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Day 3: Conference: Towards East and Central African models of disability advocacy and social change

19th April

This is a full-day conference for academics and practitioners in the fields of disability advocacy, featuring presentations and expert panels from the academic, NGO and advocacy sectors. ‘Speed dating’ sessions encourage cross-pollination of insights, best practice and knowledge. The objectives are to exchange knowledge on (1) established models of disability advocacy and their critiques, (2) models of disability advocacy emerging from the ‘Global South’, (3) media, disability and (dis)empowerment, and (4) a new international network of disability advocacy scholars, activists and practitioners.


09:45 – 11:00

Networking Activity – Prof. Dan Jackson

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11:30 – 13:00

Academic Panel 1 – Inclusive Education and Advocacy

Assessment Adaptations for Students with Disability in Higher Education Institutions in Tanzania – Dr Florence Kyaruzi (University of Dar es Salaam) – Click for details

Use of Assistive Technology in Facilitating Learning of Students with Disabilities in Tanzania Universities – Dr Batista Francis Mgumba and Dr Lucas Luhende Kija (University of Dar es Salaam) – Click for details

Community Volunteers as a Catalyst to Enhancing Inclusive Education in Mainstream Classrooms: Experience from Dodoma City and Chamwino District in Dodoma Region, Tanzania – Dr Francis Kyambo, Dr January Basela and Dr Alphoncina Pembe (University of Dodoma) – Click for details

14:00 – 15:30

Academic Panel 2 – Models of Disability Advocacy

Developing Self-advocacy Skills through the Use of ICT: A Case of People with Visual and Hearing Impairment – Dr Cosmas Mnyanyi (University of Dar es Salaam) – Click for details

Understanding Legal Policy Frameworks on Disability Inclusion, Advocacy, Networking and Partnership – Dr Lawrence Eron and Dr Paul Emong (Kyambogo University) – Click for details

Developing Inclusivity in Digital Advocacy and Political Campaigns – Dr Filippo Trevisan (American University, Washington) – Click for details

Media Engagement and Advocacy – Dr Catalin Brylla (Bournemouth University) – Click for details

15:45 – 17:30

Connecting Academics and Disability Advocates and Exploring Opportunities for Future Collaboration – facilitated group discussions