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This page lists upcoming meetings, conferences, calls for papers, workshops and educational opportunities that relate to assistive technology and other disability-related issues. Click on a "More Details" at the end of each conference's description to see more information.

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc. Special Camp Fair 2008

January 26, 2008 in New York , New York

The Special Camp Fair brings together representatives of day camps in New York City and sleep away camps all over the Northeast that serve children with disabilities. This is an opportunity to for parents, caregivers and children in the New York City area to talk to camp representatives about their needs and how the camps can serve those needs. Admission to the Fair is free, and adult attendees (one per family) will get a free copy of "Camps 2008."
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ATIA 2008 Conference and Exhibition

January 30, 2008 to February 2, 2008 in Orlando, Florida

ATIA 2008 serves as a leading forum for the assistive technology community to participate in presentations and discussions about new technology, practical applications, and services. Segments of the assistive technology industry (Augmentative and Alternative Communication; Blindness; Computer Access; Curriculum Adaptations; Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Electronic Aids to Daily Living; Games and Recreation; Learning Disabilities/Study Aids/Literacy; Low Vision; and Mechanical Accessories and Mounting Devices) will be represented in various presentations, demonstrations and/or exhibits. In addition, a hands-on lab will provide an opportunity to experiment with and evaluate the latest assistive technology devices and software available.
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Techshare India 2008

February 4, 2008 to February 5, 2008 in New Delhi, India

Techshare India 2008 – "Breaking the Barriers" is the first accessibility conference/exhibition in India that will bring together government personnel, corporations, NGOs, people with disabilities, assistive technology companies, and service providers under one roof. The conference will feature over 50 speakers and four topical tracks. There also will be six accessibility workshops and a state-of-the-art experience lab showcasing assistive technology.
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APTA 2008 Combined Sections Meeting

February 6, 2008 to February 9, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee

The American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA's) Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) focuses on programming designed by all 18 of APTA's specialty sections. This event brings together more than 5,000 physical therapy professionals from around the nation for 5 days of programming, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall filled with current products and services.
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2008 Ski for Light International Week

February 10, 2008 to February 17, 2008 in Bend, Oregon

Ski for Light is a program of cross-country skiing benefiting blind, visually-impaired, and mobility-impaired individuals and their guides. The primary goal of this week is to teach blind, visually-impaired and mobility-impaired people who have never skied before the basics of the sport, and to give people who have already learned the basics a chance to improve their skill and technique, or to let them just have fun on the snow.
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2008 International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence

February 20, 2008 to February 23, 2008 in St. Petersburg, Florida

The 2008 International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence (ICADI) will focus on approaches to support people as they age in maintaining independence in daily living at home, at work and in the community.
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2008 Annual Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention and Exhibition

February 21, 2008 to February 23, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas

"Building Bridges through Communication" is the theme of the 52nd Annual Convention of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association. More than 3000 speech-language pathologists and audiologists are expected to attend. TSHA's annual meetings provide members continuing educational activities and opportunities for professional growth and fellowship, and there will be an exhibition with over 200 vendors. The 2008 Annual Convention focuses on an exchange of ideas, information, and technology related to speech-language pathology, audiology, special education, and related disciplines.
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2008 Research & Training Center for Children's Mental Health

February 24, 2008 to February 27, 2008 in Tampa, Florida

The 21st Annual Research Conference is aimed at expanding the research base necessary to improving service systems for children with serious emotional and behavioral disturbances and their families.The Research & Training Center is part of the University of South Florida.
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CSUN 2008 International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference

March 10, 2008 to March 15, 2008 in Los Angeles, California

This comprehensive conference features presentations, training and exhibitions relating to all types assistive technology. The conferences addresses issues for all ages; disabilities; levels of education and training; employment; and independent living.
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Abilities Expo 2008 / Edison New Jersey

March 28, 2008 to March 30, 2008 in Edison, New Jersey

Abilities Expo 2008 will feature the latest products and services to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. The exhibit hall will be packed with vendors, live equipment demonstrations, and special events throughout the event. Accessible workshop programs consisting of consumer and professional tracks, with certificates of participation available to students, and education and healthcare professionals are also available.
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2008 Community Resources for People with Autism 18th Annual Conference

