International Conference on Disabilities in Africa

ICDA 2021
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We invite you to join us for the International Conference on Disabilities in Africa, hosted biennially by the International School of Disability Studies. We aim to create a space where researchers, academics, law/policy makers, care professionals, activists, disabled individuals, their families and anyone interested in disability matters from around the world come together to share and debate research, ideas and developments in the field of disability studies in Africa. On this page, you can register or submit an abstract, as well as view the presentations and reports of our previous conferences.

Global Perspectives on Empowerment for Disabled People

Friday 30th July 2021 - 9am to 4pm

Paid Workshop

We'll be offering a paid training workshop on Day 1 of the conference, using interactive learning techniques to introduce and cover theoretical and practical aspects of the subject of the workshop.

Saturday 31st July 2021 - 9am to 4pm

Free Conference

On Day 2, conference participants experience a series of keynote and paper presentations online from a variety of national and international speakers, as well as an interactive panel discussion.

Saturday 31st July 2021 - 4pm to 5pm

Free Networking Session

The conference ends on Day 2 with an online networking session, offering participants the opportunity to engage in and carry on discussing and networking with various key stakeholders.
Understanding Intellectual Disabilities and Learning Difficulties (ISDS901)

This workshop aims to develop people’s understanding, knowledge and perception of intellectual and (neuro) developmental disabilities; exploring the basic facts about the causes of disabilities, including historical and contemporary concepts and models of disability, implications of terminologies such as the use of intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities and learning difficulties and ways to support individuals.

Global Perspectives on Empowerment for Disabled People

Discussions and conference submissions would focus on how disabled people can be empowered to become more visible and actively included in their respective communities in Africa. Topics can include empirical or non-empirical work related to best practices; education, skills acquisition, and how these can be or have been applied in the African context. We also welcome presentations on any topic related to empowerment and disabilities (i.e., intellectual disability, vision Impairment, autism spectrum disorder, deaf or hard of hearing, mental health conditions, physical disability etc).


Abstracts can be submitted using the online form below and should be no more than 300 words not including the title and can consist of the following structure: Title, Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions and Reference list. Please include names, contact details and affiliation for all authors. Deadline for submitting your abstract is 4th June 2021. We will notify authors of the outcome by the 25th of June 2021.

Presentations and Publications

Abstracts that are accepted for the conference can choose to present at the conference only or also submit a full article for publication in the inaugural edition of The African Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AJIDD) by the 30th of November 2021.

Sponsor the conference

Will you like to sponsor the next edition of the International Conference on Disabilities in Africa (ICDA 2023)? We offer sponsors the opportunity to have their brand printed on conference materials, have a table in the lobby and the opportunity to address participants at the end of the conference or during the dinner night. Your sponsorship fee goes towards the cost of organising and disseminating findings from the conference.  Email to discuss sponsorship opportunities


If attending the paid workshop above, payment instructions will be emailed to you after submitting this form, with the option to pay via PayPal (in British Pounds) or bank transfer (in Nigerian Naira).

If presenting a paper, you will be required to submit your abstract by email to before the deadline above. You will also be required to record your presentation or present live via Zoom.

Call for Abstracts