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International Forum Presentations and Discussions

Zoom: https://hawaii.zoom.us/j/8089682202

Part I: International Perspectives on Policies for Individuals with Disabilities

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Patricia Morrissey

8:00 AM – 8:50 AM: Dr. Yevgeniy Tetyukhin (Kazakhstan) 

“Ways for Dignified Survival of People with Disability”

A discussion about disability advocacy in Kazakhstan and his experience as a visiting scholar to the Center on Disability Studies and as an individual with disabilities.

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM: Mr. Gerard Quinn (UNCRPD Special Rapporteur)
Cancelled. A recorded presentation will be shared at a later time.  

The Role of UNCRPD Special Rapporteur and the UNCRPD Updates”

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted on December 13, 2006. Since over 180 countries have ratified the CRPD. Dr. Quinn will discuss some updates pertaining to the UNCRPD, and discuss how he will conduct his research as the Special Rapporteur during this COVID-19 time. He has a special interest with intersectionality of disability and aging as well as intersectionality of disability and climate change.  He will also share some thoughts on UNCRPD and ADA.

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM: Mr. John Tschida (Executive Director, AUCD)

“Progress and a Pandemic: Advancing Civil Rights of People with Disabilities Amid Challenges of Equity and Access”

Mr. Tschida will provide a US perspective on disability issues, specifically surrounding the progress that the U.S. has made in the past 30 years with the implementation of the ADA. His discussion will shed light on some of the highlights as well as shortfalls of the U.S. policies on disability, and how the new administration will shift the way the government supports individuals with disabilities. Mr. Tschida will also address the U.S. COVID-19 response, during which several civil rights statutes and policies were both employed and ignored. 

10:50 AM – 11:00 AM Break

Part II: International Perspectives of Disability in Far East Asia: Past, Present and Future

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Robert Stodden

This Discussion Session will include the perspectives of noted persons from different countries in Asia each to explore the past, present and future status of persons with disabilities in their communities.  Each presenter will share briefly about new and innovative practices and policies which have shown promise in working with the disability community in their country.

11:00 AM – 11:25 AM Dr. Su-Je Cho & Ms. Kijung Ryu (Korea)

“How Has South Korea Responded to the Learning of Students with Disabilities Amid COVID-19?”

Dr. Cho and M. Ryu will discuss the education experiences of students with disabilities including the resources and support available for their learning in Korea. Further, they  will share their insights into the various efforts South Korea has made to provide the best educational experience possible for students with disabilities.

11:30 AM – 11:55 AM Mr. Mark Bookman

Engineering Equitable Ecosystems: COVID-19 and the Creation of an Inclusive Future”

The spread of COVID–19 across Japan has exacerbated accessibility issues born out of the nation’s past, creating difficulties for disabled people in the present and anxieties about the future. In this presentation, Mr. Bookman will consider some of the historical contingencies and geopolitical circumstances that have fueled a precarious pipeline to risk and institutionalization for many disabled individuals. 

12:00 PM – 12:25 PM Dr. June L. Chen

“Promising Advancements in the New Policy: Understanding the 2020 National Guidelines”

Dr. June L. Chen is an associate professor and the deputy director of the Department of Special Education at East China Normal University (ECNU). With her experience being in the U.S. as a fellow and a LEND trainee, she will share the current practices on career education, transition programs and employment readiness of students with disabilities in China and the impact of current COVID019 situation.

12:30 PM – 12:55 PM

At 12:30 – all panelists will be together. This discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Robert Stodden. 


Feb 27 2021


8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 27 2021
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Zoom Meeting


  • Mr. Mark Bookman
    Mr. Mark Bookman
    University of Pennsylvania - PhD Candidate

    University of Pennsylvania

    Mark Bookman is Ph.D. Candidate in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania and Visiting Researcher at the University of Tokyo Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology. His research looks at the history of disability policy and connected social movements in Japanese and transnational contexts over the last 150 years. Outside of the academy, Mark also works as an accessibility consultant. He has collaborated with government agencies and corporate entities in Japan, the United States, and Canada on projects related to inclusive education, equitable transportation, environmental design, and disaster risk management for diverse populations of disabled people.

  • Mr. Gerald Quinn
    Mr. Gerald Quinn
    UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    Gerard Quinn is the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
    He had had a long career in public service and academia. He sat on a pioneering Government Commission in Ireland on disability rights in the early 1990s. He was a member of the Irish Human Rights Commission for two terms and directed its work on disability issues. He was director of research at the Irish Government’s Law Reform Commission for a period and also worked in the European Commission (Brussels) on its disability policies. He was First Vice President of the European Committee of Social Rights (a treaty body in Europe on social rights) and has sat on various advisory bodies such as the EU Fundamental Rights Agency in Vienna and the Open Society Foundation.
    He was the founding director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland. He is currently an affiliated research chair at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (University of Lund in Sweden) and at Leeds University (UK). He directed many large research projects including the 2002 UN OHCHR Study that helped initiate the drafting of the UN CRPD. He led Rehabilitation International during part of the CRPD treaty negotiations. He has held visiting research positions & chairs at UNSW (Sydney), NALSAR (Hyderabad, India), Harvard Law School, Deakin University (Melbourne), Haifa University (Israel) and Wuhan University (China).
    He is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, the Kings Inns (Barrister-at-law) and Harvard Law School (LL.M., S.J.D.). His current research focuses on the intersection of age and disability. He is married with three daughters – the first of whom has a disability. He resides on the west coast of Ireland.

