Announcing the 3rd AADISAO International Disability Conference -Lusaka, Zambia.

AADISAO Conference Venue in Lusaka
Venue of the 2024 AADISAO International Disability Conference

The African Association of Disability and Self Advocacy Organizations (AADISAO) invites you to submit abstracts for the 3rd International Disability Conference, scheduled to take place in Lusaka, Zambia from August 19-21, 2024. The conference theme is “Decent Work and Inclusive Economic Growth: Promoting Inclusive Education, Employment and Economic Opportunities for People with Disabilities in Africa.

Conference Theme: The overarching theme for this year’s conference is “Decent Work and Economic Growth: Promoting Inclusive Employment Opportunities and Economic Empowerment for Persons with Disabilities.” We welcome contributions that explore various dimensions of this theme and encourage submissions that address, but are not limited to, the following topic areas:

  1. Inclusive Employment Practices: Strategies for creating workplaces that prioritize diversity and inclusion, ensuring meaningful employment for persons with disabilities.
  2. Skill Development and Education: Initiatives and programs that enhance educational opportunities and skill development for individuals with disabilities, preparing them for the workforce.
  3. Entrepreneurship for Economic Empowerment: Exploring the role of entrepreneurship in empowering persons with disabilities economically and fostering self-sustainability.
  4. Accessible Technologies in the Workplace: Innovations and advancements in technology that promote accessibility and enhance the working experience for individuals with disabilities.
  5. Corporate Social Responsibility: Case studies and best practices highlighting how businesses can contribute to the economic empowerment of persons with disabilities through CSR initiatives.
  6. Policy and Advocacy: Examining the impact of policies on inclusive employment and advocating for systemic changes that benefit individuals with disabilities.

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2024

Submission Guidelines: To submit your proposal, send an email to We particularly encourage submissions from individuals with disabilities and family members, as their perspectives and lived experiences are integral to the richness of the discussions.

Proposal Requirements:

  1. Presenter(s) Bio: Include a short bio for all presenters.
  2. Abstract: A concise summary of your presentation (maximum 300 words).
  3. Learning Objectives: Clearly outline the objectives participants will achieve by attending your presentation.
  4. Program/Topic Description: Provide an in-depth description of the program or topic you will present (not more than 2 pages).

Why Submit to AADISAO:

  • Global Exposure: Your work will be presented to an international audience of professionals, advocates, researchers, and policymakers in the field of disability rights and inclusion.
  • Networking Opportunities: Engage with like-minded individuals, organizations, and potential collaborators who share your passion for creating positive change.
  • Contribute to the Conversation: Be part of shaping the discourse around promoting inclusive employment opportunities and economic empowerment for persons with disabilities in Africa.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and to the opportunity to showcase your contributions at the 3rd AADISAO International Disability Conference. To register for the conference visit

Who Should Attend the AADISAO 2024 Conference?

People with disabilities, Disability Advocates in Africa, African NGOs working with people with disabilities, Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) working with people with disability, International NGOs, Country Directors and Managers, Caregivers and Support Professionals, Fellows and Alumni of US State Department programs on disability and inclusive disability employment, Psychologists, Early Childhood workers and caregivers, Parents and Family members, Physicians, Educators, Nurses, Students, Researchers, Psychiatrists, Therapists, Criminal Justice Systems Personnel, and Behavior Support Specialist - The 2024 Conference Co-Chairs and Committee.

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AADISAO’s mission is to promote inclusive disability policies and practices, support collaborations and partnerships while advancing education, interdisciplinary training, leadership, and sound research on disability issues in Africa. [ About Us ]