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Baltimore to Host Thousands of Occupational Therapy Practitioners April 3-6

Baltimore, Md. (March 5, 2014)—Nearly 5,000 occupational therapy clinicians, educators, and students will gather in Baltimore April 3-6 to attend the American Occupational Therapy Association’s 94th Annual Conference & Expo. Journalists 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.

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.

Media are invited to attend sessions, chat with attendees, and learn more about occupational therapy. Click here for more information and a full listing of presentations. All sessions and the Expo will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 West Pratt St., Baltimore.

To schedule an interview with an event speaker, expert, or occupational therapy practitioner, call Media Relations Manager Katie Riley, 301-652-6611, ext. 2963 (office), 301-602-4526 (cell), or e-mail, kriley@aota.org. For more information on AOTA’s Conference & Expo, visit www.aota.org.

Founded in 1917, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) represents the professional interests and concerns of more than 140,000 occupational therapists, assistants, and students nationwide. The Association educates the public and advances the profession of occupational therapy by providing resources, setting standards including accreditations, and serving as an advocate to improve health care. Based in Bethesda, Md., AOTA’s major programs and activities are directed toward promoting the professional development of its members and assuring consumer access to quality services so patients can maximize their individual potential. For more information, go to www.aota.org.