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John Patrick

Plenary: Ethics: Caring for Individuals with Disability: The Tyranny of the Measurable and What Individuals with Disability Teach Us About Meaning

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
08:45 – 09:30


B6 Malnutrition in Children with Quadraparesis

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
16:00 – 17:00

Dr. John Patrick retired from the University of Ottawa in June 2002 where he was Associate Professor in Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Biochemistry and Paediatrics for twenty years. Dr. Patrick’s medical training was in London, England. He has done extensive research into the treatment of childhood nutritional deficiency and related diseases holding appointments in Britain, the West Indies and Canada. He has worked with severely disabled children with cerebral palsy and children with cystic fibrosis. He has worked in Central Africa assisting in the development of training programs that deal with childhood protein-energy malnutrition.

Bonnie Sawatzky

Plenary: The Evolution of the Wheelchair in Modern Society

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
09:30 – 09:55

Bonnie is an associate professor in Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia, in the Spine Division. She focuses her research on the physiological and biomechanical effects of wheelchair propulsion in both adults and children in hopes of improving function and decreasing long-term overuse injuries as a result of wheelchair propulsion. She is one of the Principle Investigators of the International Collaboration of Repair Discoveries, or ICORD, a spinal cord research centre here in Vancouver. She also teaches in the Medical School program at UBC and is helping to develop a program where students from all health fields to learn learn together with health mentors so that when doctors graduate from medical school they'll know what a nurse, pharmacist, PT and a OT do!


Janice Duivestein

Plenary: Sit, Eat, Thrive: Making the Connection Between Posture and Mealtimes

Thursday, March 8, 2012
08:40 – 09:05

Janice Duivestein is an Occupational and Physiotherapist (OT/PT) who has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for over 25 years.  She works with both children and adults with developmental conditions and complex feeding/swallowing problems in clinical and community settings.  Janice is an assistant clinical professor at the University of British and has presented on feeding and swallowing in adult and pediatric populations at numerous workshops and conferences.

Mark Schmeler

Plenary: Rolling Strong – Progress & Opportunities in the Advancement of Wheeled Mobility & Seating

Thursday, March 8, 2012
09:05 – 09:30

Mark is an Assistant Professor, Graduate Faculty, and Director of the Continuing Education Program in the Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the course director for the International Seating Symposium hosted in the USA and directs several other continuing education venues including web-based post- `professional education and training. He also directs a national contract to develop Assistive Technology Clinics within the Veterans Administration’s four regional Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers. He has over 20 years of clinical practice experience and currently practices as an Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Professional in the Center for Assistive Technology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center which he helped establish and directed until 2005. His graduate teaching responsibilities are in the area of assistive technology funding & policy as well as clinical applications of wheelchair seating and mobility applying case-based and evidence based practice. His area of research is in the development and application of functional outcomes measures, product development, and telerehabilitation. He also works closely with national organizations as an advocate for appropriate coverage policies related to assistive technology. He currently serves on the RESNA Board of Directors.

Maureen Story

Panel: Training Therapists in Seating & Mobility –
Where Are We?

Thursday, March 8, 2012
16:00 – 17:15

Maureen Story is a Physical and Occupational Therapist who has worked in the field of positioning and mobility for over 25 years in both private practice and most notably at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is also the Director of the International Seating Symposium hosted in Vancouver and is a clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia. As well, she continues to be called upon to provide education on a local, national and international level. She has been involved in international health projects in both India and China. Most recently she has been providing training and guidance to the staff at the Guangzhou Children’s Hospital in China assisting in their efforts to develop a seating and mobility clinic.

Patricia Tully

Panel: Training Therapists in Seating & Mobility –
Where Are We?

Thursday, March 8, 2012
16:00 – 17:15

Patricia Tully is an Occupational Therapist working at a TBI / SCI Model Center. She has worked in this profession 11 years inwhich she has mentored students and staff, presented various topics at a state & local level, performed program development and education, and acted as clinical specialist in developing an outpatient seating and mobility clinic.

Katherine Petrocci

Plenary: The Challenges and Successes of Wheelchair Seating and Mobility in Colombia- A Presentation through Case Studies

Friday, March 9, 2012
11:35 – 12:00

Katherine Petrocci graduated from Ithaca College in 2005 at which point she worked at TIRR in Houston TX on the Brain Injury/ Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury team where she began her training in wheelchair seating and positioning.  Since 2009 she has been working in Bogotá Colombia as a full time consultant in wheelchair seating and positioning as well as strong involvement in education regarding this topic.

C. Kerry Jones

Plenary: The Joy of Seating: How Design Influences Outcomes. “What Makes You Go Aaah…”

Friday, March 9, 2012
12:00 – 12:25

C. Kerry Jones graduated from the Design Department at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 1976 with a specialty in “Products for Special Populations”. In the past 36 years he has designed and fabricated hundreds of devices while working for hospitals, government agencies, manufacturers, and his own company “The Space Between”.  Kerry has lectured extensively throughout the US and Canada and has been a frequent presenter at ISS.  He thoroughly enjoys providing the connection between product and person



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