International Conference on Disabilities in Africa (ICDA)

We invite you to join us for the International Conference on Disabilities in Africa (ICDA), hosted online biennially by the International School of Disability Studies. ICDA creates 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 to attend the online conference and submit an abstract to present.

"The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic for Disabled People in Africa - Reflections and Solutions"

Saturday 22 July 2023
9am – 5pm BST

Online via Zoom
Free Registration
Deadline 30 May 2023

Presentations and discussions will focus on topics and/or research exploring the experiences of disabled people and their relatives in Africa during the COVID Pandemic and post-pandemic periods. Topics and research will shed light on the social, health, cultural and economic implications of COVID-19 for disabled people, lessons learnt, coping strategies employed and/or how individuals, carers and governmental and non-governmental services and organisations adapted during the pandemic.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote presentations lasting 30 - 40 minutes are made by the ISDS Faculty Director as well as special guests who are invited according to their experience and expertise in the discipline. Register to be notified of this year's key note speakers.


Conference presentations lasting 20 minutes are also delivered by conference participants in the form of live and recorded videos from a variety of speakers from various fields in accordance to the conference theme.

Panel Discussions

The panel discussion segment lasting 1 hour brings together keynote speakers, presenters and conference participants in a lively moderated reflection on the issues raised during the day, and an opportunity for networking.



Attending the conference is free of charge, but registration is required.  Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.  As this is an online conference, please ensure you have installed Zoom on your device and have a good internet connection on the day to minimise disruption. We are arranging to have physical streaming locations where individuals without internet can attend the conference locally.

Programme and Speakers

The conference programme, confirmed speakers, Zoom meeting link, and streaming locations will be emailed to all registered conference participants. 


Those who wish to present at the conference should indicate so on the registration form and details of their presentation and abstracts will be required on the form. If accepted, a timeslot will be allocated and your presentation can be made live on the day or as a recorded video to be played on the day. Video recording guidelines will be provided to accepted presenters.

Abstracts and Publications

Abstracts will be required from all presenters when registering for the conference. This 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 affiliations for all authors. Also indicate if you would like to submit a full paper for publication in our journal.

Sponsoring the Conference

Will you like to be an International Conference on Disabilities in Africa (ICDA) sponsor? We offer sponsors the opportunity to speak about their organisation during the Sponsor segments of the conference. Your sponsorship fee goes towards the cost of organising and disseminating findings from the conference. Please indicate your sponsor interest on the registration form.

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