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The Fifth International Forum on Disability Management (IFDM) 2010: Collaborating for Success

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IFDM 2010 - A Success!

Hosted by the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR),
the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation (CHSWC),
in collaboration with
the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC)

The Fifth International Forum on Disability Management (IFDM) 2010: Collaborating for Success

September 20-22, 2010
Wilshire Grand Hotel
Los Angeles, CA 94608 USA

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The international Call for Papers yielded submissions from leading representatives of universities, government agencies, medical institutions, professional and certifying associations and other practitioners on the forefront of disability management. The IFDM 2010 Advisory Committee, plenary speakers and moderators all helped shape the program for IFDM 2010.

Disability management is successfully reducing and minimizing the impact of occupational injury and illness. Positive outcomes are achieved when stakeholders collaborate to create, implement and evaluate comprehensive disability management initiatives. To review abstracts and presentations from the three-day forum in Los Angeles, please visit

IFDM 2010 is now over! Thank you for your interest and participation in Los Angeles.

IFDM 2010 was structured to advance disability management knowledge and initiatives to:

  • Realize the aspirations of people with disabilities to find and maintain meaningful employment.
  • Support employers in achieving productive and stable workforces.
  • Educate human resource, workers' compensation, and disability specialists on successful techniques to accomplish desired outcomes.
  • Advocate for public policy initiatives that provide better social protection and economic empowerment for everyone.

Held biennially since 2002, IFDM 2010 attracted from around the world government agencies, employers, employees, disability management practitioners, insurance companies, policymakers, and other service providers, especially physicians, clinics, health and social services in prevention and rehabilitation, to discuss how disability management can reduce and minimize the impact of occupational injury and illness.

Key topics addressed at IFDM 2010 included:

  • A Global Perspective on Disability Management: successful partnerships in disability management; an overview of global trends in the workplace; the impact of the economic downturn.
  • The New Paradigm: changing social attitudes toward disability management; the next steps in moving disability management forward.
  • The Government’s Role in Disability Management: models from around the world; the state and disability management: lessons learned from government initiatives and reforms.
  • Emerging Economies and Disability Management.
  • The Legal Aspects of Disability Management.
  • Using Research and Information to Guide Public Policy Decisions on Disability Management; measuring the value of disability management programs for employers and for insurers; measuring the success of disability management certification programs; identifying resources to assist in the development and promotion of disability management programs for employers; evaluating the impact of incentives on the development and implementation of workplace disability programs.
  • Innovative Programs in Workplace Health & Safety: An Employer Perspective; integration of wellness, disability and absence management programs; opportunities and barriers to safe, early and sustainable return to work.
  • Medical Issues in Disability Management; psychological well-being: addressing the mental barriers to return to work; advances in medical technology and the impact on disability management; disability management techniques to deal with specific medical conditions.
  • Disability Management for Special Populations: special problems in workforces with large migratory and minority culture segments.
  • Success Stories, Case Studies and Solutions for Stakeholders.

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See also the Information Bulletin at:

For additional details about IFDM 2010 please contact either:

CHSWC, Executive Officer
Phone: +1-510-622-3959
Fax: +1-510-622-3265
1515 Clay Street, Suite 901,
Oakland, CA 94612 USA
Jennifer Wolf
IAIABC, Manager of Events and Educational Programs
Phone: +1-608-663-6355
Fax: +1-608-663-1546
5610 Medical Cir, Suite 24
Madison, WI 53719 USA

The Sixth International Forum on Disability Management (IFDM) 2012

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Save the Date!

From Collaboration to Purposeful Change...
September 10-12, 2012
London, England, UK

Organized by the Royal Society of Medicine

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