36th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity

Pac Rim 2021

March 1 - 2, 2021
Hawaiʻi Standard Time​

Virtual Conference

Message from the Co-Chairs

Dr. Kiriko Takahashi & Dr. Hye-Jin Park, Pac Rim 2021 Co-Chairs

Aloha! Our theme of Pac Rim 2021 is INNOVATE with nine topics. Given Pac Rim’s interdisciplinary nature, we also welcome proposals that span one or more topic areas. The unique timing and context of our conference creates both a need and an opportunity to highlight the following topics: inclusion, equity and social justice; and COVID-19. We encourage submissions that include a discussion of the contextual interaction of these topics within the conference’s eight proposal areas. 

By necessity Pac Rim 2021 will be a virtual conference. However, we hope this format will also lower barriers to participation and facilitate inclusion of a wider array of viewpoints and voices. We anticipate that inclusion will be widely demonstrated in this year’s conference presentations. Our hope is that this will energize attendees to return to their communities to innovate, implement, and institutionalize inclusive practices worldwide.

COVID-19 has changed so many dimensions of our daily lives. Recent socio-political events have crystallized equity and social justice as among the most salient topics of these challenging times. Though often excluded, people with disabilities and their allies continue to strive to participate in and influence conversations around the global pandemic and social justice. We further encourage presentations designed to spark constructive solution-oriented conversations for innovation that advocate for equitable, just, and actionable structural change.

Challenging times may also offer remarkable opportunities. Work with us to create and deliver an inclusive conference that supports a collective recognition of both the fundamental challenges we face, and the unprecedented opportunities we have to build a brighter, stronger, more resilient future; one in which people with disabilities are naturally included as valued contributing partners in shared problem solving.​


On a chalkboard, two hands shaking with "teamwork" written above the hands.


Chair: Dr. Bob Stodden
Co-Chair : Lesley Fukushima


We have four different session types: (1) Paper, (2) Talk Story, (3) Skill Share, and (4) Poster. 

Call for Proposals

There are nine topics areas and four session types to choose from. As part of a proposal submission, you will provide: 

  • An abstract that answers to the criteria outlined under the specific session type (500 words max)
  • Presenter information (name, contact info, social media handles, time zone presenting from, etc.)
  • Bio write ups for each presenter that highlight their expertise/leadership/innovation (250 words max for each presenter)
  • Accommodation requests needed to present
  • A clear headshot (professional photo) of each presenter

All accepted presenters are required to register for the conference. As a professional courtesy, presenters are asked to honor a commitment to participate as conference attendees by attending other conference presentation sessions. This commitment celebrates a positive, interactive environment and promotes networks to build community. Accepted presenters are required to provide safe and accessible content for all attendees. Training and guidance resources will be provided. 


Each attendee and presenter will need to register individually. See Registration FAQs for more information.

Early Bird

Attendees and Presenters
$ 315
  • Register and pay before December 31, 2020 to secure this rate.


Attendees and Presenters
$ 415
  • Register and pay between January 1, 2021 - February 24, 2021 to secure this rate.

If you are a student or interested in group rate options, contact us!

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