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RESNA 2012

Event: RESNA Annual Conference
Where: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel
When: June 28-July 3 (Fundamentals Course, June 28-29; General Conference June 30-July 2; Instructional Courses, July 3)

Exhibit space available
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Sign up to exhibit at RESNA this year and gain access to a target audience consisting of clinicians, service providers, professionals, researchers and consumers. Over 50 booths are planned. As a commercial exhibitor, you will receive two full conference registrations with your booth. Nonprofit organizations will receive one full conference registration. To view the Exhibit Hall floor plan and to download the Exhibitor Prospectus, click here. Product demonstrations will also be held on a first-come, first-serve basis. You will need to be an exhibitor to participate in the product demonstrations. For more information, contact Dawn Paulson or email

Special events to be held at RESNA 2012
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  • Tour of the Kennedy Krieger Institute: June 29 – 4:30 p.m.
  • First Timers Orientation: June 29 – 7 p.m.
  • SIG/PSG Open House: June 29 – 8 p.m.
  • Awards Luncheon: July 2 – noon

  • Various committees/boards are planning annual meetings to be held at the conference. A list of those meetings will be available and posted to the website in the coming weeks. For more information about the annual RESNA Conference, click here. If you have questions, please email

    Mark your calendar for RESNA 2013: June 19-24 at the Hyatt Regency, Bellevue (Seattle), Wash.

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