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Side Events Agenda for 16 February 2022

Take a look at the timetable and agenda of GDS22 Side events for 16 February 2022.

Side Events Agenda, Wednesday 16 February 2022 

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From 9 AM to 2 PM CET (UTC+1) - 3 AM to 8 AM EST (UTC-5)

9.00 AM CET
Our Site: Empowering Women and Girls with Disability through Co-Design

Organised by: Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA)
This presentation will be about WWDA’s accessible and one of a kind website, Our Site, made by and for women and girls with disability.  Our Site is a website where women and girls with a disability can learn about their rights. 
You can download the flyer here and banner here.
You can register here.
Contact: Heidi La Paglia, 

9.00 AM - 10:00 AM CET
“We Have a Key Role Now” What CBM Global Has Learnt From Partnering With OPDs
Organised by: CBM Global Disability Inclusion

A presentation on the findings of a review that gathered feedback from OPD partners on their experiences of partnership with CBM Global, with discussion on the implications of rethinking how INGOs work with OPDs. Discussion points will include considerations around capacity strengthening of OPDs; equality of partnerships; mutual learning, feedback and accountability; building bridges and networking; donor compliance, risk, and opportunity.
You can register here.
Contact: David Bainbridge, 

9.00 AM - 10:00 AM CET
Research to Action: Addressing Gender Based Violence Prevention and Response Programming and Services in Asia and the Pacific
Organised by: UNFPA Asia and the Pacific

The session will present and discuss the application of UNFPA and PDO research, tools and resources used for disability inclusion in GBV prevention and response programming.  This session will have a specific emphasis on practical tools and resources that can be implemented by partners and the sharing of promising practices in disability inclusive GBV prevention and response services.
You can find more information here.
You can register here.
Contact: Kamma Blair, 

9.00 AM - 10:00 AM CET
Disability Inclusive Climate Action: Fostering Preparedness Pathways
Organised by: Leonard Cheshire, Christian Aid, Kurigram Protibondhi Kallyan Sangstha, International Centre for Climate Change and Development; University College London

This side event will bring together diverse stakeholders working in the fields of disability and climate change, including Organisations of Persons with Disabilities working at the community level, NGOs, and academic institutions. The event has two aims: i) identify inclusive communication pathways through which climate change stakeholders (e.g., national governments) can foster disaster preparedness in local communities, ii) Examine intersectional issues in disability inclusive climate change, particularly in terms of age and gender. 
You can register here.
Contact: Marcus Loney-Evans,

9.30 AM - 10.30 AM CET
Investing in Inclusive Education to Lessen Social Inequalities
Organised by: Disability Inclusive Development Programs and Services (DIDEPAS)

The conference on the theme: "Investing in Inclusive Education to Reduce Social Inequalities," organized on the margins of the 2nd edition of the Global Disability Summit, scheduled for February 16, 2022, aims to emphasize the importance of inclusive education for people with disabilities, encourage all actors to renew and operationalize their commitments for inclusive education; and intends to collaborate and make sure that the learning of persons with disabilities is fully included in all national and international development efforts.
You can find the recording of the event here.
You can download the concept note here (ENG) and here (FRENCH).
You can register here.
Contact: Jeannette Kah Le Gui, 

10.00 AM CET
Leading Change through Inclusive Sport – A Collaborative Approach to Engaging Persons with Disabilities
Organised by: Sport Development Consortium for Inclusion (Sport in Action, EduSport Foundation and Response Network)

This side event will consist of a participatory panel discussion aimed at demonstrating the use of sport in increasing inclusive opportunities for children and youth living with disabilities in Zambia, to become actively engaged within their community. The main objectives include to:  Illustrate meaningful engagement of a multi-stakeholder coordinated effort to strengthen organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) in advancing the rights of children and youth living with disabilities to inclusive education, health, social protection, and improved livelihoods; demonstrate how sport contributes to a positive transformation of attitudes in communities in addressing opportunities for children and youth with disabilities.
You can download the concept note here and flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Fredrik Ødegaard, 

