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California State University, Northridge Center on Disabilities' 21st Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference
March 20-25, 2006 ~ Los Angeles, CA

Thank you for your interest in California State University, Northridge Center on Disabilities' 21st Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference. This event will be held at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport and Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotels, March 20-25, 2006. A Registration brochure with complete information about the conference will be available in early January 2006. Check our website regularly for conference information updates at: http://www.csun.edu/cod

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND?


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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (Tentative)
Sunday, March 19, 2006
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Pre-Conference Registration (Marriott only)

Monday, March 20, 2006
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Pre-Conference Registration (Marriott only)
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshops
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Pre-Conference Workshops Half-Day (Marriott only)
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM, Lunch Break (No host)
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Pre-Conference Workshop Half-Day (Marriott only)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Registration (Hilton & Marriott)
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshops
9:00 PM - 12:00 PM, Pre-Conference Workshops Half-Day (Hilton and Marriott)
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM, Lunch Break
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Pre-Conference Workshops Half-Day (Hilton and Marriott)
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Welcome Reception

Wednesday, March 22, 2006
6:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Registration (Hilton & Marriott)
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM, Opening Breakfast and Keynote Address (Hilton)
9:20 AM - 3:50 PM, General Sessions
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, "Power Hour" Lunch Break (no host)
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Opening of Exhibit Halls

Thursday, March 23, 2006
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Registration (Hilton & Marriott)
8:00 AM - 5:25 PM, General Sessions
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Exhibit Halls Open
12:30 AM - 1:45 PM, Lunch Break (No Host)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, International Reception (Hilton)

Friday, March 24, 2006
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM, Registration (Hilton & Marriott)
8:00 AM - 5:10 PM, General Sessions
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Exhibit Halls Open
12:30 AM - 2:00 PM, Lunch Break (No Host)

Saturday, March 25, 2006
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM, Registration (Hilton & Marriott)
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM, General Sessions
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Exhibit Halls Open (Hilton and Marriott)
1:00 PM                    Conference Adjours


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CONFERENCE SITE
The conference will be convened at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton and Marriott Hotels.

Hotel Information

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PRE-CONFERENCE DAYS
Pre-Conference Workshops will be offered on Monday, March 20, 2006 and Tuesday, March 21, 2006 for Full-Day and Half-Day Sessions. These workshops are designed to give in-depth training on specific topics. The registration fee for the Pre-Conference Workshops is $249 per Full-Day and $150 per Half-Day, if registered by February 20, 2006. Thereafter, the fee is $279 per Full-Day and $180 per Half-Day. Registration materials will be available in early January 2006.

ATACP Fast Trax Monday March 20,2006 and Tuesday, March 21, Atlanta/Boston Rooms - Marriott Hotel


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GENERAL CONFERENCE DAYS
The general conference begins on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 and continues through Saturday, March 25, 2006. Throughout these four days, more than 275 sessions will be presented and over 175 exhibits will be displayed. The registration fee for the General Sessions is $399, if registered by February 20, 2006. Thereafter the fee is $449. Registration material will be available in early January 2006.


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SPEAKERS
For those interested in giving a presentation during the General Sessions, the Call For Papers General Session Proposal application is on-line and the deadline is closed.


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EXHIBIT DAYS
The exhibits will be open Wednesday, March 22, 2006 through Saturday, March 25, 2006. Exhibit hours are as follows:

Wed., March 22, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thurs., March 23, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri., March 24, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat., March 25, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM


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EXHIBIT BOOTH SPACE
Booth space is available at both hotel sites (Hilton or Marriott).


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DISCOUNTS

Student Discounts
Full-time students are offered a 50% discount when a Registration Form is accompanied by verification of current enrollment. (class schedule or letter form registrar). Payment in full must accompany the Registration Form.

CSU Discounts
CSU Faculty and Staff are offered a 50% discount; payment in full must accompany the Registration Form


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SCHOLARSHIPS
A limited number of scholarships (waiver of conference registration fees only) are available from the Center on Disabilities. The criteria is as follows:

  • People who are first-time attendees at the conference

  • Persons with disabilities OR guardian of a dependent with a disability
  • The deadline to submit a Scholarship Application is Friday, February 3, 2006.