April 8, 2008 in Holyoke, Massachusetts

In celebration of Autism Month, Community Resources for People with Autism will be hosting its 18th Annual Conference. Each year approximately 400 families’ educators and professional gather to gain the most current information about autism and how it impacts individuals with autism spectrum disorder locally. Great sponsorship opportunities
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Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation 2008 Conference: "From Innovation to Practice"

April 14, 2008 to April 15, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts

The Center for Psyhchiatric Rehabilitation 2008 conference will address a number of topics through pre-conference institutes, workshops, and panels. Topics include, moving systems and programs forward, reaching across diverse communities, the workforce and other stakeholders. This conference is sponsored by the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University, Consumer Organization and Networking Technical Assistance Center, the American College of Mental Health Administration and the National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health, New Jersey Mental Health Institute, Inc. in collaboration with the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation.
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2008 Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities

April 14, 2008 to April 15, 2008 in Honolulu, Hawaii

The 2008 Pacific Conference on Disabilities is focused on providing professional development activities related to postsecondary education. Sponsoring organizations include Center on Disability Studies and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary.
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2008 NISH National Training and Achievement Conference

April 14, 2008 to April 16, 2008 in Los Angeles, California

The 2008 NISH National Training and Achievement Conference will offer attendees sessions on business development, products and services, federal contracts, leadership, workforce development government affairs, and quality. NISH training is available to AbilityOne associated non-profit agencies. Attendees can also earn CEU credits.
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Missouri Assistive Technology Power Up 2008 Conference and Expo

April 21, 2008 to April 22, 2008 in Osage Beach, Missouri

The Power Up 2008 conference features a variety of sessions providing up-to-date information on disability related policy, assistive technology services and devices, independent living issues, educational policy and practices, and information technology accessibility to enhance and promote independence of people with disabilities. This conference also provides training events on assistive technology, policies and related issues through direct sponsorship of training programs, coordination of training, and production and distribution of training materials. Additional training events are held as needed to meet specific assistive technology training needs. Sponsoring organizations include Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities, Missouri Council for the Blind, Rockhurst University, and University of Missouri’s Adaptive Computing Technology Center.
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2008 Stages of Autism: Adolescence and Beyond

April 23, 2008 to April 24, 2008 in Hamilton, Ontario Canada

This conference will provide an open forum for discussion and cover a multitude of topics related to adolescent and adult Autism Spectrum Disorders.
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2008 Caring Communities: World of Possibilities Expo Maryland

May 2, 2008 to May 3, 2008 in Gaithersburg, Maryland

The 2008 Caring Communities World of Possibilities Expo will focus on abilities, healthy aging and independent living in the lives of children and adults with disabilities, seniors, their families and caregivers, as well as health care and education professionals. Networking opportunities available.
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OHSU: Health, Wellness and Disability: A State of the Science Conference

May 9, 2008 in Portland, Oregon

The Oregon Health and Science University Health, Wellness and Disability State of the Science conference's key topics will include topics such as assessing health measurement, health care access, and health promotion research among persons with disabilities. The conference is sponsored by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Health and Wellness. New Investigator Scholarships are Available.
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OHSU: Celebrate Wellness VIII - Encouraging People with Disabilities to be Active!

May 9, 2008 to May 10, 2008 in Portland , Oregon

TheOregon Health and Science University Celebrate wellness State of the Science conference includes topics such as physical activity (setting goals and receiving ongoing support), healthy eating, and stress reduction. Attendees will include people with disabilities, family and friends, researchers and service and agency personnel.Limited scholarships are available. Adaptive recreation activities including tennis, rock climbing, walking, swimming, drumming, cycling, or dancing are available. The conference is sponsored by Oregon Office on Disability and Health.
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2008 International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (i-CREATe)

May 13, 2008 to May 15, 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand

i-CREATe provides direct access professionals and vendors in the rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology market in Asia. In addition to a large exhibition, the conference offers presentations by AT professionals, service providers, research and development funding agencies, public policy makers, researchers, therapists and medical personnel.
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2008 APTA Annual Conference and Exposition