10.00 AM - 11.00 AM CET
Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Digital Industries: the DSAA Approach
Organised by: Digital Skills Accelerator Africa (DSAA)
In this session, DSAA aims to expound on its approach to the inclusion of persons with disabilities from Africa in digital industries and to highlight some of the achievements so far.
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Nina Gebauer,

10.00 AM - 11.15 AM CET
Complex Care & Disability-Inclusive Humanitarian Action in War and Conflict
Organised by: Swisscross Foundation 

The panel discussion aims to examine: importance of accessibility of complex care for persons with disabilities in war affected areas - with a particular focus on the most vulnerable: women, children, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs); the challenges facing persons with disabilities in accessing complex care in war affected areas and how Regional Centres for Complex Care can help local healthcare systems recover from conflict, looking at surgery, nursing, anesthesia, rehabilitation, mental health, home care and long-term economic stability; sustainable solutions in disability-inclusive humanitarian needs: Teaching, Treating and Training locally. 
You can download the concept note here.
You can download the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Nyra Mahmood, 

10.30 AM -11.45 AM CET
Building a Better Inclusive Future Shaped By the Power of Children and Youth with Disabilities Inclusion, Advocacy, and Participation
Organised by: Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Children & Youth Disability Network (CCYDN) and Include Me TOO with partner The Global Network of Youth with Disabilities

The event is the youth with disabilities led and aims to map the progress made towards the commitments asked by children and young people with disabilities during the Global Disability Summit 2018 towards enhancement of their rights, participation and representation. Discussions and presentations will provide youth with disabilities perspectives from Commonwealth countries regarding progress of their rights, inclusion, engagement, and their roles as change makers and key actors in disability, children rights, and youth movements.
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Dorothy Owen,

10.00 AM -11.15 AM CET
Why OPD Leadership in Inclusive Education matters: Lessons from the Together for Inclusion Partnership Model
Organised by: ADRA Norway, Norwegian Association of Disabled (NAD), Save the Children Norway, and Strømme Foundation

What is the impact of OPD engagement and leadership on Inclusive Education? Through looking at lessons from the Together for Inclusion Consortium, this event will bring out key results of OPD leadership and true partnership between OPDs and (I)NGOs.
You can download the concept note here and the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Frida Reierson, 

10.00 AM CET - 11:30 AM CET
EveryBODY Matters - Play the Inclusion Game for Health Equity
Organised by Liliane Fonds

Play the Inclusion Game for Health Equity and discover what barriers people with a disability face when they try to make use of health care services. How to enter a health center? How to find and access information? How to counter stimatising beliefs about (sexual and reproductive) health needs? Think along with us to find creative solutions to advocate for disability inclusion in health care in general and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in particular. Because EveryBODY has the right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health.
You can download the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Laura Honders, 

11.00 AM CET
Actions Speak Louder: Building a Global Movement to Hold Governments to Account for Delivering an Equal World for People with Disabilities
Organised by: Sightsavers, International Disability Alliance, #WeThe15 campaign, Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations, OHANA Indonesia and Government of Ghana
This side-event will explore what action by organisations of persons with disabilities, civil society organisations and others is needed to ensure Global Disability Summit 2022 commitments lead to action and delivery by governments. We’ll hear from disability rights activists and leaders including Judith Heumann, Abia Akram and Risnawati Utami as well as representatives from International Disability Alliance, the #WeThe15 campaign and Sightsavers’ Equal World campaign on what needs to happen next and how we can build a global movement for change.
You can register here.
Contact: Ross McMullan, 

11.00 AM CET
Persons with Disabilities and the Inclusive Protection of International Humanitarian Law

Organised by: Diakonia International Humanitarian Law Centre
This side-event will serve as an opportunity to highlight that persons with disabilities have a right to the equal protection of  international humanitarian law and to inform participants of the protections that IHL offers if it is interpreted and applied in an inclusive manner.
You can download the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Alice Priddy, 

