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Take advantage of Free Workshops that focus on everything from tips for traveling with a disability and home modifications to the steps to getting the best accessible vehicle. Learn about the many new ways to exercise with a disability and improve your health and find out how standing is benefitting people with spinal cord injuries.

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Friday, October 15, 2010
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Comprehensive Vehicle Solutions

1:15pm - 2:15pm
Neurotechnology and FES Cycling: What is available? And why you should know?

2:30pm - 3:30pm
Health Reform: What Does It Mean to Me?

Saturday, October 16, 2010
11:00am - 12:00pm
Fair Housing Accessibility

12:15pm - 1:15pm
Travel Made Easy: Tips for People with Disabilities

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Understanding Upper Limb Spasticity

2:45pm - 3:45pm
It's All About Words: Practical Ways to Boost Children's Vocabulary Skills

Friday, October 15, 2010

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Comprehensive Vehicle Solutions
Pete Lucas, Project Manager, Education and Training, National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA)
If you are seeking vehicle mobility solutions, come to learn the unique process involved with evaluating your capabilities, and selecting and purchasing an automotive transportation solution. This workshop is ideal for first-time buyers and will help you identify the key players in the process and gain valuable resources for available options. The workshop will also review the solution categories of wheelchair accessible vehicles, seating systems, wheelchair and scooter lift options and steering controls.

1:15pm - 2:15pm
Neurotechnology and FES Cycling: What is available? And why you should know?
Robin M. MIms, PT, DPT, Clinical Training Specialist
Restorative Therapies

New medical applications have emerged in the world of neurotechnology. Based on published science and engineering of electrical stimulation, this new field of technology is providing therapists and people with disabilities with new tools for rehabilitation, assistive technology, and promoting wellness. Learn how using technologies, such as FES Cycling, can improve outcomes for your clients and build efficiencies in your practice. This session will introduce you to the application for different neurological disorders and diseases, provide specific examples of FES Cycling exercise techniques to enhance therapeutic practices, and review who is appropriate for this technology. Discover how cutting edge electrical stimulation technology may increase independence, reduce long term care costs, or accelerate rehabilitation. Attendees will be provided with resources to learn more about this exciting technology.

2:30pm - 3:30pm
Health Reform: What Does It Mean to Me?
Panel Presentation moderated by Molina Healthcare, Inc. 
This session will attempt to answer questions and respond to issues raised by Georgia consumers and national consumer advocacy groups regarding national healthcare reform. After a brief presentation discussing common questions and issues, the panel will respond to question from the audience. The panel members will include consumer representatives, Georgia State Officials (invited) and a CMS representative (invited). The session will be moderated by Molina Healthcare, Inc.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

11:00am - 12:00pm
Fair Housing Accessibility

Moderator: Jack Noa, Disability Solutions
Panelists: Ruth Rust, FODAC; Ron Ponds, GA Department of Community Affairs; Jackie Wilks-Weathers, Center for Independence & Innovation; Stacy Baca "Touch of The Future"
Learn about the Fair Housing act and how it impacts people with disabilities. Find out what is covered as well as what is not covered under the act. Panelists will discuss the different ways you can obtain funds to complete your modifications. The session concludes a question and answer period.

12:15pm - 1:15pm
Travel Made Easy: Tips for People with Disabilities

Jani Nayar, Society for Accessible Travel
Discover how to expand your life with travel to new places! This workshop will provide you with specific details and how-to’s to make traveling more successful and enjoyable. Attendees will receive detailed recommendations for accessible travel by air, sea and car. Learn what to expect from hotels, rental car companies, cruise lines and the airlines. We will examine the challenges of traveling, methods for addressing them and the current provisions required by the law. The presentation also includes recommendations for disability-friendly destinations!

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Understanding Upper Limb Spasticity

Sponsored by Allergan, Inc.
Often described as uncomfortable muscle stiffness or tightness in the elbow, wrist or fingers, upper limb spasticity is a debilitating condition that impacts a person’s life and their ability to perform even simple, daily activities. Upper limb spasticity often goes under-recognized and under-diagnosed, because it can develop weeks, months or even years after the original injury – after discharge from the hospital or when patients are no longer seeing specialists familiar with and specifically trained to treat the condition. It’s important to have access to resources that can help you or your loved one recognize the symptoms of upper limb spasticity, understand why the condition occurs, and, importantly, how it’s diagnosed and managed.

To address the low awareness and under-diagnosis of upper limb spasticity, Allergan, Inc., has joined forces with Henry Winkler and a coalition of five national patient advocacy organizations, including National Stroke Association, Brain Injury Association of America, National Spinal Cord Injury Association, United Cerebral Palsy and United Spinal Association, to launch the “Open Arms: Raising Awareness of Upper Limb Spasticity” educational campaign.

 If you or someone you love may be affected by upper limb spasticity, we encourage you to attend the Understanding Upper Limb Spasticity workshop, sponsored by the “Open Arms: Raising Awareness of Upper Limb Spasticity” educational campaign.  The workshop will feature a leading expert physician, as well as special guest, famed actor and best-selling author, Henry Winkler, who will share his personal story about his mother’s struggle with upper limb spasticity.

2:45pm - 3:45pm
It's All About Words: Practical Ways to Boost Children's Vocabulary Skills
Erie Ade, MA, CCC-SLP, Director/Founder, Mobile Learning
This presentation teaches parents and caregivers how to expand the vocabulary of the children in their lives. Strong vocabulary skills support academic and social success! This workshops is a hands-on demonstration of fun, innovative ways to teach kids of all ages new words.

 

 

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