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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.

2012 Traumatic Brain Injury Hope's Second Unconventional Approaches Conference

January 20, 2012 in Hiddenite, North Carolina

The 2012 Traumatic Brain Injury Hope's Second Unconventional Approaches Conference will introduce survivors of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and care providers to methods that are available to them outside the basic "medical model' or standard recommended treatments following a TBI. This conference will offer education on several topics, including chiropractic and nutrition for people with TBI; functional rehabilitation people with TBI; how thoughts and emotions affect overall well-being; and cellular nutrition. Participants will have access to materials and hands-on activities relevant to these topics. CEU credits will be offered.
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ATIA 2012 Orlando Conference and Exhibition

January 26, 2012 to January 28, 2012 in Orlando, Florida

ATIA Orlando 2012 once again will serve 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 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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2012 Special Camp Fair, Resources for Children with Special Needs

January 28, 2012 in New York, New York

The 2012 Special Camp Fair will focus on helping parents, caregivers, and teens with disabilities plan productive summer programs for these youth. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with camp directors and obtain information on travel programs, remedial education programs, volunteer and job opportunities and early childhood programs. Sign language interpreters will be available. Attendees will also receive a free copy of the Camps 2011-2012 directory.
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CSUN 2012 International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference

February 27, 2012 to March 3, 2012 in San Diego, California

This comprehensive conference features presentations, training and exhibitions relating to all types assistive technology. The conferences addresses issues for all ages, disabilities, and levels of education as well as training, employment, and independent living.
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2012 Annual Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention and Exhibition

March 8, 2012 to March 10, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas

"Remember Our Mission" is the theme for the 56th Annual Convention of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association conference. More than 4500 speech pathologists, audiologists, consumers, and speakers from Texas and surrounding states are expected to attend. Activities and opportunities will be provided through job placement services, university day, and onsite advertising. TSHA's annual meetings provide members continuing educational opportunities for professional growth and fellowship, and there will be an exhibition with over 200 vendors.
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Brain Injury Rehabilitation Conference

March 16, 2012 to March 17, 2012 in La Jolla, California

The Seventh Annual Brain Injury Rehabilitation Conference is designed to provide a clear understanding of the need for multidisciplinary strategies in the management of patients with brain injuries. A renowned faculty of interdisciplinary specialists will present the latest in research and outcomes from a variety of medical perspectives. Topics include interventions and management for medical and physical rehabilitation as well as cognitive, emotional, and social problems common to brain injury patients. A strong emphasis on the need for increased quality, efficiency, and value in response to health care reform will be a consistent theme throughout this conference, which is sponsored by the Rehabilitation Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas.
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Pacific Rim 2012 International Conference on Disabilities

March 24, 2012 to March 25, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii

The 2012 International Pacific Rim conference will offer participants the opportunity to explore global challenges, personal experiences and research advancements related to enabling individuals with disabilities to reach their complete potential. Participants also will learn from one another and share resources and ideas that support the quality of life, community inclusion, and self determination for all persons with disabilities and their families. This conference’s themes are Foundation, Exploration, and Innovation. The conference is hosted by the Center on Disability Studies (CDS), a University of Hawaii Board of Regents recognized center of programs focused on the development and conduct of interdisciplinary education, training, research demonstration and evaluation through university and community services.
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2012 Community Resources for People with Autism 22nd Annual Conference

April 10, 2012 in Holyoke, Massachusetts

In celebration of Autism Month, Community Resources for People with Autism will be hosting its 22nd 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. All sponsors will receive the following: Outbound website link for 1 year, recognition in Community Resources’ newsletter and website, and recognition in The Association for Community Living’s Final Report 2012 and newsletter.
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2012 Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo

April 11, 2012 to April 14, 2012 in Denver, Colorado

The 2012 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention and Expo is one of the largest professional gatherings of the special education community. Attendees will include special educators and early interventionists, general educators working closely with special educators, researchers, psychologist and diagnosticians, administrators and supervisors, parents, and others with a keen interest in special, early, and gifted education. The event will offer hundreds of educational sessions in a variety of formats to meet learner’s needs. Topics will include, teacher effectiveness, evidence-based instructional strategies, response to intervention, universal design learning, autism, restraints and seclusion, and mental health.
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Atypical Learner Conference

April 13, 2012 to April 15, 2012 in Annapolis, Maryland

The second annual Atypical Learner Conference for children with X & Y chromosome variations, dyslexia and dyspraxia will feature keynote speaker, Nancy Clements of The Stern Center for Language and Learning, who will cover the theoretical model of Michelle Garcia's Social Thinking program and strategies to interact with others. Other sessions include brain behavior, "Developing an IEP without litigation", "Is it all about the X?", "Neuroscience: Function of girls with XXX and boys with XXY", and parent panels. This conference is sponsored by The Focus Foundation.
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2012 Accessibility Summit