11.00 AM -12.00 PM CET
Supporting Effective and Meaningful OPD Engagement in Promoting Access to Livelihoods and The Labour Market
Organised by: Leonard Cheshire / Humanity & Inclusion Laos
The aim of this session is to showcase the meaningful engagement of OPDs in policy and programming within the region of Asia. The session will demonstrate how different approaches in meaningful OPD engagement can advance the representation and leadership of persons with disabilities.
You can register here.
Contact: Marcus Loney-Evans, 

11.00 AM - 12.00 PM CET
How to Empower People With Disabilities Through Access to Information Laws
Organised by: UNESCO

The panel will discuss how the rights of persons with disabilities could be better reflected in the access to information (ATI) legislation, based on the existing ATI laws in 132 countries. The speakers will reflect on why and how it is essential to integrate the disability rights in the national and international regulatory frameworks.
You can register here.
You can access live transmission here.
You can download the concept note here.
Contact: Lukosiunas Marius,

11.00 AM - 12.30 PM CET
Using Regional Good Practices to Enhance OPD Advocacy
Organised by: General Election Network for Disability Access (AGENDA)

The General Election Network for Disability Access in ASEAN (AGENDA) is a creative partnership and advocacy network comprised organizations of people with disabilities (OPDs) and election-focused civil society organizations in Southeast Asia. The side event will focus on the challenges and successes of disability rights advocacy in Southeast Asia and highlight the work regional and national level OPDs have done to mainstream the Enabling Masterplan.
You can download the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Tolhas Damanik,

12.00 PM CET
Together We are Stronger: Working Together to Bring the ADP into Force
Organised by: Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations
Sightsavers Equal World campaign alongside the African Disability Forum, the African Union Commission, Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations and the Government of Ghana are holding a side event at GDS 2022 from 12pm-2pm CET on Wednesday 16 February. ‘Together we are stronger: working together to bring the ADP into force’ webinar is will hear experiences and updates from stakeholders including the African Union, ADF and Sightsavers on their progress in working on advocating for ratification of the protocol. It will call on all governments attending the summit to make a commitment to ratify the ADP as part of their GDS commitments and also feature the  launch of a regional campaign for ratification of the ADP.
You can find more details and registration here.
Contact: Rita Kyeremaa Kusi, 

12.00 PM CET
Monitoring how Public Budgets Contribute to the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
Organised by: Center for Inclusive Policy, Pacific Disability Forum, UNICEF, UNPRPD, Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia
In line with the GDS 2022 commitment on tracking expenditures and efforts for inclusion in national accounting, this side event will present an overview in spending for inclusion in a diversity of countries such as India, Pacific Islands countries and Argentina, reflect on the engagement of Organizations of persons with disabilities, and discuss possible way forward to improve public budgeting for equity and inclusion.
You can register here.
Contact: Daniel Mont, 

12.00 PM - 01.00 PM CET
Shifting the Investment Paradigm: The Power of AT Innovation
Organised by: Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub),  ATscale,  AMREF,  BRINK/Catalyst Fund 
Expert speakers will discuss the role of assistive technology innovation and its power to transform lives. Taking examples of what works from a range of organisations and major global programmes, the event will explore the transformative potential of innovation initiatives from technology accelerators to impact funds in helping to get more AT to people globally. 
You can download the flyer with the agenda here.
You can register here.
Contact: Louise Gebbett, 

12.00 PM - 1.00 PM CET
ICT - Towards the Inclusion of all Learners!
Organised by: Humanity & Inclusion, Save the Children 
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) supports inclusive education for learners with disabilities by removing some of the barriers they are experiencing to learning. In this side-event, we aim to showcase different practices and findings from Humanity and Inclusion, Save the Children and their partners, including OPDs, and convey messages and recommendations for action, bringing voices from a range of countries sharing what actually works and what is still missing. 
You can register here.
Contact: Mathias Slettholm, 

