A question of hope, healing or heartbreak for people with vision loss

There has been a flurry of recent reports circulating around the web regarding some promising results for people who have vision loss.  These latest research results are showing the potential for the implantation of human embryonic stem cells and people who have degenerative retinal diseases, such as macular degeneration and Stargardt’s disease.    Below I’ve hyperlinked just a few for you.  Disseminating this news is not my purpose here, however.  I want to ask my readers a few questions about your feelings on the subject.

 

If I had to guess, I would imagine the responses to my questions would vary widely,  depending upon when, and under what circumstances, you lost your eyesight.  How likely would you be to participate in this sort of trial?  If your eyesight could be restored, would you leap at the chance?  What if the results were only temporary?  What if the treatment were of a nature that precluded later, potentially more promising outcomes?  What if the treatment worked for many, but not for you?  How would you feel about no longer being part of a community, such as the smaller RP community, or the larger disability community?  How much of your sense of self is defined by your vision, or lack thereof?  Would you choose a restorative treatment for yourself first, or your children?  If you are a sighted spouse of a partner who is blind, how would you feel about the change in dynamic of your relationship?  Is there any aspect of your character or personality that would be changed by restored vision loss?  What if the result was little more than an approximation of eyesight, say, the ability to perceive outlines, but no details or color?  Would you be satisfied with mere light perception?  I guess the ultimate question is, what would you be willing to settle for?     

 

I can think of a thousand other questions, but you get the idea.  Please comment and share your thoughts.  I think many of my sighted readers might be very surprised by some of the responses.

      Click here to read Stem Cells Bring Hope

Click here to go to The Lancet

Click here to read AARP blog

Click here to read article on Nature.com

Click here to read more on clinical trials

 

You can also learn more by following @fightblindness on Twitter.

 

So, what would you do if you could change everything?

 

LL

A few of my favorite quotes on gratitude

Honestly, I don’t know why I’m fixated on this topic at the moment.  I seldom post on the same topic twice in a row, unless the post is specifically identified as a series.  For whatever reason, I continue to feel a need to write about gratitude, not so as to take anyone to school, rather, to share with my readers the amazing boomerang effect of expressing gratitude.

 

Gratitude need not always be a showy display or composed in flowery language.  Sometimes, the simple act of paying attention to someone who has requested it of you can be enough.  Recently, I’ve asked a number of individuals to assist me by providing quotes for a couple of articles.  It has been interesting to me to make note of those who have responded with grace and gratitude, and those who have not.  As speaker and presentation coach and friend, Rich Hopkins (@richhopkins) said, ‘It’s one thing to be big-timed by someone who is a big shot, it’s another to be big-timed by someone who thinks he’s a big shot, but who isn’t."

 

Below are just a few quotes on gratitude that I value.  Feel free to pass them on, or add to the list in the comments.  Oh, and thank you for your time.  I always appreciate your input. 
 

Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies.
— Charles E. Jefferson (1860 -  1937))

 

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
— Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC), ‘Pro Plancio,’ 54 B.C.

 

Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.
— Jacques Maritain (1882 – 1973), Reflections on America, 1958

 

It’s a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.
— Roberto Benigni (1952 – ), in Newsweek

 

 

LL

Gratitude: A business-building basic

Forget the finer points of business etiquette.  Depending upon where you do business, with whom, and what kind, the intricacies of relational etiquette can require a survival guide, for sure.  It can be a walk on a wire, learning cultures and context and communication.  Never mind all that.  Let’s keep things simple.  In fact, let’s distill things down to two single-syllable words:  Thank you.

 

Gratitude is a universally understood currency that can be easily exchanged,  and is therefore extremely powerful.  I’m not talking about keeping a journal with gold leaf edges and pretty pink pages.  I’m not talking about the exchange of gifts, or the perfunctory thanks we offer for a kindness that barely registers on our personal Richter scale.  I’m talking about acknowledging and validating those who do a real service, enhance your life experience, or who go out of their way to attempt to engage you in some other way besides an RT on Twitter.  Now that I think of it, though, there’s nothing wrong with saying thank you for that, either.