April 20, 2012 to April 21, 2012 in Vienna, Virginia

The 2012 Accessibility Summit will offer 30 workshops covering a broad range of disability-related topics. Families, caregivers, religious organizations, teachers, and other professionals will be able to attend innovative and educational presentations on issues relevant to people with disabilities and those who care for, and work with, people with disabilities. Attendees also will be able to interact with over 60 vendors representing products, services, and organizations of interest to the special needs community.
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NARRTC 2012 Annual Conference

April 26, 2012 to April 27, 2012 in Alexandria, Virginia

NARRTC (formerly known as the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers) seeks improve the quality of life, independence of life choices, and the inclusion of individuals with disabilities and their families through relevant research, training, technical assistance, knowledge translation, development and demonstration activities. NARRTC members are current projects funded through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The theme of the 2012 conference will be "Advancing and Sustaining Research in Disability and Rehabilitation."
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YAI 33rd Annual International Conference

April 30, 2012 to May 3, 2012 in New York, New York

The YAI 33rd Annual Network International Conference will focus on programs, services and policies that enhance the lives of people with developmental and learning disabilities and their families. Attendees include physicians, direct service professionals, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, administrators, higher education faculty, general education and special education professionals, early intervention staff, behavioral health professionals, family members, people with disabilities and anyone working or interested in the field of developmental and learning disabilities. Workshop topics include Advocacy and Self-Determination, Management/Supervisory, Aging, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Clinical Issues and Practices, Psychopharmacology, Day Services, Quality of Life, Dual Diagnosis, Early Childhood, Residential Services, Sexuality, Special Education, Staff Training, Family Supports , Health Care/Medical, Life Planning, Legal, Ethical and Policy Issues, Staff Training, Technology, Transition and Employment Training,
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2012 Caring Communities World of Possibilities Disabilities, Healthy Aging and Independent Living Expo

May 18, 2012 to May 19, 2012 in Timonium, Maryland

The 2012 Caring Communities World of Possibilities Disabilities, Healthy Aging and Independent Living Expo is now the Region’s most important forum for disability-related resources. The conference is designed for everyone within the disabilities and senior community, children with disabilities and their families, caregivers, service providers, veterans, and baby-boomers. Attendees will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and to explore the latest products, services, technology and resources that include: assistive and adaptive devices, durable medical equipment, computer software, mobility products and free wheelchair repairs. Other resources and products include recreation and travel information, adapted exercise equipment, personal care products and communication devices for the visually impaired and deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Local agencies and support groups will also be in attendance to participate in the many informative workshops and product demonstrations.
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2012 Annual Family Cafe

June 15, 2012 to June 17, 2012 in Orlando, Florida

The 14th Annual Family Cafe will provide a venue where individuals with all types of disabilities and their families from all regions of Florida can gather information about available services and how to best access them. It offers families access to policy-making officials, exposure to a range of public and private resources, and opportunities to find support by networking with other families.
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ISG*ISARC 2012

June 26, 2012 to June 29, 2012 in Eindhoven, Netherlands

The world conference of the International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG) will take place in cooperation with the International Symposium of Automation and Robotics (ISARC) in Construction. The conference's theme will be "Who is afraid of aging?", and it will cover many aspects of the aging society, including quality of life (including leisure and pleasure), home care, life-long working, retrofitting existing buildings and infrastructures, and new technologies such as ICT, automation and robotics.
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RESNA 2012 Annual Conference

June 28, 2012 to July 3, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland

The RESNA 2012 Annual Conference will be 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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2012 Biennial National Association of the Deaf Conference

July 3, 2012 to July 7, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky

The 51st Biennial National Association of the Deaf (NAD) will offer a variety of presentations, exhibits and other opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, their family members and friends, and others who work with the deaf community to interact and learn. NAD has partnered with the DeaFestival Kentucky, a gathering of visual and performing artists who celebrate the language, culture, diversity and arts within the deaf and hard of hearing community, as the DeaFestival Visual Artists Studio, with 50 artist booths, will be at the NAD Exhibit Hall.
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2012 AHEAD Conference

July 9, 2012 to July 14, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana

The 2012 AHEAD conference will offer attendees the opportunity to meet professionals in the field of higher education and disability. This year’s conference is designed to develop professional competencies, challenge perspectives on disability, and influence practices. The conference will explore how designing with intention leads to diverse, inclusive, accessible, and equitable campus communities that will influence perceptions of disability, social change, and the overall educational environment.
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2012 Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) International Conference

