Nashville Prepares for International Seating Symposium
- By Laurie Watanabe
- Feb 17, 2015
The seating & mobility industry's premier event is set for Nashville, Tenn., next week, with Assistive Technology Professionals (ATPs) and clinicians specializing in seating & wheeled mobility ready to descend on the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center.
While the formal agenda for the International Seating Symposium (ISS) spans three days - Feb. 26-28 - other activities extend the event to nearly a week.
Pre-symposium workshops take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 24-25. Exhibitor set up in the expo hall takes place on Tuesday afternoon.
The exhibit hall opens on Wednesday, Feb. 25, for Consumer Day, a free opportunity for seating & mobility consumers and their caregivers to see the latest assistive technology launches and speak with product managers and other technology experts.
The symposium officially opens the next morning, and in total will offer 140 workshops, plenary sessions, paper and poster presentations, instructional courses and manufacturer demonstrations, according to the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology, which presents the symposium when it's in the United States.
Opening morning will feature three keynotes by Rory A. Cooper, Ph.D. ("The Next Chapter in Wheelchairs & Seating: Globalization"); Michael Boninger, M.D. ("Brain Computer Interfaces & Other Breakthroughs That Will Influence the Future of Assistive Technology"); and Simon Margolis, ATP/SMS ("Looking Back to See the Future").
Kendra Betz, MSPT, ATP, will deliver the keynote address on the symposium's second day. Betz will speak on "Today's Hot Topics in Wheeled Mobility."
The exhibit hall will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Friday.
Extra-curricular networking opportunities include a welcome reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, and an industry event at the Wildhorse Saloon from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., also on Thursday.
For more ISS information, visit iss.pitt.edu.
Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.