Imagining a Barrier-Free World


International Forum
Saturday, April 27, 2013

Start Time: 

8:30 AM

End Time: 

5:30 PM
Hilton Hawaiian Village: Tapa Tower, Honolulu Room

Registration Fee: 


“Everything you can imagine is real.”
—Pablo Picasso

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
—Albert Einstein

This year the Forum’s central theme is: “Imagining a Barrier-Free World.” This overarching theme will be discussed through conversations dedicated to the actualization of the CRPD as it relates to children, accessibility, economic, political, social and cultural rights, including access to a meaningful education and employment. With our stellar cast of Forum leaders and facilitators, our intent is to share our individual and collective brilliance, which will culminate into a personal and collective action plan.

The essential question is this: What can we do and what are we willing to do to move our world forward to barrier-free landscapes of opportunity and freedom from fear and exclusion?

Listening and Networking Plan: Be prepared to hear from global leaders on how they are promoting greater access and justice to the hundreds of millions of people with disabilities. Be mindful that different stakeholders may have different viewpoints. Be alert to the many pathways available in finding solutions to the immense challenges we face collectively and individually. Be open to sharing your thoughts and ideas with others at the Forum.

Action Plan: The Forum organizers will determine some key areas for small groups to focus on and after the discussion, each participant (thinking about the issue in their community/university/agency) comes up with a plan to accomplish ‘something’ that creates a change. Along with the plan, would be strategy and implementation. As one of our Forum leaders quips, “it doesn’t have to be earth shaking’ but it should shift direction”. We don’t want to give away all the details just yet but it will be a productive day!


Registration is now closed

Registration includes breakfast and lunch, a conference bag with Forum materials, readings and books. If that is not enough, we have a Forum party in the evening!

Forum Leaders

2013 Forum Speakers