July 18, 2012 to July 22, 2012 in Seattle, Washington

The 2012 AER International Conference will feature hands-on presentations in the field of blindness and visual impairment. Topics to be presented include Orientation and Mobility; Vision Rehabilitation Therapy; Aging and Blindness; Vocational Rehabilitation, Employment and BEP Services; Education Curriculum; Psychosocial Services; Multiple Disabilities; and Personnel Preparation. Attendees will include orientation and mobility specialists, teachers, low vision and vision rehabilitation therapists, counselors, social workers, optometrists, ophthalmologists, administrators and professionals from related fields. All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
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2012 Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC)

July 30, 2012 to August 3, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

ISAAC 2012's theme of "Highest performance communication; best life experience - WOW!" focuses on ISAAC's mission that people anywhere in the world who communicate with little or no speech deserve to achieve the most effective communication possible in order to achieve their maximum potential.
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Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association's 2012 Annual Conference

August 10, 2012 to August 11, 2012 in Bowling Green, Kentucky

The KOTA 2012 Annual Conference will provide an opportunity for the occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and students of occupational therapy in Kentucky to network and share ideas and experiences.
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2012 Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Summit

August 27, 2012 to August 30, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada

The 2012 Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS Summit’s theme is "Delivering Excellence, Achieving State-of-the Art Health Care." The event will bring together 900 allied healthcare professionals such as physicians, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, and researchers. Key issues of discussions will include treatment, care, rehabilitation, and such cross-cutting topics as wound and skin care, mobility, and continence as it pertains to spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. Attendees can take advantage of two networking receptions, and there will be prize giveaway incentives for attendees to visit each exhibit booth.
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2012 Annual Conference of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, Inc.

September 3, 2012 to September 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada

The 2012 Annual Conference of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) is the premiere conference for spinal cord injury professionals. Nearly 600 individuals from a broad spectrum of professions in SCI health care and research attended the 2011 annual conference and expo. The ASCIP conference offers a venue for SCI professionals to network, share ideas, and integrate the disciplines of medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, behavioral health, and rehabilitation therapy.
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Developing with Accessibility

September 6, 2012 to September 7, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

The FCC's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative (A&I) will be hosting the "Developing with Accessibility," which is designed to spur increased collaboration on accessibility solutions among developers from industry, consumer, and government sectors. The event will encourage the use of accessibility APIs (application programming interfaces), as well as publicly available data sets, in order to build accessible apps for mobile phones and websites. One of the key objectives is to promote the concept and practice of developing applications within accepted accessibility guidelines, thereby maximizing their usability for everyone, including people with disabilities. The event will offer training on development topics, in-person collaboration on programming projects, and professional networking among developers. The general session of the event will be webcast with open captioning at http://www.fcc.gov/live.
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Sight-Hearing Encouragement Program's First Regional Deaf-Blind Conference

October 12, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The theme of the Sight-Hearing Encouragement Program (SHEP) First Regional Deaf-Blind Conference is, "You Can Do It! Advocacy and Self Determination, Keys to Your Future!" The conference will focus on providing an opportunity for individuals who are deaf-blind to learn advocacy skills that they can implement in their daily activities, receive encouragement and motivation to do what they need to do to be successful independent individuals, learn about technologies available to individuals with dual sensory loss, expand their knowledge of assistive technology vendors, and obtain information about assistive products and other helpful resources.
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2012 Closing The Gap: 30th Annual Conference

October 17, 2012 to October 19, 2012 in Bloomington, Minnesota

The Thirtieth Annual Closing the Gap conference builds on a tradition of providing a comprehensive examination of the most current uses of technology by persons with disabilities and the professionals who work with them. Topics will cover a broad spectrum of technology as it is being applied to all disabilities and age groups in education, rehabilitation, vocation and independent living. Preconference workshops will be held October 15 and 16, 2012.
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First Indian Seating and Mobility Symposium

November 3, 2012 to November 4, 2012 in New Delhi, India

The 1st Indian Seating and Mobility Symposium (ISMS) will address the need for good clinical practice in the field of mobility service provision, through the dissemination of evidence-based research and best practices in the field. The ISMS will educate users and rehabilitation professionals and feature world leaders in the field of rehabilitation sciences.
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2012 National Employment Conference

December 5, 2012 to December 7, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia

The 2012 National Employment Conference is an opportunity for the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) community to explore the question: "In this new economy, where and how can the VR profession add true and targeted value to achieve the goal of meaningful careers, self-sufficiency, and independence for persons with disabilities?" Through interactive, hands-on sessions, conference attendees and presenters will examine the state of the economy and exchange ideas, research, and models in order to achieve goals of competitive wages and self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities.
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