12.00 PM - 1.15 PM CET
Bringing Deinstitutionalization Back on the Agenda
Organised by: Global Coalition for Deinstitutionalization: International Disability Alliance (IDA); Inclusion International; European Network for Independent Living (ENIL); Transforming Communities for Inclusion (TCI); Disability Rights Fund / Disability Rights Advocacy Fund (DRF/DRAF); Disability Rights International (DRI); Disability Unit, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria; Validity Foundation – Mental Disability Advocacy Centre
This side event, organized my major global disability right groups gathered around the Global Coalition on Deinstitutionalization, aims to overcome such gap and bring attention to the important UN process of development of the Guildelines on Deinstitutionalization. The Guidelines will provide further concrete guidance to implement the right to live independently and being included in the community and will be a tool to support States parties and other stakeholders, in overcoming isolation, segregation and discrimination against children and adults with disabilities.
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Dragana Ciric Milovanovic, 

12.30 PM
Development of Global Resource Pack on Addressing Ableism, Stigma and Discrimination towards Children with Disabilities and their Families 
Organised by: UNICEF, Light for the World, Think Place 

UNICEF, in partnership with other agencies, SBC experts, and organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs), aims to address negative attitudes, beliefs, and norms leading to stigma and discrimination and empower children and adults with disabilities to demand and exercise their rights. Objectives: sharing the updates on the development of the global resource pack; review of key components; seek partners for engagement, validation, and testing.
You can download the concept note here and the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Anna Burlyaeva,

12.30 PM - 1.45 PM CET
Disability Rights in Broader Social Movements

Strengthening Cross-Movement Solidarity and Collective Action to Dismantle Ableism
Organised by: CREA, Women Spaces Africa, Revival Disability India

This side event will bring together activists based in the Global South to discuss cross-movement collaboration at the intersections of disability, gender, and sexuality. The discussion will address engagements on legal capacity, sexual and gender diversity and disability justice, as well as disability rights within sexual and reproductive health and rights. The objective of the session is to learn about successful strategies for cross-movement collaboration and the faultlines activists traversed to build more collective and inclusive spaces. 
You can register here.
You can download the flyer here.
Contact: Agnieszka Król (CREA), 

12.45 PM - 2.00 PM CET
Key to Implementation of UNCRPD: Long Term Funding to Develop and Strengthen OPDs
Organised by: UKFCDO, External Affairs Canada, CDPF and Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations
The meeting will examine ways National Governments and other agencies can collaborate with DPOs/OPDs to fill this gap, which is preventing the creation of a climate for implementation of the rights contained in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The meeting will hear from DPOs in India, Africa, and the Caribbean on how they address capacity building and what they currently need to be effective at representing their members, developing their thinking, communicating with the government and improving the rights and lives of the disabled people they represent. 
You can download the concept note here.
To book a place and be sent the link to join the meeting please contact: Mark it Global Summit Side Meeting.
Contact: Richard Rieser, 

12.45 PM - 2.00 PM CET
Status of the Impact of Covid-19 on Inclusive Education: South-East Asian Perspective
Organised by: National Centre for Promotion of Employment of Disabled People (NCPEDP)

The Covid-19 pandemic, one of the biggest humanitarian crisis has brought the entire world and its education systems to a standstill. Schools have had to reinvent themselves. Therefore, through this side event at the Global Disability Summit (GDS), 2022 we aim to understand the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on inclusive education of children with disabilities.
You can register here. You can access the meeting hereMeeting ID: 867 3352 8383 Passcode: 969092.
Contact: Niharika Das, 

1.00 PM CET
Looking Forward to Strengthened Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Affected by Humanitarian Emergencies
Organised by: Reference Group on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, co-chaired by UNICEF, the International Disability Alliance and CBM-Global
This event aims to generate commitments to promote the rights of persons with disabilities affected by humanitarian emergencies. The event will bring together key humanitarian and disability actors for dialogue and call to action on promoting the rights of persons with disabilities affected by humanitarian emergencies. The focus in this dialogue will be on experiences in countries, including how commitments made at the last GDS have been a driver for change in the lives of persons with disabilities.
You can download the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Kirstin Lange, 

