DCDD conferentie “World Report on Disability and the CBR guidelines in different national and cultural contexts”

Disability Studies in The Netherlands, the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development, Enablement and the Liliane Foundation cordially invite you to attend the conference on



Linking and learning between Europe, Africa and Asia

October 28, 2011, Joseph Haydnlaan 2a, 3533 AE Utrecht, The Netherlands

(10:30 – 17:00 hours)

Main theme:

The conference will focus on the first ever World Report on Disability (2011) and the new CBR Guidelines (2010). These two milestone publications are written within a human rights paradigm, aiming at full citizenship for all people.


Jenny Goldschmidt, professor in human rights law and Director of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) at University of Utrecht, Program Committee Disability Studies in The Netherlands.

Keynote speakers:

  • Tom Shakespeare, WHO, will address the main findings and recommendations of the World Report;
  • Léon Poffé, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports will give a ‘Dutch’ reaction on the World Report on Disability;
  • Chapal Khasnabis, WHO, will present the new CBR guidelines.

Interactive workshops:

In workshops several topics from the World Report will be highlighted and discussed.

  1. Contexts in CBR, with Chapal Khasnabis (WHO), David Botwey (director of the SWEB Foundation, Ghana), Harry Finkenflügel (contributor World Report), Huib Cornielje (Enablement)
  2. Assistance & Support, with Hans Schirmbeck (Director VGN, Dutch Umbrella Organization of Service Providers), Alick Chavuta (executive director MACOHA, Malawi), Patty van Belle (CEO Arduin, Dutch Service Provider)
  3. Enabling Environments, with Yolan Koster and José Smits (Coalition for Inclusion), Jewel Johurul Islam (Project Manager Child Sight Foundation Bangladesh)
  4. Employment, with Diederike Holtkamp, Herman Kroneman and Eric van der Jagt (UWV, Dutch Employee Insurance Agency), Michel van Lookeren (Obol, Employment Training and Consultancy)
  5. National Action Plans, with Barbara Braun (Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany), Tom Shakespeare (WHO), Léon Poffé (Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports, the Netherlands)
  6. Democratization & Citizenship, with Joel Anderson (researcher-lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at University Utrecht), James Lalu (Special Adviser on disability matters to the governor of Plateau State, Nigeria), Theo Kralt (CAO of AWEPA), Agnes van Wijnen (Independent Disability Policy Advisor)

Input for (inter)national work-plans:

The conference will conclude in a creative way with ingredients for (inter)national work-plans from each workshop to inspire all kinds of citizenship for people with and without disabilities.


Disability Studies in Nederland and UWV, Dutch Employee Insurance Agency will celebrate their cooperation and invite you for an after conference drink.

Registration and Fees

Fees include breaks, lunch, sessions and conference materials.

Register online here

Vice Versa

12 september 2011