The UNO - Innsbruck Disabilities Conference
The year 2017 marked the 9th UNO – Innsbruck Disabilities Conference, which over the years has developed into a tradition. It has been organized since 1992 by Naomi Moore and the people at UNO's TRAC Center (Training, Resource and Assistive-Technology Center) along with Friedrich Luhan, the then University Director of the University of Innsbruck.
Later, Professor Franz Mathis and Ellen Palli, as well as Elisabeth Rieder on the Innsbruck side, along with Ken Zengla on the UNO side were instrumental in organizing this conference in a biannual rhythm.
This year’s organizers have chosen a new format for the conference. Rather than a conference of university “disabilities practitioners,” this year saw a conference of, by and for “disabilities researchers” in the educational arena of all levels (K through 12, as well as universities).
The Disabilities Conference has played a significant role in raising awareness of disabilities in higher institutions of learning in Austria since its first meeting in Innsbruck. Another conference is planned for 2019.