1.00 PM CET
Assistive Technology for Inclusion - Measuring our Outcomes
Organised by: GAATO (Global Alliance of Assistive Technology Organisations)
The Global Alliance of Assistive Technology Organizations (GAATO) is identifying global Grand Challenges in AT outcomes. The Challenges will: 
1. Identify what is needed to be able to measure assistive technology outcomes and impact at the individual, community, local, national, and global level.
2. Discover what people think is needed as tools for data collection, data storage and use, outcomes related systems and their implementation, best practices, and policies  
3. Ensure AT outcomes funding / actions are appropriate for AT stakeholders across the globe.
You can download the flyer with registration here.
Contact: Natasha Layton,                                                             

1.00 PM - 2.00 PM CET
Capacity Strengthening of Organizations of Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities in the Global South
Organised by: Transforming Communities for Inclusion (TCI)

The aim of this event is to showcase TCI’s framework of activism, organizational development, and effective strategies needed for the inclusion of persons with psychosocial disabilities. The side event will emphasize the dictum, “Nothing About Us Without Us”, giving a good practice example of mobilization and capacity strengthening of OPDs. It will issue a call to technical support agencies, donors, policymakers, UN bodies, and others holding the policy space, to include OPDs of persons with psychosocial disabilities in a genuine way.  
You can find the recording of the event here.
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Mr. Waqar Puri, 

1.00 PM - 2.00 PM CET
Strengthening Inclusive Education Systems through Partnerships, Planning and Capacity Building
Organised by: UNICEF & UNESCO-IIEP & Global Partnership on Education (GPE)

This side event, co-hosted by UNICEF, UNESCO-IIEP, and GPE will provide an update on the ongoing partnership to advance inclusive education through systems strengthening and capacity development. This will include updates on capacity building efforts in carrying out disability-inclusive education sector analysis and planning by spotlighting the recently launched chapter on Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities in the Methodological Guidelines for Education Sector Analysis, Volume 3, and the delivery of the training course on the Foundations of Disability-Inclusive Education Sector Planning for technical staff within Ministries of Education.
You can download the concept note here and the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Asma Maladwala, 

1.00 PM - 2.00 PM CET
Sex-Ed for Children and Youth with Intellectual Disabilities
Organised by: KMOP- Social Action & Innovation Centre

This event is about the organization of a Facebook live event on the topic of sex-ed for students with intellectual disabilities. The event is anticipated to have a larger impact and wider audience by being organized as a Facebook Live. Moreover, this way it will remain online and available for anyone interested and therefore continue to reach out to people after its end. The aim of the event is to raise awareness about the current exclusion of young people with intellectual disabilities from sexual education, despite the fact that there is a great need for them to receive this education.  
Contact: Savvoula Oikonomou, 

1.00 PM - 2.00 PM CET
Persons with Disabilities: From Object of Intervention to Subject of Change for Apply CRPD in International Cooperation
Organised by: Italian Network on Disability and Development RIDS

The side event is a new strategic approach to apply CRPDn and involve the OPDs and persons with disabilities as actors of the projects of international cooperation.
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Giampiero Griffo, 

From 5 PM to 9 PM CET (UTC+1) - 11 AM to 3 PM EST (UTC-5)

5.00 PM CET
The Contribution of the Independent Living Movement to Social and Economic Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
Organised by: World Independent Living Center Network (WIN)

This side event will highlight the importance of Independent Living for the social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities. With access to inclusive education, employment, livelihoods, and health on top of the Global Disability Summit agenda, the World Network on Independent Living will highlight that none of these are possible without Independent Living. The aim is to show Governments and funders that progress is necessary and possible, as long as there is political commitment to change and full involvement of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations.
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Ines Bulic Cojocariu, 

5.00 PM CET
Inclusive Education Case Studies and the INEE Minimum Standards
Organised by: The Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) 

The objective of this side event is to present and share good practices on: the ongoing work being done by the INEE to review the INEE Minimum Standards with a gender and disability inclusion lens; using the INEE Minimum Standards to implement inclusive education programming in emergency contexts; share INEE IETT and members’ suggestions for how to make the INEE Minimum Standards more applicable for inclusive education programs in emergency contexts in the future.
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here
Contact: Myriam Jaafar, 