June 11, 2008 to June 14, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas

The 2008 American Physical Therapy Association's Annual Conference and Exposition conference will feature advanced programming presented by leading professionals in the field. Physical therapy professionals will get the latest information, network with colleagues, see product demonstrations, learn cutting edge techniques, and earn continuing education credits. There will also be marketing and sponsorship opportunities.
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2008 International Conference on Special Education

June 18, 2008 to June 21, 2008 in Marmaris, Turkey

Anadolu University will host "a unique informative and entertaining professional development event on Special Education."
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RESNA 2008 Annual Conference

June 26, 2008 to June 30, 2008 in Arlington, Virginia

The RESNA Annual Conference is an interdisciplinary gathering of individuals and companies who share a common interest in rehabilitation engineering, assistive technology and disability issues in general. The conference schedule (to be announced at a later date) will include workshops and plenary sessions. Mixed in are dozens of meetings of committees, SIGs (shared interest groups) and PSGs (professional specialty groups).
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2008 International Conference on Low Vision (VISION 2008)

July 7, 2008 to July 11, 2008 in Montreal, Quebec Canada

The theme of VISION 2008 is "Research-Rehabilitation Partnerships," conveying a multidisciplinary approach to low vision rehabiitation. The conference will feature plenary and concurrent sessions during which distinguished academics, researchers, and practitioners will present the results of their work on vision science research, services of rehabilitation and psychosocial aspects of vision impairment. Presentations will be in the format of symposia, continuing education courses and oral and poster presentations.
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2008 NAD Conference

July 7, 2008 to July 11, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana

The 2008 National Association for the Deaf bring together more than 2,500 deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, deaf-blind and hearing consumers, parents, youth, professionals, educators, organizational and corporate representatives for professional development, enrichment, training, networking, governance meetings, receptions and related evening events. This year's theme is "Together We Move Forward," and "Let the Good Times Roll!" Networking opportunities available.
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2008 International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs

July 9, 2008 to July 11, 2008 in Linz, Austria

ICCHP focuses on all aspects of human-computer interaction and the usage of information technology for people with special needs. Assistive devices, accessibility and usability of IT based systems as well as special systems for people with disabilities will be discussed. Implications for the quality of life and for society in general should enable a holistic approach. This orientation towards practice leads to an interdisciplinary exchange and invites all disciplines working in this field to take part and to discuss their ideas, approaches and results. ICCHP offers a platform for researchers, practitioners, and experts from around the world to present their work and experiences in papers, short papers and posters. Additionally specialists are invited to set up, organize and chair Specific Thematic Sessions independently within the thematic framework of the conference. At least three members of the international programme committee will review each contribution. Accepted contributions will be published in Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science.
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2008 AHEAD Conference

July 14, 2008 to July 19, 2008 in Reno, Nevada

The 2008 AHEAD conference offers the opportunity to meet and introduce your organization to a group of disability professionals in higher education. Activities include exhibiting, sharing of literature, display advertising, and sponsorships of conference activities that offer wide reach visibility while supporting the work of AHEAD.
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2008 Association for Education and Rehabilitation (AER) International Conference

July 22, 2008 to July 27, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois

The 2008 Association on Education and Research conference will be representing professionals who provide services in all phases of education and rehabilitation for the blind and visually impaired. The conference is expected to attract nearly 1,200 international delegates in the field of blindness and visual impairment. There will be a central gathering place for attendees and social events will be held throughout the conference. Commercial presentation breakout sessions will be available for exhibitors.
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ISAAC 2008

August 2, 2008 to August 7, 2008 in Montreal, Quebec Canada

"Leading the way" is the theme of ISAAC's 13th biennial meeting, which will be held in Montréal, Canada in August 2008. Individuals who use AAC for their daily communication have increasingly taken on leadership roles in many different ways. Examples of leadership will be showcased as part of the 2008 conference program. Papers, presentations, and discussions of research projects, clinical and educational concerns, and issues of interest to individuals who use AAC systems will round out the program. There will be pre-conference workshops on current topics in AAC and a research symposium following the main conference.
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National VISIONS 2008 Conference

