News Release

Friday, October 15, 2004

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043

CONFERENCE TO ADDRESS MEDICAL, EDUCATIONAL AND PSYCHOSOCIAL IMPACTS ON CHILDREN WITH CHRONIC ILLNESSES

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.— Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters’ Ninth Annual Chronic Illness Conference will be held November 18, 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m., at the Chesapeake Conference Center, 900 Greenbrier Circle, Chesapeake. The conference is designed for educators, health professionals, social workers, psychologists, guidance counselors and parents. Interactive workshops and demonstrations will afford participants opportunities to: gain knowledge of chronic illnesses and the medical, educational and psychosocial impacts on children; understand the challenges in special education and the law; receive updated information on transitional services, including creating a safe environment for affected children; identify successful behavioral techniques; and discover ways to empower parents, schools and physicians to meet the needs of children with chronic illnesses. Continuing education credits will be allotted for educational personnel and nurses. Conference fee is $65 pre-registered prior to November 1 by mail or November 12 online; on-site registration is $75, if space is available. Student rates and parent scholarships also are available. For more information, a conference brochure or to register call (757) 668-7500 or visit www.chkd.org/cic04. Free Community Forum: A special, free pre-conference session open to the public will be held November 17, 7-8:30 p.m., at CHKD’s Brickhouse Auditorium, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk. It will address how children with special needs require extra help making the transition from school to the job market. Educational/vocational consultant and author Joyanne V. M. Cobb, will discuss the challenges these young people face making this all-important life transition and provide practical guidance on issues such as disclosure of learning disabilities in the workplace, getting along with co-workers, talking to employers about accommodations and which help most. To register for this free program, call (757) 668-7500 or register online at www.chkd.org/calendar.