5.00 PM CET
Accelerating Progress on Inclusive Disability Data

Organised by: Inclusive Data Charter, Stakeholder Group for Persons with Disabilities, CBM Global, Sightsavers, Government of Senegal; Government of Nigeria; Government of Paraguay (TBC)
This event seeks to reflect on and share the progress and learnings on disability data and provide an opportunity to track progress on commitments made at GDS 2018 on data disaggregation. Equally, it aims to energize a broader community to take inclusive and urgent action to build the data systems required to ensure no one is left behind and realize the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here or here.
: Kate Richards,

5.00 PM CET
Advancing Disability Rights through Multidisciplinary Care 
Organised by: International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus 

With diverse speakers, the event will raise awareness of disability rights in the context of health services. At this event IF will present how integrated multidisciplinary care advances disability rights by promoting a person-centered and human rights-based approach to health services. Connecting the principles of article 25 with the design and provision of health services.
You can download the concept note here.
You can download the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: IF Team,

5.00 PM - 6.15 PM CET
Inclusive Education: Making It Happen
Organised by: GLAD Inclusive Education Working Group (IEWG)

This event will launch the new infographic prepared by the GLAD IEWG which provides guidance on how to move from principles to action in making the inclusion of learners with disabilities in fully inclusive systems a reality. A panel of representatives of donor agencies, multi-lateral organizations, governments, and organizations of persons with disabilities and their families will discuss the implications of the infographic for their contexts.
You can find a recording of the event here.
You can download the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Federica Settimi, 

5.00 PM - 6.15 PM CET
Strengthening the Implementation of the World Bank's Disability Inclusion and Accountability Framework
Organised by: The World Bank

Over the last few years, the World Bank has ramped up its efforts to more effectively address the risks of disability exclusion in its operations, including learning from other institutions. In an updated version of the Disability Inclusion and Accountability Framework, which we plan to launch at this side event, we provide examples of disability inclusive projects, as well as adding additional areas of focus, including data, fragility, conflict and violence (FCV), food security and agriculture, GovTech, and identification.
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Anna Martin,

5.30 PM - 6.45 PM CET
Tracking Inclusion
Organised by: The Atlas Alliance
The Atlas Alliance and the Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research will present a brand-new study on tracking disability inclusion in international development and humanitarian aid, with main focus on UNICEF, the World Bank and UNHCR. The event will be in line with the overarching commitment 3 in the GDS menu of commitments.
You can download the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Lykke Stavnes, 

5.30 PM CET
Disability, Climate Change, Crisis Situations, and Intersectional Approaches
Organised by: Shanta Memorial Rehabilitation for Network of Climate Scholars and Activists

The panel will highlight the heterogeneity of experiences of persons with disabilities in countries of the South and North to enable inclusive policies and implementation so disability is not treated as generic and undifferentiated in climate change and conflict situations. 
You can download the flyer here.
You can register here.
Contact: Asha Hans,

6.00 PM CET
Monitoring and Evaluation Strategies for Disability Inclusion
Organised by: Chemonics International

This side event hosted by Chemonics and Inclusive Development Partners, will share principles for monitoring, evaluation, and disability inclusion in international development programming. The side event will share tools that exist to generate participant data disaggregated by disability status, and tools that measure the inclusiveness of various donor-funded spaces, activities, and convenings. 
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Rachel Chaikof,

6.00 PM - 7.00 PM CET
Inclusive Education: Learnings from the GEM Reports and COVID-19
Organised by: Global Campaign for Education (GCE), GCE-Norway, GCE-US, the Inclusive Education & Early Childhood Community of Practice, and UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report
In this side event, Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report aim to shed light on challenges facing learning with disabilities. In addition, promising practices on disability inclusion, based on the findings of the Global Disability Summit Inclusive Education Thematic Workshop and the 2021/2 GEM Report on non-state actors in education and the 2020 GEM Report on inclusion and education, will be addressed. 
You can register here.    
Contact: Mathias Slettholm, 

