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What happens at an occupational therapists conference?
I asked myself that very question early last week as I prepared to attend the 91st American Occupational Therapy Association Conference (AOTA) in Philadelphia this past weekend. I've been to a few conferences now, but I must admit, by far so far AOTA one was my favorite. Mostly because of how eager everyone was. The energy at the conference was amazing all three days for exhibitors, students, teachers, and clinicians alike.
Regardless of the conference, I am always happy to go and meet individuals who want to learn more about the Reeve Foundation and what the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) offers, but this one took the cake. Hundreds of individuals came up to the booth came up to the booth probably because they saw they photo of Christopher and Dana on the backdrop behind us, or because they saw we had free pens and magnets. But then, they were drawn in once we started talking about all that the PRC offers -- especially the Paralysis Resource Guides (PRGs). I know I have written about them before, but these PRGs are like an OT's best friend! Everyone wanted a copy to bring back to school or their facility where they worked.
The PRGs (pictured below) are basically a go-to guide for everything paralysis. They are free and cover secondary conditions like stroke and spina bifida as well as what to expect for life after paralysis like sexuality, driving, and active lifestyles. Want to get a copy for yourself? Click here now! They are available in English and Spanish and are also available to download right from the web.
I must also give a huge shout out to some of the other exhibitors I met who had some fun, useful, and affordable items we are looking to feature on our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide for People Living with Paralysis. (Check out 2010's gift guide here). One of these companies was Handybar. They make products for vehicles that make driving a little bit easier. The Handybar is a simple device giving you or your loved one the ability to get in and out of a vehicle with ease.
Another really awesome product I became quite excited about was the Easy Grip Jar & Bottle Opener and the Easy Open Medicine Packaging Pill Extractor. The products are just as the name sounds. For those with limited hand mobility, it makes it easy to pierce seals, open bottles and lids of all sizes, pop the top off prescription bottles and push and catch pills.
A great conference indeed, can't wait until the next one!
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