 

It is appalling to me, not to mention incredibly hurtful and frustrating, how often we fail to recognize when someone is genuinely trying to reach out, to do a kindness, to be a friend, or to support another’s efforts, only to have that attempt met with silence.  I spend a healthy portion of my day reaching out to those with whom I hope to build some sort of relationship,  and whether you call that networking or sharing or promotion, there seems to be an abundant lack of understanding as to how this process works.  If expressing gratitude makes you feel uncomfortable, then you are flat doing it wrong.  All you need is a little less ego, and a little more listening, and then you’ll have it.

 

My view is that what all of us really want out of this life is to be acknowledged, affirmed and heard.  That is my recipe for dishing out gratitude in heaping proportions .  it goes like this:

 

"Thank you for your kind words earlier.  I think what you wrote was amazing.  In what way can I be of assistance?"

 

Then, stop talking.  What you’ll likely hear is your own gratitude, mirrored back to you.

 

The problem with all of this is, until we all get it, many of our relationships can often feel one-sided.  We take each other for granted, we just expect the other person will always be there to be our ‘fan," and we barely feel a need to say a special thank you for those who have affirmed us.  After all, we’re fabulous, right?  Who needs to say thank you when everything we do is wonderful?  Wrong.  How do you know you’re wrong?  When you feel empty, disconnected, lonely, or wonder why, when there are so many people in your life, you still feel alone.

 

There are days when we might feel as though what we do is nothing more than a thankless exercise in futility.  No one should feel that way.  So, how can you change it?  Well, you can start small.  For example, instead of viewing the "comments" area on someone’s blog as an opportunity to be critical, think of it instead as a way of saying thank you to someone who is likely not receiving any compensation whatsoever for their expenditure of energy.  Not everyone is a paid blogger, or has pages covered with lucrative ads.  Some people blog for the love of it, for the joy of helping others.  I know, I know…there is no such thing as altruism.  that doesn’t make it okay, though, for anyone to be a self-centered, selfish egomaniac who feels a need to demonstrate his self-proclaimed superiority at another’s expense.  Didn’t your mother tell you that if you don’t have anything nice to say, or at the very least, neutral or constructive, then don’t say anything?  And no, this post is not being composed as a result of some angry diatribe left in the comments section.  My readers have been nothing other than kind and generous in their support, for which I hope I have demonstrated sufficient gratitude.

     

One final word.   When someone does say thank you, please say "you’re welcome," instead of something flip or glib.  It is so irritating to me when I express my heartfelt gratitude to someone, only to get some clever little comeback as a response.  If someone is taking the time to acknowledge you, return the favor in kind.  I promise, it won’t hurt.

       

I would like to thank two gentlemen in particular who inspired  this post, John Bodette (@Bearmugs)and Jonathan Mosen (@jonathanmosen), both of whom acknowledged something I said, affirmed me with a kind word, and accepted my gratitude with grace.

 

LL 

New feature for @Accessible_Jobs followers: Job seeker of the week

If you follow my Twitter account @Accessible_Jobs, then you know that accessibility and assistive technology related tweets drop into your stream several times a day.  If you are a job seeker, you can click on the links attached to the tweet, which will take you to the employer and job description page, and immediately apply.  The jobs are available throughout the U.S., and since some of you may be in a position to relocate,, I do not limit the tweets to a specific geographical location.  Besides, why limit the possibilities?

 

Some of you have written to me, asking me for additional help.  While I have explained to each of you that I am not an employment service, all I do is post job tweets, some have appealed to me in an effort to gain additional exposure, which of course, is what any job seeker should do…leverage any advantage, any contact, so as to get that edge.  Well done.

 

For some time now, I’ve been mulling over an idea that I think I’d like to try.  In addition to the daily job tweets, i’m going to roll out a new feature for my followers that I’ll call, "This Week’s Featured Job Seeker."