6.00 PM - 7.00 PM CET
Ensuring that Indigenous Peoples and Minority with Disabilities are Not Left Behind in Covid-19 Recovery Efforts: Building New Partnerships to Meet Urgent Challenges
Organised by: Indigenous People with Disabilities Network, IDA, Minority Rights Group International, Vidas Negras com Deficiências Importam (VNDI)
This side event seeks to draw particular attention on the importance of strengthening partnerships between organizations spanning social movements and identifying the support they need and inviting the GDS22 stakeholders to commit to ensuring that no one is left behind during the global recovery efforts from the pandemic. The initiation of a dialogue on how to ensure that people with disabilities from indigenous, minority and marginalised communities, particularly women and girls, will be central in efforts to “build back better” aims to ensure that they are not left behind in areas that include the right to education, healthcare and economic revival.
You can download the concept note in pdf here and in word doc here.
You can register here.
Contact: Rosario Galarza,

6.00 PM - 7.15 PM CET
The Perspective of Youth with Diverse Abilities in Education
Organised by: Rick Hansen Foundation

This moderated Q&A panel discussion aims to bring together Canadian youth with diverse abilities to discuss the current status of the public and private education system in Canada with regard to accessibility and inclusion. The discussion will include obstacles and shortcomings facing those with special physical, emotional, learning, social and other needs in the classroom. Personal examples of successes and challenges will be presented to focus on the importance of lived experience in facilitating change.
You can register here.
Contact: Teri Thorson, 

6.00 PM - 7.30 PM CET
Cripping Sustainability at Tertiary Institutes  
Organised by: The Otago Disabled Student's Association

Key themes: Inclusion, sustainability, education, health, youth, gender, indigenous peoples, intersectionality, diversity, social-relational disability, tertiary institutes, UN SDG, UNCRDP, building back stronger.
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Sean Prenter, 

7.00 PM CET
Accelerating Humanitarian Relief Directly to Disability-Led Organizations during and after Disasters
Organised by: World Institute on Disability

The GADRA “Call-to-Action” is an unprecedented alliance among DLOs, foundations, and corporations to: address systemic exclusion of resources to DLOs by traditional humanitarian efforts; accelerate disaster resources across sectors providing relief that drives sustainable change; advance the capacity of DLOs in preparation for, response to, and recovery from disasters.
You can register here.
Contact: Marcie Roth,    

7.00 PM - 8.15 PM CET
Empowered to Influence: Capacity Building For Sign Language Rights in the Global South
Organised by: World Federation of the Deaf

This side event’s spotlight on countries in the Global South is aimed at attracting attention to this issue and spurring motivation towards recognition campaigns in those countries which have not yet begun the process of legal recognition of their national sign languages: primarily countries in Asia, Africa, and the Arab regions. Ultimately, it will highlight the necessity of working in close partnership with national associations of the deaf while designing any legislation and program related to sign languages.
You can find all information about the event here.
Contact: Susana Stiglich,

7.00 PM - 8.15 PM CET
Mainstreaming Assistive Technology Provisioning Across Development and Humanitarian Systems
Organised by: UNICEF, WHO, ATscale, and GDI Hub

This side event will encourage participants to build a common understanding across a diverse set of stakeholders regarding the need for mainstreaming of AT in order to expand access widely enough and sustain provisioning long enough to meet GDS commitments and relevant SDGs.
You can find recordings of the event in English here, Arabic here, French here, and Spanish here.
You can download the concept note here.
You can register here.
Contact: Fernando Botelho, 

7.00 PM - 8.30 PM CET
Beyond One Size Fits All: Advancing Inclusive Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Young People with Disabilities
Organised by: Pathfinder International, Humanity & Inclusion and FP2030

This youth-led discussion will focus on the experiences between young persons with disabilities and health service providers.The session will include programmatic best practices, including the meaningful participation of persons with disabilities and representative organizations, methods for adaptability to new challenges like those from COVID-19, and the importance of stakeholder partnership for disability-inclusive development.  
You can find more information about the event here.
You can register here
Contact: Ilayda Oranköy,