a variety of presentations & events in six major strands:

Conference also features:

  • Superfest – a lineup of films from the world’s longest running disability film festival, this year with emphasis on deaf-centric stories & indigenous concerns; and

  • Pre-Conference events (March 4th), Symposium on Indigenous Gifted Education with emphasis on math, & Conversations on Disability Studies – including curricular ideas &  research & roundtable of Directors of some of the world’s disability studies programs; and finally

  • Post-Conference events: Deaf in Government (DIG) March 8-9; enrich your knowledge of Deaf culture, community & language; training helps attendees build & improve professional & leadership skills. Also, Hawai’i Summit on Employment First offers a full-day of training March 8. National leaders help launch Hawai’i into being an Employment First State.

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