Virtual Ability, Inc.® will present the 10th Annual International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference (IDRAC) on November 26, 2021.

This is an annual professional conference held online, that is free and open to the public.

The conference will take place in Second Life® at The Sojourner Auditorium on Virtual Ability Island.

Our theme this year is “Ableism: Where Are We Now?” Please join us for lively discussion and information sharing among presenters and our very interested and interactive audience.

Below is an at-a-glance schedule of the presenters who will share their observations of the progress, benefits and challenges in disability rights in different parts of the world as applied to this year’s theme.

IDRAC 2021 Schedule of Events

All times are in SLT/PDT.
Friday, November 26
TimeNameInstitutionTitle
7:00 AM Shane NeilsonMcMaster UniversityWhy Does Medicine Misunderstand Almost Everything About Me? Ableism in the Medical Profession
8:30 AM Ian Brittain, Rui Biscaia, Simon GerardCoventry Business SchoolAbleism as a regulator of social practice and disabled peoples’ self-determination to participate in sport and physical activity
10:00 AMEmily LundUniversity of AlabamaSocial Justice as Suicide Prevention: The Minority Stress Model and Disability
11:30 AMNicole BrownUniversity College LondonAbleism in Academia: Where are the disabled and ill academics and educators?
1:00 PM Carli FriedmanThe Council on Quality and LeadershipDefining Disability: The Relationship Between Understandings of Disability and Ableism
2:30 PMAshley ShewVirginia TechTechnoableism and future AI
4:00 PMErica MonesDisability Activist from the USAbleism and Its Many Intersections
5:30 PMMeng Ee WongNanyang Technological University, SingaporeDisabled people's struggle for merit in meritocratic Singapore