August 8, 2008 to August 10, 2008 in Arlington, Virginia

The National VISIONS 2008 Conference provides the opportunity for sight-impaired individuals and their families to learn about recent developments in medical research, daily living skills, and products and services for members of the low vision community. The conference also offers science lectures, information sessions, and exhibits. There will also be networking opportunities through underwriting of sessions and social events. This conference is sponsored by The Foundation Fighting Blindness.
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2008 International Conference on Diverse Abilities and Innovative Supports

August 11, 2008 to August 13, 2008 in Honolulu, Hawaii

This conference will explore such topics as Dual Diagnosis; Direct Support Worker Issues and Solutions; Supervision & Managment; Clinical Issues; International Best Practices; Self-Advocacy/Independent Living; Autism/Aspergers; Employment; and Caregiving.
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2008 Japanese Conference on the Advancement of Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology

August 27, 2008 to August 29, 2008 in Niigata, Japan

The 23rd annual JCAART, sponsored by RESJA, will feature presentation and interactive demonstrations and discussions of the latest research and development in the field of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology.
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IFA 9th Global Conference on Ageing

September 4, 2008 to September 7, 2008 in Montreal, Quebec Canada

The Montreal ageing and design conference programme is focused on three major themes - health, participation and security, and it will examine the role of design in each of these areas. The programme offers a fourth track focusing on the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, to examine achievements since the 2nd World Assembly on Ageing (held in Madrid in 2002) and to look at future opportunities to maintain focus on the needs of older people. In addition to the conference, there will be an exhibition entitled, "Ageing and Design Expo 2008" on September 5 and 6.
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2008 American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) Annual Meeting

September 17, 2008 to September 20, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia

The American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) 62nd annual meeting will provide targeted opportunities for the dissemination of information in the basic sciences, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and technical advances as applied to persons with cerebral palsy and other developmental disorders. The conference’s focus is also to encourage team building within organizations and institutions, encourage multi-center studies, develop information for parents, and find a consensus on the optimal care of various conditions.
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Joint AAL Association / AALIANCE Workshop on Ambient Assisted Living Policy in Europe

September 25, 2008 to September 26, 2008 in Brussels, Belgium

The Joint AAL Association / AALIANCE Workshop on Ambient Assisted Living Policy in Europe (co-organised with the European Commission) will create a comprehensive vision of the R&D and policy needs for ambient assisted living technologies and to suggest strategies that may serve as a roadmap for industry, service providers, academia and policy makers. An intensive exchange of ideas shall support the building of a AAL community that may gather as project consortia in the future.
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Tenth International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

October 13, 2008 to October 15, 2008 in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada

The ASSETS series of conferences explores the potential of computer and information technologies to support and include individuals with disabilities. Sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and its SIGACCESS Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing, this conference's single track and friendly atmosphere are intended to provide an ideal venue to meet researchers, practitioners, developers and policy makers to exchange ideas, share information and make new contacts.
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2008 Rehacare Trade Fair and Conference

October 15, 2008 to October 18, 2008 in Dusseldorf, Germany

With over 800 companies exhibiting their products, Rehacare is one of the largest exhibitions of assistive technology in Europe and the world. A.T. manufacturers and distributors from over 30 countries and 6 continents fill the Dusseldorf Exhibition Center to provide people with disabilities and everyone who has an interest in A.T. with the opportunity to see the latest developments in almost every aspect of the field.
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Closing The Gap: 26th Annual Conference

October 16, 2008 to October 18, 2008 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

The 26th Closing the Gap Annual Conference will cover a broad spectrum of topics on technology as it is being applied to all disabilities and age groups in education, rehabilitation, vocation, and independent living People with disabilities, special educators, rehabilitation professionals, administrators, service care providers, personnel managers, government officials, and hardware/software developers will share their experiences and insights. All day pre-conference workshops are scheduled for October 14-15, 2008.
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18th 2008 Annual Brain Injury Conference "Starting Over"

October 22, 2008 in Dover, Delaware

The 18th Annual Brain Injury Coference topics center on traumatic brain injury in children, adults, and returning members of the military. There will also be presentations by experienced professionals on subjects including the N;ueroanatomy of TBI, Complimentary Medicine, Assistive Technology, and Traumatic Brain Injury form a Trauma Doctor's Perspective. Continuing Education Credits are offered.
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Balancing Learning Disabilities Conference 2008

