Indo-Canadian convention on disability rights and rehabilitation

MANIPAL: The Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), a university-recognized eminence institute, is organizing a virtual conference entitled Indo-Canadian Perspectives on the Application of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Various Policies McGill University, Canada between March 11th and 12th. The conference is funded by the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) under the Department of Education.

The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) was a grant support agency for academic and research programs from the governments of India and Canada. As a binational network of leading academic institutions, it acts as a knowledge partner in the creation of links and collaborations that go beyond the traditional system of collaboration. It supports the mobility of faculties and students, finances the translation and dissemination of knowledge.

SICI’s Golden Jubilee Conference and Lecture Series (GJCLS Grant) events aim to bring together students, academics, researchers, and faculties from India and Canada to discuss key issues across all academic disciplines. Dr. G. Arun Maiya, Dean of Manipal College of Health Professions, MAHE, has received the GJCLS scholarship for 2021. The upcoming conference is being hosted by the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Departments of the Manipal College of Health Professions in collaboration with McGill University, Canada.

It is inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor of MAHE, Lieutenant General (Dr) MD Venkatesh. Dr. Prachi Kaul, Director, SICI; Dr. Matthew Hunt, Director of Research, Department of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, McGill University, Dr. G. Arun Maiya, Organization Director, and Sidhiprada Mohapatra, Organization Secretary, will virtually attend the opening ceremony.

The conference will allow eighteen meetings with over 25 experts in the field of disability studies. The conference addresses the issues of health, rehabilitation, politics, humanitarian activities, accessibility, leisure, work, sexual health and sexuality in the field of disability. People with disabilities have been systematically excluded due to a lack of knowledge and inadequate guidelines for performing translation. The two-day virtual conference is aimed at over 250 participants from India, Canada and Nepal. Participants represent a diverse community of students, researchers, faculties, policymakers, and activists involved in rehabilitation, law, and advocacy in the field of disability studies.

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