Los Angeles

February 26 - 28, 2021

Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall A

Fri. 11am-5pm | Sat. 11am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm

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Friday, February 21, 2020

10:00am – 2:00pm

Hierarchy of Power Wheelchair Drive Controls: Maximizing Access and Independence

Presented by: Julie Piriano, PT, ATP/SMS, Pride Mobility Products Corp.

Location: Room 510 (directly above the Expo hall)

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There are many options for drive controls on the market today, so how does the assistive technology professional choose a device when the standard joystick is not an option? This course is designed to introduce the participants to the wide array of specialty controls available on the market and provide insight on the clinical decision-making process of drive control choice. You will learn to:

  1. Apply the hierarchy of drive controls to the selection of power wheelchair drive controls.
  2. Discuss 2 options for controlling power seating functions when utilizing proportional and non-proportional control devices.
  3. Explain 2 programming features available for proportional drive controls that can increase independence and maximize function.
  4. Explain 2 programming features available for non-proportional drive controls that can increase independence and maximize function.

The course will include case studies and a hands-on component for participants to assess the various alternative drive control options. The session is free, but registration is required. Attendees can earn .4 CEUs. For more information, click here.

11:45am – 12:45pm

Accessible Home Design

Presented by: Mark Thompson, Paralyzed Veterans of America

Location: Workshop

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Can I retrofit my master bathroom to include a spacious roll-in shower? What must I do to install an elevator in my two-story home? How can my flower garden be made more accessible? Who should I hire to make sure my home renovation project will fit my needs? Accessible Home Design: The Basics will address improving the accessibility in each specific area of a home, as well as what you need to know before taking on a renovation project. Whether it's a new accessible residence or retrofitting your existing home, information will be presented with real examples and case studies. Subject matter will include entering your home; residential elevators and lifts, kitchen design, bathrooms and plumbing fixtures, doors, windows, outdoor areas and gardens, and much more.
Learn More: http://www.pva.org/
Twitter: @PVA1946
Facebook: @ParalyzedVeterans
Instagram: @pva1946

1:00pm- 2:00pm

Mosquitos, Mess Halls, and More Like Me: The Importance of the Summer Camp Experience for Youth with Disabilities

Presented by: Annie Warner, Director of Stephen J. Wampler Foundation’s Camp Wamp

Location: Workshop

Summer Camp Experience for Youth with Disabilities

Is summer camp relevant for my child? Is it really the best use of our time and resources? How does the camp experience prepare my child for their future? Each summer thousands of children across the country and world head off to summer camp. This workshop will explore the benefits of summer camping and what to look for when choosing a camp. Often, special needs camping is mistakenly assumed to be respite care, benefitting only caregivers of disabled children. Special needs camping is much more. It is where children with disabilities increase their sense of adventure, optimism, self-reliance, and ambition. Join us to learn about Mosquitos, Mess Halls, and More Like Me: The Importance of the Summer Camp Experience for Youth with Disabilities.
Learn More: https://www.campwamp.org

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Employment Panel Discussion

Presented by: Adrian Lazaro, CA Department of Rehabilitation, Sandra Tamayo, CA Department of Rehabilitation, Sonni Charness, CA Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) & Pamela Arturi, Easterseals Director of Employment Services for the Los Angeles Area

Locations: Workshop

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What are some of the barriers those of us with disabilities face when it comes to employment? How can we overcome those barriers?  Why should you hire people with disabilities at your workplace? Learn from a panel of experts discussing their unique perspectives on employment and job searching. Panelists will discuss supports available to people with disabilities interested in working, including Dept. of Rehab funded services and the use of self-determination. Panelists will also be available for a lively question and answer session guided expertly by Easterseals' Pamela Arturi.   
Learn More: www.Easterseals.com/southerncal 

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Therapeutic Value of Toys

Presented by: Kendra Garcia, @TheOTStrategist

Location: Workshop

Therapeutic Value of Toys

What is “play”? Recognizing that play is an important and meaningful occupation for children.  Toys are the tools and building blocks for promoting healthy child development.  Toys also aid in facilitating gross motor, fine motor, sensory motor, cognitive and social development.
As an Occupation Therapy provider working with children, I have created this interactive workshop to provide caregivers and clinicians with the tools to recognize the therapeutic value when selecting toys.  This workshop will assist you in:

  1. Selecting age appropriate toys to address specific targeted development areas
  2. Understanding labels in laymen’s terms
  3. Understanding the therapeutic value not only the toys you find in toy stores but also those cute little happy meal toys as well

Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram: @TheOTStrategist

Saturday, February 22, 2020

11:15am – 11:30am

Book Reading with Margarita Elizondo

Presented by: Margarita Elizondo

Location: Workshop

Book Reading with Margarita Elizondo

Margarita Elizondo reads from her children’s book series “Rolling With Me & Friends”.  This book series teaches disability etiquette through story and conversation. The three titles are “I Really Need To Pee”, “Everywhere I Go I See Stairs” and “Don’t Touch”.
Learn more: www.rollingwith.org

11:45am – 12:45pm

Exploring Without Limits. Travel experiences that you never thought possible!

