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A day-long conference, “Beyond the ‘R’ Word: Exploring Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD),” is slated for Thursday, October 17 at Heinz Rehab, Wilkes-Barre. Featured speakers will address the medical, psychological, vocational and spiritual concerns of persons with ID/DD and of families, caregivers and counselors. The conference is open to clergy, nurses, chaplains, social workers, health and human service professionals, consumers and caregivers. The general conference cost is $50. Continuing education credits for nurses and social workers are available. Registration and CEU information is available by contacting Chaplain Marianne Sailus,