  • Letter

  • Application

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    INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS

    For those needing an official letter of invitation to obtain a visa, we strongly suggest requesting the letter at least 180 days in advance of the conference.  Before applying, be sure to contact your nearest Embassy http://usembassy.state.gov/ to obtain information about documents required for a visa application. 

    Due to the large number of national and international participants who attend and contribute to the conference each year,  we regret that we are unable to provide any assistance in locating sponsors and booking travel arrangements.

    Please note: Individuals receiving letters are responsible for their own expenses and arrangements ( registration fees, hotel accommodations, meals, travel, transportation, personal care attendants, etc.).

    Due to organizational capacity restraints we are only able to send one letter directly to participants. We are unable to process letters directly to the Embassy. All requests must be made in writing by January 20, 2006. Any requests received after this date cannot be processed 

    Quickest Response Request Conference Invitation

    If you would like to receive your letter sooner we suggest you use this form.


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    HOTEL INFORMATION
    The official hotels of the conference are the Los Angeles Airport Hilton and Marriott Hotels. It is suggested that reservations be made early to secure a room. The hotels will honor the discounted conference rate until March 3, 2006, provided there are rooms available within the International conference room block. When making reservations refer to California State University, Northridge, Center on Disabilities.

    If registering online at the Hilton the Group/Convention code: CSU

    Hilton Los Angeles Airport
    5711 West Century Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90045
    310/410-4000 (V)
    310/440-6136 (TTY)
    310/410-6250 (Fax)
    800/HILTONS (V)
    800/368-1133 (TTY)
    Rooms: $119 discounted conference rate, single or double occupancy. Limited government rates, please call the hotel.

    If registering online at the Marriott the Group/Convention code: CSNCSNA

    Los Angeles Airport Marriott
    5855 West Century Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90045
    310/641-5700 (V)
    310/337-5358 (Fax)
    800/228-9290 (V)
    800/228-7014 (TTY)
    Rooms: $129 discounted conference rates, single or double occupancy. Limited government rates, please call the hotel.

    Please let the hotel know of any special accommodations needed at the time the reservation is made. Both hotels offer free shuttle bus service between LAX airline terminals and the hotel.


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    PARKING AT THE HOTELS
    Hilton Registered Guests: $8 self park; $12 valet parking, per 24 hour period. Hilton Visiting Guests: $10 self park; $14 valet parking, day use only.

    Marriott Registered and Visiting Guests: $10 self park; $17 valet parking, per day.

    Bring your parking ticket to the Conference Registration Desk at the hotel where you parked to validate for discounted parking.

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    HOTEL SHUTTLE SERVICE
    Both hotels offer free shuttle bus service between LAX airline terminals and the hotel. To arrange for an accessible airport shuttle van use one of the phones at the hotel accommodation phone banks, located in the baggage claim area.
    Hilton, call 310/410-4000
    Mariott, call 310/337-5385

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    SHUTTLE VANS
    During conference hours, an accessible shuttle service is available at the entrance of the Hilton and Marriott for those who need assistance in commuting between the two conference sites.

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    ROOM TEMPERATURE
    Temperatures in session rooms vary. For comfort, it is recommended that layered clothing be worn.

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    SCOOTER RENTALS
    Scooter and wheelchair rentals are available by contacting ScootAround Inc.
    Phone: (888) 441-7575
    E-mail: info@scootaround.com
    Website:http://www.scootaround.com
    Fax: (204) 478-1172.

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    HEADSET
    It is recommended that you bring your favorite headset to gain access to audio output on computers in the Computer Labs.

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    OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
    We appreciate the extensive participation of the international community in this conference. The official language of the conference is English.


    If you have any questions please contact:
    Center on Disabilities
    California State University, Northridge
    18111 Nordhoff Street
    Northridge, CA 91330-8340
    Phone: 818/677-2578
    Fax: 818/677-4929
    Email: conference@csun.edu
    Website: http://www.csun.edu/cod

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