Day one of the Inherent Dignity, Equality, and Rights conference, "Human Rights and Rule of Law" was fascinating. Presenters from around the world presented on research, practice, and policy findings related to quality of life for people with intellectual disability.
A number of AAIDD members made excellent presentations today: Karl Elling Ellingsen (Norway), Ruth Stauer (Brazil), and from the US, Cathy Ficker Terrill, Michael Wehmeyer, and Brent Askvig.
An overview of the status of CRPD ratification around the world--and the implications--was provided by Oliver Lewis, Executive Director of the Mental Disability Advocacy Center (Hungary).
This conference, was organized by four universities, 3 from Norway and one from the US. Thank you to NAKU, University of Oslo, NTNU, and the NDCPD of Minot State University (North Dakota) for putting on such a valuable event.
The day ended for the delegation with a group dinner at the hotel featuring traditional Norwegian fare. All but one piece of the delayed luggage has caught up with the group, and our hopes are high that it will be reunited with its owner before we fly to Trondheim tomorrow.