Sunday, September 24, 2000

KENDRICK: Fall is full of important events

        Fall is back-to-school time, and it's also a popular season for conferences of interest to people with disabilities and professionals working in the fields of rehabilitation and special education. Here are a few:

    The Center for Independent Living Options has established the Dixie Harmon Memorial Award in honor of the longtime advocate for disability rights who died this past April.
    Dixie Harmon helped establish the center and served as a member of its staff for 17 years, working for equality and independence for citizens with disabilities in the tristate and beyond.
    The award was created to recognize individuals who exemplify Ms. Harmon's spirit and commitment. Nominations should be submitted by Oct. 10, and the winner will be recognized at a celebration dinner Nov. 28 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati.
    For nomination forms, contact Lin Laing, Center for Independent Living Options, 241-2600.

Visual impairment
        • The American Council of the Blind of Ohio, Oct. 27-29, Holiday Inn on the Lane, 38 Lane Ave., Columbus. Workshops topics include Coping with Visual Impairment, Managing Stress, Diabetes and You, Assistive Technology, and a jobs panel featuring employed individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

        Charles Crawford, executive director of the American Council of the Blind in Washington, will speak at the awards banquet, Oct. 28. William Casto, director of Ohio Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired will speak at breakfast on Saturday. An exhibit of assistive technology products home will be open Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., and throughout the day Saturday.

        Registration is $65 in advance, $75 at the door. To register, call (800) 835-2226.

        • The National Federation of the Blind (Ohio and Kentucky units), Nov. 3-5, Holiday Inn Eastgate, Cincinnati. The Parents Seminar on Friday will feature work stations to evaluate children's skill levels in Braille, orientation and mobility, technology, daily living skills and more. The Technology Seminar will feature comparisons of new electronic note-takers for use by the visually impaired and other products. The event will feature speakers on topics from accessible libraries, publications, legislative updates, and a keynote address from Peggy Elliot, an Iowa attorney, who is second vice president of the National Federation of the Blind.

        To register, call (800) 396-6326.

Traumatic brain injury

        Ohio Brain Injury Association, Sept. 28-29, Columbus Marriott North, 6500 Doubletree Ave., Columbus.

        Sessions will include information on legal rights, employment, education, sexuality, housing, and promoting understanding in faith communities. (800) 686-9563.

Assistive technology
        Closing the Gap, Oct. 19-21, Bloomington, Minn.

        Featuring more than 150 presentations and an extensive exhibit hall, this international event attracts educators, rehabilitation professionals and individuals with disabilities to examine products and attend workshops on software, hardware and techniques.

        Registration is $320 if paid before Oct. 5, with additional fees for full-day preconference workshops held Oct. 17 and 18. To register,contact: Closing the Gap, Inc., P.O. Box 68, 526 Main St., Henderson, MN 56044; (507) 248-3294; Web site:

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