Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Thursday Deaf Events at AIDS 2012

Everyone is invited to the Disability Zone at AIDS 2012 on Thursday 7/26 for Deaf events

10:30 Professional Networking meeting

6:00 Deaf community Outreach

We will have Deaf presenters from Africa, Latin America and from Deaf Reach here in Washington DC.

One important aim is to discuss how to build a strong Deaf HIV community to teach others about their experiences and to share their knowledge.  Washington DC's large HIV+ Deaf community is a forgotten community and needs to make its needs known!

Hope to see you all there!

ps: The Disability Zone is downstairs in the DC Convention Center and we are to your right, past the Zone for Sex Worker's and around the corner from the the red and blue balloons.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

AIDS 2012 begins today (Sunday!)

AIDS 2012 begins today with the official opening ceremony and speeches!  Watch for excerpts on TV!

While the main part of the conference is for official paid attendees only, the Global Village where the Disability Networking Zone is is open to the public and all are welcome.  We will be manning the booth the entire week and will have great presentations and information to share.  ASL signers will also be on hand for most of the week.

Monday is the official opening ceremony for the Disability Zone

Monday July 22, 2012
12:15 – 1:00pm
Official Opening of the Disability Networking Zone and the Global Village!

Thursday July 26, 2012

Networking meeting for professionals working with the Deaf community

Deaf community outreach.  All welcome!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

AIDS 2012 Conference

The biennial AIDS conference brings together HIV/AIDS professionals and advocates around the world.  Join us at the Washington Convention Center Sunday, July 22 to Friday, July 27 (

The Global Village will be free, open to the public and give you access to a wide range of community groups.  And lots and lots of free condoms!

AIDS 2012 Disability Zone Events

Access, Inclusion, Disability, Sexuality (AIDS)
Disability Networking Zone Program
XIX International AIDS Society Conference
Washington, D.C.
22-27 July, 2012

People within the disability movement at the AIDS 2012 conference are convinced that there is a strong link between disability and HIV/AIDS. Therefore, the disability networking zone at the XIX International AIDS Conference aims to advocate for all AIDS programs becoming more inclusive regarding disability issues. This initiative will feature research, best practice examples and innovative advocacy ideas from organizations around the world.

Program Activities:

22.07.2012, Sunday
18.00 – 20.00
Official Opening of AIDS 2012 Conference!

23.07.2012, Monday
12.15 – 13.00
Official Opening of the Disability Networking Zone and the Global Village!

HIV-AIDS and Disability: From Theory to Action
Rosangela Berman Bielerand, Sergio Meresman (Consultant),
José Guillermo Galván, Antonia Elizabeth Rodriguez (El
ASL interpretation provided

14.30 – 18.00
HIV policy and national HIV-programming: How to include
the world’s largest minority?
Mini room 1 (not at Disability Networking Zone)
ASL interpretation provided

18.00 – 20.00
Meeting for those who want to go to a joint dinner
(the DNZ will not be covering the cost of dinner)
Meet at the Disability Networking Zone at 7pm

24.07.2012, Tuesday

10.30 – 12.00
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities: A Global Model for Disability Inclusion
USICD, Esme Grant, ASL interpretation provided

12.00 – 13.00

13.00 – 14.00
“The Voice of 650 million times one” (2011)
DCDD/VSO – Joanne van der Schee
HIV doesn’t discriminate Human Rights Watch, Shantha Rau Barriga/Medi Ssengooba

14.00 – 15.00
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities (CRPD) and Accessibility CWGHR - Wendy Porch

15.00 – 16.00
Disability stigmatization and HIV/AIDS in Ghana
ShareCare Ghana, Agnes Broso Fobi, ASL interpretation provided

16.00 -17.00
HIV/AIDS and Disability: Participatory Approaches in
Developing Disability Inclusive Law, Policy and Programming,
Workshop One Billion Strong, Janet E. Lord

18.00 – 20.00  
Exhibition only

25.07.2012, Wednesday

10.30 – 11.30
The tide is turning: People with disabilities as one of the most at risk groups do take responsibilities, South Africa QASA, Philip Coetzer, Jacques Lloyd

11.30 – 12.30
Taking stock of the African Campaign on Disability and HIV: Lessons learned and future opportunities
Handicap International - Muriel Mac-Seing

12.30 – 14.00
Making HIV/AIDS Services Inclusive of People with Disabilities in Tanzania
CBM - Karen Heinicke-Motsch

14:00 - 15:00

15.00 – 16.00
Addressing the longer term needs for people living with HIV: The case and challenges for rehabilitation services in low and middle income countries.
Handicap International, Antony Duttine

Developing a sourcebook for the inclusion of
adolescents with disabilities in UN HIV programming ,
Rosangela Berman Bielerand Ken Legins (UNICEF), Sergio
Meresman (Consultant)

16.00 – 17.00

17.00 – 18.00
Experiences of caregiving, HIV and disability: Documentary Multimedia on the Lives of AIDS-affected Children and their Caregivers in Rural South Africa
HEARD, Marisa Casale and Caroline Kuo

Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Disability and link to HIV and AIDS: Analysis of the study
Elie Mugabowishema, Handicap International Rwanda

18.00 – 20.00
Exhibition only

26.07.2012, Thursday

10.30 – 11.30
Deaf HIV/AIDS Networking Meeting: Time for the numerous Deaf and hearing professionals working with Deaf community members to meet and share information about the Deaf AIDS epidemic and discuss best practices.
Leila Monaghan and deaf community

11.30 – 12.30
Global Disability Rights Library
USICD, Andrea Shettle, ASL interpretation provided

13.00 – 14.00
Film Deaf and HIV
GALA, Cherae Hally on behalf of John Meletse, ASL
interpretation provided

14.30 -18.00
Integrating Comprehension and Advocacy: How the disability and HIV rights movements can support
each other at the country-level. Mini Room to be confirmed (not at the Disability
Networking Zone)

18.00 – 20.00
Closing “coffee shop” Deaf Community Outreach: Fun, accessible HIV/AIDS
information for Deaf Community Members
Deaf Outreach- Leila Monaghan

27.07.2012, Friday

8.00 – 11.30
Come by the Zone, pick up some information to take with
you, and make connections!

Disability Networking Zone Closes