The short history of the ArtAbilitation international conference is that it was inaugurated in Esbjerg, Denmark in September 2006 when supporting the ICDVRAT in celebrating its tenth anniversary. Selected authors from this inaugural event published their papers in the Routledge International Journal Digital Creativity, Volume 18 Issue 2.

In 2007 the second ArtAbilitation conference supported the 17th International Conference for Artificial Reality & Telexistence (ICAT). ICAT is the oldest international conference on Virtual Reality and the hosting in Esbjerg, Denmark was the first time the event has been held outside Asia Pacific. ICAT is organised by the Virtual Reality Society of Japan (VRSJ). ICAT 2006 was at Zhejiang University of Technology, China 
Archives of ICAT2007 are online at IEEE. The first international symposium of ‘Ludic Engagement Designs for All’ supported. 

The 3rd ArtAbilitation Conference was held alongsideICDVRAT 2008 in Maia, Portugal 8-10 September . An extra special session on Music was hosted at Casa da Musica, Porto on 11th September. This was followed by the 2nd symposium on Art, Brain and languages, hosted in Casa da Musica Porto, 11th and 12th September. This conference combines various areas of knowledge such as Neuropsychology, Musical Sciences, Theatrical Arts, Arts Therapy and Linguistics, among others. It aims a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to education, disability, and rehabilitation. It intends to question how the inter-related practice and processing of different types of language (musical, psychomotor, verbal, technological, and aesthetics) can contribute to enhance interventions in education and disability (motor, verbal or mental).

2009 saw ArtAbilitation as a proposed special session/track in the 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 19-24 July at the Town & Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA. However, due to lack of submissions the special session/track was cancelled and submissions integrated into the regular HCII conference. 

In 2010 it again featured alongside The 8th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated technologies (ICDVRAT) as a special session when held in Viña del Mar / Valparaíso, Chile 

Following receiving the support of the scientific community, ArtAbilitation is now affiliated with the International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation. ISVR members will receive discounted registration for ISVR affiliated conferences: 
ICDVRAT ~ ArtAbilitation ~ Virtual Rehabilitation ~ VRIC/Laval Virtual

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