 

The idea is to showcase one individual for one week, highlighting their skills and abilities, type of opportunity sought, and other promotional information.  In each tweet, I will link to a resume, Linked In page or other professional profile page, a blog or web site on which relevant information appears.  The goal is to raise your visibility, connect you with other contacts and potential employers.  I will post ten tweets about you throughout your week.  If you like, you may supply the tweet.  In fact, it is preferable that you send me a list of ten tweets, that way you are ensured the precise wording and preferred tone, along with the correct link.

   

Think it can’t work?  Well, who knows.  We cannot predict in life what contact leads to which connection that places you right where you need to be.  Remember, luck is preparation meeting opportunity.  Sometimes, the line between point A and point B isn’t always a straight one, and by contacting me, you helped spark this idea, which just may land you a job.  Think it over, and if you’d like to participate, I’m here to help.

 

Here are the rules of the game:

1:  You must have your professional data residing somewhere online, with a permalink to the page.  I will only link to your professional profile information, I will not link to your Facebook page. 

2:  I must be able to review your information, at least, to some degree, to ensure that I’m not promoting your effort to publicize your latest MLM scheme or porn video release.

3:  If you are out-of-country, and seeking a job in the USA, all of your work permit documents must be in order.  No, I will not be checking them, this is the honor system here, but if you are contacted by an employer and you are not prepared to travel, you have wasted everyone’s valuable time, particularly mine. 

4:  You must be willing to listen to my suggestions as to how to improve upon your presentation.  No, I am not going to rewrite your resume, but if there are spelling or formatting errors that I know will work to your detriment, you must at least be willing to hear what I have to say.  I will not require that you take my advice, but please be open to it.

5:  I will feature one job seeker per week, but I may not feature one every single week.  How often I feature a job seeker will be left entirely to my discretion.

6:  Whomever is chosen to be the job seeker of the week will be left entirely to my discretion.

7:  I will not in any way personally vouch for your skills and abilities.  I cannot vet each of you, and again, I am not an employment service.  Unless by some chance, we have worked together in some capacity, or I know you personally, I can only promote your work search effort, not endorse your viability as an employee.      

8:   I will not accept any sort of compensation whatsoever.  Therefore, I reserve the right to take a break to earn a living.  Thank you for your understanding. 

9:  I make no warrantees or guarantees of any kind whatsoever. 

10:  Do not operate heavy machinery while using this service, do not use while bathing, swimming, or near standing water.  Contents unfit for human consumption, do not ingest.  If irritation persists, please discontinue use.

 

If you would like for me to feature you, please use the accessible contact form on the Accessible Insights Blog home page, and drop me a note.  I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

To search jobs:

Click here to go to the AT Work job board.

 

To post job openings on the AT Work job board:

Click here to go to the posting page.

 

Best of luck to you.

 

LL
 

Read them. Hear them. Quote them. Be inspired by American Rhetoric

Have you ever heard the Martin Luther King Jr. speech, "I have a Dream" in its entirety?  We’ve all heard the same snippets over and over, but hearing it from beginning to end is a whole new experience.  One of my favorite web sites is called American Rhetoric, and on it, you will find an incredible collection of speeches, audio, and text transcriptions of famous speeches for your review.  You can relive presidential speeches, movie speeches, and speeches inspired by the events of September 11th, 2001.  If you are a blogger, print writer, or just an admirer of a beautifully crafted sentence, you’ll appreciate this web site. 

 

Go here:

 

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/

 

As a speaker, I have repeatedly turned to American Rhetoric for quotes and context.  This site is a fantastic resource for education and entertainment.  You can also purchase some of their offerings.  American Rhetoric is a must for educators and information purveyors everywhere. 

 

To read or listen to the "I Have A Dream" speech in its entirety, click here.

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

 

Keep dreaming…

LL

Lessons learned from a cab ride from hell

Almost any story, no matter how tragic, can seem amusing after putting some distance between yourself and the crisis.  In editing this story, I found myself laughing, but at the time, I can assure you I felt no mirth whatsoever.  Now that I can achieve a little perspective, I think I can write this in such a way as to be somewhat tongue-in-cheek while offering a cautionary tale about traveling when you have a disability, and share some lessons learned.

