Winter 2009

Greetings from the Center on Disabilities at California State University, Northridge!

Our latest edition of the Conference Newsletter is packed with announcements, reminders, and exciting information that highlights the action you'll find at this year's event.

Registration Reminder & Conference Check-In

Registration is still open for attendees, speakers, exhibitors and exhibit hall passes - and remember that rates were frozen and will not increase throughout the conference. We encourage you to register now so that you can take advantage of our "Express Check-In" station on-site and create your own personalized notebook when you "save a seat" for the sessions you want to attend.

Don't forget to come early and learn more! Our Pre-Conference Workshops are filling up so if you want to get in on the latest information, research and trends from our faculty of experts, register now!

Welcome Reception News

Here's one more reminder to mark your calendars for Tuesday night, March 17 at 5:30 pm for the "official" kick-off of the 2009 Conference in the Ballroom at the Renaissance Montura hotel. The program will start with the Keynote Address delivered by Anthony Coelho. The presentation of awards will follow with Richard Devylder receiving the Fred Strache Leadership Award and Frank Hecker, the Catalyst Award from the Trace Center. A Welcome Reception will conclude the evening with an open invitation to the audience at the Keynote.

Gail Sheehy - Friday Keynote Speaker at CSUN's DATE Symposium

This year we are proud to launch the DATE Symposium in conjunction with the conference and especially excited to announce that Gail Sheehy will be our Keynote Speaker to inaugurate this new event. Please join us on Friday, March 20 in the Meridian room at the Marriott hotel to hear Gail Sheehy and our impressive roster of speakers lined up for DATE! You'll want to be sure to "save a seat" for the Keynote Session at 8:00 am and all the presentations focusing on the research, services, and trends that are being talked about in the areas of Design, Access, Technology and Education in the aging and disabilities communities.

Exhibit Halls Opening

Join us on Wednesday, March 18 when we open the doors to the Exhibit Halls! With so many innovative products and services on display, you'll want to get your preview at the opening from 4:00-7:00 pm. We invite you to review the list of exhibitors on the conference web site to prepare your schedule and organize your time. You can also check-out which exhibitors will be presenting new products at this year's conference on the web site.

New Pre-Conference Webcasts!

This year for the first time we are hosting selected Pre-Conference Workshops as Webcasts for the convenience of attendees unable to join us on-site. Experience the conference and learn more at these in-depth sessions:

For more information on these Webcasts and other Workshops visit Pre-Conference Workshops session list. To register for the Webcasts, Workshops, or the Conference please select Register.

Coming Attractions - CSUN's A.T. Masters Program

Furthering your education in Assistive Technology will soon be possible at CSUN with the new Master of Science Degree in Assistive and Rehabilitative Technology (ATR). In addition to the Center on Disabilities' renowned ATACP Training, CSUN has created this exciting new AT curriculum. A preview and overview of the program will be presented at the conference on Wednesday, March 18 at 12:00 pm in the Denver room at the Marriott. For further information, stop by the CSUN-AT Masters Program table in the Marriott where CSUN representatives will be on-site to assist you.

For more information about the Center on Disabilities, the 2009 Conference or any announcements in the Newsletter, please feel free to contact us at:


Contact Information

CSUN Center on Disabilities
Wayne Fernandes -
18111 Nordhoff St.
BH-110, Center on Disabilities
Northridge, CA
Phone: (818) 677-2578
Fax: (818) 677-4929