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Calendar of Disability Events 2003

Listed below are important Disability conferences or other conferences which often have disability-related activities and events. Since disability issues are the primary concern of this site, it is also suggested that disability related papers can  be submitted to these events where possible. Should  you wish to submit a paper related to disabilities check the URL provided for submission dates.  If you know of  other conferences not here, please  add your listing, by sending details to: please send details to icdri@icdri.org or by going to the Conference Registration Page.  If you need to modify an entry here, please do so by contacting us at icdri@icdri.org or going to the Conference Event Modification Page.

This calendar was compiled, as a convenience for our readers, by Steve Jacobs. Neither Steve, nor ICDRI, assume responsibility for any errors contained herein. However, if you know of a correction that needs to be made please submit it to our staff at icdri@icdri.org or you may use the Conference Event Modification Page to make any needed changes.

Another great Calendar 2005-2006 built by Steve and his organization is found at: http://www.ideal-group.org/calendar 


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February, 19, 2003 Vision Loss in the 21st Century—Everybody's Business 

VISION LOSS IN THE 21st CENTURY—EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS, February 19-22, 2003, Beverly Hills, California. 

Contact: AFB Communications
Phone: (212) 502-7615
E-Mail: afbnews@afb.net

March 14 - 15, 2003 Accessibility Leadership Summit A two day conference designed to empower those with disabilities by bringing together person with disabilities, educators, professionals, caregivers, government and community agencies and faith based organizations.  March 14th and 15th. 

For more information contact: 
Megan at 703-770-2933 or mmills@mcleanbible.org 

March 24-26, 2003 TechEd Ontario Convention Center - Ontario, CA

TechEd is a premiere educational technology conference & exposition featuring over 4000 attendees experiencing 275+ opportunities to see and discuss the latest innovations and challenges in the effective use of technology in education. One of the 2003 conference themes is 'Technology and persons with disabilities', and to connect attendees with assistive technology companies we will feature an assistive technology pavilion on our exhibit floor.

The Community College Foundation
Contact: William Neece
Address: 1901 Royal Oaks Dr.
Sacramento CA  95815 USA
Telephone: 916.418.5136
Email: wneece@techedevents.org 

Generous group and early-bird registration discounts available, please contact:
 Michael Coe at mcoe@techedevents.org  for information.


March 29-30 International Conference on Spina Bifida Herewith we inform that an international conference will take palce in Salsomaggiore Terme     (Parma- Italy) on the 29th-30th March 2003 on the following topic : "Research and Border Therapies in the treatment of Spina Bifida".
Visit G.A.S.B.E.R. internet site

www.gasber.it/inglese/conferenza.htm for more information about the programme of the conference and for booking.


May 5-6, 2003 Twenty-Ninth Institute on Rehabilitation Issues (IRI)

Twenty-Ninth Institute on Rehabilitation Issues (IRI)

Sponsored by the Rehabilitation Services Administration located in the U.S. Department of Education

Washington Marriott Hotel

1221 22nd Street, NW

Washington, DC  20037

Phone: (202872-1500

Participants will review and comment on draft documents on topics related to consumer empowerment and teaching orientation and mobility skills.  IRI publications are used in training vocational rehabilitation counselors.

Registration is $150.

For Registration and other information contact:

Dr. Donald Dew

The George Washington University

2011 Eye Street, NW, Suite 300

Washington, DC  20052


Fax: (202775-0053


web site:      http://www.gwu.edu/~rrcep/National.htm  


 May 5-9, 2003  YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities 24th Annual International Conference   YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities 24th Annual International Conference - Successful Outcomes in Mental Retardation and Developmental/Learning Disabilities

YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities will hold its 24th Annual International Conference on developmental and learning disabilities on May 5-9, 2003 at the Crowne Plaza Manhattan Hotel, 1605 Broadway, in New York City. The five-day conference, “Successful Outcomes in Mental Retardation and Developmental/Learning Disabilities: Approaches and Strategies that Work,” will feature more than 300 prominent speakers from throughout the United States and abroad. A full-day post conference workshop on Applied Behavioral Analysis with Vincent J. Carbone, Ed.D., Board Certified Behavior Analyst, will be held on Friday, May 9.

YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities

Contact: Abbe Wittenberg
 460 West 34th St.
City: New York, NY 10001

Telephone: 212-273-6193
FAX: 212-629-4113



May 13-16 International Spinal Cord Conference International Spinal Cord Conference in Havana May 13-16
Presenters from Cuba, Canada, UK, Spain, USA, Italy, Belgium & Portugal;

Vicki Martin
 (630) 539-2558
Cuba Seminars / La Perla del Caribe

[Travel provided by La Perla del Caribe and complies with USDT OFAC travel restrictions to Cuba.


AADB is a national consumer advocacy organization which promotes better opportunities and services for deaf-blind people. The next AADB convention is scheduled for 2003 in San Jose, California. The main reason it will be hosted in 2003, rather than 2002, is to give the deaf-blind an opportunity to attend both AADB and NAD conferences in separate summers. The Chair of the 2003 conference is Tom Sprinkle. Please contact AADB for additional information.  

