Westwood, NJ (PRWEB) October 26, 2007
The 8th Annual WCD Expo (World Congress & Expo on Disabilities) is set to open its doors for the first time in Washington DC, November 15-17, 2007 at the Washington Convention Center. WCD Expo (http://www.wcdexpo.com) will bring together people with disabilities, their families and caregivers, physicians, direct support professionals, healthcare professionals, educators, adapted physical education specialists and suppliers.
"WCD Expo allowed me to network with others who understand the challenges associated with living with a disability," said Lynnie Morgan, Canine Companions for Independence Volunteer and Parent of Challenged Children.
The highly regarded WCD conference program will feature over 70 multi-disciplinary sessions sponsored by the WCD Foundation for Education, Inc, with the support of leading professional societies and organizations. During this intensive three-day educational experience, information and ideas on today's most important issues will be exchanged and discussed. The conference track themes encompass: Assistive Tech, Education, Adapted PE, Family, and Healthcare. Topics being presented include Preparing Students with Disabilities for Employment; Inclusive Technology; Exercise, Chronic Disease and Immunology; Disability Travel; and Healthcare the Onus is on Us.
The conference program will also include a Career Track on Thursday, November 15 that will cover Workplace Accommodations, How to Manage Employees with Disabilities, and Recruiting, Hiring, and Managing to Create and Inclusive Workplace among others.
Intensive Workshops on "Arthritis, Up Close and Personal" as well as "How the Remodeling Contractor can Help People with Disabilities" are also part of the educational agenda.
WCD Expo opens each morning with motivational Keynote Speakers that are free to all attendees. On Thursday, November 15, at 10:00 a.m. Joyce Bender, CEO/President, Bender Consulting Services will inspire attendees on "Be the Change" and discuss present initiatives that people with disabilities can undertake now, to be the change -- changes that will help them gain that great treasure of competitive employment. Friday's keynote at 10:00 a.m., by Dr. Glenn Roswal, Professor of Education at Jacksonville State University, will address "Promoting Independence through Barrier Free Facilities."
On Saturday, November 17 at 10:00 a.m. a special keynote by
John S. Gonsalves, President and Founder, Homes for Our Troops, "A New Generation from Battlefield to Battling Disability," will take place. Mr. Gonsalves will be speaking about a generation of young people who are now faced with life with disability after serving in war. How Homes for Our Troops can bring more attention to the bigger picture and by building relationships and partnerships, it can bring much needed attention to the bigger challenge in the US that anyone living with a disability faces.
Special features and events on the show floor at WCD Expo include a Disability Career Fair on November 15; Sport & Entertainment Showcase featuring demonstrations in basketball, tennis, table tennis and more by the US Paralympics Association, the Power Soccer Association National Tournament the Autumn Cup; the Accessibility Showcase sponsored by NARI, The National Association of the Remodeling Industry; and the Assistive Technology Showcase sponsored by the Maryland Technology Assistance Program.
The WCD show floor will also showcase products and services from more than 150 exhibitors along with national and regional organizations, non-profits and professional societies. A wide variety of suppliers and industries will be represented including automotive, mobility, personal care, pharmaceutical, financial services, publishing and the durable medical equipment sector.
"WCD Expo was a totally inclusive event for a totally inclusive audience!" said Camille Anders, Executive Director, Aldersgate Homes of Atlanta, GA.
For more information or to register for WCD Expo, go to http://www.wcdexpo.com or call 1-201-722-9233.
Editor's Note: To register for press for WCD, contact Annie Scully at 845-368-0608 or via e-mail: [email protected] Press credentials grant you full access to the Keynotes, conference program and exhibits.
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