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Save the Date: 2013 Disability Policy Seminar in April

The 2013 Disability Policy Seminar will be held in Washington, D.C. on April 15-17. This is an opportunity for individuals to meet with and hear from disability policy experts, including administration officials, key Hill staff and other advocates to discuss the “hottest topics in disability public policy.” This includes topics such as Medicaid, Social Security, the current budget situation and how these relate to and directly impact programs that help individuals with disabilities. The third day of the conference culminates with a breakfast on Capitol Hill and meetings with your elected representatives and staff.

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Monday, April 15, 2013 - 9:00am to Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 11:00am


September 19, 2012— The National Council on Disability (NCD) released its annual report on U.S. disability policy titled the 2012 NCD Progress Report. The report presents NCD’s assessment of federal disability policy, the impact that emerging trends and policies had on quality of life and provides recommendations to the legislative and executive branches, including: the U.S.


The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) announced their 2013 Student Design Competition (SDC). The annual competition provides teams of students with the opportunity to present creative and innovative assistive technology designs that can help people with disabilities function more independently. Students from a variety of disciplines are able to participate, including: mechanical, electrical, biomedical engineering, computer information science, architecture, and physical and occupational therapy.


September 18, 2012 –   The Federal Communications Commission (FFC) is having a Consumer Advisory Committee meeting on Friday, September 21, 2012 from 2:00pm-4:00pm EDT. Agenda items include, but are not limited to, recommendations on broadband access, text spamming, and an item on disability complaints processing presented by Gregory Hlibok Chief, and Susan Kimmel, Deputy Chief, Disability Rights Office. The meeting is open to the public and will be broadcast live over the Internet.

Building Rehabilitation Research Capacity at the Nexus of New Technologies, Aging and Disability

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies for Successful Aging with a Disability (OPIT-RERC) will hold their State of the Science Conference in Marina del Rey, California on October 25-26, 2012.  The conference will discuss perspectives on aging and disability research and advances in new technologies with an aim to “develop a strategy for responding to future needs and opportunities and strengthening the comparative effective evidence-base for policy and practice decision-making that embodies the nexus perspective.”

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Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 9:00am to Friday, October 26, 2012 - 5:00pm
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