Atlanta Abilities Expo Event
FREE CEU-Earning professional seminars enhance career development

In a series of dynamic sessions, expert presenters will address a number of the pressing issues that directly affect how healthcare professionals provide care to the community of people with disabilities. Participants will not only learn the backgrounds and theories on the topics, they will also walk away with a specific understanding of how to apply this new knowledge to their own daily practices.

The professional development seminars are free-of-charge and may earn continuing education credits (CEUs) for each registrant. Each session is 1.5 contact hours; 10 contact hours equal 1 credit.

Professional Development CEU Sessions

In the following dynamic lectures, expert presenters will address a number of the pressing issues that directly affect how professionals provide care to people with disabilities. Participants will not only learn the backgrounds and theories on the topics, they will also walk away with a specific understanding of how to apply this new knowledge to their own daily practices. 

Registration: Sessions are open to all attendees. No pre-registration is required.

CEUs: Attendees who wish to earn CEUs for these courses must sign in at the conference desk by the session start time and complete and evaluation and post-test for the session. Abilities Expo provides the primary support for these professional development CEU sessions.

The following sessions will be submitted for CEU approval for 0.15 CEUs per session to the following organizations:

  • Physical Therapy Association of Georgia
  • University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology Continuing Education (RSTCE), click here for additional information on these CEUs >>

At A Glance:

Friday, November 6, 2009
12:30pm - 2:00pm      
Community-based Sports Model for Youth with Physical Disability

2:30pm - 4:00pm        
Neurotechnology: What Is It and How Can It Benefit People with Neurological Disabilities?

Saturday, November 7, 2009
12:30pm - 2:00pm      
Intensive Physical Therapy: An Emerging Therapy in the Treatment of Children with Neuromuscular Disorders

2:30pm - 4:00pm        
Wheelchair Standers: Stand for Function!

Detailed Session Descriptions

Friday, November 6, 2009

12:30pm - 2:00pm
Community-based Sports Model for Youth with Physical Disability
Jeffery A. Jones MPE, CPRP
Director of Education and Training, BlazeSports America

Session Description: This presentation will feature an overview of current sports and recreation activities available to people with physical disabilities and visual impairments. Participants will learn about activities that nurture personal, physical and psychological well-being of children and adults with physical disabilities.

Participation in sports and recreation encourages healthy lifestyles, foster independence and inclusion, and promotes personal empowerment. The role of these activities in demonstrating improvement in the personal, physical and psychological well-being of children and adults with physical disabilities will be discussed. By utilizing the full continuum of sport and physical activity camps, competitive teams, clinics, after-school programming, and collegiate sports opportunities people with physical disabilities gain higher quality of life by developing leadership, sport and life skills. A review of current Paralympic sports will be given in addition to an overview of non-Paralympic sports and a host of non-competitive recreation activities. The presentation will also briefly introduce the community-based program model developed by BlazeSports America to deliver sport, physical activity, and healthy lifestyle programs to people with physical disabilities and visual impairment throughout the state of Georgia.

Session objectives - Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the the sports and types of disabilities eligible for US Paralympic programs.
  • List the types of sports and recreation activities currently being available to individuals with physical disabilities.
  • Identify the types of adapted equipment use in sports and recreation activities by individuals with physical disabilities.

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Neurotechnology: What Is It and How Can It Benefit People with Neurological Disabilities?
Jennifer French, MBA, Executive Director, Neurotech Network
Philip Kennedy, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO, Neural Signals Inc.