Recently I returned from a business trip, and was anxious to get home.  After collecting my luggage from the airport baggage claim, I sought the taxi stand.  I live less than a half hour from the airport, and after such a long trip, culminating in a seemingly interminable travel day, I was thrilled to be headed home.  Unfortunately, the last thirty minutes of the trip proved to be the most hazardous.  Here is my tale of woe, shared in hope of helping other blind travelers to avoid my mistakes.

As the first taxi van pulled up to the front of the line, the airport public service attendant who assisted me with my luggage commented, "I know this guy.  He’s a friend of mine.  He’ll take care of you."  Mistake number one:  Accepting the word of one stranger about the trustworthiness of another stranger. 

Seasoned traveler that I am, I learned long ago some important safety tips regarding getting into a vehicle that I cannot see.  After all, just because someone says it’s a taxi, doesn’t mean that it is.  With no way to verify this information, I am very careful about only getting into a vehicle that I have requested in advance, whereupon the driver will confirm my name and other information.   I am usually vigilant about getting the name of the driver and the cab company before I get into the vehicle.  In this case, though, I was catching the cab spontaneously from the public taxi stand, and had not thought to gather this information in the moment. So, I took the luggage porter at his word that he knew the cab driver. 

As my luggage was being loaded into the  back of the taxi, I asked the driver to estimate the cost of the ride.  Since I took a taxi to get to the airport to begin with, I knew about how much the fare should be, but I always ask just in case the possibility of transporting a blind woman might inspire a taxi driver to lie. 

In this case, he did not lie, he was silent.  I repeated the question.  He stuttered and stammered and then said in barely comprehensible English that  he did not know.  I asked him to phone in to the dispatcher for the estimate.  he said he couldn’t do that.  I asked him why not.  After a number of excruciating minutes, I gleaned that he had never heard of the city in which I live,   and he said he needed to plug my address into his GPS, then he could tell me the fare.  Mistake number two:  Never enter a vehicle with someone who is incapable of communicating in your language. 

Mistake number 3:  If he cannot speak your language, ensure his technology can speak  HIS language.

The luggage porter was still standing nearby, so I turned to him.  "You are telling me that this guy is okay?"  I asked in an effort to confirm the driver was legit.  "Sure," repeated the porter, "he’ll take care of you." 

All of my instincts were telling me not to get into the cab, but I was anxious to get home, so I did it anyway. 

 

Mistake number 4:  Always trust your instincts.  Always.  .

My first clue that this was going to be a nightmare was when he could not understand me when I gave him my address, which he was struggling to enter into the GPS while struggling to drive off the airport property.  At rush hour on a weekday, navigating the airport passenger pickup area and departing from the terminals area is a scary proposition under the best of circumstances, but combine that with an uncomprehending driver who cannot operate a GPS unit and you have a ride like a demolition derby.  Granted, I may not be able to fully appreciate the nuances of adept driving, but based upon the number of blaring horns I heard in response to what the driver was doing, it was quite the symphony of road rage out there.                
              

No matter how many times I repeated my address, spelled the name of my street (two one-syllable words), or repeated and spelled the name of the exit off the freeway, there would be no getting through.  He was a stranger in a strange land, an alien with a fundamental illiteracy that would soon put me in danger.  Weaving through and swerving around traffic, and using his foot like a jackhammer on the gas pedal, we lurched onto the freeway.  He ignored my every effort to offer suggestions as to how to get me home, while he repeatedly attempted to type my address into his device.  "No work," he muttered, asking me to repeat my street name yet again.  "Not here."  Out of frustration, I finally insisted that he phone his dispatcher to get directions.  "Please understand," I implored, "I am blind, and if you miss the exit off the freeway I will be of little help to you.  I cannot give you directions other than what I know," I finished weakly, realizing that I had been living in my new city just a few months, and had not yet fully grasped the lay of the land.  "I don’t have much cash on hand…if we get lost, the fare may amount to more cash than I have.  I cannot afford to pay for your inability to use your GPS."  Mistake number 5:  Know how to tell someone else how to get to your home by more than one route.  Learn your new city layout as quickly as you learn your new address and phone number.   