November 6, 2008 in Mississauga,, Ontario Canada

The Balancing Learning Disabilities Conference 2008 will include general and special education teachers, Para-educators, consultants, supervisors of special education programs, teacher trainers, researchers, parents, medical professionals and other professionals. Presentations will focus on effective interventions from early childhood through adulthood. Sponsors include Janssen-Ortho, Star Academy, and The Mississauga News.
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11th Annual Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference for Education, for Businesses, for Web and Media Designers

November 11, 2008 to November 14, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado

Accessing Higher Ground focuses on the implementation and benefits of assistive technology in the university and college setting for individuals with sensory, physical and learning disabilities. Other topics include legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance, and making campus media and information resources, including Web pages and library resources, accessible. The conference includes workshops, lectures, and hands-on experience.
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NADD 2008 25th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show

November 12, 2008 to November 14, 2008 in Niagra Falls, Ontario

NADD 2008 25th Annual Conference focuses on advancing mental health wellness for persons with developmental disabilities through promoting excellence in mental health care. This year’s conference theme is “Assessment, Treatment and Policy Advances.” The conference is intended to interest medical psychiatrists, administrators, psychologists, researchers, social workers, case managers, nurses, educators, consultants, direct support professionals, persons with disabilities, students and family members. Continuing Education Credits offered.
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2008 North Carolina Conference on Exceptional Children

November 16, 2008 to November 18, 2008 in Greensboro, North Carolina

The 2008 North Carolina Conference on Exceptional Children conference will focus on a variety of topics such as curriculum, assessment and research relating to the education of students with disabilities. The conference will also provide status reports on state improvement projects and initiatives such as responsiveness to instructions, positive behavioral support, universal design, and instructional consultation teams. The conference is intended to interest teachers, principals, related service providers, parents, administrators, college and university faculty, students, and exhibitors. Continuing Education Credits provided.
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Addressing the Needs of Students Labeled Deaf and Low Functioning, Deaf-Blind, or At-Risk Institute

November 20, 2008 to November 22, 2008 in Houston, Texas

The Addressing the Needs of Students Labeled Deaf and Low Functioning, Deaf-Blind, or At-Risk Institute will focus on the unique needs of persons who are deaf or deaf/blind and have additional challenges to reaching their life goals. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from those who work directly with this population. Networking opportunities are available to exchange ideas, strategies and resources to acquire new skills. Target audiences include deaf education supervisors, educational diagnosticians, teachers of the deaf, and transition specialists.
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2008 NCTI Technology Innovators Conference

November 20, 2008 to November 21, 2008 in Washington, D.C.

The 2008 NCTI Technology Innovators Conference offers a comprehensive two-day agenda focusing on emerging technology trends, challenges, and guidance for "Thriving in a Global Marketplace." Participants will have the opportunity to discuss solutions for pressing issues with internationally renowned speakers. The conference's Tech Expo will provide an interactive showcase of instructional and assistive technology tools and devices for students with special needs where attendees can experience and "test drive" the latest global technology innovations through the Tech Expo. Attendees also will have an opportunity to network with thought leaders who are transforming the international market through public/private partnerships at the Innovators Marketplace.
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Tactile Graphics 2008 Conference

December 3, 2008 to December 5, 2008 in Birmingham, United Kingdom

The Tactile 2008 Conference offers attendees the opportunity to discover the cutting edge work in tactile graphics, from the latest research, to practical design, use and support techniques, or the latest technology for design and production.
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18th Annual North Carolina Assistive Technology Expo

December 4, 2008 in Raleigh, North Carolina

The 18th Annual North Carolina Assistive Technology Expo will sponsor an exhibit hall celebration that offers vendors the opportunity to connect with conference participants and the public. There will be a hands-on computer lab that companies can sponsor and use to provide product training.
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ableTech '08: International Conference on Accessible and Assistive Technologies

December 10, 2008 to December 11, 2008 in Bilbao, Spain

ableTech '08 will provide a forum for exchanging knowledge and experience between the different agents of the value chain in the fields of accessible technology and support services for people with disabilities. There also will be an exhibit of assistive products and several workshops.
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