Cornell University

November 17 2005

ILR Participates in Disability Event in Bahrain

Manama, Bahrain was the location for the November 10-11, 2005 Global Applied Disability Research and Information Network on Employment and Training (GLADNET) annual general meeting entitled Doing the Right Things Right: People with Disabilities in the Labor Market. Susanne Bruyère, ILR Associate Dean for Outreach, Director of Employment and Disability Institute (EDI) at ILR, and current chair of GLADNET, chaired the two-day event.

Susanne Bruyere at the GLADNET Meeting in Bahrain. In her opening remarks, Dr. Bruyère provided an update on GLADNET and its services, including collaboration with the Arab region and special services offered though ILR’s world-renowned Martin P. Catherwood Library. Bahrain's Social Development Minister Dr. Fatima Al Balooshi spoke at the event along with keynote speaker, Dr. Sabri Rbeihat, Advisor to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Disability, and over a dozen other representatives from countries such as Tanzania, Canada, United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, and more (download the two-day agenda pdf).

Topics included:

  • The Right to Work: Socio-Economic Perspectives
  • Examples of Successful Employment Initiatives
  • Youth Initiatives and Technology
  • Successful Employment Policies and Practices
  • Labor Market Information and Placement
  • Examples of Training Programs in Technical and Vocational Skills

"I have no doubt that we will all benefit from the exchange of studies, research, and new ideas. In Bahrain, we have committed ourselves to meeting the challenges and taking responsibilities towards the disabled persons," said Dr. Al Balooshi.

Upon returning to ILR, Dr. Bruyère stated “This was a very unique opportunity for GLADNET and for me personally, as a Cornell professional with employment and disability interests. We were afforded an opportunity to learn from disability leaders, policy makers, and service professionals in the Arab Region about their current information needs and existing efforts in employment for people with disabilities, and to share successes and continuing challenges in this effort in the Western world.”

Accompanying Dr. Bruyère to Bahrain was Sharon VanCampen, GLADNET operations manager and office manager of EDI.

See the complete article on this event in English (pdf) and in Arabic (pdf).

The GLADNET event preceded the Rehabilitation International (RI) Arab Conference in which more than 600 participants from around the globe exchanged ideas and learned about recent developments in disability research and programs. GLADNET brings together research centers, universities, enterprises, government departments, trade unions, and organizations of and for persons with disabilities with the goal of advancing competitive employment and training opportunities for persons with disabilities.  GLADNET began as an initiative of the Disability and Work Programme of the International Labour Organization.