The driver pulled out his phone and called a person he described as a friend.  this friend was supposed to give him directions, based upon my address, presumably consulting his own GPS, or Google maps, or his Magic 8 Ball, or something, and passing along instructions to my wild-eyed cab driver. 

I became alarmed.  I realized that the radio I was hearing in the vehicle may in fact have been tuned to a dispatch channel, but it was not a channel apparently meant for him.  This man had absolutely no idea where he was, or where he was going.  He could not understand a word I said.  he could not function with the GPS.  He was weaving wildly all over the freeway.  He could not pronounce, even with a spelling, the name of my street, and began to shout at me to say the names of the freeway exit and the name of my street over and over.  Still, even if he grasped this information, I realized that I would still need to explain how to proceed through the points in between.  I do not live twenty steps from the freeway exit.  There are a number of streets in between the freeway and home, and I had no idea how I would communicate this to him.  He was still jabbering into the phone, stabbing at the GPS with one finger, as if by random chance it might suddenly announce my destination, and trying to steer all at once.  "He say no street!  No street!" He insisted, going back and forth between me and the mystery dispatcher.   

By now, we were shouting at each other.  He refused to let me out of the car, call a home office, or tell me the meter reading on the fare.  He also would not tell me the name of the cab company or his own name.  I frantically searched the inside of the vehicle for pamphlets or business cards or anything that had his cab ID on it.  There was no Braille inside the van which provided the phone number for the taxi oversight authority.  I realized now that I was in a vehicle that I could not identify operated by a man I could not identify.  he could take me anywhere.  Then, he became so disoriented and agitated, he came to a stop on the freeway. 

"Are you crazy?"  I shrieked.  "Are you crazy?  We are on a freeway!  You can’t stop on a freeway!"  he told me to shut up and calm down, while he spoke in rapid-fire utterances to the person on the phone.  I wasn’t even sure I knew what language he was speaking.  Cars were streaking by us, rocking the van from side to side with the air displacement as they whipped by.  "I’m calling the police."  I announced, taking out my phone and turning it on, cursing myself that I had not done so when I deplaned.  "You are crazy, you are going to get us killed."  I declared, believing those to be my last words on this Earth. 

"Calm down," the driver yelled at me, "I’m trying to figure it out." 

My phone battery was dead.  It wouldn’t dial out.  Mistake number 6:  Ensure your technology is fully charged at all times while traveling.

While I was silently praying I would survive the trip home, the driver shot forward into the flow of traffic.  "Okay, found exit," he announced, as though that ought to quiet me.  "We go.  All fine." 

The story continues to deteriorate from here.  I’ll skip  the rest.  The upshot is that I did eventually get home, and after three stops at the side of various streets for consultation with his phone friend the cartographer and his uncooperative GPS,  I handed the driver every cent I had with me, which totaled fifty-seven dollars, almost twice the typical fare.  Unfortunately, though, this was a few cents short of the amount due.  Fearing that he would drive off with my luggage in the back of the car, I waited to exit the vehicle until it was unloaded, then handed him the cash folded up so that he had to stop to count it while I was dragging my bags up my driveway. 

"You really should tip me." he demanded.  "this is not enough.  The fare was more than this," he called after me, suddenly able to communicate. 

I was incredulous.  "Well, maybe it wouldn’t have been, had you not been running the meter while you stopped on the freeway and three other times trying to find my address."  I snapped.  "That’s all I’ve got, so take it and go."  I shoved my bags into my garage, quickly closed the door, and ran inside before he could assault me.  He waited outside my home for a long time before pulling away. 

