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Conference Description

The 5th biennial Region X Symposium on Rehabilitation and Deafness was held in Seattle, Washington, April 21-23, 1999 at the Best Western Executive Inn.  The theme was 'Partners in the Process: Improving Employment and Education Outcomes'. The 3-day conference targets professionals who seek to improve education, employment, and independent living outcomes for individuals who are Deaf, Late Deafened, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind.

The program addressed three broad areas that continue to pose challenges for education and rehabilitation professionals: 1) traditionally underserved special populations, 2) postsecondary environments, and 3) transition into the workplace. The 18 break-out sessions were developed around these strands and included: setting up the communication environment for individuals who are deaf blind; the Client Choice project; surfing the web for career success; rural outreach; school-to-work initiatives; substance abuse counseling; and providing services to clients who are hard of hearing. In  addition to the workshop sessions, the conference will also featured a Resource Fair of technology exhibits.

With the theme of partnering in mind, the conference addressed the recent reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act. The reauthorization calls for each state to develop an interagency agreement among all relevant state agencies (including higher education and vocational rehabilitation) which maps out a plan for the delivery of service and assigns responsibility. Frederic Schroeder, commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, was on-hand via teleconference to address issues relative to this reauthorization.

Ramon Rodriguez of the US Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services emceed the event. Keynote speakers included David Bolnick, Accessibility Program Manager for Microsoft Corporation, and Jeanne Kincaid, esq. and Jane Jarrow, both well-known leaders in disability rights advocacy.

Conference proceedings will be produced by the Northwest Outreach Center, and made available through the PEPNet Resource Center.

Proceedings of Concurrent Sessions

Proceeding papers will be linked to this website as they are received. Click on the links below to view the session papers. A big THANK YOU to session presenters for sharing their work with us!

Wednesday, April 21

Thursday, April 22

Friday, April 23

Direct suggestions, comments, and questions about this page to:
Cheryl D. Davis, Ph.D., Coordinator
Northwest Outreach Center
Regional Resource Center on Deafness
Western Oregon University
Monmouth OR 97361
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503-838-8228 (fax)
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Last modified on 21AUG1999.