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Welcome to the 2003

Western Symposium

on Rehabilitation and Deafness

updated 7/23/03

  • Proceedings (NEW!): Proceedings from the 2003 conference are currently being posted. About 1/3 of the presentations are available now. Others are being added on an on-going basis.

Co-Sponsored by:

Rehabilitation Services Administration
US Department of Education

Western Region Outreach Center & Consortia
California State University, Northridge

Regional Resource Center on Deafness
Western Oregon University

Gallaudet University Regional Center at Ohlone College
 Fremont, CA

Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation
 Western Washington University


 Western States Public Vocational Rehabilitation Programs




Partners in Progress:
Improving Employment and Education Outcomes
for Individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened, and Deaf-Blind.


April 9 - 11, 2003 


Seattle Center (Northwest Rooms)

Seattle, Washington 


The biennial Northwest Symposium on Rehabilitation and Deafness has grown! Welcome to the new and expanded Western Symposium on Rehabilitation and Deafness. The name may have changed, but the quality hasnít! You will receive electrifying training and develop and renew invigorating networks with colleagues across the Western US.

What else is new about this conference? To support our expansion, we have added a strand so that you will have 4 options during each workshop session. In addition there is a much larger exhibition area. Demonstrations will be scheduled in the exhibit area throughout the conference so that you have opportunities to experience for yourself how the newer technologies can support your clients and students.

We listened to your feedback! Attendees of the previous conferences enjoyed longer sessions so that presenters had time for in-depth presentations. Therefore, Wednesday the conference will open with two sets of 3-hour concurrent sessions. Be sure to join the Conference Welcome and Reception that evening. Thursday will have three sets of 2-hour concurrent sessions, and Friday will have two sets of 1 hour and 15 minute sessions. A tentative schedule of the program lineup can be found at http://www.wou.edu/nwoc/wsrd/sessionschedule.htm.

The break-out sessions are developed around four broad areas that continue to pose challenges for education and rehabilitation professionals:

  • Traditionally underserved special populations,
  • Technology,
  • Postsecondary environments, and
  • Transition into the workplace.

Here is a preview of some of the topics that will be presented: serving individuals with cochlear implants, reasonable accommodation, serving individuals who are deaf-blind, advances in technology, and service provider ethics.

Renew Yourself...

Renew Your Resources!

Still not sure if this is the conference for you? Take the test http://www.wou.edu/nwoc/wsrd/wsrdtest.htm (java enabled) or http://www.wou.edu/nwoc/wsrd/wsrdtesttext.htm (text only) Powered by Hot Potatoes .



To be added to the Symposium mailing list, e-mail davisc@wou.edu, or 503-838-8642 (V/TTY) or 503-838-8228 (fax).


Door prizes are a great way to promote your program to conference attendees from across the region! Send mugs, t-shirts, calendars, gift certificates etc. to Cheryl Davis-WSRD / WROCC Outreach Site at WOU/ Regional Resource Center on Deafness / Western Oregon University / 345 N. Monmouth Ave. / Monmouth OR 97361, or contact Cathy McLeod at catherine.mcleod@csun.edu.


This conference will feature a large Exhibition Hall focused on technology. We are very interested in exhibitors who would like to participate in targeted demonstrations in the Exhibition area. Additionally, a limited number of unattended tables will be available for job announcements, program brochures, and other advertising relevant to programs and services in the Western US. For more information concerning exhibits, please contact Pam Snedigar at psnedigar@ohlone.edu and check for updates on our Exhibits page.


  • Proceedings of the 1999 Region X Symposium on Rehabilitation and Deafness (Seattle, WA)
  • Proceedings of the 2001 Northwest Symposium on Rehabilitation and Deafness (Portland, OR)
  • Proceedings (NEW!) of the 2003 Western Region Symposium on Rehabilitation and Deafness (Seattle, WA)

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Direct suggestions, comments, and questions about this page to:

Cheryl D. Davis, Ph.D., Coordinator
WROCC Outreach Site
at Western Oregon University
Regional Resource Center on Deafness
Western Oregon University
Monmouth OR 97361
503-838-8642 (v/tty)
503-838-8228 (fax)
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Last modified on 24JAN03