Program Manager  
Joy Larson  
814 Thayer Ave, Ste 302  
Silver Spring, MD 20910-4500  
FAX: (301) 588-8705  
TTY:(301) 588-6545  


June 3-7, 2003 Postsecondary Disability Training Institute Postsecondary Disability Training Institute

University of Connecticut, Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability

The objective of this Training Institute is to assist concerned professionals to meet the unique needs of college students with disabilities.

Participants can select from a variety of Strands and Single Sessions taught by experts in the field that provide participants with in-depth information and adequate time for questions and follow-up activities.

Participants also have opportunities to share information and network with each other at various activities throughout the week.

University of Connecticut, Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability


Contact: Carrol Waite
Address: 362 Fairfield Road, Unit 2064
Storrs  CT 06269-2064  USA
Telephone: (860) 486-3321 
FAX: (860) 486-5799
Email: carrol.waite@uconn.edu 

June 15-19, 2003 Sixth Annual International Symposium on Pediatric Pain Sidney
Sixth Annual International Symposium on Pediatric Pain
Theme: "Pain in Childhood": "The Big Questions" Venue: The Sydney Convention Center, Darling Harbour.
Please contact DC Conferences for further information - Telephone: 61-2-9439-6744 email:mail@dcconferences.com.au 
June 16-18 North American Collaborating Center on ICF (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health)  

The NACC Conference on ICF provides an opportunity for valuable knowledge sharing and open discussion on issues related to the ICF.  It is associated with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics and Washington University

Trish Welch Saleeby
Address: Campus Box 8505, 4444 Forest Park Ave
St Louis, MO,63108  USA
Telephone: 314-286-1612
FAX: 314-286-1601
Email: welchp@gwbmail.wustl.edu 
Information is available in the recent NACC ICF Clearinghouse newsletters available on the website.


July 26-30, 2003


American Society for Deaf Children 18th Biennial Convention


American Society for Deaf Children 18th

Biennial Convention Family Reunion: Nurturing a Lineage of Support The goal of the conference is to provide families of deaf and hard of hearing children with the information and resources they need to provide the best environment and services for their children. Over 70 speakers will present on a variety of topics related to the needs of deaf and hard of hearing children.

Diana Poeppelmeyer
1102 South Congress
 Austin,  Texas  78764
FAX: 512.462.5661



September 1-5, 2003 Long Range Planning Zurich, Switzerland
Long Range Planning
Interact 2003


September 18-20, 2003 World Congress and Exposition on Disabilities (WCD) Orange Country Convention Center in Orlando, FL

Contact: Luisa Campos
Marketing Assistant
H.A. Bruno, LLC
210 Route 4 East
Paramus, NJ 07652
877-923-3976 or 201-226-1446 ext. 123
Fax: 201-226-1236


October 2-5, 2003

2003 NRA Annual Training Conference and Exhibits

Opryland Hotel, Nashville,

TNNRA Conference Rate is $119 single/double plus tax until August 29, 2003. For hotel reservations call 615-883-2211 (Mention NRA Conference) Opryland Hotel, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214 - www.opryland.com Earlybird Rate ends August 5, 2003.

Annual Conference for the National Rehabilitation Association This year's theme is "Building the Rehabilitation Future: Partnerships, Participation, and Paradigms" CEU's will be offered.


October 15, 2003 Making Safety Accessible Making Safety Accessible,” a conference on how domestic violence & sexual assault affect people with disabilities. The conference will bring together survivors of domestic violence/sexual assault, people with disabilities, and employees of organizations working with either group, to educate each other and share our experience.
It is presented by Bronx Independent Living Services from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the fully accessible Lighthouse Conference Center at 111 East 59th Street (between Lexington and Park Avenues in Manhattan).
For more information call Bronx Independent Living Services at 718-515-2800 (voice); 718-515-2803 (TTY);
or send e-mail to lostriker@bils.org. This event is funded by the Violence Against Women Office of the U.S. Department of Justice.
October 18 Seminar on Universal Web Accessibility


Carlton Hall, York Hotel Singapore

Date & Time: Saturday 18, October 2003 (2.00pm - 5.30pm)

Cost:$ = Free
Contact: Ms Regana at DID: 68991220# 204 or Email- Ms. Regana at dpafunds@dpa.org.sg

For more information Visit: http://www.dpa.org.sg/

October 31-November 2 1rst  Annual International Mosaic Down Syndrome Awareness Convention !

 7800 Universal Blvd.
 Orlando, Florida 32819 United States
 Toll Free: 1-866-864-8672
 Tel 1-407-355-0550
  Fax: 1-407-355-0504
For complete IMDSA Convention details , please visit http://www.imdsa.com 
 Anyone interested in attending the MDS Conference/Convention can obtain a registration form at:
 To book hotel rooms please call the hotel directly at 1-866-864-8672.


November 4-7, 2003 Florida ADA Working Group Conference

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