Level: Basic

Electrical stimulation has been available for decades, but new applications have emerged in the world of neurotechnology. Learn how using these technologies can improve outcomes for your clients and build efficiencies in your practice. Neurotechnology devices provide a unique avenue for promoting wellness, accelerating rehabilitation and preventing the onset of secondary conditions. In the past 3 years, the FDA has approved 16 new devices and treatments. As the field grows, health care professionals need to stay abreast of the latest developments and use the technology to provide the best possible care for their clients. This session will provide a forum to learn about the latest technologies and how they can be applied in practice. The field of neurotechnology including the principles of electrical stimulation and the growth of applications will be introduced. This will be followed by specific demonstrations and applications to enhance the therapeutic practices, such as neural rehabilitation, neuromodulation, and neural prosthesis. An interactive question and answer session will follow each demonstration.  The session will close with a review of the recent findings in the development of brain computer interfaces to restore speech for people with locked-in syndrome. Attendees will be provided with resources to learn more about neurotechnology applications for your practice and your clients.

Session Objectives - Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the four different categories of neurotechnology devices and treatments.
  • Describe recent research findings of clinical applications using brain computer interface to restore speech for the locked-in syndrome population.
  • Assess the applications of neurotechnology devices in the areas of neuromodulation, neural prostheses, and neural rehabilitation.
  • Evaluate information resources available to rehabilitation and assistive technology professionals that can assist in enhancing clinical practice.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Intensive Physical Therapy: An Emerging Therapy in the Treatment of Children with Neuromuscular Disorders

Melissa McGinnis, PT, MPT, Euro-Peds National Center for Intensive Pediatric Physical Therapy
Level: Basic

Intensive Pediatric PT, brought to the United States by Euro-Peds in 1999, is widely recognized as an effective treatment to teach new functional skills to children and young adults with gross motor delays. The presenter will define “Intensive PT” methods and approach using video examples and research findings, and will specify how Intensive Physical Therapists combine the intensity method with a wide variety of therapeutic modalities to help children with neuro-muscular disorders reach their full potential.  Applications of the Intensive PT clinical equipment will be demonstrated via video examples including the Suit Therapy, the Universal Exercise Unit (UEU), Gait Training and endurance equipment.

Session objectives - Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the differences between traditional Physical Therapy and Intensive PT, and explain how the two approaches are complementary.
  • Identify the practical uses of the European-inspired equipment in a typical Intensive PT session.
  • Describe the evidence supporting the use of Intensive therapy methods.

2:30pm - 4:00pm
Wheelchair Standers: Stand for Function!
Amy Meyer, PT, ATP
Pediatric and Standing Specialist, Permobil, Inc.
Level: Basic
The RESNA Position Paper on the Application of Wheelchair Standing Devices has heightened awareness of the medical benefits and research supporting wheelchair standers. However, some providers continue to believe that wheelchair standers are not reimbursed. This session will analyze this perception and provide encouragement and evidence to fight for the end user’s right to stand up and function!  Through the use of case studies and research, attendees will gain practical strategies to assist in the assessment, documentation and appeal process for appropriate standing wheelchairs.  Hands on learning time with manual and power standing wheelchairs will be provided to demonstrate the innovative advances in this technology.

Session Objectives - Participants will be able to:

  • Identify three relevant patient applications of wheelchair standers based on research.
  • Verbalize understanding of the purpose of using evidence in justifying the need for wheelchair standing devices.
  • List three benefits to integrating a standing feature into a client’s wheelchair base.
  • Identify three potential medical benefits of standing.
  • Demonstrate competence in the fitting and use of wheelchair standers.
About the Continuing Education Units
The University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences awards Continuing Education Units to individuals who enroll in certain educational activities. The CEU is designated to give recognition to individuals who continue their education in order to keep up-to-date in their profession. (One CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education activity). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.

The University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Continuing Education Units meet the requirements for accruing NBCOT Professional Development Units (PDU), National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Inc., under the approved provider category. For these purposes, the PDU value of each course would be 1 hour = 1 PDU unit and participants can accrue up to 36 PDUs within their 3-year renewal cycle by attending courses.

These CEUs are accepted by both RESNA and NRRTS for credentialing purposes.

When the University of Pittsburgh certifies the educational contact hours of this program and it is in no way endorsing any specific content, company or product. The information presented in this program may represent only a sample of appropriate interventions.

 



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