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IL Webcast
Register within the next week for the IL NET webcast on "The Independent Living Movement: Where We've Been, Where We're Going" -- deadline for registering is March 17. The webcast, Monday, April 12, 2004, will offer "an interactive, comprehensive look at just how and why the movement started, what we've accomplished since then, and where we're headed -- the fundamental ideas and essential individuals behind the movement's inception; ... the four fundamentals of Independent Living Philosophy, how legislation and public policies and services have impacted independent living and exactly where our past and present goals, accomplishments, and principles are leading us in the future." Disability historian Paul Longmore and ILC Director Julia Sain host the program; the webcast is free; there's also a teleconference option for a group; that costs $125.00. To register, email June Sutherland at; more information at

Tech Conference
The California State University at Northridge (CSUN) will host its 19th Annual International Conference, "Technology and Persons with Disabilities" March 15-20, 2004 in Los Angeles. Speakers, exhibits, and workshops will be presented on technologies across all ages, disabilities, levels of education and training, employment, and independent living. Vinton G. Cerf, considered one of the fathers of the Internet and senior vice president of Architecture and Technology for MCI, will be the keynote speaker. For more information, visit

The third annual American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Leadership Gala will be Tuesday, March 16, 2004 in Washington D.C. Recipients of the Henry B. Betts Award and Paul G. Hearne/AAPD Leadership Award will be honored during this event. The Gala "brings government, business, and non-profit leaders together to recognize emerging and established leaders within the disability community," says AAPD. More info at

Pacific Rim Conference
The 20th annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities will be March 29 & 30, 2004 in Waikiki, Hawaii. This year's theme, "Promises to Keep, Futures to Seek", reflects on the promises and goals made and the opportunities created for persons with disabilities. PacRim 2004 strand topics include Lifelong Inclusion in Education and Community; Technology Across the Ages; Parent Partnerships and Family Supports; Employment and Adult Services; and Body, Mind and Spirit. More information at

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