Educational Forum To Highlight Second Annual World Congress & Exposition On Disabilities

March 30, 2001
Kennedy Krieger Institute Co-Sponsors 2nd Annual WCD Expo in Atlanta

PARAMUS, NJ - The second annual World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities (WCD) will continue the tradition established last year by providing a precedent-setting conference for all segments of the disabilities community. During the intensive three-day educational experience, opinion leaders in medicine, science, education, research, technology, and product development will exchange information and ideas on today's most important issues facing people with disabilities, their families and caregivers as well as healthcare professionals and educators involved in their care and development. The conference (www.wcdexpo.com) will take place September 28-30, 2001 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, GA.

"The response to last year's program was extraordinary," says Frank Murphy, president and CEO of the EP Foundation for Education, Inc.(EPFE), which is producing the conference program. "With more than 54 million people with disabilities in the United States alone, there is definitely a need to provide a forum for all professionals in this community to meet and discuss issues alongside parents and children, as well as adults who have disabilities. The WCD allows us to shine the spotlight on this enormous, yet frequently invisible, segment of our population, while providing much-needed hands-on knowledge and raising the public's awareness of the needs, advancements, and potential contributions members of the disabilities community can make."

Supported by the National Institutes of Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Child Neurology Society, the National Perinatal Association, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Marcus Institute and other professional societies and associations, as well as PALAESTRA magazine and AAALF, the educational forum will benefit many different sectors of the disabilities community: physicians and other healthcare professionals; educators, including special education teachers, administrators, and disability service providers; people with disabilities, their families, and caregivers; and those involved in adapted physical education.

Within the forum, more than 100 sessions reviewed by the EPFE Educational Advisory Board will address a myriad of topics. Areas of focus will include Project DOCC, ADD and ADHD, autism, universal newborn screening, IDEA and IEP, aquatic and movement programs, Down syndrome, developmental disabilities, movement disorders and spasticity, PE modifications for students with physical disabilities, and mitochondrial and metabolic disorders. Other topics including transitioning, the role of the direct support professional, legal rights, estate planning and life needs, diabetes, adapted PE equipment, pain management, epilepsy and seizure disorders, spina bifida, and reimbursement will also be highlighted.

In addition to the education forum, WCD will also feature a career fair, an assitive technology learning center and a sports & recreation activity center, organized by the U.S. Disabled Athletes Fund (USDAF), with contributions by Special Olympics and PALAESTRA and sponsored by McDonald's Corporation. Attendees will also have an opportunity to examine the latest products and services from more than 250 exhibitors representing pharmaceutical, computer, automotive, mobility, personal care, insurance and nutrition industries.

As with last year's conference, Continuing Medical Education accreditation for designated seminars will be offered through the Emory University School of Medicine. Continuing Education Units (CEU) accreditation will be awarded for OT's, PT's, speech and language pathologists, adapted physical education specialists, and social workers through local chapters of national associations with the assistance of the Marcus Institute. CEU accreditation for educators will be awarded by the Council for Exceptional Children.

About the World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities

Now in its second year, the World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities provides a comprehensive forum to educate, inform, and provide a useful exchange of ideas for persons with disabilities and special healthcare needs, as well as for those involved in their care and development. The event is organized by H.A. Bruno, LLC, a company whose senior management was previously associated with Blenheim Group, PLC, the world's largest trade show company and producer of more than 400 shows worldwide. The conference portion of the program is produced by the EP Foundation for Education, Inc., a 501(C)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities, special healthcare needs and chronic conditions, and the families and others involved in their care and development. You may now register on-line! For more information on the WCD, visit www.wcdexpo.com or call 877-WCD-EXPO.

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