The North Carolina Assistive Technology program is partnering with the N.C. Rehabilitation Association for a joint assistive technology and rehabilitation conference – Discovering Our Treasures - and exhibit hall to be held Aug. 28-30 at Embassy Suites in Concord. It is the second year of this collaboration.
The event is designed to increase awareness and provide up-to-date information on rehabilitation and assistive technology. The conference will include ethics training and an assistive technology demonstration room, three general sessions and 35 concurrent sessions in five tracks focused on the areas of Living, Learning, Working, Playing, and Growing.
Speakers include Lynnae Ruttledge, a worldwide leader and activist in promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities, a presidential appointee to the National Council on Disability; DHHS Deputy Secretary for Long-Term Care and Family Services Sherry Bradsher, a 27-year veteran of state service, the business lead for NC FAST, former deputy director and director of the Division of Social Services; and Elizabeth Bishop, acting director of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Bishop has more than 30 years of state service to individuals with disabilities and VR.
Closing the conference will be motivational speaker O.J. Brigance. A former player with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, he is the team’s senior advisor on player development and heads up the non-profit Brigance Brigade whose mission is “to equip, encourage and empower people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis” (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Brigance is himself battling the disease.
The 2013 conference will also include a free, open to the public Exhibit Hall on Aug. 29 only. The exhibit hall will feature 30-40 vendors showing and demonstrating the latest in assistive technology and rehabilitation products and services.
DHHS staff, people with disabilities, family members, caregivers, educators, therapists, Independent Living and rehabilitation counselors, employers, rehabilitation engineers, college and university students, advocates, purchasing agents, and many others should attend the collaborative event.
Prior to Aug. 28 the conference committee will continuously post conference program updates at www.ncrehab.org.