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Life balance for the disabled: AOTA’s Conference & Expo coming to Baltimore

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Nearly 5,000 occupational therapy clinicians, educators and students will gather in Baltimore April 3-6, 2014 to attend the American Occupational Therapy Association’s 94th Annual Conference & Expo. Attendees will have access to occupational therapy experts who are providing innovative ways to help people live life to its fullest.

Occupational therapy practitioners help people across the lifespan to be as independent as possible, despite illness, injury, or disability. Occupational therapy is the only profession that addresses the things patients want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).

Conference topic highlights include:

  • Early identification of the signs of autism spectrum disorder, and interventions that make a difference in the lives of families facing these challenges.
  • Helping wounded warriors regain function, manage PTSD, and lead meaningful lives after their military service.
  • Modifying homes and exploring community mobility options so aging baby boomers can age in place safely and maintain their independence.
  • Regaining function after a stroke.
  • Using animal assisted therapy to help motivate clients to thrive despite illness or injury.

Did you know? The Expo Hall is the world’s largest gathering of occupational therapy companies representing products, professional development, and employment opportunities. Many of the more than 350 vendors and 450 booths will have interactive displays of the latest advances in technology and rehabilitation.

In addition, a “Transportation Zone” will display specially adapted cars from Toyota Mobility, BraunAbility, Vantage Mobility International, Inc. (VMI), and General Motors Mobility staffed with professionals who help both drivers and passengers with disabilities travel safely. Companies from Canada, Hong Kong, Austria, Israel, Sweden, and Vanuatu will be among the crowd.

For more information on AOTA’s Conference & Expo, click here.

Be sure to check out the attached video which tells a story of the new, "NASA technology that offering an alternative to traditional physical therapy."

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