  • Mr. John Tschida
    Mr. John Tschida
    Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

    Executive Director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

    John Tschida, MPP, is the executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). He has spent more than 20 years using data and research to drive policy change and service development for individuals with disabilities. Before joining AUCD in February of 2017 as associate executive director, he was appointed as director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. NIDILRR is the federal government’s premier applied research agency impacting individuals with disabilities.
    Prior to joining NIDILRR in 2014, he served as director of public policy and innovation at Allina Health in Minnesota, where he helped integrate medical and community-based services for people with disabilities. At the Courage Center, Minnesota’s leading nonprofit provider of rehabilitation services, Mr. Tschida was vice president of public affairs and research. There, he built and directed a public policy and research team that focused on defining and achieving better outcomes for people with disabilities. He also led a statewide, cross-disability legislative coalition of more than 100 provider and advocacy organizations.
    Earlier in his career, Tschida served as a research fellow at the National Rehabilitation Hospital Center for Health and Disability Research, in Washington, D.C. He was also assistant director of the Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Office.
    Mr. Tschida has served on a number of public and private boards designing policy or governance solutions to further the independence of people with disabilities and he has written numerous articles on disability and public policy for national and local publications.
    Mr. Tschida, who has lived with a spinal cord injury since 1993, has a master’s degree in public policy and a health services research certificate from Georgetown University, and a bachelor of arts from Macalester College.

  • Dr. Yevgeniy Tetyukhin
    Dr. Yevgeniy Tetyukhin
    North Kazakhstan State University - Linguistics Professor

    North Kazakhstan State University

    Dr. Yevgeniy Tetyukhin, born in 1942, a polio since 1945, a teacher of English for more than 50 years, a Linguistics Professor in North Kazakhstan State University, PhD in Text Linguistics, international wheelchair athlete and a two-time paralympian. Lecturer on social issues and a public speaker, defender of the rights of people with disability in Kazakhstan. Crazy driver, a fisherman and a loving parent and a grandparent.

  • Kijung Ryu
    Kijung Ryu
    Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research program in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University - Doctoral Student

    Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research program in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University

    Kijung Ryu, is a doctoral student in the Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research program in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University. Her research interests include culturally and linguistically diverse children with disabilities and interventions for children with challenging behaviors.

  • Dr. Su-Je Cho
    Dr. Su-Je Cho
    Fordham University Graduate School of Education - Professor and Chair of the Division of Curriculum and Teaching

    Fordham University Graduate School of Education

    Dr. Su-Je Cho is Professor and Chair of the Division of Curriculum and Teaching in the Fordham University Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on training families and professionals in assessment and interventions for students with challenging behaviors and understanding the impact of cultural and linguistic differences on the adaptation of Asian families and children living in the United States. Dr. Cho is currently directing several research projects, one of which was funded by the Office of Special Education Programs in the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Dr. Robert Stodden
    Dr. Robert Stodden
    Ph.D. Professor Emeritus & International Ambassador, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

    Dr. Robert Stodden has more than 40 years of administrative, teaching, and research/evaluation experience, within numerous states in the USA and international entities, including extended work in Japan and China. He is the founding Director and Professor of a large research and development (R & D) unit at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the Center on Disability Studies (CDS). He has been a Professor of Education for the past 35 years, working in the fields of special education and disability studies. He has also served as President of several professional associations in the fields of special education and educational evaluation and research. Dr. Stodden has served as chairperson of the Department of Special Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Coordinator of Career Vocational Special Needs Graduate Programs at Boston College. Dr. Stodden has served as principal investigator/director of more than 150 research and training projects spanning numerous areas of research and evaluation, exploring educational outcomes and access to postsecondary education by students with disabilities. In the USA, during the process of the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1997, Dr. Stodden served as a Kennedy Senior Policy Fellow with the Disability Policy Subcommittee in the United States Senate crafting new policy language to shape the future of special education. Dr. Stodden is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal (RDS)and has served as the special issue editor for numerous peer reviewed journals in the field of educational research. He is the originator and has served as the convener of the International Pacific Rim Conference for the past 35 years, has been a keynote speaker at numerous national and international conferences, as well as special consultant for several governments in the Asia/Pacific Region. He has mentored more than 50 graduate students at the doctoral level, many now working in leadership positions in the fields of special education and disability studies. His work in the field of disability studies is recognized internationally and he currently serves on numerous association and journal editorial boards.

  • Dr. June L. Chen
    Dr. June L. Chen
    East China Normal University - Associate Professor; Deputy Director

    East China Normal University – Department of Special Education; Faculty of Education

    Dr. June L. Chen is an associate professor and the deputy director of the Department of Special Education at East China Normal University (ECNU). She was selected for Shanghai Pujiang Program by Shanghai Municipal Science and Technology Commission. Dr. Chen earned her doctorate in Special Education from ECNU. She was a visiting scholar at Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development. There she participated the LEND training. She worked at Michigan State University as a Hegarty Fellow for two years. She was also a postdoc researcher at the Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research (ICAN) National University of Ireland Galway. Her primary research focusses on career education, transition program and employment readiness for students with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Her second line of research focuses on family and public influence on social inclusion for people with disabilities. Dr. Chen has published over 40 refereed journal articles and book chapters. She is a principal investigator of several research projects and works closely with local communities and schools.

  • Dr. Patricia Morrissey
    Dr. Patricia Morrissey
    U.S. International Council on Disabilities, President

    U.S. International Council on Disabilities

    Patricia Morrissey is the President of the U.S. International Council on Disabilities. She recently left her position as director of the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii, Mānoa. Prior to coming to Hawaii in 2016, she served as Commissioner of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities in the US Department of Health and Human Services. Over 20 years she served in senior staff positions in the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government and in Congress. When serving in the George W. Bush Administration, in 2004-2006 she was part of the US delegation to the UN when the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was being drafted. She has keen interest in working with others, especially those with disabilities, to promote meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society.