I wish I had thought to take a photo with my phone.  I might have been able to snap a picture sufficient to identify the driver or the vehicle to the authorities at some point later.  but I didn’t, and I realize now that I could not have anyway, since my phone battery was dead.  So, with no identifying information about the driver, the vehicle, or the cab company, I had no one to whom to complain.

I did make a half-hearted effort to appeal to the local taxi authority, but with no supporting evidence, I came across as though I had conjured up the entire ordeal out of thin air.

The moral of this story is that one just cannot be too careful, and that hazards await at every turn, even those leading to your own driveway.  Please comment below and share your own travel nightmares.  Do you have any of your own tips for travelers who have disabilities?  Let’s start a list. 

  LL

The 2012 assistive technology conference schedule

Here is my annual post on the most widely-attended assistive tech events that take place throughout the year.  Since the year is still young, complete information may not be available for every

event.  If you can augment this list with your own information, feel free to contribute via the accessible contact form on the blog homepage.  also, if you plan to attend an event as a speaker or

vendor, let me know and I’ll include your details along with the event.  Don’t forget to provide your booth number, if you have one.

 

Finally, this is by no means an exhaustive list, so if I’ve missed one that you think I should include, let me know.

 

ATIA 2012 Orlando
Orlando, Florida, USA January 25 – 28, 2012

Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)
877-687-2842
www.atia.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=4019

 

10th Stroke Rehab Symposium – Getting the Message: Improving Communication in Stroke Care
Toronto, Ontario, Canada January 27, 2012

Conference Services
416 597-3422 ext 3693
www.torontorehab.com/events/strokesymposium

 

TCEA 2012 Annual Convention and Exposition Feb 08 – 10, 2012
Austin, TX At the Texas Computer Education Association Convention and Exposition

 

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Conference: Challenges and Controversies in Diagnosis
Toronto, Ontario, Canada February 10, 2012

Conference Services
416 597-3422 ext 3693
www.torontorehab.com/Events

 

PETE & C Feb 13 – 14, 2012
Hershey, PA The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C)

 

eTech Ohio Feb 13 – 15, 2012 Columbus, OH.

 

The 22nd Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference
Vancouver, Victoria and Kamloops, British Columbia, CANADA February 15-17, 2012

PCBIC 2012 c/o Sea to Sky Meeting Management Inc.
604-984-6448
www.brainstreams.ca/conference

 

International Conference on Work and Social Inclusion for People with Disabilities
Debrecen, Hungary February 16-18, 2012

K&M Congress Ltd. PCO and Travel Agency
+36(1) 301-2000
http://www.kmcongress.com/info_e.php
www.kmcongress.com/ic2012.php

 

27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN)
San Diego, California, USA February 27 – March 3, 2012

Center on Disabilities
California State University, Northridge
818-677-2578

http://www.csun.edu/cod/conference/sessions/index.php

 

28th International Seating Symposium
Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA March 7 – 9, 2012

(604) 827-3112
www.interprofessional.ubc.ca/iss/

 

Technology in Education Society Mar 08 – 09, 2012
Raleigh, NC.

 

MACUL 36th annual conference at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. 
Mar 08 – 09, 2012
Grand Rapids, MN.

 
Northwest Council for Computer Education Mar 14 – 16, 2012
Seattle, WA.

 

Preparing Youth with Disabilities for Careers after School
Internet Event March 20, 2012

Maria Hopko, GLADNET
607-254-8311
www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/gladnet/events.cfm?filter=web

 

Pacific Rim International Forum
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA March 24-25, 2012

Center on Disability Studies
1-808-956-7539
E-mail: prinfo@hawaii.edu
www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/internationalforum/2012/

 

28th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA March 26-27, 2012

Center on Disability Studies
1-808-956-7539
www.pacrim.hawaii.edu

MS Rehabilitation Symposium
Toronto, Ontario, Canada April 16, 2012

Conference Services
416 597-3422 ext 3693
E-mail: conferences@torontorehab.on.ca
www.torontorehab.com/Events

 

