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The Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS) is proud to sponsor a series of seminars on various topics in Assistive Technology for Persons with Disabilities. The next seminar is:

Assistive Technology in Sports & Outdoor Recreation  for Consumers & Practitioners

Thursday, October 10, 2002
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Charlottesville, Virginia

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bulletVirginia Assistive Technology System and VATS-Central Region,
administered by Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UVA Health System



Longwood College, Department of Health, Physical Education Recreation, & Dance

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Course Agenda

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7:15-8:00 Registration
8:00-8:15 Welcome and Introductions, Review of Course Materials
8:15-9:15 Therapeutic Recreation: Fundamentals of Evaluation, Activity Analysis, & Adaptive/Assistive Technology
9:15-9:30 Break
9:30-10:45 Inspiration and Adaptation: A Winning Combination
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 Concurrent Session I
12:00-1:00 Lunch (lunch provided; roundtable discussions with presenters)
1:00-2:00 Concurrent Session II
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-5:30 Station Rotations

Kayaking & Canoeing, Rob Boyd

bulletWheelchair Tennis, Melissa Hunfalvay
bulletGolf, Linda Bunker
bulletTrack & Field, Jane Walsh
bulletSkiing & Snow Sports, Mark Andrews
bulletFishing & Hunting, Ricky Palmateer
bulletScuba, John Wall
bulletBaseball/Softball, Jim Eiland

Concurrent Sessions:

bulletADA in Parks and Recreation, Susan Lynch
bulletCommunity Recreation for Children, Laurie Sewall

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General Information

Seminar Fee: $85.00, non-refundable.

Mail registration form and check made payable to "University of Virginia" to:

VATS-C, attention Joyce Sharp
UVA Health System
PO Box 800765
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0765

A limited number of scholarships are available to non-professional users of Assistive Technology, students and senior citizens.

This seminar will be held in the fully accessible DoubleTree Hotel, located on Route 29 north of Charlottesville. Call the DoubleTree for additional directions, (434) 973-2121; indicate your VATS seminar affiliation for a reduced room rate. **Contact VATS-C with special accommodation requests at least two weeks prior to the seminar.**

For additional information regarding scholarships, special accommodations, seminar content, hotels, convenient restaurants, local tourism opportunities, and any other questions regarding the seminar, contact: Joyce Sharp, VATS Central Region at (434) 924-0041 or vats@virginia.edu.

The primary goal of this seminar is to provide, at an affordable cost, a comprehensive overview of the topic at hand, with an emphasis on audience information-sharing and hands-on, practical experiences. For specific content, see course agenda. The target audience includes, but is not limited to: persons with disabilities, athletes, personal trainers, Sports Medicine and Physical Education providers and students, educators, direct care-providers (families, friends, personal care assistants, etc.), persons providing community services (advocates, rehabilitation counselors, CIL, CSB, and DSB staff members, independent living specialists, aging specialists, etc.), Rehabilitation and Allied Health professionals (physical, occupational, speech and recreation therapists, nurses, physicians, assistive technology practitioners, and rehabilitation technicians).

Additional Information

Please dress comfortably for this seminar, and come prepared to have an informative and active day. Weather providing, we plan to be outside on the tennis courts and grass and tarmac, and inside in various demonstration rooms and at poolside. You should expect to do a lot of walking, talking, and learning!

VATS-C is supported in part by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDDR) – Award # H22410009

For More Information on the Longwood University Therapeutic Recreation Program, visit: http://web.lwc.edu/staff/slynch/TRCR~1.htm.

For More Information on WindVisions, visit: http://www.windvisions.com

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Course Faculty

***Please note***
All of our presenters have been kind enough to volunteer their time in order to share this exciting and motivating information with seminar participants!

Please take advantage of their expertise during the roundtable lunch discussion and during the station rotations and concurrent sessions!

Biographical information and contact information is available - click here.

Keynote Speakers

Susan Lynch, PhD, CTRS, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. After graduating in 1983 from Lubbock Christian College with a B.S. in Secondary Education, Susan continued her studies in Sports Health and was awarded her Master’s of Science degree from Texas Tech University. She then completed her PhD in Therapeutic recreation at Texas Women’s University in 1993. Prior to joining the academic staff at Longwood in 1993, Susan was an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology (Therapeutic Recreation) at Texas Women’s University, and has had extensive experience directing Therapeutic Recreation programs in various camps and adolescent treatment centers. Susan is a published researcher and an accomplished speaker, and has presented numerous papers and workshops in Virginia, Texas, and California. She has been in positions of leadership in the Virginia Recreation and Parks Society, the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, and the Commonwealth of Virginia University System. In addition, Susan contributes her time and expertise to civic activities, including the Special Olympics, Camp Jaycee Respite Weekend, the ARC Hall Council, and the local Head Injury Support Group.

Glenn Woodell, NASA Research Technician, Father, Husband, Windsurfer, and Advocate. Glenn was raised in the Hampton, Virginia area, and at the age of 13, developed a passion for sailing and water sports in general. As a teenager and young adult, Glenn traveled to regattas far and wide to meet the challenges the water set out for him. At the age of 21, a new and unexpected challenge reared its ugly head: As the result of an automobile accident, Glenn suffered a traumatic above-the-knee amputation. After his initial hospitalization and rehabilitation, Glenn found that he needed to be his own strong advocate in order to get a prosthesis suitable for his active lifestyle.  Prior to his accident, Glenn had been working as a student in the NASA Apprentice School at the Langley Research Center. After getting “back on his feet”, Glenn completed the program, and spent 12 years researching the area of Microgravity Crystal Growth, and now supports NASA’s Aviation Safety program via his work in the field of advanced image processing. During the course of his rehabilitation and return to the world of work and family life, Glenn felt that he was ready to pick up with water sports where he had so abruptly left off – he had just been learning to windsurf prior to his accident. In 1994, Glenn headed for the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, swallowed his frustrations along with a lot of salt water, and practiced, practiced, practiced. Supported and encouraged by his wife Addrienne and daughter Kaitlyn from their home base in Newport News, Virginia, Glenn has learned over time that he “can do practically anything if he just wants to bad enough”.

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Past Seminars

bulletHome Modifications and Universal Design (Jan 21, 2002)
bulletAdaptive Computing (March 26, 2002)
bulletIssues in Seating and Wheeled Mobility (May 30, 2002)

Additional Information

Please feel free to PASS ON THIS INFORMATION to consumers, colleagues, and any interested parties! You can print a hardcopy (on 8.5" x 14" paper) or email them an "e-brochure"  or flyer, (which print well on 8.5" x 11" paper), or you can or refer them to this website!

For additional information on any of the seminars in the series contact: Joyce Sharp, VATS-Central, (434) 924-0041 or vats@virginia.edu.

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