September 14, 2008

RI Québec 2008 - report # 2

catherine @ 9:23 pm

Here follows the second instalment of my report on Rehabilitation International’s 21st World Congress held in Québec City from August 25th to 28th 2008. The first part is available here.

Again, please keep in mind that this information is not to be taken as the proceedings’ minutes or an official report of any sort. This is just an overview of the conferences I heard and the workshops I attended, what I found interesting (or, sometimes, not), what I got out of it or whatever, in some cases, I was able to understand. Also, any opinions expressed herein are totally my own and do not engage my employer in any way.

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September 10, 2008

RI Québec 2008 - report # 1

catherine @ 4:03 am

Ok, so as promised, here is the first instalment of my report on Rehabilitation International’s 21st World Congress that was held in Québec City from the 25th to the 28th of August 2008. I will publish individual posts for each day because one post for the whole event would be monstrous.

I wish I could have posted all this earlier but there had not been much time before my vacation and then afterwards, I wanted to rest a bit and have fun because that is what vacations are supposed to be: restful and/or fun.

Anyway, enough about me. But of course, what follows will be coloured by my perceptions and experiences as well as my opinions. And whatever I write about what was said by various speakers or what was presented in the workshops I attended is what I found interesting (or, in some cases, not), what I got out of it or whatever, in some cases, I was able to understand. So bear that in mind; this is not a play-by-play account. And I guess I should also point out that any opinions expressed herein are totally my own and do not engage my employer in any way.

Oh, and by the way, mostly mediocre photos have been posted to flickr.

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August 27, 2008

RI Québec 2008 - update

catherine @ 10:18 pm

As y’all may have noticed, I have not kept my promise to report regularly on the Rehabilitation International 21st World Congress going on this week in la Capitale Nationale (i.e. Québec City). In my defense, I have this to say:

  • The days are long and full. After the first day, I had started laboriously writing up a report on the laptop I borrowed from work and at 12h30, I realised that, not even a third of the way through, I just had to give up as I had to get up less than five hours later and get through another day;
  • The convention centre is humongous and all this walking around is killing me;
  • The convention centre, amazingly enough, does not have any real Internet access to speak of. The only place you can have access to Internet is in this tiny “cybercafé“, which is really just five computer terminals thrown together against sun-drenched, ceiling-high windows (hello?) in a corner near the escalators (and no café, incidently). At roughly 800 delegates, you do the math. Come on, Québec! It is your 400th birthday. Buy yourself a nice present and get some real wifi;
  • So basically, the only time I have access to a computer (no way I can lug around a laptop all day) and Internet is when I get back to my hotel at night and I am just too exhausted to do much more than wash my face and crash into bed.

I have however been taking a ton of notes (those who know me understand how incredible this is) and so I will definitely post a report about this past week after I get home. I do not know yet what form all this will take because, quite honestly, there is just so much stuff I could write about but I will figure something out.

August 24, 2008

RIQuébec 2008 - arrival

catherine @ 7:26 pm

This week, I am Québec City attending Rehabilitation International’s 21st World Congress. I will try to blog about my week here but do not expect detailed minutes and accounts à la Joe Clark.

I am pretty excited about being here and hope to meet up with some people I have not seen in a while and meet some new people too. The Convention on the rights of people with disabilities figures prominently in the programming so I am very much looking forward to that and to seeing what is going on in other countries as well. Many involved in the organising of this event are from the rehabilitation field and so that has obviously given a “clinical” savor to the programming but thankfully, there is a lot of stuff on rights and social participation. One thing that I find a bit lacking is content on technology and I find that a bit surprising but there are a few interesting talks I will be attending.

I took the train this afternoon to get here, it was ok although I had some young excited spanish guys sitting near me so it was hard to relax and try to plan my week. Also, my hotel seems nice. I did notice a big bus load of spanish people having descended onto the hotel shortly after I arrived so that should prove euh, busy, to say the least.

Anyway, more tomorrow, if I am not too tired.

Update: I had to have my room changed because the air conditioning did not work. I am a 41 year-old woman; I need my air conditioning. My new room is near the elevators but I am hoping it will not be too noisy at night. I am a 41 year-old woman; I need my sleep.

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