Best Practices in Recruiting and Retaining an Aging Workforce: Intersection with Disability Considerations Internet Event
April 30, 2012 
607-254-8311
E-mail: msh46@cornell.edu
www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/gladnet/events.cfm?filter=web

 

YAI Network 33rd Annual International Conference on Developmental and Learning Disabilities
New York, New York USA April 30 – May 3, 2012

212-273-6457
E-mail: tina.sobel@yai.org
www.yai.org/conference

 

Interdependence 2012
Vancouver, BC, CANADA May 15-18, 2012

Interdependence 2012
1-604-681-2153
E-mail: i2012@icsevents.com
http://www.rickhansen.com/interdependence2012/

 

Inclusive Learning Technologies Conference 2012
Queensland, Australia May 22 – 25, 2012

Spectronics
E-mail: conference@spectronicsinoz.com
www.spectronicsinoz.com/conference/2012/

 

23rd Annual APSE National Conference
Arlington, VA June 26-29, 2012

301-279-0060
E-mail: jenny@apse.org
www.apse.org

15th World Congress of Pain Clinicians – WSPC 2012
Granada, SPAIN June 27 – 30, 2012

Kenes International
+ 41 22 908 0488 
www.2.kenes.com/WSPC2012/Pages/Home.aspx

 

NFB National convention

Saturday, June 30 – Thursday, July 5, 2012
Hilton Anatole Hotel Dallas, Texas

http://www.nfb.org/nfb/national_convention.asp

 

American Council of the Blind National Convention

Louisville, KY.  Friday, July 6th through Saturday, July 14th.

ACB national office

(202) 467-5081 or 1-800-424-8666,

 http://www.acb.org/

13th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP’13)
Linz, AUSTRIA July 9-13, 2011

Pre-conference: July 9-10
Conference: July 11-13
www.icchp.org

 

AHEAD Conference 2012
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA July 17 – 21, 2012

AHEAD
(704) 947-7779
www.ahead.org/conferences/future

Accessibility camp Boston
microsoft NERD Center
September 15, 2012 Follow @a11y_bos
www.accessibilitycamp.org

Accessibility Camp London (A11yLDN) – September, 19 2012
www.accessibilitycamp.org

7th Annual Black Hills Brain Injury Conference
Rapid City, South Dakota, USA September 20-21, 2012

Accessibility Camp New York City (A11yNYC) – September 22, 2012
www.accessibilitycamp.org

Accessibility Camp DC (A11yDC) – October 13, 2012
www.accessibilitycamp.org
info@AccessibilityCampDC.org

NFB of California
2012 State Convention
October 18-21, 2012
Embassy Suites
Los Angeles, CA

 
Accessibility Camp Los Angeles (A11yLA) – October 20, 2012
www.accessibilitycamp.org
http://www.accessibilitycampla.org/

Community Transitions
(605) 343-7297
E-mail: rsasso@bhws.com
www.brainrehab.org

5th National Spinal Cord Injury Conference: Translating Neural Engineering and Novel Therapies
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA October 19 – 20, 2012

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
www.torontorehab.com/Events/Corporate-Events/4th-National-Spinal-Cord-Injury-Conference.aspx

II International Scientific Conference "Special Education and Rehabilitation – Cerebral Palsy"
Novi Sad, SERBIA October 25-28, 2012 
E-mail: info@cerebralnaparaliza.com
www.cerebralnaparaliza.com/

California Council of the Blind
November 1st – 4th –
CCB State Conference in San Diego, CA. 
San DiegoMarriottDel Mar.

Abilities Expo
November 16th – 18th, 2012 –
San Jose, CA
http://www.abilitiesexpo.com/

Accessibility Camp Toronto (A11yTO )November 17, 2012
www.accessibilitycamp.org
 
Accessibility Camp Montreal (A11yMTL )November 23, 2012
www.accessibilitycamp.org

1st Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) World Congress
Agra, India November 26 – 28, 2012

Mobility India
+91 80 26492222
www.cbrglobal.org

 

I’ll be tweeting this list over the course of the year, to remind you of important upcoming events or revisions.

 

LL

 

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