Presented by: Alvaro Silberstein, Wheel the World

Location: Workshop Space

Exploring Without Limits.

Surfing in Maui. Visiting Machu Picchu. Handcycling Central Park. Traveling with disabilities can be challenging, but never impossible. At Wheel the World we believe that there should be no limits for exploring the world so we won't stop till we make people see the importance of having the most beautiful places accessible to all. Learn how we are achieving this and practical tips you should think before you plan your next adventure.
Learn more: https://gowheeltheworld.com 

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Maintaining Health with Spinal Cord Injury

Presented by: Nurse Linda, PhD, CRRN

Maintaining Health with Spinal Pain

The following workshop is presented by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and is geared toward anyone who lives with paralysis from disease, injury or birth condition and their loved ones. Learn more at www.christopherreeve.org
Location: Workshop

The amount of information regarding care after spinal cord injury can be overwhelming. What is needed to keep every individual healthy will be supplemented with strategies for improving your health after SCI. Reviewing the basics can help you incorporate needed activities. Topics highlighted include mental health, bowel, bladder, skin care, movement and medications. Nurse Linda writes a weekly blog for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Foundation. Her discussions are based on current research evidence and guidelines which are translated into easy to understand language. Questions about any SCI topic are welcome.
Learn More: https://www.christopherreeve.org
Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @ReeveFoundation

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Cannabis 101: What You Need To Know!

Presented by: Felicia Carbajal, The Social Impact Center

Location: Workshop

Cannabis 101

Learn the ABC’s of cannabis, commonly referred to as medical marijauana. Our workshop serves as a baseline education for the history, science, and legality of cannabis. Learn about the human body’s endocannabinoid regulating system, best practices, and health and safety solutions.
Learn More: http://www.thesocialimpactcenter.org/

3:45pm – 4:45pm

Fundraising for Medical Care and Equipment

Presented by: Kelly Green, Help Hope Live

Location: Workshop

Fundraising 101

From wheelchairs to assistive technology to accessible vans, maintaining your mobility can be an expensive investment. Although most people dealing with a disability understand how significantly the right equipment can improve their lives, many cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs without assistance. Unlock a powerful way to raise funds with Help Hope Live’s expert guidance.  We will discuss the many options and strategies that can be employed for raising funds to support your life.
Learn more: www.helphopelive.org

Sunday, February 23, 2020

11:45am – 12:45pm

Create Lasting Memories Through Accessible Travel

Presented by: A panel of travel experts from Airbnb

Location: Workshop

Create Lasting Memories Through Accessible Travel

Travellers with disabilities are experiencing a changing world when it comes to travel; access is improving, more people are traveling than ever before, but there are still many challenges we face when it comes to planning and logistics. The team at Airbnb, led by global traveler and quadriplegic, Srin Madipalli, wants to become the leader in accessible lodging to make life just a little bit easier.  Join the Airbnb team, as they lead a panel of experienced travellers, to answer your questions on accessible travel and learn about the work Airbnb has already done to make searching for an accessible rental easier than ever.
Learn more: www.airbnb.com/accessibility 

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Cannabis Panel Discussion

Presented by: Melody Beattie, Carly Goebel and Maha Haq

Location: Workshop Space

Cannabis Panel Discussion

Come and learn from fellow patients about Responsible Use and Safe Access. Join us for an open discussion about the questions you have been too afraid to ask but still have. 
Learn more: http://www.thesocialimpactcenter.org/

2:30pm – 3:30pm

You are Unique and Your Mobility Device Should Be Too!

Presented by: Linda Bollinger PT, DPT, ATP, Sunrise Medical

Location: Workshop

Unique Wheelchair

Often individuals who are full-term users of a mobility device are prescribed equipment that is “off the shelf.” However, many individuals require customized equipment due to their unique condition.  Often, standard equipment does not suffice. This presentation describes the differences between standard DME equipment and assistive technology that has been designated as Complex Rehab Technology (CRT).  It will provide descriptions on the differences between standard and CRT and when customized equipment would be recommended for you.  This course will also address how you can advocate for your unique needs when it comes to getting the equipment that you need.
Learn more:  http://www.sunrisemedical.com/

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