6th AfriNEAD conference


The way forwards


“Disability unplugged – Beyond conventions and charters: “what really matters to persons with disabilities in Africa.”

30th November – 3rd December 2020

Will be held in Cape Town at the Artscape theatre complex  right in the heart of Cape Town at the foot of the majestic Table Mountain


‘The decision taken by the 6th AfriNEAD planning committee, after requesting feed back from our friends, is that we do not cancel the proposed conference to be held in November 2020, but to still go ahead with the physical conference, as well as having the facility to have people participate via online conferencing.
We shall of course be monitoring the situation caused by this world wide pandemic COVID 19 and will keep you informed on any further developments – a newsletter is to follow this announcement.’

Extended Submission Deadline:                Sunday, 31 May 2020, midnight GMT

Notification to Authors:                Tuesday,      30 June 2020

Revised Abstract Deadline:          Friday,      31 July 2020


The abstract should be a maximum of 250 words, in Times New Roman font size 12 and written in British English. All abstract submissions should follow the following structure: Background, Methods, Results and Conclusions. (As exemplified here)

Exhibitions, pre-conference events and post conference events

Those wanting to exhibit or showcase their work at the conference should submit abstracts in form of a concept (at most one page) describing their work or products and the nature of presentation preferred out of the following four options — Pre-conference event (Sunday 29 November), Exhibits parallel to the conference proceedings (Monday 30th November – Wednesday 2nd December), Workshop after hours from 17h00 (Tuesday 1st December) and Post conference workshop (Thursday 3rd December).

Where applicable, you can provide a link to refer the reviewers to your website or other relevant web resources.



We are very excited that the University of Stellenbosch has really assisted us, by declaring 2020 the year of People with Disabilities, which they announced to the first year students this year. They have also awarded a Honouree degree to Rachel Kachaje, a disability activist, past member of the Malawian Government and a loyal and staunch supporter of AfriNEAD.

Like so many things in the world today events are having to either be cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19. So to with be the capping of Rachel Kachaje for her honoree doctorate in April, as all gathering have be cancelled.  So it is hoped that capping ceremony  as well has her lecture will be rescheduled for December this year.

Throughout the year there will be, lecture by people with disabilities as well as on disability related topics and also articles in the media and other media forms.

The African Network for Evidence -to- Action in Disability (AfriNEAD) will be 13 years in November of 2020 since its inauguration in 2007.   Each conference assist the network members to meet and address some areas of concern on disability research evidence, which through direct dialogue further strengthen the work of the network.

You may have been connected with us somewhere along our journey. So now that are having our conference in Cape Town we hope that you will register with us. Please go to

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfIettVUj50LcDLK7NMJeN_NCPaTfH_nT6NQwealSe_4eBS_Q/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1  and register on line

As part of the years celebration, article by people with disabilities who either work for Stellenbosch University or who have graduated from SU will be sharing their stories which will be published every month on the Today at Stellenbosch University facebook page; skroll down to  the 26 th February and this month read about Wentzel Barnard


Thank you for visiting our webpage.


Should you have any other questions please email us on afrinead@sun.ac.za and we look forward  to seeing you at the 6th Afrinead conference in Cape Town in November 2020.